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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

The Magnus Chase Is On!

Rick Riordan, the man who re-invigorated Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology for today's young readers, has turned his creative mind to Norse mythology for his latest series -- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.  The first book, The Sword of Summer, came out today, October 6, 2015.  Click on the title to add your name to the waiting list.

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . . .

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Full-Color Harry Potter

Muggles who love Harry Potter better watch out.  The new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is sure to [get out your wands] STUPEFY!  Artist Jim Kay has created over 100 full-color panels for the book.

"Seeing Jim Kay's illustrations moved me profoundly.  I love his interpretation of Harry Potter's world, and I feel honored and grateful that he has lent his talent to it."
- J.K. Rowling

This is a great way to re-visit a beloved series.  It's also good for readers who are just being introduced to the magic of Harry Potter.  The illustrated edition comes out tomorrow, October 6, 2015.

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Scooby's Kidz Kitchen

Scooby-Doo, where are you?  Chef Scooby and his assistant Shaggy will be whipping up some of their favorite spooky treats in Scooby's Kidz Kitchen on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  The trouble is . . .  they are terrible cooks and are always forgetting their ingredients. They need your help to uncover the secret ingredient for each recipe.  Hand craft your own monster doughnut, crunchy spider, and a Halloween pizza.  Plus, decorate a chef hat and make your own Scooby-Dooby-Doo puppet.  You do not have to RSVP to be part of this tasty program.  Simpy follow the stars to the Kidz Kitchen.

Scooby stars in a brand-new math mystery series!
Scooby-Doo! A Numbers Comparison Mystery: The Case of the Lunchroom Gobbler
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Scooby-Doo! A Subtraction Mystery: The Case of the Disappearing Doughnuts
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Scooby-Doo! An Addition Mystery: The Case of the Angry Adder
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Scooby-Doo! An Even or Odd Mystery: The Case of The Oddzilla
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Mr. Jeremy has taken over our once-a-month Saturday storytime.  His first Storybook Brunch will be this Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  His theme will be Breakfast Bonanza, which means all the stories and songs and action-packed fun will feature breakfast foods.  And, as always, Storytime Brunch ends with a breakfast snack.

Mr. Jeremy has added a fun new element to Storybook Brunch --  Spin a Story.  A spin of the wheel will determine one of the stories.  Keep your fingers crossed for one involving a shark! 

The last time we had a Minecraft party, the response was overwhelming.  If you build it, they will come.  That's why, this time around, we're throwing two parties for our Minecraft "block"heads.  We'll be bringing the popular building game to the real world with life-size games: Defeat the Snow Golem, Help the Piggies Home, and Creepers in the Forest.  We will also have the video game set up for recreational play in the program room and on the department iPads.   Will there be crafts?  Yes!  Make a Creeper hat and a diamond sword or pickaxe (you choose).  Will there be Minecraft-themed snacks?  Of course!   Registration is required and begins on October 5.  Click on the blue to sign up for the mayhem that's right for you.  You can also call 444-7830.

Minecraft Mayhem (grades 1-3)
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Minecraft Mayhem (grades 4-6)
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.