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Information Foundations #4

This week we're looking at the bigger picture (maybe even the biggest picture) with Information Foundations: Earth, Our Home.  This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Big Fantastic Earth by Jen Green

The Blue Marble: How a Photograph Revealed Earth's Fragile Beauty by Don Nardo
J  525.022  NAR

Can We Help?: Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities by George Ancona
J  361.37  ANC

Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World by Allan Drummond
E  333.9  DRU

The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One Rhyme at a Time by Jan Peck & David Davis
J  398.8  MOT

Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of Who Are Helping to Protect the Planet by Harriet Rohmer
J  333.72  ROH

Listopia: Planet Earth by James Buckley Jr & Diane Bailey
J  910  BUC

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul
E  363.72  PAU

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor

S Is for Save the Planet: A How-to-Be Green Alphabet by Brad Herzog
J   333.72  HER

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Prepare for Cupcake Wars!

Teens will get a chance to annhilate the competition in our Cupcake Wars on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.  Each contestant will receive 2 "naked" cupcakes and access to a plethora of toppings.  Use them to create a book-themed cupcake design.  A winner will be declared, but all of the creations will be photographed and featured on our website and social media.  Teens (rising 7th-12th grade) can register online or by phone (444-7826).

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The Quilts of Gee's Bend

How homemade quilts created in rural Alabama became modern art. 

The Quilts of Gee's Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin ( June 13, 2017)
A quilt "represents safekeeping, it represents beauty, and you could say it represents family history." In this handsomely designed volume, Rubin shares the history of the Gee's Bend families, who, for more than 100 years, have been designing and creating bold and brilliant quilts. From 1845, when plantation owner Mark Pettway and his household settled in Alabama, to the present, African American women in this rural village have been piecing together scraps of fabric salvaged from old clothes, flour sacks, or corduroy pillow covers, while their daughters, nieces, and granddaughters have watched and learned. Through the years, as they endured and eventually rose above abject poverty, back-breaking work, and inequality, the women continually found community in picking up their needles to help one another sew quilts to keep their families warm. As they witnessed tumultuous moments in history, from the Civil War and the Great Depression to the civil rights movement, the quilters were eventually recognized for their artistry by the outside world. Rubin captures the voices of the inhabitants of Gee's Bend, weaving quotes and memories of current residents throughout the engaging narrative. Vibrant photos of the most striking quilts and archival images complement the text. In the spirit of passing on the tradition, simple instructions for making a quilt square appear at the end of the book. VERDICT Combining history, memoir, and quilting, this fascinating portrait of an indomitable community will appeal to readers, artists, and crafters of all ages. [from School Library Journal]

If this book sounds interesting to you, you might want to take a look at Leaving Gee's Bend (2010) by local author Irene Latham.  It is also available as an ebook.

This week we're learning even more about what humans are capable of creating with Information Foundations: More Marvels of Engineering.  This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Bridges: An Introduction to Ten Great Bridges and Their Designers by Didier Cornille
J  624.2  COR

The Building of the Golden Gate Bridge by Arnold Ringstad
J  620  INV

The Chunnel: The Building of a 200-Year-Old Dream by Jil Fine
J  624.1  FIN

Connecting the Coasts: The Race to Build the Transcontinental Railroad by Norma Lewis
J  385.09  LEW

Gigantic Lengths and Other Vast Megastructures by Ian Graham
J  624  GRA

The Great Wall of China by Denise Ryan

The Hoover Dam by Jeffrey Zuehlke
J  627  ZUE

Pyramids by Laura Marsh

The Secret Subway by Shana Corey
J  388.4  COR

What Is the Panama Canal? by Janet B. Pascal
J  972.87  PAS

Atlanta magician extraordinaire Arthur Atsma is returning to Hoover Library!  His show weaves cutting edge, fast paced, astonishing sleight of hand magic with mentalism.  Get ready for tricks with cards, coins, comedy, and audience participation. Back by popular demand . . . and this time he's also doing a show just for teens!  (That event will be on The Library Plaza on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.)

Arthur Atsma
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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!


Teen Services

Teen Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.

Summer applications are accepted from March 1 to May 15.  All applicants must attend one of the following training sessions; Friday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m. or Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.