National Book Awards 2019 -- Young People's Literature
And the winner for Young People's Literature is . . . 1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler!
"1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to racism so violent that that summer would become known as the Red Summer. The suffrage movement had a long-fought win when women gained the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year.
Now, one hundred years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever. Sandler traces the momentum and setbacks of these movements through this last century, showing that progress isn’t always a straight line and offering a unique lens through which we can understand history and the change many still seek."
I have read all of the finalists and all but one of the longlist titles, and they were all truly amazing. Read as many of them as you can!
1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw
Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve
A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
Shout by Laure Halse Anderson
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson
See the winners in all categories on the National Book Awards website.
It's Thanksgiving Week!
Ok, not quite yet. But it's coming soon! 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 Public Library. We have three thematic programs and a special event that week, and you don't even have to register to be part of the fun!
- Story Lab: Delicious Desserts
Monday, November 25, 2019 at 4 p.m.
This is Miss Katie Jane's weekly S.T.E.A.M.-powered storytime for 3 to 8-year-olds. One story prompts lots of hands-on activities. This week's stations will include erupting cupcakes, pie slice fractions, cookie measurement, and more sweet fun.
- Family Movie: Aladdin
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Watch the 2019 live-action Disney adventure with Miss Lindsay and your whole family. Free refreshments!
- Craft Cornucopia
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Get into the holiday spirit with Miss Christine and Thanksgiving crafts for all ages.
- Storytime Allstars: Family Fun
Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Join Mr Justin for stories, songs, and a short movie that celebrate family and togetherness. This program is for all ages and will include a snack.
The Hoover Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27. We will also be closed Thursday, November 28 - Friday, November 29. Happy Thanksgiving!