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Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.

Movers & Groovers

Get groovy with Miss Alyssa and Miss Traci at Movers & Groovers this summer! This high-energy movement and music program is designed for children ages 2 and up. We’ll sing and dance to songs by our favorite children’s artists and engage in creative story exploration using voice characterization, movement and improvisation.  No registration is required for either of these events.  Just mark your calendars, then follow the stars to a moving experience.

Movers & Groovers: “Construction Zone!”
Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. 

Movers & Groovers: “Green and Extreme!”
Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. 

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Recycle-O-Rama in Summer STEAM

Registration opens TODAY for the first program in our Summer STEAM series -- Recycle-o-rama on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 4 & 6:30 p.m.  We'll learn about recycling and its effects on the planet, plus we'll make crafts using things like milk jugs, toilet paper rolls, and regular water bottles.  We'll also have lots of things made from recycled stuff to give you ideas to think about making more projects at home.  Children ages 8-12 can register online or by phone (444-7830).

For more science ideas tied to recycling, take a look at this new series!
Amazing Cardboard Tube Science by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen (Alabama author)
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Awesome Craft Stick Science by Tammi Enz
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Cool Plastic Bottle and Milk Jug Science by Tammi Enz
J  745.5  ENZ
 

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Build a Better World

Feel like a Kid Again – Adult Summer Reading is Back!

Whether you read or listen to fiction, nonfiction, or a little of both, sign up and join in!

  • Pick up a log at the Fiction or Nonfiction desk or register digitally at hooverlibrary.beanstack.org
  • Read or listen to books. Try ebooks and downloadable audiobooks through jclc.overdrive.com
  • Log books. For each five books, register for drawings at the Fiction or Nonfiction desk.
  • Win great prizes donated by the Friends of the Library.

Adult Summer Reading will be held through May 20 – July 31.

-Tara

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The Courage to Be Creative is a joyful self-help book for all creative people, whether you are a writer, artist, or anyone else with a creative soul. In this book, Doreen Virtue guides you through the process to find the courage to be creative while exploring many aspects such as finding clarity, staying focused and much more, while allowing you to find understanding and acceptance in yourself and your creative energies. In the second part of this book, Doreen introduces the courage to be able to make a living with your creative work and how to overcome problems a creative individual might face such as family. She also discusses how to step forth into the creative industries.

Bother Joseph and the Grotto is a well-constructed documentary about how, Brother Joseph Zoettl, built Ave Maria Grotto. Brother Joseph Zoettl is a Bolivarian monk who created the miniature Alabama city of Saint Bernard Abbey out of recycled materials. The writer/director Cliff Vaugh captures the religious, folk art, and history aspects of Brother Joseph and the obstacles he faces while constructing Saint Bernard Abbey. This film brings to light the importance of accomplishing goals and overcoming any obstacle through hard work and determination.

Brother Joseph and the Grotto

Saturday May 27

2:30 p.m.

The Library Theatre

If you love documentaries, plan now to attend Frank Lloyd Wright at 2:00p.m. or 6:00p.m on June 12th.

Can You Koo Koo Kanga Roo?

Koo Koo Kanga Roo is making their Hoover Public Library debut this summer!  The unforgettable duo will be singing and dancing . . . and making everybody go Whoopty Whoop!  Fun for little kids, big kids, and grown-ups who never quite grew up.  You may have seen them on GoNoodle.  Now you can see them live!

Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
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!

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We Built Some Great Summer Reading Lists

There's something for every reader . . . and even something for the people who think they aren't readers . . . on our 2017 Summer Reading lists.  These lists can also be found in the Downloads section on the Kid Zone page and at the various desks in the children's and teen departments.

BONUS!
ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children, part of the American Library Assocation) has also put together a great group of summer reading lists.  There are four lists: birth-preschool, Kindergarten-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade.  You can access all four by clicking here.  We will also try to keep printed copies at our desks all summer long.

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Summer Reading 2017

We need EVERYONE to Build a Better World during this year's summer reading program!  Our children's program is available for birth through rising sixth grade, and our teen program is for rising seventh through twelfth grade.  Registration began Saturday, May 20, 2017 and continues through July 14, 2017.  To sign up, simply stop by a Kid Zone or Teen Spot desk.  You can sign up in the more traditional way and receive a paper reading log, OR you can register for our online program at hooverlibrary.beanstack.org.  Either way, every time you finish a book this summer, add the title and number of pages to your log. You'll earn a prize ticket at 200 pages, 500 pages, 1000 pages, and 1500 pages.  You also earn a prize ticket for every additional 1000 pages after your 1500-page goal.  Keep reading and earning until you reach 10,000 pages.  The tickets can be exchanged for prizes in our Prize Zone, which opens Thursday, June 1, 2017. [Teens can also use their tickets to enter into drawings for larger prizes.  Check the summer reading display by the teen desk for specifics.  Children also have a chance to win something big!  Every child who reaches 500 pages will have their name entered into a drawing for a bicycle!]  Important thing to remember in all the excitement -- summer reading is not a competition to see who reads the most or the fastest.  Read for fun and set a reading goal that's right for YOU!  The final day to redeem for prizes is August 2, 2017.  NEW THIS YEAR!  We have an activity log option for our youngest summer readers.  If your child is younger than four, stop by the desk to find out more!

BONUS!
Don't forget to watch our official summer reading commericial!  

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, the fourth movie in the Wimpy Kid franchise, hits theaters this weekend.  It's an all-new cast -- Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott, and Alicia Silverstone -- making the Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party.  It goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.  Inspired by the ninth book in the series.  Read it again then see the movie. 

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Happy 50th, Hoover!

Hoover was officially incorporated as a city of May 18, 1967.  So today is Hoover's 50th birthday!  "Happy birthday, dear Hoover.  Happy birthday to you!"  The city already commemorated this event in a big way on Celebrate Hoover Day last month, but the Hoover Library is getting in on the action during Summer Reading.  Mark your calendars for our Happy Birthday Hoover party on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  We'll have lots of games, cake and ice cream, and a big birthday card to decorate and present to our city.  You do not need to register for this event.  Just follow the stars and the refrains of "Happy Birthday to You!"

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