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Don't miss your incredible chance to see Incredibles 2 on the big screen in the Library Theatre!  Admission is FREE, refreshments are FREE, having a super time is FREE!  Come dressed as your favorite superhero or as your mild-mannered alter ego.  Use your superpowered organizational skills to save this date: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Want to see the first movie again?  Check out the DVD or Blu-Ray from the Kid Zone.  Look under INC.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came out in theaters this past weekend.  Have you seen it yet?  Do you know what it's all about?  Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man.  At least, he thinks he's the one and only.  Then he meets Peter Parker . . . and he realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents.  Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world.

I worked this past weekend, so I haven't had a chance to see it yet.  But I will.  There is absolutely no dimension in which Katie Jane will not see this movie.  Want more Miles Morales?  Read the novel by Jason Reynolds.

The Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve is one of my favorite series of all time.  I own all four titles: Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain.  When I first read them, I wondered if they would ever be turned into a movie.  I figured it would be impossible to do it justice, especially the roving cities.  But movie magic has become even more magical, and the time has finally arrived.  Mortal Engines hits the big screen this weekend.  And Peter Jackson helped put it there, so I'm more than a little excited.  Here's hoping it lives up to the hype in my head.

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.  You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus.  You're as charming as an eel.
Mr. Grinch!
You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel!

Catch our Grinch Double Feature in the Library Theatre on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2 p.m.  We'll start with the animated classic (1966, NR, 26 minutes), followed by Jim Carrey in the title role of the lavish live-action version of the holiday tale (2000, PG, 104 minutes).  Free admission and refreshments!

CINEMATIC BONUS!
The Fiction Department's monthly Monday at the Movies series is featuring a family holiday movie this month.  You can catch The Muppet Christmas Carol in the Library Theatre on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Admission and refreshments are free at this event, too.

I loved this so much, I bought a copy for myself.  Add it to your holiday wish list.  (Or, maybe, to your pre-holiday wish list.  You may need this book to get through the chaos of the Christmas season.)

This Moment Is Your Life (And So Is This One): A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga by Mariam Gates
J  613.7  GAT

Don’t just do something, be here.
The key to happiness is being able to find comfort in this moment, here and now. When you are completely present and not distracted by regrets, worries, and plans, even for a little while, you begin to feel more confident and can deal more easily with everything you experience. This is mindfulness: paying attention to this very moment, on purpose and without judgment–simply being present with curiosity.  This engaging guide, packed with simple exercises and endearing full-color artwork, provides a handy starting point for bringing mindfulness into your daily life. Chapters on meditation, yoga, and mindful breathing explain the benefits of these practices, and you are free to pick and choose what to try. There are quick exercises throughout, and a more extensive tool kit at the end of each chapter. The final chapter offers satisfying five-day challenges that map out ways to pull all of the book’s mindfulness techniques together in your day-to-day life.  With the appeal of a workbook or guided journal, and full of examples relevant to tweens and teens today, this book will be your trusted companion as you begin the valuable, stress-relieving work of being still with skill.

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Junior high students in grade 8 and high school students who live in the city limits of Hoover or have a parent/guardian who works for the City of Hoover may participate. The library will not accept volunteers who are required to do court-ordered community service.