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No, today isn't Galentine's Day.  But it IS the day you can start signing up to be part of our Happy Galentine's Day event.  The official day is February 13th, but we're going to leave that day open for you to celebrate with your friends.  Instead, our party will be Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Galentine's Day is all about celebrating your gal pals, the amazing ladies who stick by you through thick and thin.  So, naturally, we'll be working on a friendship craft together.  And there will definitely be a waffle bar.  That's right.  A.  Waffle.  Bar.  Bring on the syrup, and let the good times roll.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826).

The American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards today!  Here are the winners!  Did any of your favorites make the cut?  Several of ours did!  Access the full list of winners and honors here.  

Teen Book Club is still alive and prepping to discuss I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall at their upcoming meeting on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  You still have time to read the book and join the discussion.  You can also drop by without having read the book if you want to help pick the February title.

"After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.
 
Before: Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded. 
 
After: With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined. 

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father…and she wants revenge."

This is one of the hardest lists to compile because there are so many amazing nonfiction titles published each year.  We managed to narrow it down to our favorite 73 books.  You'll find everything from animals to history, poetry to space.  Access the printable list by clicking here.

1,000 Facts About Insects by Nancy Honovich
Action Presidents: George Washington by Fred Van Lente
Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus
Around the World in 50 Ways: Canoe, Camel, or Cable Car . . . You Choose! by Dan Smith
The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras
Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban WIldlife by Amy Cherrix
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace
Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kristen Gillibrand
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs by Kate Messner
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild by Catherine Thimmesh
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree by Sally M. Walker
The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America's Test Kitchen Kids
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon by Suzanne Slade
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker
Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America by Marc Favreau
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection by Colby Sharp
Drawn from Nature by Helen Ahpornsiri

From past to present, from this world to worlds fantastic, our favorite fiction books were the ones that best captured what it means to be human.  Access the printable list by clicking here.

JUVENILE FICTION
24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Reneé Watson
Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
Breakout by Kate Messner
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
The Colors of the Rain by R.L. Toalson
Dear Sister by Alison McGhee
Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Granted by John David Anderson
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Heartseeker by Melinda Beatty
The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio
I'm Ok by Patti Kim
It Wasn't Me by Dana Alison Levy 
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
The Lifters by Dave Eggers
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Mascot by Antony John
Megabat by Anna Humphrey
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

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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.