The Friends of the Hoover Library present Book It! - a 5K to raise money and awareness for all that our Library offers. The race will be held on the cross country course at Veteran's Park and will be digitally timed. Following the race and award presentations by Hoover High's Coach Devon Hind, the Summer Reading fun continues with games, inflatables and BMX Trickstars.
Registration is required and is open now through the day of the race. For more information, visit hooverlibrary.org/bookit.
Early Bird Registration--now through April 23 Late Registration--April 24 - May 20 Race Day--May 21
Global Cuisine @ the Plaza: Swedish
Customs Cafe presents an interactive program on the food and culture of Sweden. Complimentary samples provided. Call 444-7821 for more information.
Sunday, April 3 at 2:30 pm--Library Plaza
Friends of the Hoover Library Membership Coffee
Enjoy refreshments, learn about the Friends of the Library organization and join or renew your membership. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, April 4 from 10 am - 11:30 am--Library Plaza
Make newspaper rolls for a local humane society. Teens and adults welcome. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, April 4 from 3 pm - 8:30 pm--Nonfiction Department
Discoveries in the Making
Graduate student Mary Katherine Osborne discusses "The Brain and Unhealthy Eating Behavior," and Kat Sweatt talks about "The Relationship Between Stress and the Risk for Type-2 Diabetes in Women." Presented by UAB Graduate School. FREE! Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, April 4 at 6:30 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Adult English Classes
FREE basic or intermediate English instruction offered to English Language Learners. No registration required. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 6:30 pm - 8 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Sentimental Journey: The Restoration of the Lyric Theatre
Built in 1914, the Lyric Theatre was once the finest performing arts theatre in Birmingham. Photographer and photoblogger Virginia Jones will present a photo talk on the rebirth of this historic theatre. Free! Call 444-7840 for more informatIon.
Tuesday, April 5 at 2 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Fiction Book Groups
Join us for one of our monthly book discussion groups. Refreshments provided as well as books for the next meeting. Call 444-7820 or visit our website for more information.
First Thursday: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson Thursday, April 7 at 10 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Second Thursday: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain Thursday, April 14 at 10 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Purl @ the Plaza
Bring out the colors of spring by crafting with your fellow hobbyists! Call 444-7821 for more information.
Saturday, April 9 from 1 pm - 5 pm--Library Plaza
Wilder Adkins is a singer-songwriter with courtly but witty lyrics and dexterous guitar playing. Free performance. Call 444-7821 for mor einformation.
Sunday, April 10 at 2:30 pm--Library Plaza
Encounters at the End of the World
This Oscar-nominated film introduces those who live and work on the remote continent of Antarctica (2007, Rated G, 99 minutes). Free admission and refreshments! Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, April 11 at 2 pm & 6:30 pm--The Library Theatre
Round up your friends and compete for great prizes at local Hoover restaurant Beef 'O' Brady's (5519 Grove Blvd.). Call 444-7820 for more information.
Monday, April 11 at 7 pm--Beef 'O' Brady's at The Grove
Nonfiction Book Groups
Join us for discussions of popular nonfiction titles. Daytime and Nighttime groups discuss specific titles while the No Jacket Required group discusses books on a specific subject. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Daytime Group: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Tuesday, April 12 at 10:30 am--Theatre Conference Room
No Jacket Required: Be Green Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Nighttime Group: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson Thursday, April 28 at 7 pm--Allen Board Room
Spanish Conversation Club
Practice your Spanish and celebrate the culture! Some experience with Spanish is recommended. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Tuesday, April 12 from 7 pm - 8 pm--Library Plaza
Glue Gun Gang: Giant Dahlia Door Decor
Create a giant colorful paper flower. Adults only. Reservations required. Call 444-7840 to register, beginning April 1.
Thursday, April 14 at 10:30 am--Theatre Conference Room
After Hours @ the Plaza: Bingo!
Round up your family and friends to compete for great prizes while playing a classic game with a library twist. Call 444-7800 for more information.
Friday, April 15 from 7 pm - 9 pm--Library Plaza
Blowout Book Sale
Book lovers rejoice! The Friends of the Hoover Library's annual book sale is back with a variety of items for all ages. Everything is priced to move! Shop early, bring your friends! Call 444-7774 for more information.
Saturday, April 16 from 10 am - 5:30 pm Sunday, April 17 from 2 pm - 5:30 pm Theatre Level
Neuroscience Cafe: Autism and Rett Syndrome
Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Ph.D, Professor of Neurobiology and Alan Percy, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, discuss Autism and Rett Syndrome. Presented by The UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center. FREE! Call 444-7840 for more informatIon.
Monday, April 18 at 6:30 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Small Business Empowerment
The Alabama Small Business Development Center, Operation HOPE, the City of Hoover Revenue Department and Ken Sawyer of Sawyer Solutions present small business planning for products, services, marketing, accounting, taxes and security. Call 444-7816 for more information.
Tuesday, April 19 from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
French Conversation Club
Practice your French and learn about the culture. Some experience with French suggested. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Tuesday, April 19 from 7 pm - 8 pm--Library Plaza
A Naturalist Goes Fishing
From the Cahaba to the Arctic Ocean, UAB marine biologist and sport fisherman Dr. James McClintock shares his observations on the health of the world's waterways. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Luma: Art in Darkness--SOLD OUT
LUMA Theater is an exhilarating light spectacle that captures audiences' imaginations by using the dark as the canvas and the light as the brush to create colorful illusions by combining rhythmic gymnastics, dance, magic, puppetry and physics with well-coordinated motion. Visit The Library Theatre website or contact the Box Office at 444-7888 for ticket and waiting list information.
Tickets $25 Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 pm--SOLD OUT Friday, April 22 at 7:30 pm--SOLD OUT The Library Theatre
Mystery novelist Max Everhart will speak, with a Q & A session and book signing to follow. Call 444-7820 for more information.
Saturday, April 23 from 10:30 am - 12 pm--Library Plaza
Ten Shades of Greying
Retired? Learn to live the good life through travel, volunteering, family ties and care of one's self. FREE! Call 444-7840 for more information.
Sunday, April 24 at 3 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Lunch and Learn: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Bring your lunch and we'll supply the cookies and drinks while you enjoy a lecture on Dickinson's poetry and literary impact. Call 444-7840 for more informaiton.
Monday, April 25 at 11:30 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Monday at the Movies: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Join us for a screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off (PG-13, 103 minutes). Free admission and refreshments! Call 444-7820 for more information.
Monday, April 25 at 2 pm & 6:30 pm--The Library Theatre
Learn about the importance of bees and how to get started in beekeeping. Presented by the Jefferson County Beekeepers Association. Call 444-7840 for more information.
Monday, April 25 at 6:30 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Iron Giant Percussion
Four-piece percussion ensemble Iron Giant uses traditional drums, as well as found objects like soda bottles, brake drums and propane tanks to make music. Five-star reviews from The Birmingham News describe them as "riveting." FREE performance! Call 444-7821 for more information.
Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 pm--Library Plaza
International Tabletop Day
Join us for the Fourth Annual International Tabletop Day! Bring your favorite tabletop board game or check one out from our new board game collection. We'll have game demos and door prizes. FREE! Call 444-7820 for more information.
Saturday, April 30 from 10 am - 5 pm--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Breakfast, lunch and dinner! Coffee and desserts! Located on the Library Plaza. April's Global Cuisine, Swedish, features:
Swedish Meatballs with Dill Noodles
Stockholm Apple Pie
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday-Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Sunday: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Overdrive's Big Library Read--American Sniper No holds, no waiting until March 31!
From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.
Check out and download the free audiobook and ebook! No holds, no waiting until March 31!
Want to know more? Listen to Overdrive's Professional Book Nerds podcast interview with Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper author Chris Kyle. During their conversation, Taya discussed why Chris wrote the book, their emotional life while Chris was serving in the military and dealing with his transition as he came back from service.
Our digital services are always available!
The Hoover Library will be closed:
Friday, March 25 for Good Friday
Saturday, March 26 for network maintenance
Sunday, March 27 for Easter
Our digital services are always available even when we are closed! Take a moment and check them out--all you need is your library card!