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National Library Week: Lives Change at Your Library

April 13-19, 2014 is National Library Week.  And the Honorary Chair?  Judy Blume!  What a perfect choice for this year's NLW theme -- Lives Change at Your Library.  How many young people (including me!) have been impacted by Judy Blume's twenty-eight books?

(OK, I know this looks like a ridiculously short blog.  But did you see all the blue?  Those are links, people!  Use them. Who knows? It might change your life.)  

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters

PROFESSIONAL VOICEOVER: Humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.   

ME: Oooh.  Sounds exciting!  What is it?

PROFESSIONAL VOICEOVER: Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the thrilling third and final book in Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy

ME: Aaah.  I'm afraid I need to catch up on my reading.  Do you have the first two books?

PROFESSIONAL VOICEOVER: (sighs) Giving directions is such a waste of my vocal talents.  Look to the blue for your answers.

ME: Well, that was cryptic.  Oh, wait, I see.  Thanks.  Sort of.

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
2. Days of Blood and Starlight
3. Dreams of Gods and Monsters

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Reading Snapshot #20

April showers bring May flowers . . . and plenty of reading opportunities too! Here's what's keeping us entertained on these rainy spring days.
APRIL 2014
KIDS

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko (#3)
Ava and Pip by Carols Weston
Bird by Crystal Chan
Bite-Sized Magic by Kathryn Littlewood (#3)
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
Danny's Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment by David A. Adler
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis (#9)
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler

My mom and I bought Broadway in Birmingham season tickets this year.  We've seen three amazing musicals -- The Addams Family, Hello Dolly!, and Memphis.  The fourth and final show, War Horse, is tonight.  It's a powerful World War I drama based on the book by Michael Morpurgo.  It was recently adapted for the big screen by Steven Spielberg.  The stage play, which features the breathing, galloping, full-scale horses created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, debuted in Great Britain in 2007.  It crossed the pond to the United States in 2012.  Now, in 2014, it is finally here in Birmingham.  I cannot wait to see it.
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (also available as a book-on-CD)
Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo
War Horse on DVD
War Horse on Blu-Ray

Are you Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, or Erudite?   If you can easily answer that question, you're probably a fan of the Divergent book series by Veronica Roth.  In which case, you don't need me to tell you that the movie is finally coming to the big screen this weekend.  If you've just seen the trailers, posters, and other paraphernalia and are wondering just exactly what all the excitement is about, let the Hoover Public Library fill you in.

  1. Divergent - the book, the book-on-CD, downloadable audiobook, ebook
  2. Insurgent - the book, the book-on-CD, downloadable audiobook, ebook
  3. Allegiant - the book, the book-on-CD, downloadable audiobook, ebook

NOOK Divergent
NOOK Teens Science Fiction: Girls Vs Governments

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