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Today's the Day

Friday, July 18, 2014 is the last day you can register for the Kid Zone or Teen Spot Summer Reading program.  That's today, people!  Make sure you come to the Hoover Public Library sometime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Once you sign up, you can record any books you've read since May 17.  And you'll still have until August 1 to earn your tickets.

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Return of Brotherband

These blogs can be so difficult.  I mean, I want to make sure that fans of The Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan know about the newest book in the series.  And I want them to be as excited about it as I am.  But I don't want to spoil the series for people who are just-now-as-they-read-this-blog discovering it.  I'll do my best to find the perfect balance.  The first three books cover one story arc.  The fourth book, Slaves of Socorro (July 15, 2014), begins a new chapter in the lives of these young warriors.  The Heron crew will encounter old rivalries, make new friends, and test peace treaties in their pursuit of a notorious pirate and slave trader.  It's at the top of my to-read list for July.  Maybe you'll put it at the top of your list, too.

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Reading Snapshot #23

Summer isn't over yet.  There's still plenty of Fizz and Boom left.  And plenty of time to add titles to your reading log.  Here's what we've been reading.  Maybe you'll find something on the list that Sparks your interest.
JULY 2014

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
The Foundry's Edge by Cam Baity & Benny Zelkowicz
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks
The Ironwood Tree by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black (#4)
Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully by Rachel Vail (#3)
Lucinda's Secret by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black (#3)
The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham
Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin

Spend this year's teen summer reading finale with your favorite Time Lord at our Dr. Who Party on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  I confess that I have never seen a single episode of Dr. Who.  When Wendy and Shawna started giving me party details for this blog, I was stumped by several of the pop culture references.  But I'm sure you Whovians will be super excited to know that you'll get a chance to make Adipose babies, marble galaxy necklaces, and edible Sonic Screwdrivers.  Test your physical dexterity in our Build a Tardis relay and your spatial relation skills as you Pin the Bow Tie on the Doctor.  And, of course, we'll have a photo opportunity with Dr. Who.  Which one?  Guess you'll have to show up and find out.

The library will be closed for Independence day on Friday, July 4, 2014.  This does not mean you should take a break from Summer Reading!  It just means you'll have to do your reading on your own turf, in between barbecues and pool parties and fireworks-watching.


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.