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Hoover City Schools will be on Spring Break March 25-29, 2019, so we're taking a break from our regular programming to host a series of special events.  And we're going retro, taking it old-school, people.

Join us for a Family Movie in the Library Theatre on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  We'll be showing the recently re-released 1953 Disney animated version of Peter Pan.  Admission and refreshments are free!  Teens can drop by the Youth Program Room for Open Gaming at 4 p.m.  We're featuring video games (of course), but we'll also have board games and card games.

You don't need a magic feather to take flight at Dumbo's Big Top on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  Simply follow the stars to a circus party inspired by the classic (and current) film.  There will be games, crafts, and tasty treats.

Kids of all ages can bring a blanket and their favorite stuffed animal to a Teddy Bear Picnic on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.  This storytime will feature two storytellers, classic kid lit and songs, and Teddy Graham crackers.  Older kids (ages 8-12) can sign up to create some crazy delicious food inspired by classic book character friends at Character Chopped! at 4 p.m.   Registration opens 03/21.

Have you heard of Project Linus?  It's a non-profit organization that provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.  How?  They do it through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”  Since 1995, they have delivered 7,375,351 blankets.  Want to be part of this rewarding and fun service opportunity?  Join us at the Hoover Public Library for Service Saturday this Saturday, March 16, 2019!  From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., teens in grades 8-12 will be making blankets for Project Linus.  This is a great opportunity to lend a helping hand, and participants will receive community service hours.  So it's a win-win!

Spring Break is bumping up our Teen Book Club meeting for this month.  Join the book club queen Anna Beth on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss The Demon King, the first book in an epic fantasy series by Cinda Williams Chima.  You'll also get the chance to select the title for the April meeting.

"One day Han Alister catches three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet away from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against him. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.  Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana'Marianna has her own battle to fight. She's just returned to court after three years of riding and hunting with her father's family. Raia aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems that her mother has other plans for her-plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.  The Seven Realms will tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide."

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Parenting is hard.  Always has been.  Always will be.  But modern parents are facing challenges past generations didn't have to face . . . because they didn't exist yet.  Like social media.  You can learn how to be Social Media Smart at our next Practical Parenting on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  There are benefits of social media but also evidence of emotional and behavioral side effects. As a parent, what should you know and what should you consider doing about it?  Dale Wisely, Ph.D. will help you think it through.  Dr. Wisely is Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, he was Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools for 12 years, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 36 years.  There is no registration required for this event.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.

When you think of a superhero, who comes to mind?  For me, it is 100% Wonder Woman.  But for many, it is Superman.  Since he first appeared in comics in 1938, Superman has been one of the most beloved heroes to don a cape.  If you see the letter S in a shield, you instantly want to stand tall with your chest thrust forward as if YOU wore the emblem.  Then you want to fly through Metropolis as onlookers shout "It's a bird.  It's a plane.  It's SUPERMAN!"

Matt de la Peña, one of the superheroes of teen lit, is giving this beloved icon a fresh face in the latest novel in the DC Icons series.

Superman: Dawnbreaker (March 5, 2019)
Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger–better–than everyone around him. But it’s not like he’s earned his powers . . . yet. Lately it’s difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and learns that people are disappearing from the Mexican-American and undocumented worker community in Smallville. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, Clark discovers that before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.

“In his brilliant take on Superman, de la Peña shows us that there’s a chance we’ll all need to step up like Clark Kent—with or without a cape.” —Jason ReynoldsNew York Times bestselling author of Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Long Way Down 

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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.