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NextReads

Sign up for FREE newsletters provided by NextReads and stay up-to-date on new releases in your favorite genres.

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Technology and Classes

In the Technology Hub, located on the main level, we offer 12 workstations for word processing and business automation software so patrons can type research papers, resumes, create spreadsheets, publications and projects. In addition we have two scanners and laptops for in library use. Headphones are sold for $2 and Flash Drives for $5 at the service desk. Basic computer classes and Microsoft Office training is available each month. Click the following link for more information.
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Goodbooks

A frequently updated and librarian curated page of reading suggestions, genre-specific websites, books reviews, and links to book news found on the web.

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HPL Kids

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.

Online Research (Databases)

Search information services subscribed to by the Alabama Virtual Library, Alabama Public Library Service, the Jefferson County Library Cooperative, and the Hoover Library. See a list of Alabama libraries that can give you access to various resources.

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Weekly Storytimes

The Hoover Library Children's Department has storytimes for all ages. Check the following page for information about each storytime.
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YouTube

Videos on the our YouTube channel from the Hoover Library!

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Circulating Magazines

We subscribe to almost 200 popular magazines and several newspapers and are a distribution point for a number of free local publications. New issues are in the Newstand on the Library Plaza and are available for reading in-library. Most past issues of magazines are available for checkout for three weeks. To find a specific magazine, you can search the library catalog by journal title, but a visit to the library will give you a better idea of what's available. We are always happy to consider your magazine suggestions!

Learn a Language (mango)

Mango lessons combine everyday conversation skills, memory building strategies and interactivity. It's engaging. And it works.

Language learning for adults.

Mango Languages

 

Language Options

For more information on any of these options, please call the fiction desk at 444-7820.

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GoodReads Adults

Hoover Library's book recommendations on Goodreads. GoodReads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. They have more than 13,000,000 members who have added more than 450,000,000 books to their shelves. A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more.
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Tablets for Checkout

Check out a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK and enjoy the convenience of a tablet from your home! Each 7 inch tablet will be preloaded with library apps such as Overdrive, hoopla, RBdigital and more. Please note that internet access may be required to utilize certain apps. Additional apps can be downloaded from the Google Play store using your Google account. Patrons 21 and older can check out a tablet from the Plaza desk for one week. Tablets can be renewed twice for a total of three weeks. Holds can also be placed on tablets by calling 205-444-7821 or clicking here.

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Teens

Come See Us At The Teens Desk. We Can Help You Find Your Next Favorite Book!

Ebooks and Downloadable Audiobooks

Free digital audio books are now available for library patrons. Bestsellers, nonfiction, biographies and self-help audio books are available for download from Overdrive. • Install the free Overdrive Media Player • Use your library card to check out titles or place reserves. • Keep titles for two weeks. • All titles may be transferred to portable MP3 players. • Many titles may be burned to CD. Preloaded eReaders are also available for checkout. Get help with downloading audiobooks and ebooks.
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GoodReads Kids

Hoover Library's book recommendations from the Children's department on Goodreads. GoodReads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. They have more than 13,000,000 members who have added more than 450,000,000 books to their shelves. A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more.
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Encyclopedia of Alabama

The Encyclopedia of Alabama is an online resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment. This site offers articles on Alabama's famous people, historic events, sports, art, literature, industry, government, plant and animal life, agriculture, recreation, and so much more.

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