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From award-winning author of Picture Us in the Light comes a powerful, achingly romantic drama about the secrets we keep, from each other and from ourselves.

This novel in verse movingly unravels belonging, Islamophobia, and the interlocking oppressions thrust upon immigrant women.  The themes of family, identity, and finding yourself in the most unexpected of places make this a must-read for fans of The Poet X.  Learn more about the author and watch some of her spoken word performances on her website.

The publishing industry has become much more inclusive during my tenure at Hoover Public Library, but it still has a long way to go.  For example, there have been so many amazing titles written by and featuring Black characters.  BUT almost all of them are either historical fiction or realistic fiction.  And the world needs more literary variety!  Fantasy has been a very popular genre with young readers forever, so why aren't there more fantastical adventures starring Black protagonists?!  I just don't know.  But I do know how to find what is currently available.  

Are you ready for the sensational follow-up to the 2019 Edgar Award Winner Sadie?  This pulls-no-punches thriller about an aspiring young journalist determined to save her sister from a cult.  Don't miss the Rolling Stones interview with the author!

Coral reefs are large underwater structures composed of the skeletons of colonial marine invertebrates called coral. The coral species that build reefs are known as hermatypic, or "hard," corals because they extract calcium carbonate from seawater to create a hard, durable exoskeleton that protects their soft, sac-like bodies. Each individual coral is referred to as a polyp. Coral polyps live on the calcium carbonate exoskeletons of their ancestors, adding their own exoskeleton to the existing coral structure. As the centuries pass, the coral reef gradually grows, one tiny exoskeleton at a time, until they become massive features of the marine environment.  Corals are found all over the world's oceans, from the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska to the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea. The biggest coral reefs are found in the clear, shallow waters of the tropics and subtropics. The largest of these coral reef systems, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, is more than 1,500 miles long!  Dive deep and take a closer look at these amazing structures with one (or both!) of these virtual field trips.

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March 31, 2020
During this time of staying safe and distancing from one another the Hoover Public Library will not be accepting applications for teen volunteers.  We hope to bring back this wonderful program in the future.  As circumstances change and as we make plans for the future, we will update this page with new information as it is forthcoming.

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