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The Kidzone has programs galore as well as books, movies, and other cool stuff. Read our blog below for more information and check out our upcoming events to get an idea of what's happening at the Kidzone! Our main phone number is 205.444.7830.

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Ferdinand: The Story Becomes the Movie

I'm excited about this weekend's big movie release.  No, I'm not talking about the newest Star Wars film.  (Though, yes, I'm excited about that too.)  I'm referring to FerdinandFerdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, Ferdinand is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. The animated movie is inspired by the beloved book The Story of Ferdinand. Published in 1936, the story of the peaceful, flower-sniffing bull written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson is considered a classic of American children’s literature and has never been out of print.  You can find it in the Kid Zone, under E  LEA.  We also have a Spanish language copy.

BONUS FOR PARENTS!
There is an excellent article about the book and movie in The Washington Post.  Well worth the read.

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National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day? There's a Book for That!

This is a holiday I can totally support!  And not just by eating things smothered in chocolate on Friday, December 16, 2017.  I can recommend books, too!

The World's Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops by Ryan K. Sager (2017)
Twelve-year-old chef Zoey Kate's Fried Banana Fondue is delectable, her Maple Cinnamon Crab Fajitas are divine, and her Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops are to die for. Zoey is the best cook in town and she wants everyone to know it. She's on a mission to start her own restaurant, but quickly learns that the restaurant industry is competitive . . . and dangerous. There are people who see Zoey as a threat, and they'll use any means necessary to make sure that she fails.

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis (2017)
Aventurine is a brave young dragon ready to explore the world outside of her family's mountain cave . . . if only they'd let her leave it. Her family thinks she's too young to fly on her own, but she's determined to prove them wrong by capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human.  But when that human tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, she's transformed into a puny human without any sharp teeth, fire breath, or claws. Still, she's the fiercest creature in these mountains—and now she's found her true passion: chocolate. All she has to do is get to the human city to find herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she'll be conquering new territory in no time . . . won't she?

The Chocopocalypse by Chris Callaghan (2017)
Life for Jelly Welly—or Jennifer Wellington—is totally and utterly normal in Chompton-on-de-Lyte. She lives with her mum and dad and gran, has nosy neighbors who like to gossip, and really needs to think of a science project that will get her a good grade.  But when news breaks of an impending chocopocalypse, her whole world—and the world at large—is thrown into utter chaos.  With only six days left until no more chocolate, Jelly has a sneaking suspicion that something isn’t right. She and her gran investigate, picking up on a mysterious trail of clues.  Is it really the dreaded chocopocalypse, or is there a mastermind behind the madness?

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Discover My Itty-Bitty Bio

The My Itty-Bitty Bio series are biographies for the earliest readers. These books examine the lives of famous historical men and women in a simple, age-appropriate way that will help children develop word recognition and reading skills. They are all written by Emma E. Haldy, but you won't find them shelved by author.  Look for nonfiction beginning reader books (hint: they have orange labels on the side).  Each title can be found under J 920 followed by the first three letters of the subject's last name.  So, if you want to read about Amelia Earhart, look for J  920  EAR.  Here's the titles we currently have.  But more are on the way!

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for many.  There are several groups performing the ballet throughout the greater metro area, so it should be easy to find the show that's right for you.  I'm here to let you know that you also have three new book choices this holiday season!

Nutcracked by Susan Adrian
Ever since she was five years old, Georgie has dreamed of playing Clara in The Nutcracker. Now that she is a sixth grader, she and her best friend Kaitlyn are auditioning for the upcoming ballet, hoping they will each get the lead part in one of the two casts performing the ballet. The first time Georgie holds the antique Nutcracker doll, a 200-year-old Prussian heirloom belonging to her ballet teacher, she finds herself in the giant room of the Nutcracker story. Oddly, when she returns to real life, it turns out that she was dancing the whole time, and she gets the part of Clara in the second cast. Kaitlyn is so bitter, she stops speaking to Georgie. Unsure of what to do, Georgie confides in Noah, a boy from her reading class, and she steals the Nutcracker doll from her teacher's office. When Georgie returns to the magic world, Noah is transported with her, appearing in the costume of a toy soldier. Georgie must figure out how to rescue both Noah and the Nutcracker and in the process save her damaged friendship with Kaitlyn. 

The Nutcracker in Harlem by T. E. McMorrow
Marie loves Christmas, but she is rather overwhelmed at her family’s large Christmas party with singing, dancing, and piano music provided by her uncle Cab. Marie is encouraged to sing at the party, but she has no confidence in her musical abilities. She falls asleep under the Christmas tree with her gift, a nutcracker drummer boy, a present from Uncle Cab. A dream sequence begins, incorporating elements from the ballet, with dancers, soldiers, the transformed Nutcracker, and an army of uniformed mice. A dramatic battle ensues between the soldiers and the mice, and Marie halts the fighting by playing the Nutcracker’s drum and scaring the mice away. She dances with the Nutcracker, transformed into a handsome young black man, and then finds the confidence to sing. Marie’s dream ends on Christmas morning, and one of her gifts is her own blue drum, matching the drum she used in her dream. Radiant watercolor illustrations use a palette of glowing jewel tones, especially deep blues and brilliant fuchsia for Marie’s flowing dress. All the characters are African-American, with the women in Marie’s family wearing coats and hats of the period. An author’s note provides information about the Harlem Renaissance and the inspiration for the story.  

The Nutcracker Mice by Kristin Kladstrup
It's 1892 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In the famed Mariinsky Theater, the ballet practices for their newest program, The Nutcracker, while the secret Russian Mice Ballet Company is training for their very own performance below the stage. Esmerelda is a young adult mouse who wants nothing more than to be Clara in their performance, but she can't seem to get her tail in proper ballet position. When food shortages, audience skepticism, and a prima ballerina's broken foot threaten to ruin the show, Esmerelda saves the day. This is a well-written, steadily paced book that begs to be read by candlelight during the first snows of winter. Readers familiar with the classic ballet will hear the music as they read, and dance enthusiasts will appreciate the jargon, though prior knowledge of either one is not necessary.  Brett Helquist's jubilant illustrations greatly enhance the book's appeal. 

It's time for our annual Christmas musical! If you were amazed by last year's The New Present, you'll be astounded by this year's original production!  It's BIGGER than ever!  The holidays get hairy when a family of yetis move in next door.  There will be three performances in the Library Theatre, so there are plenty of chances for you to see your favorite Kid Zone staff members on stage.  This free event is for all ages.  Seating is first come, first serve.  Doors open thirty minutes before the show.

IS IT CHRISTMAS YETI?
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m
. (This is an after-hours event since the library closes at 6.)
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

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