By Joel Gamble, Fiction Librarian

While we at the Hoover Library think libraries rock all year long, “Libraries Rock” is also our summer reading theme this year. We are lucky to be a library that quite literally rocks in that we host a lot of music events for both adults and children on a year-round basis.

Having just come off of a successful winter/spring season of events with the likes of internationally renowned classical guitarist Gyan Riley, jazz violinist Regina Carter and folk-rock act The Roosevelts, we’re excited to get into our slate of summer events:



  • May 20: Local singer/songwriter Philos Moore brings his unique blend of Americana, folk and alt-country. (Library Plaza)
  • May 29-31: Roger Day performs kids rock songs full of wit, whimsy and wordplay that encourage future generations to sing loud, jump high and dream big. (Library Theatre)
  • June 14: Local blues and Southern rock band George Griffin & the Firebirds, (Library Plaza)
  • June 26-28: Rolie Polie Guacamole visits us from Brooklyn with their patented “kindie rock.” (Library Theatre)
  • July 10-12: Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band bring smart, crafty lyrics and irresistible pop beats the whole family will enjoy. (Library Theatre)
  • July 15: Birmingham-Southern professor Mark Schantz presents an afternoon of jazz, classical and folk music. (Library Plaza)
  • July 17-19: GoNoodle and YouTube Hip Hop music sensation Koo Koo Kangaroo finish up our kids’ music programming for the summer. (Library Theatre)
  • Aug. 23: Nashville singer/songwriter Sally Barris and her backing band, the Birmingham Boys, bring their special brand of folk-country to town. Barris is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who’s written big hits for a lot of country’s brightest stars. (Library Plaza)

We’re committed to bringing a little bit of everything for fans of all types of music to enjoy – jazz, rock, classical, country, folk, blues, kids music and more. We invite you to attend a performance this summer and think you’ll certainly come away with the feeling that your local library rocks.