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STEM for Girls

This list was curated by Edutopia, the George Lucas Educational Foundation.  Eclipse Day seems a perfect day to promote it on our blog!

K-3rd Grade
Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beatty
Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang

Grades 4-6
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Grades 7-8
Radioactive! How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World by Winifred Conkling
Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs
3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

Grades 9-12
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta A. Ahmed
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Salaam Reads

Founded in 2016, Salaam Reads is an imprint that aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works. The imprint, which takes its name from the Arabic word for “peace,” plans to publish books for young readers of all ages, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.  I have read two of their titles already, and I am very impressed.  Click on any link in this blog post to learn more.

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan (Take a look at the reading guide.)
* also available as ebook
Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.  Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
* also available as ebook
It didn’t look dangerous, exactly. When twelve-year-old Bangladeshi-American Farah first laid eyes on the old-fashioned board game, she thought it looked…elegant.  It is made of wood, etched with exquisite images—a palace with domes and turrets, lattice-work windows that cast eerie shadows, a large spider—and at the very center of its cover, in broad letters, is written: The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand.  The Gauntlet is more than a game, though. It is the most ancient, the most dangerous kind of magic. It holds worlds inside worlds. And it takes players as prisoners.

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The Emoji Movie Has All the Feels

The Emoji Movie came out last weekend, and it brought out strong emotions in its viewers . . . mostly negative.  I am the proud owner of a flip phone.  I have absolutely NO knowledge about the world of emojis, so I don't plan to see the film and make my judgment.  But maybe YOU will!

"Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone's very existence."

Regardless of your opinion of the movie, you'll want to find these great emoji titles at Hoover Library!
The Story of Emoji by Gavin Lucas
302.2223  LUC

Cakemoji: Recipes & Ideas for Sweet-Talking Treats by Jenni Powell
641.8653  POW

Emoji Crochet: 15 Easy-to-Make Projects Emoting Attitude and Fun by Charles Voth

This construction sign sums it up perfectly.  The end of Summer Reading 2017 is here!  The LAST DAY that kids and teens can earn tickets, redeem them for prizes, or enter their names in any of the grand prize drawings is WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017.  The Hoover Public Library is open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. on that day.

If you're lucky, you've already discovered author Kasie West.  If you haven't . . . well, your luck is about to change.

Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Maddie's not impulsive. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment -- she wins!  In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.  Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.


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.