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Teens Blog

The Hub is a teen collections blog for YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association.  Their blog post on November 28, 2017 featured books set in the halls of middle school.  I've read most of them, so I can vouch for their awesomeness.  Find them on the shelves at Hoover Public Library.

Alan Cole Is Not a Coward by Eric Bell
All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Armstrong & Charlie by Steven B. Frank
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee
Patina by Jason Reynolds
Posted by John David Anderson
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail

The Teen Department is hosting our first College Readiness Day on Friday, July 13, 2018.  There will be several sessions throughout the day.  All are recommended for teens 16+.  You can register online or by phone (444-7826).

10 a.m. - College study tips - Lindsay will provide some insight on the best ways to study, along with a few tricks.
1 p.m. - Everything no one told you about freshman dorm life - A Resident Advisor in a dorm for five years will go through what to expect your first year at college.
2:30 p.m. - Food hacks - Wendy will show you how to make a few easy meals in the dorm.

Looking for more books to add to your Summer Reading log?  Why not read one of these recent award winners?  First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in June, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature.  Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Two Honor Books may be named in each category.  The winning titles must be published in the United States but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country. The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges who are annually appointed by the Editor of the Horn Book.

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

When's My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano
A Different Pond by Bao Phi

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

We're taking a break from our weekly theatre schedule during Fourth of July week, but we still have some fun options for a family outing to the library.  We will be showing two family movies on the big screen in the Library Theatre, with free admission and refreshments!

My Little Pony: The Movie
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

We'll also have Storytime Dance Party on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.  Our theme will be Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.  And we're hosting another Tabletop Games afternoon on Friday, July 6, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 for Independence Day.

Yes, the title of this book is also the title of a song by The Beatles.  

She Loves You: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Ann Hood (June 26, 2018)
The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other members–the least popular kids at school. And at home, her workaholic father has become even more distant.  Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles. She is set on seeing them in Boston during their final world tour–and meeting her beloved Paul McCartney. So on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy and crew set off on their journey, each of them with soaring hopes for what lies ahead.

In her signature prose, Hood crafts an extraordinary story of growing up, making unexpected connections, and following your dreams even as the world in front of you–and the world at large–is changing too fast.


Teen Services

Teen Volunteer Guidelines

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.