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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.

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  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!

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. 

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!"

Did you love Bulldozer's Big Day?  Good news!  Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann have teamed up for another picture book about your favorite construction vehicles.  And what perfect timing!  Summer Reading 2017 is about to begin, and the theme this year is Build a Better World.

Bulldozer Helps Out (May 16, 2017)
The construction site bustled.
Cement Truck was stirring…stirring…stirring.
Digger Truck was scooping…scooping…scooping.
Crane Truck was lifting…lifting…lifting.
And Bulldozer was—watching…watching…watching.

Little Bulldozer wants to help, but all the bigger trucks say he is too small. So when Crane Truck says he can clear a bit of debris out of the way, Little Bulldozer is eager for the job. He can do it, yes he can. What he doesn’t expect is to find a family of newborn kittens living in the pile of debris! Can he take care of babies? Now that’s a tough job. A job that happens to be just the right size for Little Bulldozer.



The Kidzone has programs galore as well as books, movies, and other cool stuff. Read our blog below for more information and check out our upcoming events to get an idea of what's happening at the Kidzone! Our main phone number is 205.444.7830.