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My mom and I bought Broadway in Birmingham season tickets this year.  We've seen three amazing musicals -- The Addams Family, Hello Dolly!, and Memphis.  The fourth and final show, War Horse, is tonight.  It's a powerful World War I drama based on the book by Michael Morpurgo.  It was recently adapted for the big screen by Steven Spielberg.  The stage play, which features the breathing, galloping, full-scale horses created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, debuted in Great Britain in 2007.  It crossed the pond to the United States in 2012.  Now, in 2014, it is finally here in Birmingham.  I cannot wait to see it.
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (also available as a book-on-CD)
Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo
War Horse on DVD
War Horse on Blu-Ray

Are you Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, or Erudite?   If you can easily answer that question, you're probably a fan of the Divergent book series by Veronica Roth.  In which case, you don't need me to tell you that the movie is finally coming to the big screen this weekend.  If you've just seen the trailers, posters, and other paraphernalia and are wondering just exactly what all the excitement is about, let the Hoover Public Library fill you in.

  1. Divergent - the book, the book-on-CD, downloadable audiobook, ebook
  2. Insurgent - the book, the book-on-CD, downloadable audiobook, ebook
  3. Allegiant - the book, the book-on-CD, downloadable audiobook, ebook

NOOK Divergent
NOOK Teens Science Fiction: Girls Vs Governments

Attention, Readers!  March to the Kid Zone or Teen Spot.  Commandeer one of these books.  Read it.  Enjoy it.
MARCH 2014
KIDS
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage (#2)
Grave Images by Jenny Goebel
Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood (#4)
Just Jake by Jake Marcionette
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck
Nick & Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab by Science Bob Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith (#1)
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

March is Music in Our Schools Month.  Music education is alive and well in our Hoover City Schools.  Maybe you're in your school's choir or band.  But not all teen musicians express themselves through school-sponsored programs.  There are still plenty of garage bands and only-in-your-bedroom guitar players out there.  The Teen Spot has stories for every kind of musician.  No musical talent whatsoever but plenty of appreciation?  Yep, we've got that covered.
Audition and Subtraction by Amy Fellner Dominy
Beat the Band by Don Calame
Beauty and the Bully by Andy Behrens
The Black Canary by Jane Louise Curry
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
Coda by Emma Trevayne
The Daughters Take the Stage by Joanna Philbin
Dead Is a Killer Tune by Marlene Perez
Diva by Alex Flinn
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant
Four Seasons by Jane Breskin Zalben
Friend Is Not a Verb by Daniel Ehrenhaft 
Good Enough by Paula Yoo
Guitar Boy by M. J. Auch
Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

Many of the Olympians we've been cheering for this month are teenagers.  Sports are obviously a major part of their lives.  If you're a teen athlete, you understand their enthusiasm and dedication.  If you aren't working towards a gold medal, you might have time to take a break from training and read one of these fiction books that feature fellow athletes.
The Batboy by Mike Lupica (baseball)
Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe (soccer)
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick (baseball)
The Final Four by Paul Volponi (basketball)
Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best by Maria Padian (tennis)
Making Waves by Nicole O'Dell (swimming)
Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace (football)
One Shot Away by T. Glen Coughlin (wrestling)

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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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