Spring Break 2023

Spring Break

Spring Break is just around the corner!  Now, some of you will be out of town.  You made your plans months ago.  But some of you are staying in Hoover, and you have barely started planning how to fill the days.  Let Hoover Public Library help you have fun this Spring Break!  Here's everything that we have going on that week.

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2023
Baby Playdate at 9:30 a.m.
Enjoy a brief storytime activity and open ended play. Ages 0-18 Months. Registration required.
Story Lab: Spring Break Surprise 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 needed.

New from Nayeri

The Many Assassinations of Samir, The Seller of Dreams by Daniel Nayeri

Everything Sad Is Untrue won a ton of awards when it debuted in 2020 -- Printz Award, Christopher Award, Middle East Book Award, Walter Honor.  It also hit almost every "best of" list you've ever heard of.  If you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for?!  If you read it and loved it and are dying to read something else by the same author, I have good news.  Daniel Nayeri has a new middle grade adventure out this week!  Read the New York Times review.

Comic Book Crafts

Comic Book Magnets

We're getting together to do Comic Book Crafts on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.  Need I say more?  Okay, fine.  Here are some specifics.

Character color bracelets.  Comic book magnets.  Comic mash-ups using panels from various comics.

Oh, and you have to be in 7th-12th grade.  And let us know you're coming.  Sign up online or by phone (205-444-7826).

Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory by Nic Stone

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin delivers a gripping romance about two teens: a certified genius living with a diagnosed mental disorder and a politician’s son who is running from his own addiction and grief.

Chaos Theory by Nic Stone (02/28/23)
Since Shelbi enrolled at Windward Academy as a senior and won’t be there very long, she hasn’t bothered making friends. What her classmates don’t know about her can’t be used to hurt her—you know, like it did at her last school.

Andy Criddle is not okay. At all.
He’s had far too much to drink.
Again. Which is bad.
And things are about to get worse.

When Shelbi sees Andy at his lowest, she can relate. So she doesn’t resist reaching out. And there’s no doubt their connection has them both seeing stars . . . but the closer they get, the more the past threatens to pull their universes apart.

Maker Space Pop-Up

Maker Space supplies

Drop by the Teen Department on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 for our Maker Space Pop-Up.  From 5-7 p.m., teens can create, experiment, and explore in a variety of activity and craft stations -- Random DIY, button making, jewelry making, LED greeting card, and LEGO building.  Everything is self-directed, and you can choose to just do one station, a few, or all.  And you don't have to let us know you're coming.  Just show up! 

Crash from Outer Space

Crash from Outer Space by Candace Fleming

I know that today is Valentine's Day.  But, guess what?  It is also Extraterrestrial Visitor Day.  And I would much rather blog about that!  Especially since I have the perfect book to recommend.

Crash from Outer Space: Unraveling the Mystery of Flying Saucers, Alien Beings, and Roswell by Candace Fleming (10/04/22)
In 1947, during the early years of the Cold War, a field in Roswell, New Mexico was disturbed by a strange crash and smattering of debris. Some say the bodies of extraterrestrial beings were strewn across the ground, that a UFO had crashed there, and that the government was covering up the evidence in a massive conspiracy.

But what really happened at Roswell?

Post-It Mosaics

So many Post-It notes!
I use a lot of post-it notes.  Like, a lot.  But I've never used them quite like this.  The Teen Department is hosting Post-It Mosaics on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.  Each person will get a pattern (such as emoji faces, a donut, a slice of pizza, a flamingo) to make their own large-scale mosaic out of post-it notes on the wall. Teens should register online or by phone (205-444-7826) for this what-a-way-to-spend-Valentine's-Day event.

Youth Media Awards 2023

ALA Youth Media Awards 2023

Today is the day!  The American Library Association announced the 2023 Youth Media Award winners this morning at their LibLearnX conference in New Orleans!  Many of our staff's favorite books (make sure you take a look at our lists in the Downloads section of Katie Jane's Corner) were honored.  Add these to YOUR to-read list pronto!

Newbery Medal
Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson

Newbery Honors
Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee