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After listening to Joan Baez sing a wonderful rendition of the classic "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", my interest in the Dardanelles Campaign in the Turkish theater during WWI was sparked.

I checked out two new books on this subject and I suggest reading them both as I did. They are Dardanelles Disaster: Winston Churchill's Greatest Failure by Dan Van der Vat and Gallipoli: the End of the Myth by Robin Prior.

Also watch the library's DVD Gallipoli which is highly acclaimed and one of Mel Gibson's first movies.


The Dardanelles disaster : Winston Churchill's greatest failure / Dan van der Vat.
940.426 VAN.

Gallipoli : the end of the myth / Robin Prior.
940.426 PRI New Book.

March is National Craft Month and because of this fact, this blog post is dedicated to crafts. This post will briefly describe three recent craft books that the Hoover Public Library currently have on their shelf.

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:

When Australian reporter, Sarah Turnbull, was in her twenties she decided to take a year long leave of absence from her job and travel around Europe. While in Romania she had a chance encounter with a French attorney named Frederic. They had only one dinner together in a group of other people, but hit it off, and Frederic invited Sarah to visit him for a week or two in Paris. She hadn’t planned on going to Paris – but, her logic was that she was out for adventure; she liked him, so why not pursue it and see where it took her.

Are you a gamer?  Whether you enjoy old school classics videogames or more modern fare, we’ve got a selection of documentaries that will interest you!

It’s that time of year when a lot of people start to plan their spring gardening projects. This season, consider starting a compost pile in your home or yard! Compost is made of recyclable materials that you might encounter every day, such as coffee grounds and filters, vegetable and fruit scraps, shreds of paper, dry leaves, and more. Over time, these materials breakdown and combined with some soil can become a valuable mixture for your garden. In addition to helping your green thumb, composting is environmentally sound and helps to reduce waste in landfills. Getting started with extreme recycling or composting would be a great weekend project to engage the whole family, but also is easy enough for one gardener to tackle alone.

For a new experience with the Harry Potter series try Jim dale, the reader of the american version of the Harry Potter Series. It's great!

Why the audiobooks are great:

  1. Jim Dale is a master of changing voices.
  2. He's British - which always sounds cool for some reason.
  3. It's Harry Potter man!

Reserve Jim Dale reading Harry Potter from the online catalog.

Watch Jim Dale reading live.

With many people getting ready for a beach vacation we thought we would pass along a poll conducted by National Public Radio showing their listener's Top 100 Picks for the Beach. The 100 Best Beach Books Ever Poll was taken in July with over 16,000 people. Below we have listed the top 10. Each with a link to the catalog.

Have you ever experienced the eerie feeling of being watched when actually you were supposed to be all alone? If so, you have this in common with almost an entire small town in Northern Maine. For nearly 30 years, residents of Rome, Maine experienced this feeling and attributed it, along with a constant string of strange break-ins, to someone they’d never seen and only known as The North Pond Hermit.

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.

A new acquisition to our adult nonfiction collection, Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton with photography by Jane Ussher and essays by Nigel Watson of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, is a beautiful and haunting memorial to those first doomed explorers of the South Pole. Bound in rough canvas with coloring reminiscent of the century old material still slowly decaying in situ in Antarctica from the original expeditions, the detailed photographs within are intimate investigations of what life was like for these adventurous, and often heroic, men. The climate and isolation of these modest huts in Antarctica has left intact and untouched many artifacts of this time period. Jars and tins of food stores sit unopened. Hams still hang in muslin bags.

The Courage to Be Creative is a joyful self-help book for all creative people, whether you are a writer, artist, or anyone else with a creative soul. In this book, Doreen Virtue guides you through the process to find the courage to be creative while exploring many aspects such as finding clarity, staying focused and much more, while allowing you to find understanding and acceptance in yourself and your creative energies. In the second part of this book, Doreen introduces the courage to be able to make a living with your creative work and how to overcome problems a creative individual might face such as family. She also discusses how to step forth into the creative industries.