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Celebrate Turkish Culture

The Hoover Public Library will Celebrate Turkey on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  If you've ever been to one of our annual cultural celebrations, you already know that it is going to be a great event.  If this is your first year, here's a sampling of what you can expect to find on The Library Plaza.

  • Taste the food! --  baba ganoush, red lentil kofta, tabouli, spinach & cheese borek, Turkish baklava (different from Greek baklava), linonata (Turkish lemonade)
  • Experience the music! -- Abidin Yildirim plays the saz (stringed instrument), Birmingham International Folk Dancers, Zivah Saphirah dance troupe
  • Absorb the art! -- art gallery, Iznik tile craft for kids
  • Learn your fortune! -- raffle for Turkish coffee fortune telling sessions

Hurriyet Daily News article: Library Pioneers New Children's Project
(As Turkey is celebrating the 50th National Library Week, one Istanbul project is pioneering a new attempt to bring families and children together to get the reading bug.)


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Easter Weekend Hours

Egg-cellent news!  The Hoover Public Library isn't closed for the entire weekend.  And you don't have to search and search to find out what our holiday hours are.  This isn't an Easter egg hunt!  I've made it over easy.  (Ha!  Another egg reference!  I'm on a roll!  Yep, you guessed it -- an egg roll! Okay, enough of that.)
Friday, April 18, 2014      CLOSED
Saturday, April 19, 2014  OPEN
Sunday, April 20, 2014    CLOSED

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National Library Week: Lives Change at Your Library

April 13-19, 2014 is National Library Week.  And the Honorary Chair?  Judy Blume!  What a perfect choice for this year's NLW theme -- Lives Change at Your Library.  How many young people (including me!) have been impacted by Judy Blume's twenty-eight books?

(OK, I know this looks like a ridiculously short blog.  But did you see all the blue?  Those are links, people!  Use them. Who knows? It might change your life.)  

PROFESSIONAL VOICEOVER: Humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.   

ME: Oooh.  Sounds exciting!  What is it?

PROFESSIONAL VOICEOVER: Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the thrilling third and final book in Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy

ME: Aaah.  I'm afraid I need to catch up on my reading.  Do you have the first two books?

PROFESSIONAL VOICEOVER: (sighs) Giving directions is such a waste of my vocal talents.  Look to the blue for your answers.

ME: Well, that was cryptic.  Oh, wait, I see.  Thanks.  Sort of.

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
2. Days of Blood and Starlight
3. Dreams of Gods and Monsters

April showers bring May flowers . . . and plenty of reading opportunities too! Here's what's keeping us entertained on these rainy spring days.
APRIL 2014

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko (#3)
Ava and Pip by Carols Weston
Bird by Crystal Chan
Bite-Sized Magic by Kathryn Littlewood (#3)
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
Danny's Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment by David A. Adler
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis (#9)
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler


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.