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You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.  You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus.  You're as charming as an eel.
Mr. Grinch!
You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel!

Catch our Grinch Double Feature in the Library Theatre on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2 p.m.  We'll start with the animated classic (1966, NR, 26 minutes), followed by Jim Carrey in the title role of the lavish live-action version of the holiday tale (2000, PG, 104 minutes).  Free admission and refreshments!

The Fiction Department's monthly Monday at the Movies series is featuring a family holiday movie this month.  You can catch The Muppet Christmas Carol in the Library Theatre on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Admission and refreshments are free at this event, too.

I loved this so much, I bought a copy for myself.  Add it to your holiday wish list.  (Or, maybe, to your pre-holiday wish list.  You may need this book to get through the chaos of the Christmas season.)

This Moment Is Your Life (And So Is This One): A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga by Mariam Gates
J  613.7  GAT

Don’t just do something, be here.
The key to happiness is being able to find comfort in this moment, here and now. When you are completely present and not distracted by regrets, worries, and plans, even for a little while, you begin to feel more confident and can deal more easily with everything you experience. This is mindfulness: paying attention to this very moment, on purpose and without judgment–simply being present with curiosity.  This engaging guide, packed with simple exercises and endearing full-color artwork, provides a handy starting point for bringing mindfulness into your daily life. Chapters on meditation, yoga, and mindful breathing explain the benefits of these practices, and you are free to pick and choose what to try. There are quick exercises throughout, and a more extensive tool kit at the end of each chapter. The final chapter offers satisfying five-day challenges that map out ways to pull all of the book’s mindfulness techniques together in your day-to-day life.  With the appeal of a workbook or guided journal, and full of examples relevant to tweens and teens today, this book will be your trusted companion as you begin the valuable, stress-relieving work of being still with skill.

Who has the most holiday cheer?  You do!  Prove it at our Tween/Teen Gingerbread Challenge on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 4 p.m.  We are going to give you a smorgasbord of materials to construct  your gingerbread house! The most creative wins!  This event is open to builders ages 9-17 years.  There are only a few spots available on our construction crew, so sign up online today!  You can also give us a call at 444-7830 or 444-7826.

And the winner for Young People's Literature is . . . The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
The Journey of Litle Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

We'll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper

See the winners in all categories on the National Book Awards website.

Hoover Public Library's Teen Book Club meets on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  This month, Anna Beth will be leading a discussion of Dry by Neal Shusterman and his son Jarrod Shusterman.  When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival.  Read the book, and join the group!  You'll also get to vote for the title they'll talk about at the meeting in January. 


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Teen Volunteer Guidelines

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.