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We are pleased to announce that we have just added 124 new, updated, full color Boy Scout Merit Badge books to our collection! If you're in the library, drop by the nonfiction section in the Kid Zone, specifically 369.43 BOY, to see for yourself. If you want to see what we have available before you make a trip to the Hoover Public Library, simply do a word search in our online catalog for either BOY SCOUTS or MERIT BADGE. We still have some older merit badge titles in our collection. If the call number is followed by the word NEW, you know it's one of our recent additions.

Shawna's great article about blogs was too extensive to feature in its entirety in our Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Connections, our elementary education newsletter. So here is the unabridged version.

 

There's lots of new stuff in the Kid Zone. Five Preschool Nook Tablets are available for in-house check out in the picture book room. They are jam-packed with interactive books and educational games. You can also access our entire Tumblebook Library. Check out procedures are the same as for in-house laptop checkouts.

Jan Thomas is a rising star in the world of picture books. Her titles feature minimal but hilarious text, simple but expressive illustrations. And she throws in the occasional turnip. Discover her in E THO today!

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White was published on October 15, 1952. It was named a Newbery Honor Book in 1953. It has been translated into more than 30 languages, sold more than 25 million copies. It was ranked #1 in the Scholastic Parent & Child magazine's recent list of 100 greatest children's books. It was turned into an animated musical in 1973 and a live-action movie in 2006.

Our favorite animal "dude" is back at the Hoover Public Library after a three-year hiatus!  Safari Greg combines the skills of a master magician, the humor of a comedian, and the knowledge of a wildlife biologist in an animal show full of fun and surprises.  Check out his Facebook page for a sneak peek.  Learn more about the amazing animals in the show by visiting the 590s in the Kid Zone's three nonfiction collections.  We have info-packed animal books for all ages!

Safari Greg
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 14, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
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!

Do you know what MDBC stands for? Mother-Daughter Book Club. No, it's not a new program here at the library. It's a great book series for ten to fourteen-year-old girls. What makes it great? Two things --

1. Four very different middle schoolers are forced to join a book club. With their mothers. The horror! But instead of disaster, unlikely and unexpected friendships are forged.

2. Each book in the series is tied to a classic piece of literature. And, amazingly, the storylines in those books are still relevant to these modern girls' lives.

Lots of attention has been focused on the Red Planet ever since NASA's rover Curiosity completed its 354 million mile journey to Mars. You can get the latest news on this historic mission at NASA's Mars Science Laboratory website. But you can get tons of great background information in the Hoover Public Library's Kid Zone. Satisfy your curiosity with one of these ten titles about our planetary neighbor.

German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm first published Grimms' Fairy Tales in 1812. That was 200 years ago! And yet, to this day, young and old alike are familiar with their beloved stories. I've had a lot of Grimm thoughts lately. Tonight, my sister and I are volunteering to be characters from Hansel & Gretel at a friend's "A Night Dark and Grimm" party. Tomorrow, I'm hosting a Girl Scout tour centered around the Sisters Grimm book series by Michael Buckley. And I'm currently reading a teen book that fractures "The Little Mermaid" fairytale (Yes, you're right--that one came from Hans Christian Andersen. Thanks for clearing that up.) Actually, I read more than my fair share of fractured fairytales.

Twenty years ago, Bill Nye the Science Guy made his television debut. 100 episodes later, with more than 28 Emmys to his name and legions of fans, Nye is still proving that science rules! If you've never experienced the Science Guy's approach to science with fast-paced action and humor, it's time to get started. If you're already a fan, it's time to refresh your memory. The following titles are available right here at Hoover Public Library.

Are you interested in learning more about our country's Armed Forces this Veterans Day? Kids, teens, and adults can get the facts and absorb the military history from books under the following Dewey Decimal numbers:

Air Force = 358.4
Army = 355, 356
Coast Guard = 363.28
Marines = 359.9
Navy = 359

World War I = 940.3
World War II = 940.53, 940.54
Korean War = 951.904
Vietnam War = 959.7
Iraq War = 956.7044
Afghanistan War = 958.1047

Have you ever been in a huge crowd, looking for a friend or family member? You know what they're wearing, so you think they'll be easy to spot. But you just can't find them? Well, did you know that there is a series of books that has been turning this kind of situation into a super-fun challenge for 25 years? That's right, people. Where's Waldo? is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012. Waldo first appeared in a book in 1987. Since then, he's shown up in tons of unlikely places, surrounded by interesting objects and Waldo Watchers (those other people who insist on wearing red-and-white stripes to confuse us). Creator Martin Handford says, "I can't tell you how pleased I am that Waldo has taken on a life of his own.

I grew up loving (and I mean LOVING) movies and TV shows that featured martial arts. Especially the original Karate Kid and the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But, even though I was a voracious reader, I never read a single book about karate, kung fu, the art of ninja, or the honor of samurai warriors. Maybe I was lazy and didn't look for any. Maybe there weren't any available. But kids and teens today are still crazy about the martial arts. They have their own Karate Kid and TMNT. They also have Kung Fu Panda, Avatar, and Lego Ninjago. And they are lucky enough to have tons of books to feed their mania. Here's a list of great fiction featuring

Have you lost your pep for reading? Are you looking for a new way to experience picture books? Then we have GREAT NEWS! The Hoover Public Library now has access to TumbleBooks.

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