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Forecast? Sunny.

No, I'm not just referencing the weather.  I'm talking about the newest book in the Track series.

Sunny by Jason Reynolds (#3 -- April 10, 2018)
Sunny is just that—sunny. Always ready with a goofy smile and something nice to say, Sunny is the chillest dude on the Defenders team. But Sunny’s life hasn’t always been sun beamy-bright. You see, Sunny is a murderer. Or at least he thinks of himself that way. His mother died giving birth to him, and based on how Sunny’s dad treats him—ignoring him, making Sunny call him Darryl, never “Dad”—it’s no wonder Sunny thinks he’s to blame. It seems the only thing Sunny can do right in his dad’s eyes is win first place ribbons running the mile, just like his mom did. But Sunny doesn’t like running, never has. So he stops. Right in the middle of a race.

With his relationship with his dad now worse than ever, the last thing Sunny wants to do is leave the other newbies—his only friends—behind. But you can’t be on a track team and not run. So Coach asks Sunny what he wants to do. Sunny’s answer? Dance. Yes, dance. But you also can’t be on a track team and dance. Then, in a stroke of genius only Jason Reynolds can conceive, Sunny discovers a track event that encompasses the hard hits of hip-hop, the precision of ballet, and the showmanship of dance as a whole: the discus throw. As Sunny practices the discus, learning when to let go at just the right time, he’ll let go of everything that’s been eating him up inside, perhaps just in time.

There's a reading group guide if you want to share it with a class or book group.  Trust me, you'll want to share it.

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National Library Week 2018

I'm a bit behind in spreading the word.  This is National Library Week!  Celebrate libraries (especially Hoover Public) April 8-14, 2018!  This year's theme is Libraries Lead.  Let us lead you to your next favorite book, movie, or hobby.  This year is a big deal because it is the 60th anniversary of NLW.  There is a great article in the March/April 2018 issue of American Libraries magazine.  Trust me -- it will be of interest to people other than librarians.  Also, special thanks to Misty Copeland, our honorary chair of National Library Week 2018!  Learn more about this bestselling author and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer by reading one of her books.

Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird by Misty Copeland & Christopher Myers (2014)

You Should Meet: Misty Copeland by Laurie Calkhoven (2016)

Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins (2018)
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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland with Charisse Jones (2014)

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Rebound to Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander has published a prequel to his Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover !  I checked out a copy today.  Click on the title to add your name to the waiting list.

Rebound by Kwame Alexander (April 2, 2018)
Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.   

A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past.  

Your favorite author of adventure mythology books has launched his own imprint with Disney!  And the first title comes out today!  Read it to find out what Uncle Rick is so excited about!

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Pandava #1 - March 27, 2018)
Aru Shah of Atlanta, Georgia, is a seventh-grader and social misfit. While her classmates jet set around the world, Aru spends her holidays at home with her curator mother in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture. But one day, three of Aru's classmates show up at her doorstep and dare her to light the cursed Lamp of Bharata. When Aru lights the lamp, she releases the Sleeper from his slumber and must—with the help of her newly found soul sister, Mini, and their pigeon sidekick, Subala, or "Boo"—go on a quest to stop the Sleeper from awakening the Lord of Destruction, who will, in turn, end the world. Aru and Mini's adventures range from discovering that they are the reincarnations of the Pandava brothers (demigods and the protagonists of the Hindu epic poem the Mahabharata) to slaying demons and shopping at the Night Bazaar (effectively disguised as Costco). In her middle-grade debut, Chokshi (TheStar-Touched Queen, 2016, etc.) spins a fantastical narrative that seamlessly intertwines Hindu cosmology and folklore, feminism, and witty dialogue for an uproarious novel for young readers. For readers of Indian origin, especially, the novel presents a culture that is not often seen—or accurately represented—in mainstream children's and young adult literature.Chokshi comes into her own in this novel, reminding readers of the power of language and of stories. (from Kirkus Reviews)

Are you planning a staycation this Spring Break?  Are you looking for some fun and affordable activities close to home?  Hoover Library always has endless supplies of fun, and we’re going all out with FREE activities for your family to enjoy while the kids are out of school during Spring Break 2018.  Our theme?  Get in the Game!  How did we choose it?  Video games continue to captivate young people (and not-so-young people).  Board games have made a huge comeback in recent years.  (In fact, the Hoover Library launched a circulating board game collection in the Kid Zone this past September.  Maybe you’ll take advantage of this new service and check out a few games over Spring Break!)  And Jumanji – beloved book, game and movie – was recently given a modern, more technological spin in the cinematic remake Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (starring Dwayne Johnson).  Really, how could we NOT choose Get in the Game as a theme?!  Mark your calendars with these exciting events!

On Tuesday, March  27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., watch Jumanji on the big screen in the Library Theatre.  This 1995 movie classic starring Robin Williams is rated PG.  Seating is first come, first seated.  Free admission and refreshments!  Open to all ages!

On Tuesday, March  27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., teens can stop by the Youth Program Room for our Game On! Video Game Tournament.  They'll play Super Smash Bros. on the Wii.  The last one standing will win a prize.  This event is open to grades 7-12.

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., kids will get the chance to Jump into Jumanji.  The Kid Zone will be transformed into the jungle adventure game Jumanji, inspired by the 1982 Caldecott Medal-winning picture book by Chris Van Allsburg.  Roll the dice and unleash the excitement!  The games and crafts will feature all of the wild animals and other dangers that appeared in Judy and Peter’s house as they played the game.  You’ll never look at board games the same way again!  Open to all ages!

On Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., follow the stars to Fun & Games Storytime with Miss Alyssa and Miss Katie Jane.  There will be puppets and props, singing and dancing . . . and games, of course!  Open to all ages!

On Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., the Youth Program Room will turn into board game central for Tabletop Games.  Hang out and play games with your friends.  This is the perfect opportunity to find a new family favorite for your own game nights.  Open to all ages!


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.