Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.
But without it we go nowhere.  
Carl Sagan

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


Oooooo, It's October!

Kids Downloads

Newsletters, book lists, and other downloadable content.

Bite-Size Book Report

This spooky new novel is set in a house haunted by memories, prejudices, and ghosts.  Click on the link in the Downloads section above to access the October 2021 issue of Book Report, our teacher newsletter.  You'll find even more amazing books for the classroom, including a read-alike list for Where the Wild Things Are. Educational extras like book reviews, lessons plans, and author interviews are embedded in the document.  So start clicking!

Ophelia Harrison lived in a small house in the Georgia countryside, until a cruel act on a November 1922 night.  This was the same night that Ophie learned she can see ghosts.

Now Ophie and her mother are living
in Pittsburg with relatives they barely know.  Both are working as maids
at Daffodil Manor, a home haunted
by memories and prejudices . . .
​​​​​​​and ghosts.

Build a Diverse Bookshelf

Enjoy these monstrous picture books inspired
​​​​​​​by Caribbean and Mexican folklore!

Down Right Perfect

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, an opportunity to recognize people with Down Syndrome, making everyone aware of their abilities and accomplishments.  Learn more from the National Down Syndrome Society and Down Syndrome Alabama.

AROUND THE WORLD & CLOSE TO HOME

October is also Global Diversity Awareness Month.

It is a time to learn about our multicultural society and acknowledge the positive impact diverse voices have on communities large and small.

IT'S PUMPKIN & COSTUME TIME!

Halloween has long been a big deal at Hoover Public Library!

You can always count on us to have the best reads of the season.  Keep an eye on the blog for additional spooky book recs this month!  And make sure you take a look at our October calendar to see what special events we have in store the week of Halloween!

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!

October is the official season of spooky reads.  Whether you want to be a bit scared or totally terrified, there’s a new book for you!  Here are our favorites of 2021.

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We’re halfway through National Pizza Month!  How much pizza have you eaten so far in celebration?  I haven’t eaten NEARLY enough.  I also haven’t had my fill of pizza books yet.  How about you?  Here are some of the latest slices of pizza literature available at Hoover Public Library.

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National Fossil Day is an annual celebration that highlights the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.  2021 marks just the 12th year of this holiday, which makes it relatively new.  Especially compared to the age of foss

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This month's Homeschool Hub is exploring the spooky side of science!  Join The Science Lady on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

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