Two Ways to Share the Love
- Valentines for Children's Hospital
January 31-February 9, 2016
Bring in a signed valentine, homemade or store-bought, for a patient and receive a treat. Valentines cannot include candy, balloons, rubber bands, religious messages, or tiny objects. This is at the request of Children's Hospital. Please turn in your valentines to the preschool desk.
- Be Our Valentine
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy a fun night of Valentine crafts, games and snacks for the whole family. Follow your heart (and the starred hallway) to the program room.
Let's Talk Books!: How to Booktalk
My number one job here at the Hoover Public Library is getting the right books in the right hands. Sometimes, the kid is reluctant to try reading something new. Sometimes, the teen doesn't like reading at all. Sometimes, the girl thinks she doesn't like sports books. Sometimes, the boy doesn't want to read a book with a character who isn't exactly like him. That's when I have to use my well-honed superpower: the persuasive booktalk. I use it at the Kid Zone desk, in the Teen Spot stacks, in the schools . . . basically everywhere I go. Now, here's my confession. Lean in close, I don't want everyone to know. YOU have the same superpower. Or, at least, you CAN have it if you follow these tips.
- As you read a book, take notes on elements like eccentric characters, key story details, and humorous or suspenseful scenes. Use these notes to draft your booktalk.
- Your booktalk should convey something about the book that your audience will remember -- like a specific detail, character, or scene that made a vivid impression on you -- and include one or two lines about the plot (without giving too much away!).
- 150-200 words is the perfect length for a short booktalk. The shorter the talk, the more books that can be covered in a short time.
- Practice delivering the booktalk. While you don't need to memorize it, a booktalk is more effective if you can deliver it without reading. (Trick: Stick a Post-it note on the back of the book to remind you of key details.)
- Be enthusiastic!
Need specific examples? No problem. Here are a couple sample booktalks of new titles.
Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu
It cannot be real, Silly thinks. Her sisters have not uncovered some sort of magic in their bedroom closet. But when Astrid and her twin sister, Eleanor, invite Marla and Silly into their secret world, huge changes descend on the household. You see, magic can be wonderful and healing and golden. Unfortunately, it can also be dark, demanding, and dangerous. And Silly seems to be the key to how the magic will ultimately affect her entire family. Can she save Marla and her parents from the effects of a darker magic?
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
It's not an insult, not a cuss word. It is a fact. Willowdean, will for short, is fat. Her mother's nickname for Will, Dumplin', is a subtle reminder that Will is not the type of young woman who would normally enter a beauty pageant. The pageant in question is the Miss Texas Blue Bonnet Pageant, the same pageant Will's mother won when she was a young woman, and the one Will elects to enter now. She has a point to make: you don't have to win a pageant to wear a crown. And sometimes the fat lady gets to do more than sing before the story is over.
* These hints and sample booktalks are courtesy of HarperStacks. Take a look at their website for more great reading resources.