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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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Kidzone Blog

Story (Screen)Time: Who Let the Dogs Out?

Welcome to the fifth week of the Fall 2020 storytime season!  This week's theme is Who Let the Dogs Out?Access the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's craft will be available for pickup at the Kid Zone desk beginning Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.  These supplies are on a first come, first served basis.  Remember, storytimes will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on each of these days. 

Off We Grow - Tuesday, September 29
Join Miss Lindsay, Mr Justin, and Miss Emma for fingerplays, a story about a curious and messy dog, and a paper bag puppet craft.
Featured book = Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

Stories in Motion - Wednesday, September 30
Join Miss Alyssa, Miss Christine, and Miss Grace for a long-eared classic song and a fancy-footed dog story.
Featured book = Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley

Curious University - Thursday, October 1
Join Miss Traci and Miss Katie Jane for some doggone good facts, a doggy twist on a fairytale classic, and pet-themed origami.
Featured book = The Three Little Pugs by Nina Victor Crittenden
Featured activity = https://www.origami-fun.com/origami-talking-dog.html
https://www.cool2bkids.com/origami-cat-face/

RECOMMENDED TITLES ALSO AVAILABLE AS A DOWNLOADABLE
Bob, Not Bob! by Audrey Vernick &  Liz Garton Scanlon (ebook on Overdrive)
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings (ebook on Overdrive)
Guinness World Records: Daring Dogs by Cari Meister (ebook on Overdrive & Hoopla)        
Sniff! Sniff! by Ryan Sias (ebook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
Stubby: A True Story of Friendship by Michael Foreman (ebook on Hoopla)

Don't forget to access the most recent issue of Stroller Coaster, our early childhood newsletter!

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Virtual Field Trip Goes Underground

Today's virtual field trip will give you the opportunity to delve and explore deep inside the Earth.  Our first stop is Sơn Đoòng Cave in Vietnam, near the Laos border.  It is the world's largest cave and home to a fast-flowing subterranean river.  National Geographic has put together a website that allows you to access the cave.  Not only will you see the sights (with 360 degree maneuverability), but you will also hear the sounds.  It is a very immersive experience.  Access Sơn Đoòng 360 here.

Our next stop is a working copper mine run by Freeport-McMoRan.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at various stages of the process -- from planning to mining, from processing to reclamation -- through a series of short videos.  Access Dig into Mining: The Story of Copper here.

If you'd like to learn more about caving or mining, try one of these books!
Caves by Erinn Banting (2012)
Caves by Emily K. Green (2007-ebook on Hoopla)
Copper by Salvatore Tocci (2005)
Ores by Andrea Rivera (2018)
Wild Underground: Caves and Caving by Neil Champion (2013)

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Sophie Blackall, Caldecott-winning illustrator of both Finding Winnie and Hello, Lighthouse, has a new book!  Lots of folks are eager to get their hands on it, so place your hold today!

Welcome to the fourth week of the Fall 2020 storytime season!  This week's theme is Fall in Love with Autumn.  Access the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's craft will be available for pickup at the Kid Zone desk beginning Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.  These supplies are on a first come, first served basis.  Remember, storytimes will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on each of these days. 

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