What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Patron Saints of Nothing
I discovered this author while browsing our NEW bookshelves in the Teen Department last year. I was trying to find a book with a male protagonist, which is harder and harder in the current publishing trend. After the Shot Drops also included basketball and a diverse cast, so how could I resist? It turned out to be one of my favorite books of the year. Which is why I'm pumped that Ribay has a new book out this week! Do I already have it checked out? YES!
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (Jun 18, 2019)
Shocked out of his senioritis slumber when his beloved cousin Jun is killed by the police in the Philippines for presumably using drugs, Jay makes a radical move to spend his spring break in the Philippines to find out the whole story. Once pen pals, Jay hasn’t corresponded with Jun in years and is wracked by guilt at ghosting his cousin. A mixed heritage (his mother is white) Filipino immigrant who grew up in suburban Michigan, Jay’s connection to current-day Philippines has dulled from assimilation. His internal tensions around culture, identity, and languages—as “a spoiled American”—are realistic. Told through a mix of first-person narration, Jun’s letters to Jay, and believable dialogue among a strong, full cast of characters, the result is a deeply emotional story about family ties, addiction, and the complexity of truth. The tender relationship between Jay and Jun is especially notable—as is the underlying commentary about the challenges and nuances between young men and their uncles, fathers, male friends, and male cousins. Part coming-of-age story and part exposé of Duterte’s problematic policies, this powerful and courageous story offers readers a refreshingly emotional depiction of a young man of color with an earnest desire for the truth. [from Kirkus Reviews]
Read an excerpt here.
How to Read a Book
A linguistic and visual feast awaits in Kwame Alexander and Melissa Sweet’s debut collaboration. New readers will be eager to follow such unconventional instructions, and experienced readers will recognize every single step.
How to Read a Book (June 18, 2019)
If the mechanics of deciphering words on a page is a well-covered topic, the orchestration of finding magic between pages is an art emphasized but unexplained…until now. First things are first: “find a tree—a black tupelo or dawn redwood will do—and plant yourself.” Once settled, take the book in hand and “dig your thumb at the bottom of each juicy section and pop the words out…[then] // Squeeze every morsel of each plump line until the last drop of magic / drips from the infinite sky.” Reading, captured here in both content and form, is hailed as the unassailably individual, creative act it is. The prosody and rhythm and multimodal sensuousness of Alexander’s poetic text is made playfully material in Sweet’s mixed-media collage-and-watercolor illustrations. Not only does the book explain how to read, but it also demonstrates the elegant and emotive chaos awaiting readers in an intricate partnership of text and image.
Read this Publishers Weekly article to learn more about their collaborative process.
Hamilton Musical Throw-Down
"Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy, and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot."
Are you ready for an epic song-rap-American history showdown? Don't throw away your shot! See who has the greatest knowledge of the Musical Phenomenon known as Hamilton at our Hamilton Musical Throw-Down on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. We will play Name That Song, Finish the Lyrics, and Trivia. There will be snacks and a small Hamilton-themed craft. Registration is open to rising 7th-12th graders. Sign up online or by phone (444-7826) beginning 06/17.
Sports Space Jam
Michael Jordan, the Looney Tunes, and some basketball-playing aliens made a classic movie in 1996. Maybe you've heard of it? Space Jam! Well, here's your chance to do your dance at Hoover Pubic Library's Sports Space Jam on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 4 p.m. This sports-in-space opportunity is for young athletes age 6-12. You need to sign up online or by phone (444-7830) to be on our roster. Registration opens 06/13.
Game #1 - Get the solar soccer ball past the Galactic Goalie in Solar Soccer.
Game #2 - Can you sink a Black Hole in One? Test your golf skills with our course through the library galaxy.
Game #3 - Sink a hoop on the surface of the red planet in Mars Madness.
Craft #1 - Who needs spirit gear? You do! Make a pennant to help you cheer on your favorite team.
Craft #2 - Create a drawstring bag to hold all your space sports gear.
Snackies - Because space athletes need to refuel!
Moon: Earth's Best Friend
Stacey McAnulty and Stevie Lewis have given us another delightful nonfiction picture book in their Our Universe series! This would made a wonderful addition to your "A Universe of Stories" summer reading log.
Moon: Earth's Best Friend (June 11, 0219)
Meet Moon! She's more than just a rock―she’s Earth’s rock, her best friend she can always count on. Moon never turns her back on her friend (literally: she's always facing Earth with the same side!). These two will stick together forever.
"Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future."
That's true, Yoda. But I know for sure that the Hoover Library is hosting Jedi Crafts on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. We're using our creative Force to decorate tumblers and make Star War's galaxies in a jar. We're also making a "sweet" food craft to look like a favorite character. This event is open to Jedi apprentices grades 7-12. You can sign up online or by phone (444-7826) beginning 06/10.
To the Library . . . and Beyond!
We just couldn't have a space-themed summer without Buzz Lightyear! That would be an intergalactic emergency! Especially since Toy Story 4 comes out later this month! The Hoover Public Library will go To Infinity . . . and Beyond! on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Meet Buzz Lightyear and begin your space ranger training. Defeat Evil Emperor Zurg in a Blacklight Space Gun Course. Test your galactic navigational skills during an Interplanetary Beanbag Toss. Hone your coordination skills and attempt to Pin the Eye(s) on the Alien. Create an undercover Alien Disguise. And, of course, dine at Pizza Planet. Doesn't that sound good? Can't you just hear those adorable Toy Story aliens in your head? "Oooooo. We are eternally grateful." I know I can. Young space ranger cadets do not have to register for this event. Simply follow the stars to the Kid Zone. Remember to walk. You are not a flying toy.
Madcap Puppets Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Madcap Puppets always entertain with their GIANT puppets. This year's show is called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Travel down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, Toto, and their best friends; Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Tin Man. Madcap brings this epic adventure to life with breathtaking puppets in an enchanting, family-friendly classic based on the beloved book by L. Frank Baum. You can find all of Baum's Oz stories in the Kid Zone under J BAU.
Madcap Puppets presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests. All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff. All parties must be present to be seated. Saving seats is not allowed. Please arrive early to ensure your spot!