My Imaginary Mary

My Imaginary Mary

It's aliiiiive!  The tremendous trio of authors are back with the electric, poetic, and (almost) historical tale of the one and only Mary Shelley!  I love the way Kirkus Reviews summed it up.  "The novel effortlessly and entertainingly combines “Cinderella,” FrankensteinThe Hunchback of Notre DamePinocchio, and Hamilton, and the ending reminds readers not to underestimate quiet women."

My Imaginary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brody Ashton & Jodi Meadows (08/02/22)
Mary may have inherited the brilliant mind of her late mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, but she lives a drab life above her father’s bookstore, waiting for an extraordinary idea that’ll inspire a work worthy of her parentage—and impress her rakishly handsome (and super-secret) beau, Percy Shelley.

Teen Beach Party!

Tools for a Beach Party

Celebrate the end of summer and our Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading program at a Beach Party on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.  Play with kinetic sand, craft with shells, hone your beach volleyball skills, and eat pizza.  And will there be classic beach tunes the whole time?  Definitely.  Register online or by phone (205-444-7826).

Hand Lettering for Teens

Adventurous sample of hand lettering

When I was in 8th grade, we did a calligraphy unit in my school art class.  And I became OBSESSED!  If you're a teen also interested in taking your words to the next artistic level, sign up to be part of our Hand Lettering class on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.  Grace will go over some basics, talk about the different tools used, analyze the different styles (to understand how to create your own), and give some handy tricks to make lettering easier.  There will be both guided exercises as well as a handout to take home.  It will be a quieter, more focused setting than some of our previous summer programs.  Registration is now open.  Sign up online or by phone (205-444-7826).

Teens Celebrate Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Take a break from the heat to celebrate Christmas in July at Hoover Public Library on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.!  Make tacky Christmas t-shirts and decorate gingerbread houses!  And I bet you'll listen to some holiday tunes, too.  Registration is already open, so sign up online or by phone (205-444-7826) today.

Want to include some holiday books on your summer reading list?
All I Want for Christmas Is the Girl Next Door by Chelsea Bobulski
Blame It on the Mistletoe by Beth Garrod
I'm Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas by Tiffany Schmidt
So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen

Teen Fruit & Veg Art

Creepy Crawly Snacker

Usually, adults encourage you NOT to play with your food.  Our teen librarian, Wendy, is not like most adults.  She's hosting Fruit and Veg Art on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.  Teens will get an assortment of fruits and vegetables, "not super sharp" knives, and veggie/cookie cutters.  Then they can make an edible work of art.  There will be a few examples to help get the creative juices flowing.  Registration is already open.  Sign up online or by phone (205-444-7826).

Hogwarts House Cup

Hogwarts Houses
Attention, teen Potterheads!  You are invited to participate in the Hogwarts House Cup on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.  You'll be put into a House -- Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin -- then work together to win the House Cup by answering trivia and playing Harry Potter-themed minute-to-win-it games.  The challenges include Quidditch (bouncing a ping pong ball through a hoop), Wingardium Leviosa (keeping a balloon aloft with a wand), Devil's Snare (wrapping someone in crepe paper), and Guess That Magical Artifact (what's in the box?).  Harry Potter knowledge is not necessary to have fun . . . but it will come in handy during the trivia rounds.  Registration is required!  You can sign up online or by phone (205-444-7826).

Read with Pride 2022

Rainbow Book Month
June is Rainbow Book Month, a nationwide celebration of LGBTQIA+ authors and writings.  This initiative of the American Library Association has been coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and the Rainbow Round Table since 2015.  The Rainbow Round Table is also the source of the Rainbow List,  an annual annotated bibliography consisting of quality LGBTQIA+ literature intended for readers from birth to age 18. If you'd like to find these titles at the Hoover Public Library, access our Read with Pride lists.  If you are overwhelmed with the number of options, please ask a librarian to help you navigate the list.

Teen Paracord Extravaganza

Paracord and More Paracord

Paracord is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes.  But now?  It is used for so much more!  Learn how to knot, twist, and tie it to create a bracelet or a keychain at Paracord Extravaganza on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.  Sign up begins tomorrow, 06/08/22, when you can register online or by calling the Teen desk at 205-444-7826.  If attending the program isn't enough for you, check out one of these books!

Oceans of Possibilities during Summer Reading 2022!

Oceans of Possibilities in 2022

June is National Oceans Month, so what a perfect time to begin our ocean-themed Summer Reading program!  Oceans of Possibilities starts Wednesday, June 1, 2022.  Sign up is easy!  Either grab a paper log from one of the desks, or sign up on Beanstack.  Then, all summer long, record the title and number of pages of each book you read.  When you reach certain page totals, you'll receive a prize -- 250, 500, 1000 & 1500.  At 2000 pages, you can choose a free book or enter your name into a raffle drawing.  You will also earn an entry to a raffle drawing for every 500 pages after that, up to 5000 pages.  At 500 pages, kids will also be entered into the drawing for a bike from Bike Link.  Teens can always choose to enter the raffles instead of getting smaller prizes.  Prize redemption will begin on Monday, June 6.  The last day to redeem for prizes is Sunday, July 31.