Friday, August 29, 2008
This is a book about a little earthworm and his day-by-day life. He meets some very interesting characters, like spiders and giant birds. He goes to school with other earthworms and they attend dances and art classes. He is taught manners and other helpful things by this parents.
The book tells how important earthworms are to our Earth.
The illustrations are well worth checking out this book at our library.
Go to our catalog to reserve this book.
Hope you enjoy!
Ms. Shirley, Children's Dept.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
12-year-old Fern McAllister is a little different. Her classmates call her Freaky Fern, but her family has learned to live with her eccentricities. She talks to the family dog (and he talks back), she has to keep a pot of dirt under her bed or she can’t sleep, she blisters if she stays in the sun too long, and she has to wear sunglasses constantly because her eyes are so sensitive. But her strange habits are the least of her worries these days. Lately she’s been accidentally…teleporting. One minute she’s daydreaming in class, the next she’s on a local beach. This new and frightening ability attracts the attention of Lindsey Lin, Fern’s popular classmate. Lindsey tells Fern that her powers mark her as an Otherworldly, or vampire, just like Lindsey and her family. And Fern’s not just any ordinary Otherworldly, but one of the Unusual Eleven, a child destined to have great powers. Also, Otherworldly children are only born to Otherworldly parents, which means Fern is adopted. These revelations shock Fern to the core. As does the news that now that her secret identity is known, other Otherworldlies, both good and evil, will be trying to find her and convince her to join their side in a supernatural battle for supremacy.
Kogler’s novel is more complex and unusual than your run-of-the mill vampire tale. The plot mixes the superstitions associated with vampires and the mythology of the ancient Greeks to create a totally unique story. It also deals with issues such as family belonging, adoption and the problems of being different. Hopefully, Kogler will write a sequel to this wonderful story.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Father Goose, AKA Charles Ghigna stopped by Homewood Public Library to read one of his original children's poems, "Tomorrow's My Birthday". He also chatted with Sandra Swindle of the library and talked about his soon-to-be-published book, "Snow Wonder". Ghigna is an accomplished children's and adult author of poems and stories. He lives in Homewood, Alabama and visits the library almost every week.
Kids of all ages were WOWED by Cowboy Bruce Brannen and his lovely wife Vernelle. They witnessed amazing trick roping, the loud crack of the bull whip, (pretend) cattle hearding, and other cowboy stuff!
Cowboy Bruce Brannen and his lovely wife Vernelle stunned and entertained a large crowd during Summer Reading @ HPL. The bull whip tricks were a favorite!
New Avengers The Illuminati One Shot from The Road to Civil War graphic novel, written and drawn by Bendis and Cheung
Did you see Iron Man in the theatres? Or The Hulk? If so, you’ll want to tune into the newest Homewood Hotcast to hear the discussion on the comic book version of Iron Man and exactly why the Hulk is angry with him. All this, and Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic! Stephen Strange, Doctor Strange! Professor Charles Xavier of the X-men! Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans. And Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner! Yes, that's right, the secret history of the Marvel Universe!
Teens Wii'd away the afternoon at our Guitar Hero III Tournament. Those who didn't want to enter the tourny played board games instead! Pizza & snacks were provided, and of course, prizes for the winners!
The Children's Summer Reading Kickoff was fantastic with an overflowing crowd to see "That Puppet Guy." Lee Bryan is a nationally recognized solo-puppeteer who combines live vocals and original music with innovative puppet designs for wholesome family fun! Lee is a two-time grant recipient from the prestigious Jim Henson Foundation, Inc. His professional credits include feature film work with the Muppets and an Emmy nomination for his puppetry work for Public Broadcasting. Summer Reading at HPL is off to a great start!
The 2nd Annual Teen Kickoff Concert with CW21 and local band Heavenly Days was held Friday, May 30th at 6pm at the Homewood Park. Teens registered for the summer reading program and entered our drawing for fabulous prizes such as an iPod Shuffle, Little Professor Bookstore gift certificates, Rave Theatre tickets, and t-shirts.
Part 2: Discussion of The Immortal Iron Fist, The Last Iron First Story, by Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction
Homewood Hotcast returns with another Fantastic Podcastic edition (Part 2) and your hosts Mojo JoJo and Neptune's Own finish the discussion on The Last Iron Fist Story. This time they get around to talking about the art of David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth, Luke Cage's fashion choices, kung fu dialog, and of course SPOILERS. Join us for the fun!
Discussion of The Immortal Iron Fist, The Last Iron First Story, by Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction-Part 1
And make my fist into a thing of iron!
August Personage in Jade
Lei Kung the Thunder
If you're familiar with these phrases, then you will want to tune in to the Fantastic Podcastic edition of Homewood Hotcast to hear Mojo JoJo and Neptune's Own discuss the newest reboot of Marvel's Iron Fist collected in this graphic novel. If none of that is sounding familiar, tune in anyway. We promise fun and SPOILERS!
Ben, who attends Children's Storytime on a regular basis, tells us why he likes the library.
Watch Andrew and listen as he tells this true and very personal account of "The Lesson of the Gun." He shares how this miracle changed his life and how it can change yours too. Andrew Sanderbeck of The People-Connect Institute was the keynote speaker at the PLD Winter Mini-Conference held at Homewood Public Library, Homewood, AL.
Wizard Wrockers: The Whomping Willows, Catchlove, and Justin Finch-Fletchly and the Sugar Quills were in concert at the Homewood Public Library. These indie all ages rock bands write and sing songs based on the seven Harry Potter books, by J. K. Rowling. This was their only Alabama show!
Heather, Teen Librarian, along with patrons Melissa and Amber talk about why they like the Twilight series including the books Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. They discuss which camp they're in, ie., Jacob vs. Edward, should Bella wait to become a vampire, will Bella and Jacob still be friends, and what about Bella's behavior? Warning, possible spoilers!
Melissa Frennea reviews Naruto manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, with reaction from Brittany Mohd, both seniors from Homewood High School.
We would like to share with you what Christmas is like in our department. We have lots of sparkly decorations, professional performances for children, and craft classes for making those unique treasures.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Daniel Morning is the golden boy; popular and bright, his early acceptance to Cornell seems to seal his future. A future his parents have been pushing since Daniel was in eighth grade. Extra study sessions, tutors, advanced courses, school clubs and activities, even night courses at Samford University to give him an extra edge. And when that wasn't enough, a little harmless cheating to get the SAT scores needed to guarantee his place in the Ivy League school.
Misty Sandlin and her brother, Marc, and their friends, Eric and Val, also attend McCammon High, but that's about all they have in common with Daniel Morning and his buddies. Misty and her friends are barely tolerated. And it's not just their combat boots, thrift store clothes and constant presence in ISS that sets them apart. They have a strangely superior attitude at odds with their situation in life. Misty and Daniel are on the opposite ends of the social spectrum.
But Daniel has become fascinated by Misty. She seems to represent everything he craves but doesn't have: freedom, love of life, excitement. What Daniel doesn't realize is that when Misty prowls the streets of Birmingham, she really prowls. An exotic find at a local derelict furnace has given Misty and her friends the power to shift into wolves. And when Misty brings Daniel into the pack, it changes him in more ways than he could imagine.
This novel is difficult to describe. On the surface its a werewolf novel set in Birmingham, Alabama. But there are so many issues going on throughout the book that the lycanthropy isn't the only focus. The Romeo and Juliet relationship of Misty and Daniel, the yearning for freedom, relationships between the teenage friends, power and misuse of power, and discovering, and acting on, your heart's desire all play a part in this complex urban fantasy. I recommend this intense and well-written novel to older teens who want to see their city from a different perspective.