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National Book Awards 2019 -- Young People's Literature

And the winner for Young People's Literature is . . . 1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler! 

"1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to racism so violent that that summer would become known as the Red Summer. The suffrage movement had a long-fought win when women gained the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year.

Now, one hundred years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever. Sandler traces the momentum and setbacks of these movements through this last century, showing that progress isn’t always a straight line and offering a unique lens through which we can understand history and the change many still seek."

I have read all of the finalists and all but one of the longlist titles, and they were all truly amazing.  Read as many of them as you can!

1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw
Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve
A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
Shout by Laure Halse Anderson
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson

See the winners in all categories on the National Book Awards website.

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NOT Taco Tuesday

You've heard of Taco Tuesday, right?  Well, this isn't that.  For one thing, it's not on a Tuesday.  For another, it's more than just tasty tacos.  The Teen Spot is hosting Tacos and Trivia on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 4 p.m.  You'll get to show off your trivia skills (or lack of skills) while you eat free tacos.  We'll meet in the Youth Program Room, which is at the end of the starred hallway in the Kid Zone.  But this is not for kids.  It's for teens, grades 7-12.  Oh, and you can't just show up.  Give us a heads up.  That way we won't run out of tacos.  Because that would be a taco tragedy.  Sign up online beginning 11/08.  You can also call us at 205-444-7826.

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National S.T.E.A.M. Day

Science     Technology     Engineering     Arts     Math
Enjoy these S.T.E.A.M.-powered books on National S.T.E.A.M. Day, November 8, 2019.  You can find even more titles by clicking here.

Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke
The Carpenter by Bruna Barros
Green Is a Chili Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Hey-Ho, to Mars We'll Go! by Susan Lendroth
Mary Had a Little Lab by Sue Fliess

How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk
Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines by Sarah Aronson
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka
They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

In the highly anticipated finale to the New York Times best-selling Arc of a Scythe trilogy, dictators, prophets, and tensions rise. In a world that's conquered death, will humanity finally be torn asunder by the immortal beings it created? 

The Toll by Neal Shusterman (11/05/19)
Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him?

The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder.

Trick or Treat! at Hoover Library this Thursday, October 31, 2019  from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m..  We'll have 19 candy stations throughout the library.  What a great opportunity to visit previously unexplored areas of your favorite place!  Can't wait to see your costume this Halloween!  


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