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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!

If there is one resolution you should plan on making for this upcoming year (and actually commit to and stick with) then it should be this pleasant little pledge: Read more! And lucky for you, the kindly folks here in the Hoover Public Library’s Fiction Department are only oh-so glad to help you hit the ground running this January with a fun-filled and rewarding year of reading books, books, and more books.

Stephanie suggests Lauren Willig’s The Ashford Affair for all you readers out there pining for some swelling historical romance. She promises that this book is a sweep-you-away tale about love, loss, betrayal, second chances, and startling family secrets, set against the backdrop of interwar London and British colonial Kenya.

Think back to 2006. Do you remember the first time you heard that a group of astronomers had decided that Pluto was not a planet anymore? Remember that sad feeling of “Oh, poor Pluto” or maybe you got angry and thought, “Why are they picking on Pluto? What did Pluto do to anyone?” Now you have someone to blame. Meet Mike Brown, the astronomer who discovered “the tenth planet”, which ultimately led to the downfall of Pluto. In How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, Brown raises the question of what exactly is a planet. You think that the answer would be simple, but Brown raises several important arguments that might change your views on the former planet. How I killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming made me wish

No Jacket Required – Travelogues, May 2015

The library’s genre group discussed Travelogues in May. The titles presented are listed below.

“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” First Amendment to the US Constitution

“The basic foundation of our democracy is the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of expression. The Opposing Viewpoints Series is dedicated to the concept of this basic freedom and the idea that it is more important to practice it than to enshrine it.”

Every book in Greenhaven Press’s Opposing Viewpoints series begins with this simple statement. This series is perfect for anyone hoping to better understand the timely issues and debates we hear about in the news every day. Each book focuses on one controversial issue and features essays from notable voices from every side.

Originally set for release on September 13th, Doubleday set a precedent by shipping 200,000 copies of Colson Whitehead's newest blockbuster to bookstores in secret. One lucky recipient was Oprah Winfrey. Now Mr. Whitehead is getting the "Oprah bump," meaning it was selected as an Oprah pick for September. The Underground Railroad will be Whitehead's eighth and most highly anticipated novel. A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship, Whitehead was also a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize for his second novel, John Henry Days (2001). In the current novel, the author imagines that clandestine system of safe houses and secret routes as an actual "underground railroad".

Adults who love children's literature get a chance to relax and talk about books . . . with me!  I'm hosting two Kid Lit Coffee Breaks again this summer.  One is Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3 p.m.  The other is Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 3 p.m.  We'll meet in the Youth Program Room to drink coffee and eat delicious desserts, all from the library's very own East 59.  And we'll talk about all the amazing kid lit books we've been reading.  There will be door prizes each time.  This event is open to parents, teachers, librarians, and the young at heart.  No registration is required.  


Insatiable Readers, a nonfiction book group, discussed titles related to "Labor Day: The Working Life" on Saturday, September 16.  The titles presented are listed below:

 Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker