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When you think of a superhero, who comes to mind?  For me, it is 100% Wonder Woman.  But for many, it is Superman.  Since he first appeared in comics in 1938, Superman has been one of the most beloved heroes to don a cape.  If you see the letter S in a shield, you instantly want to stand tall with your chest thrust forward as if YOU wore the emblem.  Then you want to fly through Metropolis as onlookers shout "It's a bird.  It's a plane.  It's SUPERMAN!"

Matt de la Peña, one of the superheroes of teen lit, is giving this beloved icon a fresh face in the latest novel in the DC Icons series.

Superman: Dawnbreaker (March 5, 2019)
Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger–better–than everyone around him. But it’s not like he’s earned his powers . . . yet. Lately it’s difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and learns that people are disappearing from the Mexican-American and undocumented worker community in Smallville. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, Clark discovers that before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.

“In his brilliant take on Superman, de la Peña shows us that there’s a chance we’ll all need to step up like Clark Kent—with or without a cape.” —Jason ReynoldsNew York Times bestselling author of Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Long Way Down 

I am a woman.  I deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in this country.  And, luckily for me and the millions of women in the United States, we had strong sisters fight for our right to be recognized as equals and cast our vote.  American women won the vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 secured voting rights for racial minorities, including our sisters of color.  Learn about the struggles and triumphs of the women who paved the way.  Then exercise your right to vote at the next opportunity.

Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kirsten Gillinbrand (November 13, 2018)
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was inspired by her own great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother to be bold and brave–to stand up and fight for what she believes in. But who inspired them? The long chain of women before them who spoke out for what’s right–women who taught each generation that followed how to be bold and brave.  Here are the stories of ten leaders who strove to win the right to vote for American women–a journey that took more than seventy years of passionate commitment. From well-known figures, such as Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth to lesser known women such as Alice Paul and Mary Church Terrell, these are heroes who dreamed big and never gave up. Senator Gillibrand highlights an important and pithy lesson from each woman’s life–from “dare to be different” to “fight together.”  On the eve of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women suffrage, Bold & Brave looks both backward and forward. It introduces children to strong women who have raised their voices on behalf of justice–and inspires them to raise their own voices to build our future.

Blast Back!: Women's Suffrage by Nancy Ohlin (June 26, 2018)
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When people think about the women's suffrage movement, things like voting rights and protests may come to mind. But what was the movement all about, and what social change did it bring? This engaging nonfiction book, complete with black-and-white interior illustrations, will make readers feel like they've traveled back in time. It covers everything from the history of women's rights in the U.S. to women's suffrage movements across the world, and more. Find out interesting, little-known facts such as how the suffragists were the first people to ever picket the White House and how the nineteenth amendment granting women the right to vote passed by only one vote when a legislator changed his vote to "yes" after receiving a letter from his mother telling him to "do the right thing."

Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote by Susan Zimet & Todd Hasak-Lowy (January 16, 2018)
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The United States of America is almost 250 years old, but American women won the right to vote less than a hundred years ago.  And when the controversial nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution-the one granting suffrage to women-was finally ratified in 1920, it passed by a mere one-vote margin.  The amendment only succeeded because a courageous group of women had been relentlessly demanding the right to vote for more than seventy years. The leaders of the suffrage movement are heroes who were fearless in the face of ridicule, arrest, imprisonment, and even torture. Many of them devoted themselves to the cause knowing they wouldn't live to cast a ballot.  The story of women's suffrage is epic, frustrating, and as complex as the women who fought for it.

You don't have to head to New Orleans or Mobile to celebrate Mardi Gras this year.  You can come to the Hoover Public Library for Mardi Gras Cake Pops on Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  The name says it all.  We'll be making and eating Mardi Gras-inspired cake pops.  You do need to let us know you're coming.  Teens can sign up online or by phone (444-7826).  Then lead your own mini-parade down the starred hallway to the Youth Program Room.

Teen Book Club
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Join Anna Beth for a discussion of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  You'll also help choose the book for March's meeting.

Adulting 101: Cleaning Skills
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Wendy, teen librarian and Queen of Clean, will share favorite cleaning tips to make your life easier.  It will probably keep your parents off your back, too.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards.  The awards commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.  The awards serve as a guide for parents, librarians and caregivers for the most outstanding books for youth by African American authors and illustrators that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and affirm universal human values.

The Hoover Public Library has compiled a list of all winning titles that are available on our shelves.  The list includes call numbers to make it easy to find the book you want to read.  You can pick up a physical copy on the octagonal display cart in the Kid Zone, or you can access the printable online copy by clicking here.

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