Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.  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 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.  

Enjoy,
KJM


Deck the Hall with Books in December.

Kids Downloads

Newsletters, book lists, and other downloadable content.

Bite-Size Book Report

This is one of many amazing titles featured in the latest issue of our teacher newsletter. Click on the link in the Downloads section above to access the December 2022 Book Report and find even more must-reads for the classroom, including read-alikes for both the Amber Brown and Ivy + Bean series.  Educational extras like reviews, lesson plans, interviews, and more are embedded in the document.  So start clicking!

Danny Timmons has looked up to Jack Bailey ever since Jack saved two small children from drowning during the Great Flood of 1940. Now, with his father away fighting in World War II and his mother about to have a new baby, Danny relies on Jack’s friendship and guidance more than ever.  So when Jack goes missing without a trace from their small Appalachian town, Danny is determined to find him. As answers elude him, Danny begins to fear that he didn’t know Jack as well as he thought.  Ultimately, his investigation forces him to reckon with even larger questions: What is America fighting for in this war? What role do each of us play in stopping injustices? And is there such thing as a true hero?

Build a Diverse Bookshelf

December is International AIDS Awareness Month, and December 1st is World AIDS Day. First observed in 1988, this initiative encourages us to unite to help end HIV and remember those lost to AIDS-related illnesses.
This is sometimes a difficult topic for adults to talk to kids about.  These are two new titles that can help.

Winter Wonderland

December 21st is the first day of winter, and we plan to celebrate in a big way in 2022!  We're hosting Winter Wonderland at 10:30 a.m.  There will be snowy S.T.E.A.M. activities for the whole family spread throughout the Kid Zone.  No registration is required, so come one!  Come all!  You'll also want to pick up some wintry reads, I'm sure.  Here's one of our latest additions to the collection.


When the autumn days grow shorter and the temperatures cool, animals prepare for winter. Some, the hiders, choose a place to rest and wait out the winter, hibernating under the ground or snuggling in a sheltered spot. Other creatures are seekers, migrating to new locations where the weather is milder and the food sources more plentiful. And then there are the finders, who keep warm and fed by adapting to the new conditions. Every animal knows just what to do --- following an ingenious plan that's just right for them! 
 

Jewish Literature in 2022

These are just a few of the newest titles in our collection.

You'll find even more of our new favorites in this month's issue of Book Report, our teacher newsletter.

Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 18th.

It ends at sundown on December 26th.  The Hoover Public Library will have a take-home craft available in the Kid Zone during Hanukkah.

We will be highlighting Jewish literature all month long!

Stop by our monthly book display during December to find titles about Jewish beliefs, customs, and culture.  You'll also find stories, both fictional and factual, featuring Jewish characters.

New This Christmas!

Embrace the holiday Hygge-style at Hoover Public Library!

Hygge is a defining characteristic of Danish culture.  It means means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. We are hosting Cozy Christmas in the Kid Zone on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 2 p.m.  Celebrate the holidays with friends and family as you enjoy themed crafts and chill activities.  There is no registration required for this event.

Hoover Public Library is hosting two dates for Storytime with Santa!

The first is on the Library Plaza on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
The second is at East 59 @ Lee Branch on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
Both of these events feature a holiday craft plus storytime with our very special guest!  And both require registration.  Click on the date to sign up online.



Find all of our Christmas stories on display on top of the bookshelves in the picture book room and on the octagonal display by the Kid Zone Chrismtas tree.

Did you know that December 17th is
A Christmas Carol Day?  Did you know that the original work by Charles Dickens was actually published on December 19, 1843?  Holidays can be weird.


Want to see what novels I've been reading?

Take a look at our Goodreads page!

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