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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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

ABCmouse

ABCmouse.com is a global education initiative of Age of Learning, Inc. Their goal is to help children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing a comprehensive and engaging online curriculum to greatly assist early learners to succeed in pre-k, kindergarten, and early elementary school programs.

Link to Resource

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.

These catchy phrases will help you find new materials in the Kid Zone and Teen Spot. How? It's simple. They help you remember our color coding system. All new picture books, fiction books, and audiobooks in the Kid Zone have a pink sticker on the spine label, and new DVDs have a hot pink sticker on the top of the spine. All new teen fiction books and audiobooks have a red sticker. So "Think Pink" for new kids' stuff, and issue a "Code Red" when you want something new for teens.

P.S. This info is especially helpful for kids in Grades 4-6 who want to participate in This Just In! ,our newest book club.

Have you ever finished reading a book and still had questions about something in it? Maybe the story took place in a country you've never visited. Perhaps the main character loved a sport you've never played. Or maybe the book introduced you to something completely amazing, and you're dying to learn more. It happens to readers all the time. And Karen, the Kid Zone's nonfiction librarian, answers Hoover's thirst for knowledge with her newest line of displays connecting popular fiction books to their Dewey Decimal numbered tie-ins in the nonfiction section. The displays always feature four books. The current titles are:

The Kid Zone's pick actually won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature! Not only is it a completely amazing read, it also features our great state. Make sure you add Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai to your holiday reading list. Once you've finished it, you'll definitely want to take a look at this interview with the author.

I know what you're thinking. You're running through all the things named Hugo that might be important enough to feature on our library blog. I bet you thought of Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. You might even have come up with the Hugo Award, which recognizes excellent science fiction and fantasy every year. But I'm referring to the Hugo created by Brian Selznick in his groundbreaking, Caldecott Award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Martin Scorsese has brought it to theatres, and it is getting rave reviews. Read the book first (of course you will), then take a trip to the movies and see why everyone's talking about Hugo.

Seven rhymed tales, dug from hard to find places!
Look for millions of Seuss fans with bright shiny faces!
(from Kirkus Reviews)

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories features seven Seuss tales originally published in Redbook in 1950 and 1951.
1. The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga
2. Gustav the Goldfish
3. Tadd and Todd
4. Steak for Supper
5. The Bippolo Seed
6. The Strange Shirt Spot
7. The Great Henry McBride

These seven stories were hunted down by Seuss scholar/collector Charles D. Cohen, who also penned the informative introduction. The end result is a must-read for all fans of the good doctor.

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