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Our pre-COVID schedule for today included a dinosaur-themed Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead with The Science Lady, Jan Mattingly. She is amazing, and her dinosaur exploration would have been mind-blowing.  This blog is a poor substitute, I know, but I hope it gives you at least one STEAM activity that you want to tackle.

Easter is on its way, which means chicks, ducks, and bunnies are showing up everywhere you look.  Especially if, like my sister the Shipt shopper, you’re looking at the Easter candy aisle at Target.  So this week’s Tumblebooks Storytime features BIRDS & BUNNIES.  Remember, to access Tumblebooks, go to our website and click on the white Tumblebooks rectangle directly below our message about the COVID closure.  You will be asked to enter your library card number in order to continue to the Tumblebooks website.  Once there, click on the INDEX tab to see an alphabetical list of books.  Use the alphabet buttons at the top to narrow your search for the titles.

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.