Your imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Albert Einstein
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 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.
Jump Into January
Newsletters, book lists, and other downloadable content.
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
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!