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Teen Book Club
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Join Anna Beth for a discussion of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  You'll also help choose the book for March's meeting.

Adulting 101: Cleaning Skills
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Wendy, teen librarian and Queen of Clean, will share favorite cleaning tips to make your life easier.  It will probably keep your parents off your back, too.

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Coretta Scott King Awards: 50 Years Strong

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards.  The awards commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.  The awards serve as a guide for parents, librarians and caregivers for the most outstanding books for youth by African American authors and illustrators that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and affirm universal human values.

The Hoover Public Library has compiled a list of all winning titles that are available on our shelves.  The list includes call numbers to make it easy to find the book you want to read.  You can pick up a physical copy on the octagonal display cart in the Kid Zone, or you can access the printable online copy by clicking here.

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If You Love The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas, the award-winning author of The Hate U Give, has a new novel.  On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.  But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.  Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.  

Read Time Magazine's interview with the author.  The New York Times also has an interview.  Watch a CBS interview with her, too.  Man, everybody wants a chance to catch up with Angie!

Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning classic, The Giver, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a graphic novel adaptation by Eisner and Harve Award winner P. Craig Russell.  This adaptation also features a series of questions posed to Lowry and Russell both.  The author and illustrator have interesting things to say about art and the necessity of the story, even though it is likely to face challenges again.  Kirkus Reviews praises the adaptation as "a first-rate visual reframing: sensitive, artistically brilliant, and as charged as its enigmatic predecessor with profound challenges to mind and heart."  And School Library Journal claims "this stunning work will introduce The Giver to a brand-new audience and will also delight longtime fans."  I know I'll be reading it.  How about you?

No, today isn't Galentine's Day.  But it IS the day you can start signing up to be part of our Happy Galentine's Day event.  The official day is February 13th, but we're going to leave that day open for you to celebrate with your friends.  Instead, our party will be Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Galentine's Day is all about celebrating your gal pals, the amazing ladies who stick by you through thick and thin.  So, naturally, we'll be working on a friendship craft together.  And there will definitely be a waffle bar.  That's right.  A.  Waffle.  Bar.  Bring on the syrup, and let the good times roll.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826).


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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.