Hoopla Digital

The Mooresville Public Library is excited to announce the availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks through a new partnership with hoopla digital. All that you need is a valid library card.
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MPL cardholders may download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. Movies and television shows are available for three days after check out. Music is available for seven days and audiobooks are available 21 days.

Hoopla digital’s interface is simple to navigate, so it’s easy to get to the collection of listening and viewing materials. There’s no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or audiobooks, and hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees.

To access the system on a mobile device, download the free hoopla digital app from the App Store on an Android or Apple iOS device. Simply select ‘Sign Up’ to get started. Or visit hoopladigital.com to view hoopla digital content from any computer.

February Kids Picks

Here are our February staff picks of children’s books that we know you’re going to love!

Lemonade WarLemonade War
Jacqueline Davies

Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for 4th grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn $100.
-Crystal

The Wild BornThe Wild Born
Brandon Mull

As a dark force engulfs the land, the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers who each have forged a rare bond with their spirit beasts, a bond that gives great powers to all of them.
-Megan

Herman and RosieHerman and Rosie
Gus Gordon

Love story of a crocodile and a deer whose lives fall “out of tune” but are brought together by “a groovy little jazz number.”
-Mike

Colors of UsThe Colors of Us
Karen Katz

Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends’ skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.
-Serena

Colors of Us Did Lincoln Own Slaves?:
And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln

Gerald J. Prokopowicz

In the bicentennial year of Lincoln’s birth, here is the one indispensable book that provides all you need to know about our most revered president in a lively and memorable question-and-answer format.
-Megan

BunniculaBunnicula:
A Rabbit-tale of Mystery

Deborah Howe

Chester the cat resorts to hilarious antics to try and alert his owners and Harold, their dog, that their newly adopted bunny may actually be a vegetable vampire.
-Megan

The Colors of Us

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The Colors of Us
Karen Katz

February is Black History month and to celebrate I created a program based on the picture book, The Color of Us by Karen Katz. I began by reading the book to the children and answering any questions they had.  The character in the book, Lena, makes an interesting statement that I was sure to point out to the children and ask their opinion.

The story begins with Lena and her mother preparing to paint self-portraits. While Lena’s mother explains mixing colors for the right brown, “The right brown?  But Mom, brown is brown,” Lena states. “That’s not so,” her Mom says. “There are lots of different shades of brown. Let’s take a walk. You’ll see.” So our adventure with Lena and her mother began.  This book celebrates the differences and similarities we all share.

The children enjoyed comparing our skin colors and discussing the color paints we would need to blend together.  We all had fun trying to match our many shades we brought to the program.  Cinnamon, French toast, creamy peanut butter, chocolate brown, honey, cocoa and butterscotch to name a few.

Check this book out at MPL and celebrate the color of you!

-Serena Sciarretta
Library Assistant II Youth Services

2014 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

Hooray! The votes are in and the American Library Association has announced the Newbery and Caldecott winners for 2014! But what are the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and why are they so important in the literary world?

The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The Newbery is named for John Newbery, an 18th-century English publisher of juvenile books, and was proposed by Fredrick Melcher in 1921, making it the first children’s book award in the world.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year’s most distinguished American picture book for children, beginning with 1937 publications. It is awarded to the illustrator by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is named for Randolph Caldecott, a nineteenth-century English illustrator.

Now that we know what the awards are and what they’re given for, here are the winners of the 2014 Newbery and Caldecott medals, as well as the honor books.

Newbery Medal Winner

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Flora and Ulysses Kate DiCamillo

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.

Newbery Honor Books

DollbonesDoll Bones Holly Black

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave. Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?

Billy MillerThe Year of Billy Miller Kevin Henkes

When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white art by the author, this is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.

One Came HomeOne Came Home Amy Timberlake

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn’t, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of “pigeoners” trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha’s blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

PaperboyPaperboy Vince Vawter

An 11-year-old boy living in Memphis in 1959 throws the meanest fastball in town, but talking is a whole different ball game. He can barely say a word without stuttering, not even his own name. So when he takes over his best friend’s paper route for the month of July, he knows he’ll be forced to communicate with the different customers, including a housewife who drinks too much and a retired merchant marine who seems to know just about everything. The paper route poses challenges, but it’s a run-in with the neighborhood junkman, a bully and thief, that stirs up real trouble–and puts the boy’s life, as well as that of his family’s devoted housekeeper, in danger.

Caldecott Medal Winner

LocomotiveLocomotive Brian Floca

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

Caldecott Honor Books

Journey Journey Aaron Becker

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire?

Flamingo Flora and Flamingo Molly Idle

In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!

WufflesMr. Wuffles David Wiesner
In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn’t care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens—but the ship wasn’t designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble. When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends. The result? A humorous exploration of cooperation between aliens and insects, and of the universal nature of communication involving symbols, “cave” paintings, and gestures of friendship.

Now that we have all the books listed, which one will you read first?

-Megan Mosher
Library Assistant II Youth Services

2014 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association has selected the following Top Ten Fiction Books for 2014:

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All the Truth That’s in Me
Julie Berry

Judith is a pariah after her tongue is cut out. But when war threatens her village she must find her voice.

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Freakboy
Kristin Elizabeth Clark

What do you do when your outside doesn’t match your inside? In this free-verse novel, Brendan, a gender-questioning teen, wrestles with his identity.

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Better Nate Than Ever
Tim Federle

Broadway enthusiast Nate ventures out on his own from suburban Pittsburgh to the Big Apple for a chance at musical stardom. Hilarity ensues.

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Far Far Away
Tom McNeal

Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s life is full of delicious cakes, funny pranks, and dangerous mistakes. It’s almost like he’s living in a modern fairy tale.

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Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor has bright red hair and a thrift store wardrobe. Park wears “guyliner” and reads comics. They don’t fit in anywhere except with each other.

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Midwinterblood
Marcus Sedgwick

On a remote, mysterious island in Scandinavia, two souls seek each other out again and again through seven stories that span centuries.

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Out of the Easy
Ruta Sepetys

Life can be sleazy in the Big Easy especially for 17-year-old Josie, who’s itching to get out of New Orleans and start a better life.

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Winger
Andrew Smith / Illustrated by Sam Bosma.

Fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean navigates the twists and turns of boarding school with the help of his rugby teammates and his best friend, with whom he is helplessly in love.

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Golden Boy
Tara Sullivan

Can you put a price on an albino’s life? In Tanzania, you can.

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Rose Under Fire
Elizabeth Wein

During World War II, a female transport pilot is captured and sent to a German concentration camp where she bears witness to starvation, corporal punishment, and medical experimentation.

YALSA also posted a complete list of 2014 Best Fiction for Teens, comprised of 98 titles. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.

How many did you read?

-Michael Hawkins
Head of Adult Services