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The original animated classic Aladdin came out in 1992, when I was 12 years old.  Did I become obsessed?  Yes.  Did I drive everyone crazy singing the songs?  No.  But only because EVERYBODY was doing the same thing.  (In fact, my school's choral program performed a very popular medley of tunes from the movie.  There was a pretty stiff competition over who would get to sing the two solos in A Whole New World.)  There were also tons of folks trying to out-quote each other using the genie's lines.  Robin Williams -- what a genius!

Now, the live-action remake Aladdin is hitting the big screen.  I'm excited . . . and also terrified.  When you love something so much, especially if it played a huge role in your youth, it's hard to see it changed in any way.  You may see it before I do.  Summer Reading, as I'm sure you can imagine, is a busy time for me.  Let me know what you think.  That way I'll be One Jump Ahead.

Summer Reading programming begins the first week of June.  And registration begins this week for two awesome experiences: one for kids and one for teens.

Summer STEAM: The Science Lady presents Rocket Science
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 4 pm

Jan Mattingly, our favorite local scientist, is back for demonstrations and hands-on experiments that explore aerospace engineering.  Kids 6-12 years old can register online or by phone (444-7830) beginning 05/23.

Battle Royale Laser Tag
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7 pm

This after-hours event turns the library into a Fortnite laser tag arena.  And, yes, there will be pizza.  Teens ages 12-18 can register online or by phone (444-7826) beginning 05/24.  All teens must bring a signed waiver to participate.

The author of Allegedly and Monday's Not Coming has a new novel out.  It's a story fueled by hip-hop.  I like this new trend in teen lit.  I also like how this book is set in the year I graduated from high school.  Class of '98, baby!

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson (May 21, 2019)
Brooklyn, 1998. Biggie Smalls was right: Things done changed. But that doesn’t mean that Quadir and Jarrell are cool letting their best friend Steph’s music lie forgotten under his bed after he’s murdered—not when his rhymes could turn any Bed Stuy corner into a party.  With the help of Steph’s younger sister Jasmine, they come up with a plan to promote Steph’s music under a new rap name: the Architect. Soon, everyone wants a piece of him. When his demo catches the attention of a hotheaded music label rep, the trio must prove Steph’s talent from beyond the grave.  As the pressure of keeping their secret grows, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are forced to confront the truth about what happened to Steph. Only, each has something to hide. And with everything riding on Steph’s fame, they need to decide what they stand for or lose all that they’ve worked so hard to hold on to—including each other.

BONUS TRACKS!
Read a preview in an Entertainment Weekly article here.
Take the "Are These Lyrics from a Drake Song or 'Let Me Hear a Rhyme'" quiz on Epic Reads website.

Summer Reading 2019 has officially begun!  To register and keep track of your books online, go to hooverlibrary.beanstack.org.  To register and keep track of your books on paper, stop by a desk in the Kid Zone or Teen Spot.  We're logging pages again this year.  You will receive a prize ticket at 200, 500, 1000, and 1500 pages and every 1000 pages after that (5500 page limit).  Prize room opens June 3, 2019.  This year's theme is A Universe of Stories, so we think lots of folks will want to read books about space.  Find the book that's right for you on one of our summer reading lists.  Click on the blue to access a printable list.  Remember, these are just suggestions.  You can read absolutely any book you want during Summer Reading.

book list for Preschool-Second Grade
book list for Third-Sixth Grade
book list for Seventh-Twelfth Grade
book list for Nonfiction

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) also puts together some quality reading lists.  There are four options: birth-preschool, Kindergarten-Grade 2, Grade 3-5, and Grade 6-8.

This summer, in a library not so far away . . . STAR WARS. [Cue the John Williams soundtrack.]

The Force is strong at this year's summer reading kick-off event.  Episode Fun will take over the entire walk-on floor of the Hoover Public Library on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.  Like the franchise that inspired it, this party will be BIG.  Here's a quick guide to the galaxy to help make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun.

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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.