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Train Your Brain #5

I've been taking American Tribal Style bellydance classes for almost two years now . . . and Iove it!  It's beautiful, and it is great exercise too.  Dance and martial arts have that in common.  Don't believe me?  I challenge you to Train Your Brain: Boost Your Dance & Martial Arts Brainpower.  Pump up your knowledge about these expressive and physically demanding pursuits. This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer by Michaela & Elaine DePrince

Jazz Tap: From African Dums to American Feet by Anne E. Johnson
J  792.7  JOH

Invitation to Ballet: A Celebration of Dance and Degas by Carolyn Vaughan
J  792.8  VAU

Learn to Speak Dance: A Guide to Creating, Performing, & Promoting Your Moves by Ann-Marie Williams
J  792.8  WIL

Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire by Roxane Orgill
J  792.802  ORG

Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! by George Ancona
J  793.3  ANC

A Girl's Guide to the Martial Arts: Learn to Practice Poses in Kung Fu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, Aikido, and Tai Chi Chuan by Alice Jablonsky
J  796.8  JAB

Muay Thai by Tim O'Shei
J  796.8  OSH

Kendo by Carol Ellis
J  796.86  ELL

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey by Lesa Cline-Ransome





Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Race to Hoover Library to See Atlantic Coast Theatre!

Atlantic Coast Theatre features an incredible husband-wife acting duo from Orlando, Florida -- Don Gruel and Noel Holland!  They have performed on our stage many times over the years.  This year's show?  Aesop's fable gets a fun updated twist in a musical with audience participation. Bunni Hare wins every race, so how will Thomas Tortoise compete? The famous sports reporter Howard Crow-sell will be there to call the “play by play” in this fantastic fable with an anti-bullying message.  Don't want the fun and learning to end?  Why not take a look at the study guide they put together!

Atlantic Coast Theatre presents "The Tortoise and the Hare: The Musical"
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 30, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Perfect Pair #23

This month's perfect pair hits it out of the ballpark.

  • Home Run by Tim Green (2016)
    Josh's life has just fallen apart. His father will no longer be coaching the travel baseball team and is moving to Florida, forcing his mom and little sister to move into a small apartment on the wrong side of town. To make matters worse, the new coach of the travel team is an unforgiving drill sergeant. But then Benji tells Josh of a home-run derby in which the winner gets a brand-new house. All Josh has to do to qualify is hit twenty home runs during his travel-team season. With Benji and Jaden's help, Josh is hoping to hit it out of the park and save his family, because if he strikes out, he may just lose everything.
  • Long Ball: The Legend and Lore of the Home Run by Mark Stewart & Mike Kennedy (2006)
    J  796.357  STE
    Baseball fans know that it's home runs that get them standing on their feet, and this slim book does a great job exploring the phenomenon in all its glory. The authors begin with an interesting, little known prequel to the story of home runs: they were rare and discouraged during the early days of the game. Everything changed with Babe Ruth, who, according to Ty Cobb, "ruined" baseball when he eschewed strategy and went for the long ball. The authors not only profile the famous sluggers--Gehrig, Williams, Jackson, Sosa, and McQwire, to name a few--but they also pick the 10 most famous long balls in history, focusing on the hitter and pitcher as well as the homer itself. A final chapter discusses steroid use and how it has affected players, play, and stats. The highly readable text is extended by excellent graphics, photographs, and reproductions of baseball cards and magazine covers. Sports fans even beyond the target audience will like this, as will many reluctant readers.

I get to feature my two favorite sports this week! [ insert intense cheering here]  I love to play one of these sports, and I love to watch the other.  Especially if it involves the Kansas Jayhawks.  Want to know more?  I challenge you to Train Your Brain: Boost Your Basketball & Volleyball Brainpower.  Pump up your knowledge about these court sports. This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy
E  796.323  COY

Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map by Sue Macy
E  796.323  MAC

Candace Parker by Mary Dunn
E  920  PAR

Volleyball by the Numbers by Colleen Dolphin

Hoops to Hippos: True Stories of a Basketball Star on Safari! by Boris Diaw with Kitson Jaznyka
J  590.96  DIA

Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game by John Coy
J  796.323  COY

VIP Pass to a Pro Basketball Game Day: From the Locker Room to the Press Box (And Everything in Between) by Clay Latimer
J  796.323  LAT

Basketball's Top 10 Slam Dunkers by Ken Rappaport
J  796.323  RAP

Volleyball by Matt Doeden
J  796.325  DOE

Girls' Volleyball by Jon Ackerman
J  796.325  ACK




Be Glad Your Dad . . . Is Not an Octopus! by Matthew Logelin & Sara Jensen
In this silly what-if story, kids will roar with laughter at the misadventures of a monkey dad, an alligator dad, a whale dad, and even a unicorn dad! But nothing can replace the dads who love them more than anything in the whole wide world. Be sure to check out the fun facts about the animals in the story in the back of the book!
Bedtime Blast-off! by Luke Reynolds
For little boys who love construction vehicles, race cars, fire trucks and their daddies!  This is the perfect bedtime story to get them strapped in and ready to blast off to bedtime!
A Brave Bear by Sean Taylor
What is the bravest thing in the world? A brave bear, of course! And who is the best at helping a little bear feel brave? His dad.
Dad School by Rebecca Van Slyke
In this adorable kid’s-eye view of what would happen if Dad went to school, a little boy imagines a place where all dads learn their amazing skills, like giving piggyback rides and making giant sandwiches for lunch.
Daddies Are Awesome by Meredith Costain
This gentle rhyming text celebrates the special bond between father and child. Adorable doggy daddy and pup illustrations make this perfect for sharing!
Gator Dad by Brian Lies
From seemingly mundane tasks such as grocery shopping to more active pursuits like a romp at the park and fort-building, a loving and playful father alligator shows his gator kids that the simplest pleasures done together can make for an incredibly fun day.
My Dad at the Zoo by Coralie Saudo
This is a story of role reversal with an energetic father who gets up on Sunday mornings raring to go to the zoo. He wakes up his sleepy son and "does the galloping camel" all the way. Dad hates to wait in line, squirming, bouncing, and trying to cut the line. Once inside, the son has all he can do to keep up with his rambunctious dad.
Superhero Dad by Timothy Knapman
Dad might not have a superhero mask or wear his underwear outside his pants, but his super snores can be heard a thousand miles away, he tells super-funny jokes, and he can even make super-scary monsters go away at bedtime!
Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee
The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There's a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside—which might be the best tattoo of them all.
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky.

The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers by Avi
In a compellingly honest collection of stories, multiple-award-winning author Avi introduces seven boys — boys with fathers at home and boys whose fathers have left, boys who spend most of their time with their grandfathers and boys who would rather spend time with anyone but the men in their lives. By turns heartbreaking, hopeful, and funny, the stories show us boys seeking acceptance, guidance, or just someone to look up to. Each one shines a different light on the question "What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?"