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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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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
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The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
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Life Size Games

Classic games come to life in GIANT format at Life Size Games on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.  First, second, and third graders will play Hungry Hungry Hippos, Operation, Jenga, Ants in the Pants, and Connect Four, but they won't be board games on a table top.  We've super-sized the fun!  There will also be game-themed snacks, in case you were wondering.  (And you were totally wondering.)  Register online or by phone (444-7830).

Did you know that the Kid Zone has a bookcase filled with board games you can play at the library?  We do!  It's next to the printing station, behind the main desk.  Have fun!

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Curious George Discovers

2016 is the 75th anniversary of H. A. Rey's classic story, Curious George.  Our favorite curious little monkey has a new nonfiction series!  Each adventure includes experiments, photos, and fun facts!  Have you discovered it yet?

I totally didn't plan this, but today is Chinese New Year.  And 2016 is the Year of the . . . MONKEY!

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I Heart Ladybug Girl!

Become a member of the Bug Squad and help Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy make this the best Valentine's Day ever at I Heart Ladybug Girl on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.!  Your Bug Squad Valentine preparation training will include:

  • Creating a bug mask and cape
  • Making some buggy Valentines to give to your friends
  • Tossing Ladybugs
  • Following Ladybug Girl on a daring and dangerous journey (Don't forget your imagination, though Ladybug girl has plenty to spare.) **This is an obstacle course with elements from some of the Ladybug Girl books.
  • Charging your bug juices on Ladybug Girl's favorite Valentine snacks

After the show, grab some of the picture books that inspired the fun!  The author is David Soman, so look under E  SOM for Ladybug Girl, Ladybug Girl and Bingo, Ladybug Girl and Bumblee Boy, Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow, Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad Playdate, Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma, and Ladybug Girl at the Beach.  The newest title, Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate, is available under E  SOM  NEW BOOK.

There have been lots of good books about a boy and his dog.  This good book is about a boy and his . . . fox.

"Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own."

Pax is written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen.  Their collaboration is "a viscerally affecting story of war, loss, and the power of friendship.  The black-and-white drawings by Klassen offer a respite for readers, while adding to the haunting atmosphere.  With spare, lyrical prose, Pennypacker manages to infus this tearjerker with a tender hope, showing that peace and love can require just as much sacrifice as war."  (from School Library Journal)

Ballet Cat is back!  And, once again, she's trying to get a friend to dance.  Butter Bear is about to make her ballet debut.  Ballet Cat wants her to leap.  Butter Bear just wants to point her toe.  What's holding her back?  Silly underpants!  Get ready to roll on the floor with laughter when you read Bob Shea's Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants!

Don't miss the first funny book in this series!
Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret