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Join us for a day in a galaxy far, far away at our Star Wars Movie Marathon! Whether you've seen them a million times or want your family to see them for the first time, come view these iconic films on the big screen in the Library Theatre! We will be showing the original trilogy on Saturday, May the 4th, 2019 -- Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.  Admission and refreshments are free.

  • Episode IV at 10:15 a.m.
  • Episode V at 1 p.m.
  • Episode VI at 3:15 p.m.

We'll also have coloring sheets, Origami Yoda folding, and a scavenger hunt set up all day long in the Kid Zone.  Drop by anytime.  And May the Fourth be with you.  Always.

The internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah. When the actual date of Yom Hashoah falls on a Friday, the state of Israel observes Yom Hashoah on the preceding Thursday. When it falls on a Sunday, Yom Hashoah is observed on the following Monday.   This year’s Yom HaShoah starts at sundown on Wednesday, May 1, lasting until nightfall the next day on Thursday, May 2.

Here are some newer Holocaust titles available at Hoover Public Library.

Anne Frank by Stephen Krensky (DK Life Stories)
JB  FRA
Anne Frank's diary is read by children and adults worldwide. It tells two stories: one of an extraordinary young girl living in hiding during one of the most fearsome times in history, and one of a relatable young girl facing the same questions and troubles that kids come up against today. Learn how both sides of this puzzle made up the person who is Anne Frank. In this biography for kids ages 8-12, meet Anne's family and friends, explore "The Annex" where they hid, and see her story put in historical context alongside information about World War II and the Holocaust, and Hitler and Nazi Germany.

The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington
YA  ADL
Three weeks after being detained on her way home from school, fourteen-year-old Ella finds herself in the Upper Tailoring Studio, a sewing workshop inside a Nazi concentration camp. There, two dozen skeletal women toil over stolen sewing machines. They are the seamstresses of Birchwood, stitching couture dresses for a perilous client list: wives of the camp’s Nazi overseers and the female SS officers who make prisoners’ lives miserable. It is a workshop where stylish designs or careless stitches can mean life or death. And it is where Ella meets Rose. As thoughtful and resilient as the dressmakers themselves, Rose and Ella’s story is one of courage, desperation, and hope — hope as delicate and as strong as silk, as vibrant as a red ribbon in a sea of gray.

Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen
J  NIE
Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling food, papers, and even people.  Soon Chaya joins a resistance cell that runs raids on the Nazis' supplies. But after a mission goes terribly wrong, Chaya's network shatters. She is alone and unsure of where to go, until Esther, a member of her cell, finds her and delivers a message that chills Chaya to her core, and sends her on a journey toward an even larger uprising in the works -- in the Warsaw Ghetto.  Though the Jewish resistance never had much of a chance against the Nazis, they were determined to save as many lives as possible, and to live -- or die -- with honor.

What Was the Holocaust? by Gail Herman
J  940.53  HER
The Holocaust was a genocide on a scale never before seen, with as many as twelve million people killed in Nazi death camps—six million of them Jews. Gail Herman traces the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, whose rabid anti-Semitism led first to humiliating anti-Jewish laws, then to ghettos all over Eastern Europe, and ultimately to the Final Solution. She presents just enough information for an elementary-school audience in a readable, well-researched book that covers one of the most horrible times in history.
 

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30.  Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.  Every year, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) curates a list of diverse STEAM titles to help readers celebrate Día.  Click on the blue age range to see a printable list.  Click on individual titles to find the books in the Hoover Public Library.

One week.  Just one week until the big event.  The big deal author.  I'm so excited I can't even write in complete sentences!  Margaret Peterson Haddix will be on the Plaza at Hoover Public Library next Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.   An Evening with Margaret Peterson Haddix will include the chance to hear the New York Times-bestselling author of over 40 books for kids and teens talk about . . . well, I'm hoping she talks about EVERYTHING!  Her books have been honored with the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. They have also been translated into more than twenty different languages.  You'll have the opportunity to buy one of her books at the event and get it signed.  There will also be a delicious reception after her presentation.

Her books are available at Hoover Public Library and throughout Jefferson County, so you can read up before the event.  Our teen librarian Wendy has also curated a list of her books available on ebook and downloadable audio via Overdrive.  The list will show up once you log into your Overdrive account.   I hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to see an amazing author, up close and personal.

April is zooming along at a mind-blowing pace.  Mark your calendars so you don't miss these opportunities for fun and service.

Storytime Allstars: Eggcellent Adventures
Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Miss Traci for silly songs and stories about eggs.  There will also be a short movie with a snack.  No need to register.  Simply follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.

International Tabletop Day
Saturday, April 27, 2019     10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

We'll have games set up throughout the library.  Play the day away with your family and friends.  You'll also get a chance to meet new game enthusiasts.  This celebration is for all ages: kids, teens and adults.

Service Saturday
Saturday, April 27, 2019     11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Teens in grades 8-12 can earn community service hours by helping the Kid Zone get ready for summer reading.

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Participation Guidelines

Junior high students in grade 8 and high school students who live in the city limits of Hoover or have a parent/guardian who works for the City of Hoover may participate. The library will not accept volunteers who are required to do court-ordered community service.