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June is Rainbow Book Month, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community.  It is an initiative of the American Library Association and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.  ALA supports LGBTQIA+ literature through the Stonewall Book Award as well as the Rainbow Book List (for youth) and the Over the Rainbow Book List (for adults).  All are excellent resources for finding titles for everyone in the family to read this month.  The ones with an asterisk are books I have personally read and recommend.  They are all youth titles because I'm a youth librarian.  But I've added many of the adult books to my to-read list!

Summer 2020 is not going to look or feel like summers past.  There are some things you can do with slight variations, but others are a big nope.  To help fill in the gaps, I'm going to do a blog series called Inspired by Summer.  Every Friday in June and July will be devoted to a summertime staple.  Each post will include ways to make the most of a particular pasttime in our current circumstances.  I'm kicking off the series with . . . BEACH PARTY!

Welcome to my summer blog series about my favorite fantasy movies from childhood!  Each Throwback Thursday in June and July will be dedicated to a movie (usually seen via VHS) that ignited my childhood imagination.  We're starting with one of my favorites OF ALL TIME, The Princess Bride!

Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy in 1452.  He was a painter, architect, inventor, and student of all things scientific. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term “Renaissance man.”  Largely self-educated, he filled dozens of secret notebooks with inventions, observations and theories about pursuits from aeronautics to anatomy.  He remains best known for his art, including two paintings that are among the world’s most famous and admired, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.  Learn more about Leonardo's combination of intellect and imagination by watching this charming video bio then reading one of these books.

So, today is a BIG day in the publishing industry.  There are a ridiculously large number of books that came out today, and many of them are perfect for our fantasy-based summer!  If you want even more new fantasy titles, take a look at one of our official summer reading lists!

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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.

We look forward to seeing you again and wish for the good health of all our citizens.

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