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Are you planning a staycation this Spring Break?  Are you looking for some fun and affordable activities close to home?  Hoover Library always has endless supplies of fun, and we’re going all out with FREE activities for your family to enjoy while the kids are out of school during Spring Break 2018.  Our theme?  Get in the Game!  How did we choose it?  Video games continue to captivate young people (and not-so-young people).  Board games have made a huge comeback in recent years.  (In fact, the Hoover Library launched a circulating board game collection in the Kid Zone this past September.  Maybe you’ll take advantage of this new service and check out a few games over Spring Break!)  And Jumanji – beloved book, game and movie – was recently given a modern, more technological spin in the cinematic remake Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (starring Dwayne Johnson).  Really, how could we NOT choose Get in the Game as a theme?!  Mark your calendars with these exciting events!

On Tuesday, March  27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., watch Jumanji on the big screen in the Library Theatre.  This 1995 movie classic starring Robin Williams is rated PG.  Seating is first come, first seated.  Free admission and refreshments!  Open to all ages!

On Tuesday, March  27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., teens can stop by the Youth Program Room for our Game On! Video Game Tournament.  They'll play Super Smash Bros. on the Wii.  The last one standing will win a prize.  This event is open to grades 7-12.

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., kids will get the chance to Jump into Jumanji.  The Kid Zone will be transformed into the jungle adventure game Jumanji, inspired by the 1982 Caldecott Medal-winning picture book by Chris Van Allsburg.  Roll the dice and unleash the excitement!  The games and crafts will feature all of the wild animals and other dangers that appeared in Judy and Peter’s house as they played the game.  You’ll never look at board games the same way again!  Open to all ages!

On Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., follow the stars to Fun & Games Storytime with Miss Alyssa and Miss Katie Jane.  There will be puppets and props, singing and dancing . . . and games, of course!  Open to all ages!

On Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., the Youth Program Room will turn into board game central for Tabletop Games.  Hang out and play games with your friends.  This is the perfect opportunity to find a new family favorite for your own game nights.  Open to all ages!

I loved Becky Albertalli's Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!  When I was trying to expand my LGBT reading, it was one of the first novels I picked up.  And I picked a winner!  The movie based on the book debuted in theaters this weekend.  The movie is called Love, Simon.  And it stars Nick Robinson, star of Everything Everything and Jurassic World.

"Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing."