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Grim, Grinning Ghosts

When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake / Spooks come out for a screaming wake / Happy haunts materialize / and begin to vocalize / Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.  Do you recognize those lyrics?  If you've ever been to The Haunted Mansion in Disney World, you should know it's theme song.  That place is jam-packed with spooks and specters.  And so is Hoover Public Library!  We have tons of ghost stories for every age.  Now don't close your eyes and don't try to hide.  Read!

Five Little Ghosts by Patricia Hegarty
The Ghosts Go Haunting by Helen Ketteman
Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara
The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories by David LaRochelle
Hush, Baby Ghostling by Andrea Beaty
Three Little Ghosties by Pippa Goodhart
Whooo's Haunting the Teeny Tiny Ghost? by Kay Winters

13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham (in a series)
All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
Famous Ghosts by Michael Teitelbaum
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
Ghosts!: Ghostly Tales from Folklore by Alvin Schwartz
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
The Gloomy Ghost by David Lubar
A Good Night for Ghosts by Mary Pope Osborne
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A Gust of Ghosts by Suzanne Harper
May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
This Book Is Haunted by Joanne Rocklin
The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales by Ying Change Compestine
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming
Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

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Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat for something sweet at Hoover Public Library on Friday, October 31, 2014 !  The library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and our fifteen candy stations will be stocked the entire time.  Pick the time that's right for you and your family.  Trick or treaters should wear a costume.  We'll provide the bags.  And the candy, of course!

If you submitted a pumpkin for our Pumpkin Painting Contest, please pick it up on Halloween.

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Olympians in the Graphic Novels

Thanks to Spain Park High School for bringing this graphic novel series to my attention!  George O'Connor's Olympians "draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O’Connor’s vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology."  You can find all six in the Teen Spot Graphic Novel collection.

  1. Zeus: King of the Gods
  2. Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess
  3. Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory
  4. Hades: Lord of the Dead
  5. Poseidon: Earth Shaker
  6. Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

Origami doesn't have a day devoted to its awesomeness.  It doesn't have a week, either.  World Origami Days (notice the plural, people) runs October 24-November 11, 2014.  Fill the next two weeks with paper-folding fun!

Maggie Stiefvater has quite a following in Hoover.  I've only read one of her books, The Scorpio Races, but I enjoyed it immensely.  Her most recent release is the third book in the current fan favorite, The Raven Cycle.  Blue Lily, Lily Blue continues the story of Blue Sargent and the Raven Boys.  If you're looking for a paranormal thriller steeped in Welsh mythology and brimming with romance, you've found what you're looking for.  Just make sure you start with the first book.  And, if you prefer to listen to your books, you're in luck.  I have it on good authority that the audiobooks are amazing.

  1. The Raven Boys
  2. The Dream Thieves
  3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue 


Teen Services

Teen Community Service 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.