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Start your Training at the Library

In case you are unaware, HCPL’s 2017 Madden Tournament is on Saturday, January 28. You can sign up for it here.

To train for this extremely competitive event, you need to think football, experience football, and live football. The library is here to help with that.

1. Watch it! Untitled design (1)

Get your head in the game by watching some shows or movies that center around football, like these ones: Friday Night LightsWoodlawn, When the Game Stands Tall, Draft Day, The Blind Side, We Are Marshall, Invincible, Facing the Giants, Remember the Titans, and Rudy.


2. Read it! Untitled design (2)

Get inside the mind of a football athlete with some books by these authors: Tim Green, Paul Volponi, Gordon Korman, John Feinstein, Mike Lupica, Perri Klass, John Coy, Sandra Neil Wallace, and Chris Lynch.

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Study up on the game and the big names with materials from the YA nonfiction section.

4. Play it!  Untitled design (4)

Hone your skills by checking out Madden.



Good Luck!

Get Crafty!


Giving gifts is part of the winter holiday season and finding thoughtful gifts for friends and family is always a challenge. To completely dominate this year’s challenge of gift giving, you should make your gift. Here is why:

  1. Its inexpensive, possibly even free.
  2. Its says “I like you enough to spend some time on you.”
  3. It subtly brags about your awesome artistic skills.
  4. You can customize the craft for the person.
  5. Crafting is FUN!

Now, I bet you are like, “I want to do this! But what should I make?!?!” Well, my friends, the Hancock County Public Library has you covered. Below are some books that you can check out to get your creative juices flowing:


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Adventure time crafts : flippin’ adorable stuff to make from the Land of Ooo

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The Complete photo guide to ribbon crafts

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Recyclo-gami : 40 crafts to make your friends green with envy! 

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Fabrigami : the origami art of folding cloth to create decorative and useful objects

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Crafting with fleece

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Simply paper cutting : hand-cut paper projects for home décor, stationery & gifts

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Crazy-cool duct tape projects : fun and funky projects for fashion and flair

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Crochet 101 : a workshop in a book

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Sew kawaii! : 22 simple sewing projects for cool kids of all ages

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World of geekcraft : step-by-step instructions for 25 super-coolcraft projects


The Star wars craft book



Mindy McGinnis Gives Us Recommendations

During our YA Author Festival earlier this year, nine authors, including author Mindy McGinnis, joined us for panels, workshops, hang out sessions, book signings and a trivia contest. Mindy is a very passionate trivia team leader, in case you were wondering.
She not only gave us good advice on writing and getting published, but she also told us some of her favorite books from our shelves (besides her own, of course)!

After you read her newest book to hit our shelves, The Female of the Species, check out more of her recommendations!Untitled design (1)


When We Collided by Emery Lord

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Marked and Tracked by Jenny Martin

If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo

Jasper Jones: a novel by Graig Silvey


Still can’t get enough of Mindy? Check out her website!



Save the Date: YA Author Fest Sept. 10th

We are excited to announce that will be hosting 8 authors and 1 graphic novel artist on Saturday, September 10th for YA Author Fest!  Find out how the authors got their books published, attend writing workshops, hangout with the authors, ask them your questions, and participate in a fun Trivia Throwdown with the authors!  You choose which workshops and panels to attend.  All authors will be signing their books. You can bring your own favorite copy from home or purchase one of their latest books for 15% off during the YA Author Fest.  Click here to sign up and learn more about the different workshops.

Below are the awesome authors that will be here!  Click on their name to find books available at our library.

Mindy McGinnis
Sarah J. Schmitt
Melissa Landers
Josh David Bellin
Amalie Howard
Stephanie Kate Strohm
Saundra Mitchell
Ed Cho & Lee Cherolis

Stayed tuned to the blog for interviews and more from each author!

Summer Reading Ending Soon!

Do you still have books you need to log? Do you still have slips that you need to pick up and put in the prize boxes?  Have you read at least 5 books and still need to pick out your free prize book?  Do you still need to sign up for summer reading?

You still have time to do all of those things! All books need to be logged, prize drawing entry slips filled out, and prize books picked up by August 1st.  The drawing for our awesome teen prizes is on August 2nd.  If you haven’t signed up yet, you can still do that by clicking here.  Summer reading began June 1st, so you can log any books that you have read since that date.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

P.S. Check out the prize drawing options below.

Summer Reading PRIZES:

 Advanced Limousines Limo Ride


Japan Loot Crate + No Face Character Backpack

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$50 Hometown Comics Gift Card


Star Wars BB-8 droid by Sphero

 Kindle Paperwhite (latest gen)
 Summer Reader – (pick 4 books from YA book stash) + $25 Starbucks Gift Card
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 18×24 Drawing Pad, 23×26 Sketch Board, Prismacolor Pencils & Markers


Senior Photo Shoot Package – Shawna Marie Photography

$100 Walmart Card

4 Skyzone Passes