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Story Builders

Put on your overalls, don your hard hat, and get ready to use stories and songs to Build a Better World in our summer storytime! Join us for Story Builders on six Monday mornings this summer.  Each week focuses on a specific environment and features a different storytelling pair.  And we will literally build a story landscape across the wall of our program room, adding pieces each week.  Plus you'll walk away with a Building Blocks activity sheet to help you continue your constructive learning once you're back home.  Our summer storytime series is geared for children under four.  No registration is required.  Simply follow the stars to fun!

STORY BUILDERS
Mondays at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.

June 5 = Under the Trees with Miss Katie Jane & Mr Justin
June 12 = On the Farm with Miss Katie Jane, Miss Traci & Miss Lindsay (our newest storyteller!)
June 19 = In Your Neighborhood with Miss Katie Jane & Mr Jeremy
June 26 = Under the Sea with Miss Katie Jane & Miss Polly
NO STORYTIME ON MONDAY, JULY 3
July 10 = On the Road with Miss Katie Jane & Miss Anna Beth
July 17 = In Your Pajamas with Miss Katie Jane & Miss Kaylen

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Information Foundations #1

Build up your brain this summer with our nonfiction blog series!  Each week focuses on a different way we can Build a Better World.  We're kicking off with Information Foundations: Construction Tools & Vehicles.  This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Big Machines Build! by Catherine Veitch
E  629.225  VEI  BEGINNING READER

Building a Road by JoAnn Early Macken
E  625.7  MAC

Cement Mixers by Norman D. Graubart
E  629.225  GRA  BEGINNING READER

Diggers by Cari Meister
E  621.8  MEI

Heavy Equipment Up Close by Andra Serlin Abramson
J  629.225  ABR

Let's Meet a Construction Worker by Bridget Heos
E  690  HEO

On the Construction Site by Carron Brown (a Shine-a-Light book)
E  690  BRO

Skid Steer Loaders by Kay Manolis
E  621.8  MAN  BEGINNING READER

The Toolbox by Anne & Harlow Rockwell
E  621.9  ROC

Twist, Dig and Drill: A Book About Screws by Michael Dahl
E  621.882  DAH

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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)
J  745.5  WHE

Awesome Craft Stick Science by Tammi Enz
J  745.5  ENZ

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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Staff Pick: The Courage to Be Creative

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. Like the rest of Doreen’s self-help books, this motivational and inspirational book is an uplifting read for the soul.

-Tara

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Brother Joseph and the Grotto

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.

-Dee

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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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