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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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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

Fall Blend Weekend in the Kid Zone!

Storytime Allstars: It's Fall, Y'all!
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Join me (Miss Katie Jane) as I celebrate the first day of fall with silly stories and songs about apples and autumn leaves.  We'll also watch a short movie about a ultra-prepared squirrel while we snack on something fall-tastic.  No registration required.  Simply follow the stars.

Kid Lit Coffee Break
Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Adults who love children's literature get a chance to relax and talk about books with me (Miss Katie Jane).  We'll also get to sample coffee, cookies, and brownies from East 59, the café in the library.  And there will be door prizes!  No RSVP needed.  Just follow the stars.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

I was an Army brat, and I spent all of my childhood living very far away from my extended family.  To keep in touch, I wrote lots of letters.  Overseas phone calls were EXPENSIVE in the 80s, people!  And, even though keeping in touch is much easier in 2018, I still like to hand write letters to my friends and family.  But let's face it -- I am one of the few.  Let's reclaim the lost art of letter writing!  These books can help give you a jumpstart on this new undertaking.

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings
Children will fall in love with Arfy, a sweet, homeless dog who wants a forever home. Arfy sends persuasive letters to different people in the neighborhood that list his many adoptable abilities. For example, he’s potty trained, he can fetch, and he will bark at intruders. What’s not to love? But no one wants to adopt Afry. Until he gets a heart-warming offer from someone unexpected…

Dear Dragon by Josh Funk
For a school project, George becomes pen pals with Blaise. Their letters back and forth share typical news about their lives. Just like typical pen pals, right? In a fun twist that readers have known all along, George and Blaise meet at a picnic and are surprised to discover that George is a human and Blaise is a dragon.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Hilarious letters from individual coloring crayons express their many frustrations with Duncan’s crayon usage. Their concerns include (but are not limited to) being neglected, being used only to color certain objects, and being exhausted from overwork. What will Duncan do now that the crayons have explained their frustrations?

XO, Ox: A Love Story by Adam Rex
Older readers will appreciate the humor in this side-splitting exchange of letters between love-struck Ox and his crush, Gazelle, who does not return Ox’s affections. No matter what insults Gazelle writes back to Ox, Ox remains oblivious and devoted. Be sure to look closely at the illustrations’ details, especially at the end.

A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson
In this picture book, the narrator writes a letter to her second grade teacher to thank her for being a source of endless support and understanding when she was a student. She fondly recalls the patience with which her teacher approached her reading challenges and difficulty sitting still. The story serves as a sweet reminder to students that they can tackle the obstacles they face — and that their teacher is there to help.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Halloween Robots & Spooky Science

Registration opens this week for two different science programs with a spooky seasonal twist.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Halloween Robots
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Miss Traci will help kids turn toothbrushes, pager motors, and batteries into spinning, speeding bots.  A variety of materials including Dixie cups, pom-poms and googly eyes will be used to complete their Halloween creations.   This event is for children ages 7-12.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830) beginning September 18.

Homeschool Hub: Spooky Science
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 2 p.m.

The Science Lady Jan Mattingly of Dynamic Education Adventures will help students do experiments with dry ice and make spooky sounds with a theremin.  She'll make glow in the dark slime, and bring a ghost to life.  And that is just the beginning!  This event is for homeschoolers grades K-6.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830) beginning September 19.

Are you an aspiring artist who would like some expert tips on making your art even more amazing?  Are you 8 to 12-years-old?  You're in luck!  Our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead event still has a few openings left for Art Hacks on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 4 p.m.  Mr Justin, a librarian who also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with a concentration in printmaking and painting) from the University of Montevallo, will teach you shading techniques that make your drawings look more three-dimensional and realistic.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830) today!

Surprise!  There's a sequel to the delightful Interrupting Chicken!

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise by David Ezra Stein (September 11, 2018)
It’s homework time for the little red chicken, who has just learned about something every good story should have: an elephant of surprise. Or could it be an element of surprise (as her amused papa explains)? As they dive in to story after story, looking for the part that makes a reader say “Whoa! I didn’t know that was going to happen,” Papa is sure he can convince Chicken he’s right. After all, there are definitely no elephants in “The Ugly Duckling,” “Rapunzel,” or “The Little Mermaid” — or are there? Elephant or element, something unexpected awaits Papa in every story, but a surprise may be in store for the little red chicken as well. Full of the same boisterous charm that made Interrupting Chicken so beloved by readers, this gleeful follow-up is sure to delight fans of stories, surprises, and elephants alike.

Watch the book trailer!