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Summer Reading 2017

We need EVERYONE to Build a Better World during this year's summer reading program!  Our children's program is available for birth through rising sixth grade, and our teen program is for rising seventh through twelfth grade.  Registration began Saturday, May 20, 2017 and continues through July 14, 2017.  To sign up, simply stop by a Kid Zone or Teen Spot desk.  You can sign up in the more traditional way and receive a paper reading log, OR you can register for our online program at  Either way, every time you finish a book this summer, add the title and number of pages to your log. You'll earn a prize ticket at 200 pages, 500 pages, 1000 pages, and 1500 pages.  You also earn a prize ticket for every additional 1000 pages after your 1500-page goal.  Keep reading and earning until you reach 10,000 pages.  The tickets can be exchanged for prizes in our Prize Zone, which opens Thursday, June 1, 2017. [Teens can also use their tickets to enter into drawings for larger prizes.  Check the summer reading display by the teen desk for specifics.  Children also have a chance to win something big!  Every child who reaches 500 pages will have their name entered into a drawing for a bicycle!]  Important thing to remember in all the excitement -- summer reading is not a competition to see who reads the most or the fastest.  Read for fun and set a reading goal that's right for YOU!  The final day to redeem for prizes is August 2, 2017.  NEW THIS YEAR!  We have an activity log option for our youngest summer readers.  If your child is younger than four, stop by the desk to find out more!

Don't forget to watch our official summer reading commericial!  

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Everything, Everything

I finally read Nicola Yoon's Everything, Everything.  Which means I finally know what all the hype is about.  And why so many people are excited about this weekend when the movie adaptation hits the big screen.  Read the book, watch the trailer, share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter, then go see the movie!

Everything, Everything is also available as a book-on-CD, a downloadable audiobook, and an ebook.
Nicola Yoon has another novel -- The Sun Is Also a Star.  Read it.

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Another Summer Reading Kick-Off at Veterans Park

We're just a week away from our Book It! for a Better World 5K.  This year, the library’s Summer Reading theme is Build a Better World.  And, to quote Michael Jackson . . .
"I’m starting with the man in the mirror.
I’m asking him to change his ways.
And no message could have been any clearer.
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change."

Maybe that means getting in shape, maybe it means helping your local public library.  If you participate in our 2nd annual race, sponsored by The Friends of the Hoover Library, it can mean both! The Book It! for a Better World 5K will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Hoover’s beautiful Veterans Park at 4800 Valleydale Road, adjacent to Spain Park High School. This professionally developed cross-country course will take you around the lake and forested areas of the park.  The horn will sound at 8 a.m. and awards will be presented at 9 am. The "sleep in" option is back for those who'd like a t-shirt to show their support, but aren't interested in hitting the trail.  New this year is the Story Stroll. While walking an easy loop, you'll follow a story and complete a form to register for a prize drawing. This event is fun for even the youngest readers and begins at 9 a.m. Story Stroll registrants do not receive a t-shirt.  Click here for more information or to register to run.

The Kids Summer Reading Kickoff begins immediately after at 10 a.m. with a petting zoo,  a rock climbing wall, 5 inflatables, 4 giant-sized games, 2 crafts, a collaborative art project, a LEGO building station, airbrush tattoos, balloons, and snacks.  Plus you can register for summer reading, either the traditional way or via our new online platform.  The cost for all this fun?  It's free, free, FREE!  Don't miss it!  Mark your calendars today for May 20, 2017!

The legend of King Arthur and his sword Excalibur has inspired myriad writers and artists over the years.  The latest is Guy Ritchie, director of this weekend's big release King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.  Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic myth, tracing Arthur's journey from the streets to the throne.  When the child Arthur's father is murdered, Arthur's uncle Vortigern seizes the crown.  Robbed of his birthright and with no idea of who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city.  But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down.  And he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy . . . whether he wants to or not.

Want to read more about the legend?  Check out one of these titles.

"Do, or do not.  There is no try."  Make sure you apply Yoda's words of wisdom when you visit Hoover Public Library TODAY, May 4, 2017.  It's Star Wars Day, and we're celebrating with a variety of come-and-go activities from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Fold an Origami Yoda.
    "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter." -- Yoda
  • Construct a lightsaber from a pool noodle and duct tape.
    "This is the weapon of a Jedi knight.  Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age." -- Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Guide R2-D2 through an obstacle course.
    "Don't get technical with me." -- C-3PO
  • Snap a selfie in our Star Wars photo booth.
    "Why you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking . . . nerfherder!" -- Princess Leia
    "Who's scruffy-lookin'?" -- Han Solo


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.