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Disney Pixar's Coco

I am so ready for the newest Disney Pixar movie.  Coco looks so . . . vibrant.  And the music!  Oh, the music! 
Listen to a snippet of The World Es Mi Familia.
Listen to a snippet of Remember Me.

"Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history."

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Thankful for Thanksgiving Programs

Hoover City Schools (and other local school districts) are off for the entire week of Thanksgiving. If you're looking for something to do, look no further than Hoover Library. We have three thematic programs that week, and you don't even have to register to be part of the fun!

  • Story Lab: Who's Hungry?
    Monday, November 20, 2017 at 4 p.m.

    This is Miss Katie Jane's weekly S.T.E.A.M.-powered storytime for ages 3-8.  One story prompts lots of hands-on activities.  This week's stations will include sink and float popcorn, pizza fractions, food chain cup pyramids, fork pom-poms, and other food-related fun. 
  • Craft Cornucopia
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

    Get into the holiday spirit with Thanksgiving crafts for all ages.  Join Miss Kaylen and Miss Lindsay for leaf rubbings, paper plate Pilgrims, lunch sack turkey puppets, and turkey snack bags.
  • Story Feast
    Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

    Join Miss Anna Beth for stories that celebrate family, food, and togetherness. This program is for all ages and will include a snack.  Grab a take-home craft on your way out.

The Hoover Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.  We will also be closed Thursday, November 23 - Friday, November 24.

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National Book Award 2017 -- Young People's Literature

And the winner is . . . Far from the Tree by Robin Benway.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

When Wonder came out in 2012, I loved it.  And I was not alone.  Wonder by R. J. Palacio took the kidlit world by storm.  And it wasn't because it was being heavily pushed by the publishing industry.  No, it was being promoted by the people, young and old(er), who read it and felt compelled to pass the magic of Auggie onto other readers.  I found out about it from a middle school teacher who frequented the library.  And as soon as I finished it, I started recommending it to just about anyone who asked for a good book.

And now Wonder is a feature film.  It hits theaters this weekend.  Yes, I'm going to see it.  And, if it's movie magic . . . well, I bet you can guess what I'll do.

November is Picture Book Month!  You didn't know?  Don't worry.  It's a relatively new commemoration, first declared in 2011.  The official website is filled with all sorts of authors and illustrators opinions on why picture books are important for every age.  Each opinion is a daily blog post that also encourages a literacy activity for the day.  There's an offical teacher's guide to help educators incorporate Picture Book Month into their lesson plans.  There's also videos you can use in the classroom, including this one.  But, if you need picture books, you don't need to look at the website.  You need to look on the shelves at Hoover Library!  Our dedicated staff can help you find the perfect titles for you, your family, or your classroom.



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.