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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.

In Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes, Elizabeth Bard captures the sights, sounds AND TASTES of Paris, the cultural challenges of an expat living in France and the angst of a Renaissance woman trying to find her place in a practical world. If you liked Eat Pray Love and Under the Tuscan Sun, you’ll love this delicious memoir!

If you were lucky enough to come to Hoover's 2016 Southern Voices Festival, you were introduced to a new voice in Fiction writing, one Natalie Baszile. Her book, "Queen Sugar" is not only a pleasure to read, but will soon be coming to the small screen as a 14-episode television series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The series, starring Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe and directed by Ava DuVernay, follows two sisters that inherit their father's 800-acre sugarcane farm in Louisiana. Proudly showcasing wonderful African-American actors and directors, this series sounds like a drama worth adding to my to-watch list. If it's half as good as the book, it will be worth my viewing time!

The name's Bond . . . James Bond. Also known as Agent 007. He first appeared in a series of books by Ian Fleming, but catapulted to fame on the big screen. On October 5, 1962, the first Bond movie, Dr. No, introduced a larger audience to the Aston Martin-driving, shaken not stirred martini-drinking secret agent. And now -- 50 years, 6 actors, and innumerable Bond girls later -- the 23rd film, Skyfall, is in theatres.

Music plays an important role in many people lives. Its contagious pleasure is all around us. The film, Muscle Shoals, does a splendid job letting its viewers enter the world of music, and see where their favorite musicians have recorded. This brilliantly crafted film has been nominated for various awards such as Cinema Eye Honors Award and the Grammy Award, and winning awards such as the Golden Trailer Award (2014). Greg Camalier shows and tells how the small Alabama town, Muscle Shoals, served as a source of some of the best music of the 1960s and 1970s. This film is a must see and will change the way you view music with the amazing musical and historical facts about artist and their experiences recording in Muscle Shoals.


Join us for a fun and lively showing of the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom! Follow the journey of sixty fourth and fifth graders from New York City as they work together until they can out dance most adults. Over the course of ten weeks, these kids learn the foxtrot and the tango to compete in a citywide competition. This film, distributed by Paramount Vantage (formerly Paramount Classics), won the audience award at the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The movie has showtimes at 2 and 6:30 pm on Monday, August 14th. We offer free admission and refreshments and would love to see you there!


In a year where we have already lost some of our best and most popular authors all too soon—talented tale spinners such as Vince Flynn, Elmore Leonard, Richard Matheson, and, most recently, Tom Clancy—it is important to remember that one way to honor their memories is to keep reading and championing the new guard of authors as they hit the shelves.

The winter meeting of our book group for adults who love to read children's literature will focus on our staff favorites of 2017.  We're calling it Kid Lit Coffee Break: Premium Blend.  Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 3 p.m.  Miss Katie Jane (that's me!) will be sharing some of our favorite picture books, juvenile fiction and nonfiction, and teen novels published in 2017.  (Our full lists will be available soon.  Keep your eyes on this blog!)  There will be free coffee and desserts from the library's East 59 Café, and door prizes will consist of brand-new copies of some of the featured titles.  Registration is not necessary.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.

January 7 will also be the first Sunday with our extended hours.  We will now be open from 1-6 p.m. on Sundays.

Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff was especially interesting to read while history was recently being made in Egypt. Schiff sifts through centuries of conflicting accounts to extract the lady from the legend. What emerges is an epic biography of a woman who was more sage than seductress; “formidable, spirited, disciplined and resourceful” and an era when women enjoyed legal autonomy over 2,000 years before “women’s lib” entered our vernacular.

Cleopatra by Stacy Shiff is currently #5 on the New York Times list for best-selling nonfiction. Schiff's 1999 book, Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000.