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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.

Recent Book Reviews

Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair
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

How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons

Looking for a project to fill your final days of summer?  Look no further than How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons by Robert Blofield.  Learn how to write, direct, and edit your own film without a Hollywood budget.  As the title promises, the book focuses on ten skills you'll need to develop:

  1. Find Inspiration
  2. Turn Your Idea into a Script
  3. Visualize Every Shot
  4. Plan, Plan, Plan!
  5. Camera Work
  6. Lighting and Sound
  7. Be a Confident Director
  8. Editing Your Film
  9. Show Off Your Film
  10. Keep on Filming!

Each skill is broken down into smaller lessons that include tons of helpful hints, handy tips, and "WOW" factors for storyboards, shooting scripts, camera rigs, cutaways, and more!  And the book's spiral binding makes it easy to keep it open to the most helpful page.  Highly recommended for movie maker enthusiasts!

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Prize Vault -- Last Chance!

Make sure you turn in your reading logs by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.   When the vault door closes, it won't re-open until next summer.  We will draw names for the bike and the four teen grand prizes first thing Wednesday morning.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

For Maker Minds

Are you a kid who loves to build stuff?  Are you looking for inspiration for your next project?  Take a look at these books!  Are you a parent hoping to foster a culture of hands-on creativity in your child?  These books offer excellent role models for productivity, motivation, and overcoming obstacles and setbacks.  Are you a person just looking for a great book?  Look no further.

  1. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet
    E  SWE / E 791.5  SWE
  2. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
    JB  KAM
  3. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
    E  BAR / E  BAR  BOOK & CD
  4. Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art by J. H. Shapiro
    E  709.2  SHA
  5. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
    E  SPI
  6. Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Davis
    E  791.06  DAV
  7. One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul
    E  363.72  PAU
  8. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
    E  BEA (ebook also available)
  9. The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert
    JB  EHL
  10. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant
    JB  PIP

Lori Nichols was a featured author/illustrator at our Read.Write.Draw. conference in April, and she has a new story featuring our favorite sisters!  I can't wait to read Maple & Willow Apart.  It's a perfect choice to prepare siblings for the big changes that come when school begins.

"Maple and Willow have always been inseparable. So what happens when Maple starts big-girl school and Willow stays behind? Well, of course, both girls have marvelous adventures of their own, but the truth is, they miss each other. And when they see that the missing is mutual, they find a unique way to feel connected even when they have to be apart."

Don't miss Lori's other picture books -- Maple and Maple & Willow Together.  She also illustrated No, No, Kitten! by Shelley Moore Thomas and This Orq (He Cave Boy) by David Elliott.

As summer winds down, you might get the travel bug.  You may crave visits to foreign cities, but you may not have the money or time or parental consent for such adventures.  Don't worry, you can still experience the magic and mystery of faraway places.  Read the Greetings from Somewhere series by Harper Paris.  Second grade twins Ethan and Ella travel around the globe, solving mysteries along the way.  Find them under the call number J  PAR  FIRST CHAPTER BOOK.

  1. The Mystery of the Gold Coin (Brookeston, USA)
  2. The Mystery of the Mosaic (Venice, Italy)
  3. The Mystery of the Stolen Painting (Paris, France)
  4. The Mystery in the Forbidden City (Beijing, China)
  5. The Mystery of the Lion's Tail (Maasai Mara, Kenya)
  6. The Mystery of the Suspicious Spices (Mumbai, India)
  7. The Mystery Across the Secret Bridge (Macchu Pichu, Peru)
  8. The Mystery at the Coral Reef (Brisbane, Australia) -- COMING SOON!