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May the Fourth be with you

May 4th is Star Wars day! If you are a fan, I am sure you know that the library has a lot of Star Wars materials. Don’t miss out! Click on the heading and check out some of these items to celebrate!

 

 

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Graphic Novels

 

Nonfiction

 

DVDs

Books in Verse

Verse is not just for short poems and sonnets, it’s for novels too. Try something new and read these books that are entirely in verse!

Top 10 Hidden Gems of the YA Nonfiction Section

In our YA nonfiction section, the normal types of books reside there. SAT prep workbooks, American history books, informational books with a bunch of statistics, sports, poems, ect. However, our YA section has some really unexpected books as well.

1. 100 Cats Who Changed Civilization

 

Until you have at least flipped through this book, you will have no idea how many important felines have existed in history. From the cat who helped Isaac Newton invent the cat door to the cat who became the first feline internet phenomenon, it covers it all. Amaze your friends with your weird cat knowledge.

 

 

 

2. Historical Heartthrobs

 

Sure, when asked who your celebrity crush is you can be normal and say Zayn Malik or Selena Gomez, but so many others have these fleeting celebrities as crushes. Find a new crush that has withstood the test of time in this book.

 

 

 

3. Fad Mania

 

From the Charleston to Silly Bandz, America has gone through some insane crazes. Learn about them all in this fun book. Impress others with your immense knowledge of popular culture through the ages.

 

 

 

4. Danger!

 

Ever think of how dangerous the world is? If you haven’t this book will tell you. 187 pages of danger await you between the covers. Try not to become agoraphobic.

 

 

 

5. Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps

 

I bet you could guess what stereotype is most associated with Indiana but do you know the stereotypes associated with India or Canada? Ever guess what a map of video games would look like or the internet? Ever wonder how America was in compared to other countries when it comes to things like Miss World Winners, Speed limits, or Lightning fatalities? This book has it all. See your world in a different way.

 

 

 

6. Bad Girls

 

We have all heard the saying “Well behaved women rarely make history.” This book is full of women who are the basis of that phrase. Through cheeky writing and colorful illustrations, learn about some of the most infamous (and interesting) women in history.

 

 

 

 

7. The Elements

 

View the Table of Elements in a new way through beautiful photographs. Not only is this filled with information that will aid in a report that would make your science teacher swoon but it is also filled with amazing photographs of the elements. You have never thought the elements that make up the universe were this beautiful until after this book.

 

 

 

 

8. Oval Office Oddities

 

I am sure all those books outlining the life and career of our presidents are very interesting but I bet they don’t fill you in on these interesting tidbits of some of the most influential men in history. This book promises to give you peculiarities, firsts, and pets. It even lets you in on the first ladies and the president’s pets.

 

 

 

 

9. Last of the Giants

 

Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Learn about 13 huge creatures of the ancient world and how they became extinct. You will never look at modern day lions, tigers, or bears again after reading about their ginormous ancestors.

 

 

 

 

 

10. How They Croaked

 

For the morbidly curious, this book is the best treat. It tells you how some of the most famous people in history met their ultimate demise.

 

 

 

 

 

Find your own Hidden Gems in YA Nonfiction in the HCPL Teen Room!

7 Must Have Apps

Hancock County Public Library provides you with more than just physical books, DVDs, and video games, we also have multiple online resources and apps that let you have access to digital materials and more. The best part is that it is all FREE with your library card.

You can access the following apps and others on HCPL’s Online Resources page.

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 Hancock County Public Library App –  Search our catalog, keep up with your account, view downloads, and register for events right from your phone or tablet.

 

 

 

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Overdrive – Check out and enjoy our collection of ebooks and audiobooks right from your device. It also remembers your library card number so you don’t have to enter it in every time!

 

 

 

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Hoopla – Never be bored again with this app, which as music, movies, tv shows, audiobooks, and comics.

 

 

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Zinio – Access some of your favorite magazines without a personal subscription. Some magazines you can view are Elle, Discover, ESPN.  Knits, MacWorld,  National Geographic, Popular Science, and MotorTrend.

 

 

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Freegal – Legally download music by some of your favorite artists like Adele, The Chainsmokers, Bruno Mars, and Pharrell Williams.

 

 

 

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Brainfuse Mobile – Get help with homework on the go. Submit questions to tutors, track assignments, and access your flashcards from anywhere.

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Mango – Access over 60 foreign-language courses to help you learn a new language.

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month by reading books written by these African American authors!

 

Jaime Adoff 

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Coe Booth

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Christopher Paul Curtis

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Tanina S. Davis

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Sharon M. Draper

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Sharon Flake

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Lamar Giles

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Nikki Grimes

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Angela Johnson

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Varian Johnson

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Julius Lester

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Walter Dean Myers

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Sherri L. Smith

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Brian F. Walker

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Jacqueline Woodson

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