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If I Stay

My sister Laurie loves Gayle Forman.  She's read everything Forman has ever written.  Laurie has repeatedly chastised me for only reading Just One Day and Just One Year.  "Why haven't you read If I Stay?  It's so amazing.  Jaw-dropping amazing."  I can only imagine what will happen tomorrow when the movie comes out on DVD.  "WHAT?!?!?!  You still haven't read the book?!?!?  What in the world is wrong with you?!?!?!"  Luckily, I have it checked out.  I just need to move it to the top of my to-read pile.  Immediately.

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Reading Snapshot #27

This snapshot includes lots of spooky titles.  We got carried away during the Halloween season.  But don't worry.  There are plenty of titles for people who do not enjoy being scared.  Like me.

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (#5)
The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken by Doreen Cronin (#2)
Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
The Graham Cracker Plot by Shelley Tougas
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne M. LaFleur
The Map Trap by Andrew Clements
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Shouldn't You Be in School? by Lemony Snicket (#3)
Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tuchoikealso (#1)
Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tuchoikealso (#2)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (#1)
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (#1)
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (#3)
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (#1)
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
Scowler by Daniel Kraus
The Spiritglass Charade: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason
Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck

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Dog Tags -- A Series About Military Canines

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day.  The Hoover Public Library has been celebrating for the last week.  Did you get a chance to see the uniforms, the posters, and the Wall of Honor?  There's still time if you haven't.  Have you made a thumbprint flag to send to a local veteran?  You can stop by the Kid Zone anytime before 9 p.m. to make one.  Have you read any of the books in C. Alexander London's Dog Tags series?  Each explores the bond between soldier and dog in times of war.  Perfect for fans of animal, historical, or military fiction!

The Hunger Games movie franchise is HUGE!!!  There's already tons of hype for the third installment, Mockingjay Part 1, which opens in theaters on November 21.  Hmm, I wonder what movie everyone's going to be watching over Hoover's weeklong Thanksgiving break?  Before you see the movie, read the book.  That's a no-brainer.  Also, make sure you come to Let the Hunger Games Begin on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.  Teens (grades 6-12) will represent Districts 1-12 in a series of games and challenges.  There will be lots of prizes, including movie passes to see Mockingjay Part 1.  Registration is required and begins today.  You can register online or call 444-7826.

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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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.