Another Summer Reading Kick-Off at Veterans Park
We're just a week away from our Book It! for a Better World 5K. This year, the library’s Summer Reading theme is Build a Better World. And, to quote Michael Jackson . . .
"I’m starting with the man in the mirror.
I’m asking him to change his ways.
And no message could have been any clearer.
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change."
Maybe that means getting in shape, maybe it means helping your local public library. If you participate in our 2nd annual race, sponsored by The Friends of the Hoover Library, it can mean both! The Book It! for a Better World 5K will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Hoover’s beautiful Veterans Park at 4800 Valleydale Road, adjacent to Spain Park High School. This professionally developed cross-country course will take you around the lake and forested areas of the park. The horn will sound at 8 a.m. and awards will be presented at 9 am. The "sleep in" option is back for those who'd like a t-shirt to show their support, but aren't interested in hitting the trail. New this year is the Story Stroll. While walking an easy loop, you'll follow a story and complete a form to register for a prize drawing. This event is fun for even the youngest readers and begins at 9 a.m. Story Stroll registrants do not receive a t-shirt. Click here for more information or to register to run.
The Kids Summer Reading Kickoff begins immediately after at 10 a.m. with a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall, 5 inflatables, 4 giant-sized games, 2 crafts, a collaborative art project, a LEGO building station, airbrush tattoos, balloons, and snacks. Plus you can register for summer reading, either the traditional way or via our new online platform. The cost for all this fun? It's free, free, FREE! Don't miss it! Mark your calendars today for May 20, 2017!
Staff Pick: The Stranger in the Woods
Have you ever experienced the eerie feeling of being watched when actually you were supposed to be all alone? If so, you have this in common with almost an entire small town in Northern Maine. For nearly 30 years, residents of Rome, Maine experienced this feeling and attributed it, along with a constant string of strange break-ins, to someone they’d never seen and only known as The North Pond Hermit.
After purposefully “losing” himself in the wilderness of Maine in 1986, 20-year-old Christopher Knight did not reemerge into society again until his eventual arrest in 2013. Michael Finkel’s The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit provides an intimate look into Knight’s existence before, during and after his decades long hiatus. Interviews with family members, residents of the area, officers who made finding The Hermit their life’s work, and even Knight himself allow interesting insight into society’s view of solidarity and the sheer diversity of human nature.
Michael Finkel points out that “most of us feel like something is missing from our lives. And I wondered then if Knight's journey was to seek it. But life isn't about searching endlessly to find what's missing. It's about learning to live with the missing parts.” Though I doubt most of us will abandon our lives and adopt the forests of Hoover as our new home, I think many readers will be pleasantly surprised to be able to relate to Chris Knight and some of his motivations for wanting to escape today’s fast-paced way of life.
If you’re interested in reading more about lifestyles of seclusion in the wilderness, you might also enjoy:
Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild