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Words Have Power. Read a Banned Book.

Banned Books Week is September 24-30. 2017.  Take advantage of this celebration of your freedom to read . . . anything and everything you want!  You might want to tackle one the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 or one of the most frequently challenged books.  Or maybe you'll choose a title that's a perfect thematic match.  I'm planning to read Ban This Book by Alan Gratz.  It is the inspiring tale of a fourth-grader whose favorite book is banned from the school library.  She fights back by starting an illegal library in her own locker.  Whatever YOU choose, rejoice in the fact that you have a CHOICE.

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September Teens

So much is happening in the next few days, I decided to consolidate all the information into a single blog post.  You're welcome.

Coding with Teens
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of Python in our Technology Training Center.  Grades 9-12.  Registration required.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826).

Raging Readers
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

This is our book club for teens.  At the first meeting, we'll talk about the books we read over the summer.  We'll also choose which book we'll read to discuss at the October meeting.  Grades 7-12.  You do not have to register.

Duct Tape Magic Wallets
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Learn to make a magic wallet using duct tape.  Don't know what a magic wallet is?  It's this.  Grades 7-12.  Registration required.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826).

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Highly Anticipated New Lu

Warcross by Marie Lu (September 12, 2017)
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Watch the book trailer.  Visit the official website.

DC's Teen Titans are the official spokes-heroes of this September's National Library Card Sign-Up Month campaign.  But I don't think you need THEM to remind you of the value of a library card.  Just take a look at everything available at Hoover Public Library via your library card.

  • Check out up to 100 items on your card at any given time!  This includes books, audiobooks, movies, music, video games, puppets, board games, and more!  You can also borrow materials from the other 39 libraries in Jefferson County.
  • Use your card to access tons of downloable audiobooks, ebooks, movies and music via Overdrive and/or Hoopla.  You can also find online magazines via RBdigital.
  • Access free online classes through Mango, Universal Class, and Learning Express Library.

Free library cards are available to any Hoover and Jefferson County resident.  Patrons over the age of fifteen must show a driver's license with current address or a form of government issued photo ID and verification of current address (i.e., piece of mail, lease agreement, checkbook, bill statement, etc.). Children under fifteen must have a parent or legal guardian sign a responsibility statement. Non-residents may purchase cards for an annual fee of $50. These cards are issued in the applicant's name, but may be used by that person's entire family.

On a related note . . . September is also Food for Fines Month.  Waive up to $10 in late fees by donating baby food, cereals, soup, canned juice, canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter, crackers, rice or pasta, pasta sauce, dried beans, side dishes, and snack foods ($1 waived per item).  Stop by the Circulation Desk for more information.

Leigh Bardugo is the author of The Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows Duology.  We love her.  Wonder Woman is the greatest superhero of all time.  We love her.  Leigh Bardugo has written the latest Wonder Woman novel.  Our cup overflows!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (August 29, 2017)
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning . . . .  Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.


Teen Services

Teen 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.

Summer applications are accepted from March 1 to May 15.  All applicants must attend one of the following training sessions; Friday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m. or Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.