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Comic Book Wearables

Almost all superheroes have the power to accessorize.  Tap into your own creative superpower at Comic Book Wearables on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Teens (grades 7-12) will fashion a wallet, a headband, and a bowtie with comic themes.  Register online or by phone (444-7826).

These books will help you further develop your power.

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Book Heroes to the Rescue!

Heroes come in many shapes and sizes.  They often pass as completely ordinary folk.  Their headquarters are tucked into the most unlikely places.  Don't believe me?  Learn the truth at Book Heroes to the Rescue! on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  We've pulled some of your favorite heroes straight from the pages of your favorite books.  Captain Underpants, Lunch Lady, and Fly Guy will save the day in this epic adventure for rising 1st-3rd graders.  Registration is a must!  Sign up online (click on the blue time slot) or by phone (444-7830) today!

Captain Underpants books are shelved under J  PIL.
Lunch Lady books are shelved under J  LUN  GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Fly Guys books are shelved under E  ARN  BEGINNING READER.


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Hero Headlines #3

We are seriously celebrating Girl Power with this week's nonfiction book list.  Read about some amazing females in these True Tales of Wonder Women.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.  Click here to watch hilarious booktalks featuring Miss Katie Jane and Mr Jeremy.)

  1. A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women by Lynne Cheney
  2. All by Herself: 14 Girls Who Made a Difference: Poems by Ann Whitford Paul
  3. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel
  4. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  5. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
  6. Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II by Cheryl Mullenbach
  7. Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts
  8. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick (Young Readers Edition)
  9. I Could Do That: Ester Morris Gets Women the Vote by Linda Arms White
  10. Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin
  11. Joan of Arc: The Teenager Who Saved Her Nation by Philip Wilkinson
  12. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell
  13. Ladies First: 40 Daring American Women Who Were Second to None by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
  14. Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  15. Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen by Marissa Moss
  16. Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough
  17. Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, A Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss
  18. Patriots in Petticoats: Heroines of the American Revolution by Shirley-Raye Redmond
  19. Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrel
  20. Rabble Rousers: 20 Women Who Made a Difference by Cheryl Harness
  21. Reporting Under Fire: 16 Daring Women War Correspondents and Photojournalists by Kerrie Logan Hollihan (part of series)
  22. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
  23. The Split History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement by Don Nardo
  24. The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman
  25. When Harriet Met Sojourner by Catherine Clinton
  26. A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country by Ilene Cooper
  27. Yes She Can!: Women’s Sports Pioneers by Glenn Stout
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Prize Vault Opens June 1

Summer Reading sign-up began almost two weeks ago on May 18.  Since then, you've been recording the title and number of pages of every book you read.  And you've been keeping a running total of how many pages you've read so far this summer.  The big question is . . . WHEN CAN I START GETTING TICKETS AND PRIZES?!?!  The Prize Vault opens Monday, June 1, 2015.  That means you can turn your logs in to get tickets and spend your tickets in the vault.  Once the vault opens, it remains open every moment the library is open through July 28.  So, no matter when you visit the library, you'll be able to redeem for tickets and prizes.  If the vault door is closed, simply go to the nearest Kid Zone or Teen Spot desk.  The librarian will open it for you.  Not ready to spend your tickets, but want to see what prizes are available?  Check out the display case next to the vault.

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Are You Ready for a Little TomFoolery?

We have a brand-new-to-Hoover-Public-Library performer for our first week of summer shows in The Library Theatre!  TomFoolery is based out of Nashville, TN, and he is ready to wow Alabama with his juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, and balancing acts.  There will be lots of high energy comedy and friendly antics.  Don't miss it!

TomFoolery Juggling Extravaganza
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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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Teen Trivia Craze

Think you know trivia?  Put your brain to the test at Trivia Craze on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  You'll compete on a team with other teens (rising 7th-12th grade) to see who knows the most facts.  And, yes, there will be food.  There is ALWAYS food.  Register online or by phone (444-7826).

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Lost in the Sun

Lisa Graff has really hit it out of the ballpark this time.  Her new novel, Lost in the Sun, "tackles issues of loss, isolation, and rage without apology" and "offers stunning insight into boyhood and humanity."  It has received starred reviews in every single major publishing journal -- Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal.  I cannot wait to read it!

Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can’t get rid of. Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he’s not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is. Trent could even join the baseball team, if he wants to. If only Trent could make that fresh start happen. It isn’t until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little—the girl with the mysterious scar across her face—that things begin to change. Because fresh starts aren’t always easy. Even in baseball, when a fly ball gets lost in the sun, you have to remember to shift your position to find it.

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Team Up with LEGO Superheroes!

You love LEGO bricks. You love superheroes. What happens when you combine those two loves? You get LEGO Superheroes at the Hoover Public Library!  There will be LEGO mini-figure launching, a chance to build something MARVELous, and that's just the beginning.  Registration is open for all three events.  Choose the one that's right for you!  You can sign up online by clicking on the blue time slot.  You can also call us at 444-7830.

LEGO Superheroes (Grades 1-3)
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

LEGO Superheroes (Grades 1-3)
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m

LEGO Superheroes (Grades 4-6)
Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

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Hero Headlines #2

This week's informational booklist honors the heroes who have served our country in times of peace and war. Read these True Tales of the Military.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.  Click here to watch hilarious booktalks featuring Miss Katie Jane and Mr Jeremy.)

  1. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Military Alphabet by Chris L. Demarest
  2. Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert by Doris Fisher
  3. Army Delta Force by Nick Gordon
  4. Army Rangers by Carlos Alvarez
  5. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.: Air Force General & Tuskegee Airmen Leader by Sari Earl
  6. Coast Guard by Simon Rose
  7. Count On Us: American Women in the Military by Amy Nathan
  8. Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone
  9. Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
  10. Dolphins in the Navy by Meish Goldish
  11. Elite Forces Selection by Jack Montana
  12. Everything Battles by John Perritano & James Spears
  13. The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage by Walter Dean Myers
  14. The Kids’ Guide to Military Vehicles by Lisa M. B. Simons
  15. Mayday! Mayday!: A Coast Guard Rescue by Chris L. Demarest
  16. Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat by Mike Ritland
  17. Navy SEAL Team Six in Action by Stephen Person (part of series)
  18. Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery
  19. Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum
  20. Today’s Air Force Heroes by Miriam Aronin (part of series)
  21. Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalván
  22. The United States Navy by Michael Green (part of series)
  23. The U.S. Army Green Berets: The Missions by Pete Delmar (part of series)
  24. U.S. Marines by the Numbers by Elizabeth Raum (part of series)
  25. Warships edited by Tim Cooke
  26. Weapons, Gear, and Uniforms of the Iraq War by Shelley Tougas
  27. What’s So Great About the Tuskegee Airmen? by Tamra Orr
  28. Women of the U.S. Marine Corps: Breaking Barriers by Heather E. Schwartz
  29. Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II by Amy Nathan
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Our SUPER-HUGE superhero summer reading kick-off party is almost here!  Join us for HERO-CON on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.  This after-hours event is FREE!  It's for all ages and spreads throughout the entire library.  The night of the event you'll receive a copy of The Daily Planet to help you navigate our world of heroes, but here's a sneak peek to help you plan ahead.


  • Discover your superhero potential with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and more!
  • Batman will take over the Library Theatre stage with Batmobile Training, a Bat Signal craft, and a couple of games that put you face-to-face with Mr. Freeze and The Penguin.  Batgirl and The Joker will also be part of the action.  WARNING!  The Joker will be rolling through with a cart of treats.  Eat them if you dare.
  • Complete a series of strength and speed challenges with Superman and Supergirl in the Meeting Rooms.  Lois Lane, ace reporter, will also be on the scene.  WARNING!  Lois Lane is trying to protect Superman from his only weakness.  Help her by eating the Kryptonite on her food cart.
  • Wonder Woman will wow you with Invisible Jet manufacturing and test flights.  You'll also get a chance to design your own bullet-stopping bracelets.
  • Try to lay your eyes on The Flash.  He's fast, so you'll have your work cut out for you.


  • Official photo op with members of the Avengers!  Meet and greet and take a picture with Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow on The Library Plaza stage.
  • Conduct experiments in Bruce Banner's Lab (formerly the Reading Room).  DO NOT try to make him HULK out!
  • Weather alert in the News Stand!  Create and capture a tornado with Storm from the X-Men.
  • Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Baby Groot will rock out with you at our Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Party in Coffee-ol-ogy!


  • Meet and pose with Spider-Man!
  • Join Team Spidey in their quest to Silly String the Villains!  Each kid receives one web slinger (can of silly string) to help fulfill their mission.
  • Hone your spidey senses with the Spider-Man Wall Crawl.
  • The villain Electro is on the loose . . . and on a roll.  Are you brave enough to sample the snacks on his cart?
  • Show the world you HEART Spider-Man when you make a bottle cap necklace.


  • Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael will make an appearance, but NOT all at once.  They are busy fighting crime, people!
  • Eat their favorite ninja turtle treat -- PIZZA! -- then feed the turtles at the Pizza Toss game.
  • Glow-in-the-dark Teenage Mutant Ninja Eggs!
  • Navigate the Star Command Course with Buzz Lightyear.
  • Rootin' tootin' Jessie will help you turn into a three-eyed alien.  You will be eternally grateful.
  • Meet and greet Baymax and Hiro in the Program Room!  Maybe you'll even get to fist bump.  Balalalala.
  • Experience good old-fashioned Bot Fighting and Baymax Bowling.
  • Catch Go Go as she speeds by with a cart of delicious discs.
  • Mr. Incredible will be here.  Being incredible!
  • Syndrome will take a break from bad guy duties to play a game of Robot Rampage in the Prechool Room.


  • If you haven't signed up for summer reading yet, you can do that at HERO-CON!
  • Kids, teens, and even adults can register for summer reading.  The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are here to help.

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