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On Monday, April 6, students in Alabama will begin online instruction to complete the school year.  The Hoover Public Library is here to support our local teachers, parents, and students.  And one of the ways we can help is by making it easy to find the resources you need, like the AVL.

The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research.  The website was redesigned in 2019, resulting in more intuitive site navigation and improved search capability.  It is easy to find materials for elementary, middle, and high school students.  There are several ebook libraries as well as Spanish-language content.  The AVL is providing expanded support and services in response to school and library closings due to COVID-19.  Some of our databases, such as PebbleGO and Britannica Ebooks, have expanded content.  There are also some EBSCO products that we only have access to for a limited time.

I’ve often raved about Brightly in my blogs, but maybe you’re new.  Maybe you don’t know what I’m talking about.  Or maybe you’re the opposite of new (NOT old, mind you) and need a refresher course.  Brightly provides passionate parents, educators, and caregivers with the tools they need to keep kids connected to books through every age & stage of life. Every month they post a reading challenge.  You can see it on their website, either as a web page or as a printable flyer.  I’m going to do it this month.  Here’s MY plan of action.  What’s YOURS?

It's April Fools Day!  But I'm celebrating by wearing funny socks and my Chewbacca Christmas T-shirt, NOT by tricking my library friends.  We have enough to deal with, right?  So instead of pranks, I'm extending thanks to Hoopla.  Hoopla is one of our downloadable services.  It provides access to audiobooks, ebooks, music, and movies.  If it shows up on Hoopla, you can check it out -- no wait lists!  The library currently allows each patron 10 check outs per month.  But Hoopla has created something special for this unusual time.  It's BONUS BORROWS collection can be accessed outside of the normal limits!  And our library doesn't have to pay for any of it!  I'm going to be featuring different things within this collection each week.  Today, I want to share some of the silliest things you can find.  We all need some laughs right about now.