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Teen Movie Night Out

Our teen librarian Wendy is hosting a Teen Movie Night Out at AMC Patton Creek on Monday, July 8, 2019.  This is always a popular program and fills up quickly.  Here's what you need to know.

You must be at least 13 years old to attend. 
You'll be attending the 4:30 pm showing of Spider-Man: Far from Home, which is rated PG-13.
You must sign up online or by phone (444-7826) beginning 06/30.
The library will pay for your ticket, but you will need to bring your own money if you want to buy snacks.
Once you're signed up, the library will call to remind you about the logistics of the outing.

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Family Movies That Are Out-of-This-World!

The library is closed for Independence Day on Thursday, July 4, 2019.  But make sure you stop by on Friday, July 5, 2019 to catch one (or both!) of our Family Movies.  We'll be showing Wall-E at 10:30 a.m. and Muppets from Space at 2 p.m.  Admission and refreshments are FREE!  No need to RSVP.  Simply take the lobby stairs or elevator down to the Library Theatre.

Wall-E (2008)
Oscar-winning CGI-animated delight about the misadventures of the last robot on Earth, circa 2800, who romances a sleek, high-tech android.  Rated G.

Muppets from Space (1999)
Gonzo discovers that his long-lost relatives are aliens from a distant planet.  Rated G.

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Balloon Blast Off!

Dr. Magical Balloons is making his Summer Reading debut on the Library Theatre stage!  Dewayne Richards has demonstrated his balloon skills at previous big events, like our annual Halloween party, but this is his first visit performing his super star stage show.  His Balloon Blast Off is a mix of balloon shenanigans, fantastic magic, and engaging comedy.   Don't forget that there are fewer opportunities to see his show because the library is closed for Independence Day on Thursday, July 4.

Dr. Magical Balloons
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3, 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!

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Into the Spiderverse

Do you love a web-slinging superhero?  Which one is your favorite?  It's hard to choose, especially now.  I've always been a fan of Peter Parker, especially the way Tom Holland portrays him.  I can't wait to see Spider-Man: Far from Home, which hits the big screen July 2, 2019.  And now I totally love Miles Morales from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.  Not to mention the other Spider-folk from the other dimensions!  No matter which Spider-Man dominates YOUR fandom, you're going to love the Hoover Public Library's Into the Spiderverse event on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 4 p.m.  Superhero enthusiasts ages 6-12 can sign up online or by phone (444-7830) beginning 06/27.

Game #1 - Peter Parker meets his foes in NYC and Europe in our Web Obstacle Course.

Game #2 - Defeat the villains in classic Spider-man style when you Web the Enemies!

Game #3 - Spider webs -- that's some sticky stuff.  Test it our and see what gets Stuck . . . In the Web.

Craft #1 - Miles Morales created a unique uniform of his own.  Now you can Design a Uniform fit for the Spiderverse.

Craft #2 - Create a Spiderverse poster that keeps your Spider-self inspired.

Oh, yeah.  Don't forget to get your snack on.

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Kid Lit Coffee Break: Summer Roast

Adults who love children's literature get a chance to relax and talk about books . . . with me!  I'm hosting a Kid Lit Coffee Break again this summer on Sunday, June 30, 2019 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 -- books!  This event is open to parents, teachers, librarians, and the young at heart.  No registration is required.  Simply follow the stars and the smell of coffee.

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Junior Space Camp

You have to be at least 9 years old to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, but Hoover Public Library is hosting a Junior Space Camp that is open to space enthusiasts ages 3-7!  The Kid Zone will become Mission Control for a series of 25 hands-on learning opportunities on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  You'll discover astronauts, meteorites, moons, planets, rockets, and stars as you engage with a variety of science, engineering, math, art, language, and motor skill stations.  You'll also have a chance to take an Astronaut Selfie!  Junior Space Camp is designed for the children and adults to work together as they make their space explorations.  Miss Katie Jane (that's me!), Miss Traci, and teen volunteers will also be roaming around to assist.  Each participant will receive a checklist to make sure you don't miss any of the fun.  The back of the checklist includes space book recommendations, a take-home project, and a summary of the benefits of this type of programming.  There are also ads for fall programming that follows a similar format: Story Lab and ExploraStory.  You do not have to register for this event.  Simply follow the stars . . . then reach for them. 

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RPG Fridays

Friends, dice, rules and adventure!  We'll begin a series of summer RPG Fridays next Friday, June 28, 2019 at 3 p.m.  The first Friday will be a 1st Level Adventure where the players will take on the role of a group of mischievous Goblins.   This session will serve as an introduction, allowing the players to get to know the game, the rules, the world and each other before beginning their first grand adventure.  Each Friday's one hour session will build up to the next.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826) beginning 06/21.

Did you finish that paragraph and still have NO IDEA what I'm talking about?  That's okay.  It just means you're exactly like I was when I was first told about RPG Fridays.  RPG stands for Role-Playing Game.   A role-playing game is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting, or through a process of structured decision-making regarding character development.  Still a little unsure but want to try it out?  Go for it!  Josh and Connor will be on hand to help you explore this new experience.

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Lucky to Have Lucky Diaz

We cannot believe our good luck!  We are so pleased to be able to welcome back, all the way from Los Angeles, California, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band to our Library Theatre stage!  Now known as The Lucky Band, Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, a married couple, have been named ‘THE face of kindie music’ by the Washington Post and PEOPLE Magazine called their album the #1 in COOLEST kids music!  The songs on their acclaimed and award-winning recordings offer a musical and topical range aimed at exploring all of the wonder and joy of a young person’s life.  They are 3X EMMY Nominees and WINNERS and 2X LATIN GRAMMY nominees and WINNERS!  Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first Americans to ever win a Latin GRAMMY in the children’s album category!  With catchy songs in both English and Spanish, this is a show you don't want to miss!

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 27, 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!

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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.

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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.

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