Your imagination is everything.  It is the preview of life's coming attractions.  Albert Einstein

Welcome to Miss Katie Jane's Corner!

Hello!

I'm Miss Katie Jane. I have been
​​​​​​​a librarian and storyteller at Hoover Public Library for over 20 years.
​​​​​​​Maybe you have seen me before?

Introduction

My name is Katie Jane Morris, and I started working at the library in February 2000.  I completed my Master of Library  & Information Studies (MLIS) degree at the University of Alabama in December 2003.  I have been the Outreach Librarian since 2004.

Books, Books, and More Books!

I love to read, and I love to share my favorite books with all of you!  I read about 300 novels per year, plus almost as many picture books and nonfiction titles.  I give booktalks in our local schools and book recommendations in our library stacks. 
I maintain the library's Goodreads page, generate both our teacher & early childhood newsletters, and write a daily blog for the library.  I also purchase the movie & music collections for the Kid Zone and host Story Lab, a S.T.E.A.M.-powered storytime for kids ages 3-8.  And I love giraffes and Wonder Woman.  I know that has nothing to do with being a librarian, but I think you still ought to know.

Get Out of Your Reading Rut!

Even prolific readers can get in a rut!  In 2012, I started my own journey to broaden my reading horizons -- focusing on diversity and inclusivity -- and I have never looked back!  I hope the recommendations you find on this page will help you on your reading journey.  

Enjoy,
KJM


Jump Into January

Bite-Size Book Report

This is one of many out-of-this world titles featured in this month's issue of our teacher newsletter.  Click on the link in the Downloads section above to access the January 2022 Book Report and find even more must-reads for the classroom, including fantasy novels fueled by Asian mythology. Educational extras like reviews, lessons plans, and videos are embedded in the document. So start clicking!

Award-winning author and NASA rocket scientist explores the diverse magnificence of Mars in this photo-packed planet exploration.

Build a Diverse Bookshelf

January 19 is World Day of Migrants & Refugees.  Explore the refugee experiences of two Muslim youth, a Bosnian boy in the early 1990s and a Rohingya girl in 2012, in these two novels.

Braille Literacy Month

January 4th is World Braille Day, honoring the birthday of Louis Braille, the inventor of the code.  The entire month of January is also dedicated to raising awareness about Braille.  This form of written language for blind people consists of characters represented by patterns of raised dots that are felt with the fingertips.  Have you explored Braille with YOUR fingertips?  Why not browse the Kid Zone's new Braille collection?  You can find it on the tallest shelves in the department, under Dewey Decimal number 411.

International Creativity Month

January is International Creativity Month, a time to remind people around the globe to think outside the box and be creative.

Maybe YOUR creativity will be inspired by one of these new books!

All Hail Raul the Third!


2021 was a big year for this award-winning Mexican-American illustrator!
​​​​​​​Have you read them all?

Want to see what novels I've been reading?

Take a look at our Goodreads page!

Recent Blog Posts

Including my reading recommendations and more!

It's one of our favorite days of the year!  Here are the winners of the 2022 Youth Media Awards!  Access the full list of winners and honors here.  And don't forget to take part in our Newbery 100 Reading Challenge

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January is National Skating Month!  It's the perfect chance to give ice skating a try at the Pelham Civic Complex.  It's also a great time to read these books!

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We're still in the first month of a new year, which means we're all still in "fresh start" mode.  For many folks, that means resolutions such as "read more books."  The newest novel from Gordon Korman is the perfect book for times such as these.

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One of my favorite books of 2021 is a perfect read for this long weekend, which includes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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