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Confession time.  I am not a John Green fan.  Wait . . . calm down . . . let me finish.  I am not a John Green fan, BUT I adored his book The Fault in Our Stars.  It is flawless.  It should be read by every teen and adult.  If you haven't read it yet, make sure you do.  And make sure you finish it before you go see the movie, which opens this weekend.  We have several formats available here at Hoover Public Library. (WARNING!  It is one of the Hoover High School summer reading choices.  That makes it a hot commodity, so don't hesitate!)

  1. The book
  2. The large-print book
  3. Bajo la misma estrella
  4. The book-on-CD
  5. The Nook
  6. The ebook

Walk-About Puppets features Australian puppeteer Bob Parsons.  He is no stranger to the Hoover Public Library, but it's been quite a few years since he's performed his Goldilocks and the Three Bears show for us.   You'll have seven chances to see this fairytale come to life on a giant pop-up book stage.  After the show, take a peek at some of the book versions of the Goldilocks story.  They are shelved in the Kid Zone nonfiction, under 398.2 GOL.
Walk-About Puppets
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
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!

Ms. Frizzle is usually teaching at Walkerville Elementary, but this summer she's taking a field trip to Hoover Public Library.  I bet she'll come by Magic School Bus.  She's going to be here on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. for Ms. Frizzle's Fizz, Boom, Zap & Wow!  This super science show for grades 1-3 is full of experiments to impress -- booming with explosions, crazy chemistry, volts and jolts.  If you want to "Take chances!  Make mistakes!" while you learn about atoms, molecules and matter, make sure you register online (click here for 4, click here for 6:30) or by phone (444-7830).  Registration opens at 9 a.m. on June 5.

Good news!  Our summer storytime for future scientists is almost here!  Story Laboratory is a 30-minute storytime for children under four.  It will always be on Monday morning.  This year there are two time slots available -- 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.  Each lab will feature two of our award-winning storytellers sharing books, puppet stories, songs, rhymes and movement.  It's never too early to introduce your children to the wonders of reading and science.  Get ready to laugh and learn!
Story Laboratory: Weather with Miss Laura & Miss Katie Jane
June 9

Story Laboratory: Ocean with Miss Traci & Miss Katie Jane
June 16

Story Laboratory: Color with Miss Polly & Miss Katie Jane
June 23

Story Laboratory: Bugs with Miss Shawna & Miss Katie Jane
June 30

Story Laboratory: Robots with Mr Jeremy & Miss Katie Jane
July 7

Story Laboratory: Sound with Miss Laura & Miss Katie Jane
July 14 

* Before or after Story Laboratory, make sure you stop by the picture book room and take a peek at Miss Shawna's amazing storytime display.  It's right behind the desk, so you can't miss it.  While you're in there, inspect the robots hand-crafted by our staff (with help from some talented family and friends). *

The most popular teen fiction genre of 2014 is . . . post apocalyptic/dystopian!  I know you aren't surprised.  After all, I'm sure you've read both The Hunger Games and Divergent.  And, when you scan the new books in the Teen Spot, you notice that half of the titles fall into that category.  That's why we're hosting a Survivalist Scavenger Hunt for grades 7-12 on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  You'll learn how to survive like Katniss and your other favorite fiction heroes (but without the pressure of the end-of-the-world).  Register online or by phone (444-7826).

Looking for a new-to-you post-apocalyptic read?  Ask a librarian or take a look at this list of recommendations.