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Today, April 30, is Poem in Your Pocket Day!  Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City, in partnership with the city's Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada.

In 2020, COVID has definitely changed how we can take part in this day.  It's not a good idea to carry poems around in your pocket then pass them hand-to-hand to family, friends, and strangers.  Here are some ways you CAN participate.  Thanks to the Academy of American Poets for these ideas!

We are living in crazy times.  But one positive thing that has come out of all of this?  We aren't trying to face it all alone.  We are reaching out to one another.  We are trying to get through it together.  It's true everywhere you look.  It's certainly true in the book industry.  Libraries are doing everything they can to continue to serve their communities.  Book publishers are assembling resources that parents and teachers can use with their kids and teens as living rooms become classrooms.  And authors are putting out so much fantastic content!  This blog could literally go on and on and ON about everything authors (and illustrators, too!) are doing to connect with readers.  But it won't.  I promise.  I'm going to focus on a new-since-COVID YouTube channel called Authors Everywhere.

Sunday, April 26 was supposed to be one of my Kid Lit Coffee Breaks, a chance for adults who love kid lit to talk about books while they drink coffee and eat decadent desserts.  I always love those Breaks, and I hate that I can’t host one in the usual way.  But this is National Library Week, and I must carry on!  I have my "Thank You for Being a Friend" Golden Girls mug of coffee, a jar of edible cookie dough, and a stack of books I’m eager to share with you.  So grab the beverage and treat of your choice, and let’s get started.

Today is Earth Day, and 2020 is a big year for the celebration.  It’s the 50th anniversary!  On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet.  The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.  And this year, for the first time ever, that event will be exclusively online.  Since we’re all spending even more time online these days, I’ve included links to other organizations and activities that celebrate taking care of our planet.

It’s National Library Week!  And I plan to celebrate every day.  How about you?  Yesterday, my Tumblebooks Storytime blog was all about libraries.  And my focus for this week’s blog about Hoopla’s Bonus Borrows collection?  You guessed it!  There are two audiobook titles that I particularly enjoyed, and I think you will too.


Teen Services

Teen Volunteers

March 31, 2020
During this time of staying safe and distancing from one another the Hoover Public Library will not be accepting applications for teen volunteers.  We hope to bring back this wonderful program in the future.  As circumstances change and as we make plans for the future, we will update this page with new information as it is forthcoming.

We look forward to seeing you again and wish for the good health of all our citizens.

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