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Halloween Heroes

We're just a week away from our annual Halloween after-hours event!  We're celebrating all heroes at Halloween Heroes on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7 p.m.  Dress up as your favorite hero, or give your Halloween costume a test run.  You can also come as your mild-mannered self.  This event takes over the entire library and draws around 1,000 people.  So here's a sneak peek to help you plan your night.

PAW PATROL HEADQUARTERS (Library Theatre level)
* Meet Skye and Marshall in the Library Theatre.
* Make a Pup Fire Hat and an emergency bracelet.
* Channel your inner firefighter as you Put Out the Fire and Rescue a Cat Up a Tree.
* The Hoover Fire Department will be joining us -- with a firetruck.  The Hoover Police Department Explorers will also be on hand.

MARVEL UNIVERSE (Fiction Department & Library Plaza)
* Join Ant-Man and Rocket Raccoon at our Ant-Man Picnic.  There will be "Hero" Sandwiches, Groot Fruit, Awesome Mix Vol. 1, Ant-Man Popsicles, and Rocket Fuel.
* Show off your moves with Star-Lord Peter Quill, Gamora, and Baby Groot at the Guardians of the Galaxy Glow Dance Party.
* Whack-A-Villain with Thor.
* Unleash your inner Hulk in two ways.  You can make a tasty dessert called Hulk Smash Puddin', and you can go wild in the Hulk Out Room.
* Keep your eyes peeled for Stan Lee.  He'll definitely be making a cameo.
* Spider-Man and Mary Jane will guide you through the Spidey Sense Obstacle Course.
* Turn a balloon into a Spider-Man head.
* Take a skyline selfie, a la Spider-Man.

* Have an official photo taken with Wonder Woman and Superman.
* Hang out with the DC Superhero Girls. 
* Tackle Target Practice with Harley Quinn and Batgirl. 
* Channel the Flash's speed in a Time Warp Obstacle Course with Supergirl.
* Make a Bumblebee headband and a Katana sword. 

LEGO BATMAN (Teen Department)
* Meet LEGO Batman.
* Demonstrate your master builder skills.
* Spatter paint a bat symbol.

* Airbrush tattoos and face painting


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Book Bites: The Answer to Your Quest for Great Books

It's time for the second meeting of our newest book club!  Join Miss Traci and Miss Anna Beth for Book Bites this Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 3 p.m.  They will introduce elementary readers to some of their favorite titles that feature a Quest! (And, yes, a quest should always include an exclamation!)  No prior reading is required to be part of this book club., but you are invited to check out the books afterwards and read to your heart's content.  On top of having an opportunity to sample books, you will also have a chance to sample some snacks.  No registration is required for Book Bites.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.  

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Hopgood Will Have You Singing in the Rain

I love when Tim Hopgood decides to turn a classic song into a picture book!  His newest undertaking will have you singing in the rain . . . and the sun and the wind and the snow and whatever else these weather systems throw at you!

Singing in the Rain illustrated by Tim Hopgood (October 17, 2017)
The title song from the classic 1952 movie musical is a song-and-dance salute to joie de vivre—as is this book version. It opens with a cheerful double-page spread of a brown-skinned child in perfectly matched yellow rain gear perched on a lamppost as musical notes in the same cheerful yellow stand out against a blue rain-splattered background. Homage to Gene Kelly? Of course! On the following pages, children in equally colorful rainy-day outfits join in the fun as they dance and march along. They watch from the observation deck of the Empire State Building as clouds fill the sky and the same bright yellow notes appear. Close-ups of the smiling, multiracial cast follow as they watch flowers grow or a reflection in a puddle and then happily splash away to other landscapes filled with tropical birds and lush green foliage. Sing the lyrics or recite the words “based on the song” and have a really good time. Hopgood’s digitally rendered collages of watercolor, pencil, and ink add depth, texture, and buoyant spirit to the package. (from Kirkus Review)

This third story about the madcap family introduced in Stephanie Tolan’s Newbery Honor Book Surviving the Applewhites features even more outlandish adventures and will appeal to fans of the Applewhites and those meeting them for the first time.

Applewhites Coast to Coast by Stephanie S. Tolan & R.J. Tolan (October 17, 2017)
E.D. and Jake are doing their best to forget their bewildering kiss—after all, they’re practically family—and get back to “normal” life with the decidedly abnormal, highly creative Applewhites.  When the family’s biggest fan, Jeremy Bernstein, pulls up to Wit’s End in an “Art Bus,” he brings with him a proposal for an Education Expedition: a cross-country road trip, educational quest, and video-documented competition for a big cash prize. Jeremy also drags along his troubled but beautiful niece, Melody. She’ll be joining the expedition with her own rebellious flair, much to Jake’s delight . . . and E.D.’s exasperation.  With characteristic Applewhite enthusiasm, the artists face disastrous performances, fainting goats, and some very bad ideas—but can they make it through the road trip in one piece?

It's almost time for the next Storytime Allstars!  Miss Lindsay (of Together with Twos) will make you shriek with laughter (and maybe a bit of fright) at Storytime Allstars: Creepy Crawlies this Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  Kids of all ages can join her for bug and spider stories and songs . . . and a snack.  Will you be eating bugs and spiders?!?!  Guess you'll find out soon enough. 



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.