You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the entire ocean in a drop. Rumi

Welcome to Miss Katie Jane's Corner!


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?


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 nonfiction collection 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.  


More Oceans of Possibilities in July!

Summer Reading

Summer Reading continues through Sunday, July 31!  You can grab a paper log or keep track of your books on Beanstack.  This year's theme is Oceans of Possibilities, so I've assembled lots of great book lists featuring the ocean.  Click on the links in the Downloads section above to access them.  Here's a sneak peek of what you will find!

In a quiet harbor in New England, a sea captain named Ellis is visited by a seagull that lands on the back of his family’s passenger schooner one afternoon. Ellis feeds the seagull, and by the end of the week, it was eating crackers right out of his hand! Their friendship lasted the summer, and four years later, the wild seagull Polly still visits!

Build a Diverse Bookshelf

The World Games are coming to Birmingham (and Hoover!) July 7-17, 2022!  The games will feature lots of cool sports, including wheelchair rugby.  Want to read more stories about athletes who use wheelchairs?  Try this new novel and graphic novel!  If you want even more sports books, cruise by our display during the month of July.  And don't forget
​​​​​​​to come to our World Games event on Friday, July 8 at 2 p.m.!

Kick Off Kindergarten

Are you starting Kindergarten?  Celebrate this educational milestone at a party just for you!  Hoover Public Library will host Kick Off Kindergarten on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.  There will be lots of fun activities inspired by the school day -- art, math, science, recess, and more!  The library also has all the books you need to get ready to start school, including this newest Shine-a-Light title.

Shine a light to reveal surprises and learn what it's like to go to school!  Each page presents another part of a day at school, plus a question.  Shine a light from behind the page or hold it up to the light, and you'll see the answer revealed!

"It's time for lunch.  Emma is sitting at a table with her new friends.  What's inside her lunchbox?"
Shine a light and . . .
"Yummy!  There's a sandwich, crunchy carrot sticks, some raise, a sweet, juicy apple, and a drink.  Eating a healthy, balanced diet makes it easier to learn and play."

July is National Anti-Boredom Month!

There are three other titles in this series.
Crayola Colorful STEAM Activities
Crayola Rainy-Day STEAM Activities

Crayola Super Simple STEAM Activities

There are three other titles in this series.
Ada Twist's Big Project Book for
​​​​​​​Stellar Scientists
Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for
Amazing Architects
Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for
Bold Engineers

This is just one of many amazing new cookbooks you can find in the Kid Zone!

July 18-24 is National Zookeeper Week.

Want to see what novels I've been reading?

Take a look at our Goodreads page!

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