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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.

Did you know about our Teletales?
Call 205-444-7838 to hear a new story every week read by a different Hoover Library staff member.

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Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
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A Mutiny in Time
Starry River of the Sky
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School
Iron Hearted Violet
Jake and Lily
Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
Smells Like Dog
Mission Unstoppable
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
One for the Murphys

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Kidzone Blog

Prize Vault Opens June 1

Summer Reading sign-up began almost two weeks ago on May 18.  Since then, you've been recording the title and number of pages of every book you read.  And you've been keeping a running total of how many pages you've read so far this summer.  The big question is . . . WHEN CAN I START GETTING TICKETS AND PRIZES?!?!  The Prize Vault opens Monday, June 1, 2015.  That means you can turn your logs in to get tickets and spend your tickets in the vault.  Once the vault opens, it remains open every moment the library is open through July 28.  So, no matter when you visit the library, you'll be able to redeem for tickets and prizes.  If the vault door is closed, simply go to the nearest Kid Zone or Teen Spot desk.  The librarian will open it for you.  Not ready to spend your tickets, but want to see what prizes are available?  Check out the display case next to the vault.

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Are You Ready for a Little TomFoolery?

We have a brand-new-to-Hoover-Public-Library performer for our first week of summer shows in The Library Theatre!  TomFoolery is based out of Nashville, TN, and he is ready to wow Alabama with his juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, and balancing acts.  There will be lots of high energy comedy and friendly antics.  Don't miss it!

TomFoolery Juggling Extravaganza
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

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Lost in the Sun

Lisa Graff has really hit it out of the ballpark this time.  Her new novel, Lost in the Sun, "tackles issues of loss, isolation, and rage without apology" and "offers stunning insight into boyhood and humanity."  It has received starred reviews in every single major publishing journal -- Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal.  I cannot wait to read it!

Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can’t get rid of. Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he’s not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is. Trent could even join the baseball team, if he wants to. If only Trent could make that fresh start happen. It isn’t until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little—the girl with the mysterious scar across her face—that things begin to change. Because fresh starts aren’t always easy. Even in baseball, when a fly ball gets lost in the sun, you have to remember to shift your position to find it.

You love LEGO bricks. You love superheroes. What happens when you combine those two loves? You get LEGO Superheroes at the Hoover Public Library!  There will be LEGO mini-figure launching, a chance to build something MARVELous, and that's just the beginning.  Registration is open for all three events.  Choose the one that's right for you!  You can sign up online by clicking on the blue time slot.  You can also call us at 444-7830.

LEGO Superheroes (Grades 1-3)
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

LEGO Superheroes (Grades 1-3)
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m

LEGO Superheroes (Grades 4-6)
Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

This week's informational booklist honors the heroes who have served our country in times of peace and war. Read these True Tales of the Military.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.  Click here to watch hilarious booktalks featuring Miss Katie Jane and Mr Jeremy.)

  1. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Military Alphabet by Chris L. Demarest
  2. Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert by Doris Fisher
  3. Army Delta Force by Nick Gordon
  4. Army Rangers by Carlos Alvarez
  5. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.: Air Force General & Tuskegee Airmen Leader by Sari Earl
  6. Coast Guard by Simon Rose
  7. Count On Us: American Women in the Military by Amy Nathan
  8. Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone
  9. Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
  10. Dolphins in the Navy by Meish Goldish
  11. Elite Forces Selection by Jack Montana
  12. Everything Battles by John Perritano & James Spears
  13. The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage by Walter Dean Myers
  14. The Kids’ Guide to Military Vehicles by Lisa M. B. Simons
  15. Mayday! Mayday!: A Coast Guard Rescue by Chris L. Demarest
  16. Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat by Mike Ritland