Need Holiday Gifts? Done.

Holiday Gift Surprise

Some friends and family members are VERY hard to shop for.  I know.  My dad continues to be a gift-giving challenge.  But we're making it easy for you this year with Holiday Gifts on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.  The actual gifts?  Well, we want to keep that hush-hush.  Wouldn't want to spoil the big reveal when you present your gifts to your loved ones!  But we can reveal that we will also have hot chocolate, snacks, and general merriment.  Register online or by phone (205-444-7826) today.

Here are a couple of new seasonal reads just for you.

What Can We Do the Week of Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving

School is out during the entire week of Thanksgiving.  Looking for some fun stuff to do before the holiday actually arrives?  Here's what's happening at Hoover Public Library for kids and teens.

Baby Playdate: Friendship Fun at 9:30 a.m.
Enjoy a brief story and open ended play for 0-18 months.  Must register.
Story Lab: Lunch Menu at 4 p.m.
One story prompts lots of hands-on S.T.E.A.M. activities designed for 3 to 8-year-olds.  No registration required.

Together with Tots: Fall at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Stories and songs for 18 to 36 months.  Must register.
Friendsgiving at 6:30 p.m.
Grades 7-12 celebrate friends and Thanksgiving with food and activities.  Must register.

Trick or Treat!

Trick-or-Treat Jack-o-lantern

Halloween is almost here!  Mark your calendars to Trick or Treat! at Hoover Public Library on Monday, October 31, 2022!  We'll have lots of candy stations set up throughout the library from 9 am to 9 pm.  So put on your costumes and strut your stuff down our hallways!

We won't have our regular storytimes on that day.  Baby Playdate and Story Lab will resume the following Monday, November 7.

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble!

Shakespeare quote from Macbeth

Calling all witches and wizards!  Our annual BIG Halloween party is back!  Join us for a night of spellbinding fun at Double, Double, Toil & Trouble! on Friday, October 28, 2022.  The sensory friendly preview begins at 6 p.m. (Call 205-444-7830 to learn more and register for early access), but the doors open to the public at 7 p.m.  Cauldrons, broomsticks, and costumes are encouraged as you explore the worlds of the Sanderson Sisters, Harry Potter, and a variety of Wicked Witches!  Here's a breakdown of everything you can do before we stop the fun at 9 p.m.

Accio Fifth Illustrated Harry Potter Book!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Illustrated Edition

The pandemic delayed things (what a surprise), but the wait is over!  The fifth Harry Potter book is now available in brilliant full color!  This stunning illustrated edition brings together the talents of award-winning artists Jim Kay and Neil Packer in a visual feast, featuring iconic scenes and much loved characters as the Order of the Phoenix keeps watch over Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts. 

Zombie Makeup for Teens

DIY Zombie

Learn some ghoulish makeup tips just in time for Halloween at Zombie Makeup on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone will get to create a fake wound on themselves using scar wax and makeup, as well as learn some different techniques to more fully zombify on their own time.  Don't have the same supplies as the library?  We'll also give info on how to DIY some of the same effects with things from around the house.  Sign up online or by phone (205-444-7826) today.

Friends Fall Book Sale

Used books, open wide

The Friends of Hoover Public Library are hosting their Fall Book Sale this weekend!  They are taking over the entire Theatre level on Friday, September 30 from 9 am-5:30 pm and Saturday, October 1 from 10 am-5:30 pm, offering a wide array of hardbacks, paperbacks, children's books, DVDs, audiobooks, music and more. Most items are priced under $1!  What a deal!   All proceeds of the sale benefit the Friends of the Library, which in turn benefits Hoover Public Library. For more information, call 205-444-7774. 

Spooky Forest Book Nook

Grace's Spooky Forest Book Nook

Are you eager for the spooky season?  Are you looking for something atmospheric to add to your book shelf?  Let Grace teach you how to make a Spooky Forest Book Nook on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.   A book nook is a diorama that is designed to nestle between books on a bookshelf to look like a small portal to another world. Grace will be leading the project with step-by-step instructions to achieve a finished project that looks like the one pictured in this blog.  Registration is required.  Sign up online or by phone (205-444-7826) today.