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Rainbow Rowell (love her) has teamed up with Faith Erin Hicks (also love her) on a new graphic novel.  And I'm so excited about it I'm going to do something I usually NEVER do.  I'm going to rush the season.  Who cares if it's clearly summer-hot out?  Bring on the fall!  Bring on the pumpkins!

Pumpkinheads (08/27/19) Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1. But this Halloween is different―Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye. Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if―instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut―they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . . What if their last shift was an adventure?

Make sure you watch the book trailer!

Head to the Library Plaza for a Family Folding Fun Night on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  There will be four different ways to turn paper into family fun.

1. Paper Airplane Contest
2. Flick Football Arena
3. Themed Cootie Catchers - Harry Potter, Star Wars, Baby Shark
4. Origami Animals - frogs and fish

No registration required.  And no need to bring your own paper.  We'll provide all supplies.  You provide your family.

Brandy Colbert, the award-winning author of Little & Lion and Finding Yvonne, has a new novel out this week!

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph (08/20/19)
Dove “Birdie” Randolph is a 16-year-old black girl working to figure out family, love, and what she really wants in life.  The Chicago high school sophomore lives with her mother and father in their apartment above her mother’s hair salon; her sister, Mimi, is away at college. Dove’s parents have her on a strict academic schedule, and Dove faces a summer constrained by rules with little room for socializing except with her best friend, Lazarus “Laz” Ramos. Recently Dove began sneaking out to see Booker Stratton, a boy she’s grown to really like but who has a past her parents would not approve of. Into this setting comes her Aunt Carlene, her mom’s sister, who has been rarely seen and even less frequently spoken about. Carlene, an addict who has spent much of her life in and out of rehab, moves in with Dove and her parents, bringing tension into the family, although Dove soon develops a warm connection with her. The exposure of a family secret threatens to derail the tenuous balance. Colbert (Finding Yvonne, 2018, etc.) pens an emotionally gripping tale about family and young love and how they can be your entire world while still being worlds apart. The treatment of topics such as the impact of addiction, racial profiling and discrimination, and sexuality (Mimi and Laz are queer) is skillful and will resonate.

Attention college football fans!  On the official first day of the season, neither Alabama or Auburn have a game.  Yes, I know YOU already know that.  But I didn't.  So I included that information for other clueless people like me who might be reading this blog.  Because everyone is going to want to know about what Hoover Public Library is planning on that day.  Catch a couple of classic sports movies, eat hot dogs, and make a fun football craft at Kickoff Classics on Saturday, August 24, 2019.  We'll be showing Air Bud: Golden Receiver (G) at 10:30 a.m. and Little Giants (PG) at 2 p.m. in the Library Theatre.  In between, we'll be serving hot dogs and making team spirit football pennants in the meeting rooms across the hall.  We will have team colors for all the SEC schools as well as Spain Park and Hoover High School.  You don't need a ticket to be part of this sporting event.  Simply use the stairs or elevator in the lobby to go down to the first floor.  The Library Theatre will be down the hall on the right.

The universe is endless, but Summer Reading at Hoover Public Library is not.  The LAST DAY that kids and teens can earn tickets, redeem them for prizes, or enter their names in any of the grand prize drawings is FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019.  The library is open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on that day.

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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.