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0614 Roger Day
Musician Roger Day will perform in July as part of the library’s summer reading celebration.
The Hoover Public Library offers more than just reading materials. The facility offers cultural programs and experiences for all ages. This month, the library will feature summer reading programs, a chef demonstration, musical performances and more.
For more information, visit hooverlibrary.org. For a complete list of Hoover Public Library events, see the Hoover Sun calendar at the end of this issue.
Summer reading programs
The annual summer library program is designed to motivate children to read all summer long. Children read whatever they choose and can track their pages to earn tickets to spend on neat prizes. Children who read during the summer retain their skills from the previous school year and are ahead of the game when they start back school in the fall. Any age child can join. Babies through sixth grade sign up in the children’s department for “Fizz! Boom! Read!” and teens in grades 7-12 sign up in the teen department for “Spark A Reaction: Read!” This year’s themes are science based.
Travel to Paris: Virginia Jones presents hints and tips for traveling to the City of Lights
Thursday, July 10, 2 p.m. Theatre Level Meeting Rooms. Free event.
Frank Sinatra sang about his love for the City of Light in the spring, fall, winter, summer and every moment of the year. Travel photographer and photo blogger Virginia Jones also loves Paris. In her own words, “le coup de foudre”, it was love at first sight. She is a frequent visitor to the city and a lover of all things French. Over her numerous visits, her photographs have captured the unique, the small details, the people and much more. Come see her beautiful photographs, get tips on how to pack, where to go, what to eat and more adventures in the City of Light.
Sweet Licks Dixieland Jazz Band
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. Library Plaza. Free event.
Sweet Licks Dixieland Jazz Band performs music from the early days of jazz like Louis Armstrong through mid-century bands like the Dukes of Dixieland. The band features Doug McCullough on banjo, John Taylor on trumpet, Larry Wade on clarinet and Ron Alexander on upright bass. As the band is fond of saying, “We play all of the hits from your great-grandmother’s iPod.”
Eating Fresh from the Garden with Chef “E”
Monday, July 21, 6:30 p.m. Theatre Level Meeting Rooms. Reservations required.
Summer is a great time to eat locally, enjoying fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables from your own garden or the farmers market. Chef Erika Threatt, known as “Chef ‘E’, the Caring Chef” will be at the library to demonstrate recipes using fresh herbs and veggies that are both delicious and healthy. As she prepares her food, Chef ‘E’ will talk about the health benefits of eating seasonally, using what is at its peak of freshness. Samples will be provided to all attendees.
Sunday, July 27, 2:30 p.m. Library Plaza. Free event.
A gifted singer-songwriter, Justin Cross has found great success with his song “Drink the Water,” which has over one million views on YouTube. He also recently launched a successful Indiegogo campaign to crowd fund the release of his forthcoming second full-length album, “Hope Where It Lies.” His songs speak of hopeful realism, spiritual struggles and a desire to affect the world in a positive light.