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Here's another book-related New Year's Resolution idea for you!  Set a goal to diversify your reading.  Not by genre (mystery, fantasy) or format (graphic novel, narrative nonfiction).  Do it with diversity and inclusion in mind.

The new year is right around the corner, so it's time to start thinking about New Year's Resolutions, people!  And I'm hoping some of yours include a topic near and dear to my librarian heart -- books!  Today's blog is the first in a series of posts to help you add a book-related resolution to your list.

I'm guessing that, if you're reading a library blog, you are a promoter of books in your home.  You make sure that your kids and/or students always have books at their disposal.  And you are probably a frequent visitor to Hoover Public Library.  But have you considered taking your book game to the next level?  Do you want to really engage with your kids about the books they're reading?  Here are some tips for starting a lifelong conversation about books.

The adorable star of Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao (2019) has a brand-new story!  And this time, instead of cooking, she's crafting!  

Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang (12/15/2020)
Amy loves craft time at school. But when her teacher asks everyone to make their own dragon, Amy feels stuck. Her first dragon has a long, wingless body, stag-like horns, and eagle claws, but her friends don’t think it’s a real dragon. Then she makes dragons like theirs, but none of them feels quite right. None of them feels like hers.  After school, a story from Grandma sparks new inspiration, and Amy rounds up her family to help her. Together, can they make Amy’s perfect dragon?

Want even MORE dragon picture books?  There are lots of great 2020 titles!

Some people celebrate today, December 14, as Yoga Day.  Why?   It is the birthday of a man called “the father of modern yoga,” B.K.S. Iyengar.  He is credited with popularizing yoga in India and throughout the world.  (International Day of Yoga on June 21 is another day you can celebrate this way of moving, breathing, and focusing attention and energy in order to improve health.)  But don't just take a yoga break today.  Take a yoga book break!

This is our final Virtual Field Trip of 2020, but don't you worry!  There are more to come in 2021!

Join scientist Alex Wegmann for Powering the Planet: Renewable Energy.  We use energy to power our lives every day—to boot up our computers, fuel our cars, charge our cell phones, flick on a light switch, and in a myriad of other ways. This Virtual Field Trip explores a compelling question: How can we get the energy we need without harming nature?