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Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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 
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Clariel . . . At Last

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:

Clariel is the daughter of the one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most importantly, to the King. When her family moves to the city of Belisaere, there are rumors that her mother is next in line for the throne. However, Clariel wants no part of it - a natural hunter, all she ever thinks about is escaping the city's confining walls and journeying back to the quiet, green world of the Great Forest. But many forces conspire against Clariel's dream. A dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she discovers hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?

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Turn Dreams Into Reality During Teen Read Week

This year's Teen Read Week theme is Turn Dreams Into Reality.  That makes it REALLY EASY to do this blog.  There are so many amazing books about teens dreaming big.  I'll list a few here.  But you can find even more great books when you visit YALSA's Teens' Top Ten Tumblr and YALSA's Reads4Teens.  Teen Read Week runs October 12-18, 2014.  But feel free to read to your heart's content any day of the year.

You might notice that many of these titles are perfect for sports fans.  That's because our staff has recently started a Reading Wildly campaign, focusing on a different genre each month.  We recently tackled sports fiction.

Athlete Vs Mathlete: Time-Out by W. C. Mack (#3)
The Books of Elsewhere: Still Life by Jacqueline West (#5)
The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell
The Contract by Derek Jeter
Double Reverse by Fred Bowen
Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger (#6)
Fenway Fever by John H. Ritter
GuysRead: The Sports Pages edited by Jon Scieszka
The Kicks: Saving the Team by Alex Morgan (#1)
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

We're just one week away from our huge wizard-themed Halloween party.  The Wizarding World of the Hoover Library is Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7 p.m.  If you're a library regular, you'll notice that is one hour after the library officially closes.  This party is so big it has to be after hours!  If you want to give your Halloween costume a trial run, go for it!  If you want to come dressed as one of the characters we're highlighting, you totally can!  If you want to come as your Muggle self, that's great too!  Here's a sneak peek at magical evening we have planned:

  • Harry Potter World -- The Library Theatre level will be transformed into Hogwarts.  Play Quidditch on the stage.  Make your way through the Tri-Wizard Tournament Maze.  And check out the Chamber of Secrets and the Room of Requirement.  Stop by Hagrid's hut and Trelawney's tower.  The Library Plaza will be transformed into Diagon Alley.  Get your wand at Ollivander's and your magical creature at Eeylops Owl Emporium.  Find fun at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.  Find food at The Leaky Cauldron.  And Death Eaters can get a Dark Mark tattoo.
  • Frozen -- Do you wanna make a snowman with Olaf?  Meet and greet with Elsa?  Experience even more Frozen fun?  Follow the stars.
  • Maleficent -- The Mistress of All Evil has taken over parts of the Kid Zone.  Brave her thorn maze, bottle her sleeping spell, and make a dragon.  Princess Aurora and her fairies will be on hand to add some pink to the occasion.  (Not pink!  Make it blue.)
  • Mickey as the Sorcerer's Apprentice -- Mickey will help you make a sorcerer's hat in the picture book room.  Plus there's a castle bounce house on the patio!
  • Merlin -- Pull your balloon sword from the stone.  Master potions and tame owls with literature's original wizard in the Teen Spot.



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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.