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Summer Reading Kick-Off 2019

This summer, in a library not so far away . . . STAR WARS. [Cue the John Williams soundtrack.]

The Force is strong at this year's summer reading kick-off event.  Episode Fun will take over the entire walk-on floor of the Hoover Public Library on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.  Like the franchise that inspired it, this party will be BIG.  Here's a quick guide to the galaxy to help make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun.

Take a picture with Jabba the Hutt outside the front entrance.
Mingle with members of the 501st.
Work with fellow fans to build a Death Star.
Make the jump to lightspeed in the Hyperspace Hall.
Enjoy Star Wars songs played by the Harlequin Halflings -- LIVE! -- while you eat your Rebel Rations of Han-burgers, Vader chips, and Wookiee Cookies in the Mos Eisley Cantina.
Float among the stars in General Organa's Space Swim.
Get an out-of-this-world hairstyle from the Paul Mitchell School in the Star Wars Salon.
Wear your fandom on your arm when you get an Airbrush Tattoo with Matthew Renda.
Sign up for Summer Reading!

Take your turn in the gunner's seat to bring down the Empire's space station in Death Star Assault.
Learn from the best in Blaster Training with Han Solo.
Search for droid parts in the Jawa Scrapyard.
Test your arm and aim in The Empire Strikes Back Cosmic Bowling Alley.
Use the Force to knock down a wall.
Manuever through the Dagobah Swamp Obstacle Course -- with Yoda on your back.
Feed Boba Fett to the Sarlacc.
Pin the Bun on Leia.

Capture the majesty of a Wookiee by making a Chewbacca Paper Portrait.
Use LEGO bricks to build Droid Protoypes.
Make a C-3PO or R2-D2 bag in the Droid Factory.
Will you make Vader or Yoda?  Choose you must in the Dark Side/Light Side Paper Plate Puppets.
Turn a rock into a pocketsize Jawa.
Create a glow-in-the-dark lightsaber necklace.
Forge a pool noodle lightsaber then train with Obi-Wan Kenobi . . . and bubbles.


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May the Fourth Be With You

Join us for a day in a galaxy far, far away at our Star Wars Movie Marathon! Whether you've seen them a million times or want your family to see them for the first time, come view these iconic films on the big screen in the Library Theatre! We will be showing the original trilogy on Saturday, May the 4th, 2019 -- Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.  Admission and refreshments are free.

  • Episode IV at 10:15 a.m.
  • Episode V at 1 p.m.
  • Episode VI at 3:15 p.m.

We'll also have coloring sheets, Origami Yoda folding, and a scavenger hunt set up all day long in the Kid Zone.  Drop by anytime.  And May the Fourth be with you.  Always.

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An Evening with Margaret Peterson Haddix

One week.  Just one week until the big event.  The big deal author.  I'm so excited I can't even write in complete sentences!  Margaret Peterson Haddix will be on the Plaza at Hoover Public Library next Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.   An Evening with Margaret Peterson Haddix will include the chance to hear the New York Times-bestselling author of over 40 books for kids and teens talk about . . . well, I'm hoping she talks about EVERYTHING!  Her books have been honored with the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. They have also been translated into more than twenty different languages.  You'll have the opportunity to buy one of her books at the event and get it signed.  There will also be a delicious reception after her presentation.

Her books are available at Hoover Public Library and throughout Jefferson County, so you can read up before the event.  Our teen librarian Wendy has also curated a list of her books available on ebook and downloadable audio via Overdrive.  The list will show up once you log into your Overdrive account.   I hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to see an amazing author, up close and personal.



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