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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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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

Mad about Monsters, Baseball and Madcap Puppets

Madcap Puppets always WOW us with their GIANT puppets.  This year's show, Monsters of Baseball, is a little different from the traditional pulled-from-fairytales shows they've performed in the past.  The sign at the ball park says "No Monsters Allowed!", but that doesn't stop Roscoe from sneaking a little monster named Gus in to see a baseball game. It seems they're not alone as more monsters begin slipping into the ball park to join the fun. Giant puppets bring the history and tradition of baseball alive through songs, stories and poems. There's room for everyone, including the audience, to celebrate America's favorite past time.  After the show, you'll undoubtedly want to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" while you're choosing some great books about baseball.  Our Train Your Brain #6 blog post will be available beginning July 5.  It is filled with tons of nonfiction baseball titles.  Ask a librarian to help you find that list.

Madcap Puppets presents Monsters of Baseball
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 7, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
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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Attention, Riordan Fans!

This is YOUR chance to step into your favorite book series!  Riordan fans (grades 4-6) will help Percy and his demigod friends save the human world at Camp Half-Blood Training on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.  There will be chariot racing relays and trident tosses.  There will be shield customization, toga wrapping, and olive leaf crown crafting.  Plus you'll eat the food of the gods!  Register online or by phone (444-7830).

Don't forget!
Rick Riordan has written several different series, and we have all of them at the Hoover Public Library.  They are shelved in the Kid Zone, under J  RIO.  All except the newest book in his newest series -- The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo).  That one is still shelved under J  RIO  NEW BOOK.

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The Distance to Home

Today we're highlighting a debut author who used to be a youth and teen librarian.   You go, girl!  Her first book features baseball.  Won't the title look stellar on your sports-themed Summer Reading log?!

The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop
Last summer, Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They were headed for the championship, and her loudest supporter at every game was her best friend and older sister, Haley. This summer, everything is different. Haley’s death, at the end of last summer, has left Quinnen and her parents reeling. Without Haley in the stands, Quinnen doesn’t want to play baseball. It seems like nothing can fill the Haley-sized hole in her world. The one glimmer of happiness comes from the Bandits, the local minor-league baseball team. For the first time, Quinnen and her family are hosting one of the players for the season. Without Haley, Quinnen’s not sure it will be any fun, but soon she befriends a few players. With their help, can she make peace with the past and return to the pitcher’s mound?

BONUS!
Read this fantastic interview with the author.  

I've been taking American Tribal Style bellydance classes for almost two years now . . . and Iove it!  It's beautiful, and it is great exercise too.  Dance and martial arts have that in common.  Don't believe me?  I challenge you to Train Your Brain: Boost Your Dance & Martial Arts Brainpower.  Pump up your knowledge about these expressive and physically demanding pursuits. This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer by Michaela & Elaine DePrince
E  920  DEP  BEGINNING READER

Jazz Tap: From African Dums to American Feet by Anne E. Johnson
J  792.7  JOH

Invitation to Ballet: A Celebration of Dance and Degas by Carolyn Vaughan
J  792.8  VAU

Learn to Speak Dance: A Guide to Creating, Performing, & Promoting Your Moves by Ann-Marie Williams
J  792.8  WIL

Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire by Roxane Orgill
J  792.802  ORG

Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! by George Ancona
J  793.3  ANC

A Girl's Guide to the Martial Arts: Learn to Practice Poses in Kung Fu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, Aikido, and Tai Chi Chuan by Alice Jablonsky
J  796.8  JAB

Muay Thai by Tim O'Shei
J  796.8  OSH

Kendo by Carol Ellis
J  796.86  ELL

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey by Lesa Cline-Ransome
JB  BAT

 

 

 

 

Atlantic Coast Theatre features an incredible husband-wife acting duo from Orlando, Florida -- Don Gruel and Noel Holland!  They have performed on our stage many times over the years.  This year's show?  Aesop's fable gets a fun updated twist in a musical with audience participation. Bunni Hare wins every race, so how will Thomas Tortoise compete? The famous sports reporter Howard Crow-sell will be there to call the “play by play” in this fantastic fable with an anti-bullying message.  Don't want the fun and learning to end?  Why not take a look at the study guide they put together!

Atlantic Coast Theatre presents "The Tortoise and the Hare: The Musical"
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 30, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
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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