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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
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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

Map Skills

According to my work calendar, today is United Nations Day.  That made me think about all the countries that make up the UN.  And how I have absolutely no idea where most of those countries are on the map.  Which is totally embarrassing.  Luckily, the Kid Zone has oh-so-many atlases and other cool books to help me work on my map skills.  If you need help too, take a look at these.

Atlas of South America by Karen Foster (in a series)
Explore Earth's Seven Continents by Bobbie Kalman
Follow That Map!: A First Look at Mapping Skills by Scot Ritchie
Looking at Maps and Globes by Rebecca Olien
Map Scales by Mary Dodson Wade (in a series)
Maps and Geography by Ken Jennings
Maps and Mapping by Deborah Chancellor
Map My Neighborhood by Jennifer Boothroyd (in a series)
National Geographic Kids World Atlas (fourth edition)
Political Maps by Ian F. Mahaney (in a series)
Reading Maps by Rolf Sandvold
Types of Maps by Kevin Cunningham
Where on Earth? by Rob Houston
Where We Live by Susan Hoe
World Atlas by Nick Crane & David Dean

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

TJI: Literary Lego Man

It's October, so everyone has costumes on the brain.  Especially our This Just In book clubbers!  That's why, for this month's commericials, we each created a Literary Lego Man.  We took blank Lego minifigure templates and added costumes to represent the main characters in our books.  Make sure you take a look at the pictures . . . and these books.

Carlie = The Shark Whisperer by Ellen Prager
Elena = The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
J.P. = The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healey (and The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw)
Miss Katie Jane = Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn
Kira = Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star by Rachel Renée Russell
Koushiki = Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Saniya = Goddess Girls: Artemis the Brave by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Stephanie = The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Don't miss the new picture book biography about the real Ivan!)
Will = The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett by Tom Angleberger

The next meeting of This Just In will be Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  If you would like to join our new-books book club, simply read a book published in the last six months then bring it to the meeting to make a commercial.  Registration is required.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7839).  Here's a hint about next month's commercial.  Tweet.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

80 Years of Mary Poppins

P. L. Travers first introduced Mary Poppins, the world's most beloved no-nonsense magical nanny, in 1934.  Since then, she has appeared in multiple books, inspired both a movie and stage musical, and influenced many a library Halloween costume.  Especially for Miss Traci.  The 80th Anniversary Collection will be published tomorrow, October 21, 2014.  It features the first four tales, a forward by Gregory Maguire, and an essay by the author.  But you can find Mary Poppins today in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library.


The must-see-on-the-big-screen movie this Halloween is The Book of Life. The story of Manolo, a young man torn between following the expectations of his family and following his heart, is presented in a stunning and utterly unique style of animation.  His adventure is steeped in Mexican culture and takes him to three fantastical worlds.  One of those worlds corresponds to Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  Find out more about the holiday with these books, available in the Kid Zone.

Beto and the Bone Dance by Gina Freschet
Clatter Bash! by Richard Cleminson Keep
Cultural Traditions in Mexico by Lynn Peppas
Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston
Day of the Dead by Linda Lowery
Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life and Death by Amanda Doering
Day of the Dead = Día de los Muertos by Bob Barner
Day of the Dead = Día de los Muertos by Kerrie Logan Hollihan (bilingual)
The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle
A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead by Nancy Luenn (bilingual)
Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Days of the Dead by George Ancona
The Spirit of T
ío Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story by Janice Levy (bilingual)
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead by Judy Goldman


This is difficult to admit, but I have never read Ann M. Martin's The Doll People.  I know, I know.  What kind of children's librarian hasn't read this modern classic?!?!   Here's the deal -- I don't have to read it to know it's good.  Our reading public has been telling me that it is amazing for years!  And I trust their assessment.  The series is no longer a trilogy.  It is now a quartet!  The fourth book, The Doll People Set Sail, was published this week.  What doll's-eye view adventures are in store?  Here's a sneak peek:

Annabelle Doll, Tiffany Funcraft, and their families are whisked out to sea when the Palmers accidentally place them in a box destined for charity donation. And it turns out they're not alone-there are plenty of other doll people on the ship, too. After traveling thousands of miles, will they be able to find their way home?

  1. The Doll People (also available as book-on-CD and downloadable audio)
  2. The Meanest Doll in the World (also available as book-on-CD)
  3. The Runaway Dolls (also available as book-on-CD and downloadable audio)
  4. The Doll People Set Sail