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Storytime Allstars

Our new monthly Saturday storytime series is called Storytime Allstars.  That means a different storyteller (maybe your favorite!) will be on deck each month, making you laugh with stories, songs, and a snack.  Join Miss Kaylen this Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. for Rawr, Rawr Dinosaurs.  This storytime is geared for all ages, and you don't have to register to attend.  Simply follow the stars . . . and the roars.

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Busy Weekend Ahead!

PJ Masks
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Have a morning adventure with Catboy, Owlette and Gekko. Make your own masks, battle various villains via games, and enjoy a snack.  This event is open for all ages and does not require a registration.

Book Bites: Furry Friends
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Drop by our brand-new book club for elementary students of all ages.  Miss Traci and Mr Jeremy will introduce you to some of their favorite books featuring cats, dogs, and other furry friends.  You can check the books out after sampling them in the event.  No prior reading required!  Snacks provided.  No registration needed.

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Check Out These Great Games

Have you discovered the Kid Zone's new board game collection?  Our new CIRCULATING board game collection?  That's right!  You can now check out some of your soon-to-be-family-favorite games at the main desk in the Kid Zone.  Here's how it works:
Step 1. Select one or two games from the special display across from the main desk.
Step 2. Take it to the main desk.  Make sure you have a library card and an adult with you.  (You must be at least 15 to check out a game.  The adult has to sign a lending agreement.)
Step 3. The staff member will count each piece to make sure you have everything you need before you take it home.  He or she will then check it out to you.

We currently have 33 games available.  We have a binder listing (and summarizing) each game.  That binder is always on the display.  If the game you want is checked out, you can place it on hold.  Board games circulate for one week.  You must return it to the main Kid Zone desk, rather than the Circulation Desk.  A staff member will count each piece first, to make sure nothing escaped during its visit to your home.

AVAILABLE GAMES
Animal Upon Animal; Candyland; Catan Junior; Chutes & Ladders; Connect 4; Feed the Kitty; Flashlights & Fireflies; Forbidden Island; The Hare and the Tortoise; Hey, That's My Fish!; Hisss; Karuba; Kingdomino; Labyrinth; Lift It Deluxe; Lucky Dogs; Mole Rats in Space; Monster Factory; Monza; My First Stone Age; Outfoxed; Pancake Pile-Up; Qwirkle; Rabbit Rally; Raccoon Rumpus; Rat a Tat Cat; Rhino Hero; Robot Turtles; Sleeping Queens; Spot It! Party; Sushi Go; Taco Takeover; Yeti in My Spaghetti

BONUS!
If you're 8-12 years old, you're invited to give some of the games a test-run at our Tween Tabletop Game Day on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

I recently discovered this gem while browsing our new picture book collection.  This charming story celebrates the joy of collecting and how collections can grow into the most breathtaking museums in the world.  I think I'll have to add it to my personal collection . . . of books!

Hector the Collector by Emily Breen
"When Hector comes across an acorn, he discovers a love for collecting them in all shapes and sizes.
They were all different.
They were all the same.
They were all beautiful.
One day his teacher finds his desk filled with acorns, and his classmates make fun of poor Hector. But they soon learn that all collections are special—whether coins, stuffed animals, songs, or seashells—and that some collections are also meant for sharing, like the paintings in an art museum or the books at a public library."

Visit the publisher's website for a preview.

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke (September 5, 2015)
Jack and Lilly return in a new adventure in which they must navigate a fantastic and foreign land to save Jack’s autistic sister, Maddy.  The story dives in where Mighty Jack (2016) had left off on a breathless cliffhanger, which finds Jack and Lilly emerging through a strange, keyhole-shaped portal in order to save Maddy from a fierce monster. Rather like Alice down the rabbit hole, the kids find themselves in an unfamiliar world where they must climb a tenuous beanstalk and face vicious, biting rats, lovably bumbling goblins, and fearsome giants. Hatke’s reimagined fairy tale is a masterpiece that blends all the familiar elements of “Jack and the Beanstalk” with a decidedly fresh eye in a visually arresting graphic format. His art, brilliantly colored by Campbell and Sycamore, is vividly kinetic, taking over with many wordless action scenes that fire off with rocketlike propulsion. Though Hatke’s cast is predominantly white, he gives diversity a nod with an autistic main character and defies gender convention when another female character is crowned king. Though Jack is given sole titular credit, he and Lilly share the heroic spotlight in this installment, as she is every bit as mighty and important as he. Expect demand for the next installment to be through the roof; Hatke’s brilliant final scene should elicit audible exclamations from fans of his work. (from Kirkus Reviews)

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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.