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Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat for something sweet at Hoover Public Library on Friday, October 31, 2014 !  The library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and our fifteen candy stations will be stocked the entire time.  Pick the time that's right for you and your family.  Trick or treaters should wear a costume.  We'll provide the bags.  And the candy, of course!

If you submitted a pumpkin for our Pumpkin Painting Contest, please pick it up on Halloween.

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Olympians in the Graphic Novels

Thanks to Spain Park High School for bringing this graphic novel series to my attention!  George O'Connor's Olympians "draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O’Connor’s vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology."  You can find all six in the Teen Spot Graphic Novel collection.

  1. Zeus: King of the Gods
  2. Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess
  3. Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory
  4. Hades: Lord of the Dead
  5. Poseidon: Earth Shaker
  6. Aphrodite: Goddess of Love
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World Origami Days

Origami doesn't have a day devoted to its awesomeness.  It doesn't have a week, either.  World Origami Days (notice the plural, people) runs October 24-November 11, 2014.  Fill the next two weeks with paper-folding fun!

Maggie Stiefvater has quite a following in Hoover.  I've only read one of her books, The Scorpio Races, but I enjoyed it immensely.  Her most recent release is the third book in the current fan favorite, The Raven Cycle.  Blue Lily, Lily Blue continues the story of Blue Sargent and the Raven Boys.  If you're looking for a paranormal thriller steeped in Welsh mythology and brimming with romance, you've found what you're looking for.  Just make sure you start with the first book.  And, if you prefer to listen to your books, you're in luck.  I have it on good authority that the audiobooks are amazing.

  1. The Raven Boys
  2. The Dream Thieves
  3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue 

When I started working at Hoover Public Library, the most popular teen series was Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy -- Sabriel, Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr, and Abhorsen.  These fantasy books focus on necromancy, magical control of the dead.  So, yeah, they're a bit creepy.  Especially the audiobooks, which are read by Tim Curry.  The public (and several of our staff members) continue to clamor for them, especially around this time of year.  That's why we're so excited that the long-awaited prequel Clariel was published today, October 14, 2014!  It takes place approximately 600 years before the birth of Sabriel.  Here's a sneak peek of the plot:


Teen Services

Teen Community Service Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.