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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.

Elizabeth Acevedo is a name you should recognize.  Her debut novel, The Poet X, won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.  It also won the 2019 Printz and the Pura Belpré Awards.  It was kind of a big deal.  And so is her new book.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (May 7, 2019)
Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.  Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

Watch the book trailer.
Read The Washington Post review.
See some behind-the-scenes with the author as she records the audiobook.

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.

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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.