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November is on the horizon, which means you need to be getting ready for NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writing Month.  National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers (or students), mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.

Want to get inspired to do some writing of your own?  I came across this podcast playlist in July.  It was put together to inspire summer writing, but I think it easily translates to the fall.

Halloween 2020 is all about the witches.  The Sanderson sisters are doing a virtual Hocus Pocus reunion, Roald Dahl's The Witches got a Robert Zemeckis movie update, and the publishing industry provided us with all of these great books!

The National Museum of Natural History is located in Washington, D.C.  This Smithsonian Institution, like many museums during this time of pandemic, is closed to the public.  But you can tour their online galleries quite easily.  I highly recommend you explore Bone Hall, an exhibit devoted to a wide variety of skeletons. Many of the skeletons in the Bone Hall have been on view since 1881 and represent an unparalleled study collection of every major group of vertebrate animals.

Athough I am a long-time lover of gothic fiction, sometimes I want something a little bit different.  I want the cheers and jeers of comedy mixed with my terror!  (And 2020 has already provided the menacing plot to a horribly-conceived novel in and of itself!) For that special blend of comedy magic mixed with the dread of horror, Grady Hendrix has several engaging books, along with his unique Horrorstör which takes place inside a big-box furniture store evidentally haunted by the unknown.  And, if you haven't indulged in 

in 2019, Jennifer Donnelly published Stepsister and reminded me why I love fractured fairytales.  In 2020, she gives a fresh voice to another beloved story from childhood, a retelling that will forever change the way you think about strength, power, and the real meaning of "happily ever after."

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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.

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