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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.

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

The Wicked World of Descendants

The Hoover Public Library's annual SciFi/Fantasy Fest is coming next weekend!  There's a lot (and I mean A LOT) of stuff happening, so take a look at the official website to make your plans.  This blog is only going to focus on The Wicked World of Descendants event on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at10:30 a.m.

Kids will join Mal and Evie as they find the hidden crystal in the Enchanted Lake, evade lasers and other obstacles to steal the fairy godmother's wand, and use their newfound magic powers to defeat the evil dragon.  They will also have the chance to make their very own Mirror, Mirror On The Wall Craft and replica of Mal's Spell Book!  There's no need to register to be part of our Wicked World.  All fans of Disney's Descendants just need to meet in the Kid Zone of Hoover Public Library.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

BubbleMania: Science, Art & Comedy

It's the final week of summer reading shows in the Library Theatre!  Casey Carle of BubbleMania is back with a new show!  But the bubbles still don't like air conditioning, so wear your coolest clothes.  Reminder, take special note of the seating guidelines.  This is one of our most popular shows, and each time slot fills up quickly.

Casey Carle presents BubbleMania!
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 26, 2018
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Play This Book!

A hands-on approach (literally) to the wide and wonderful world of instruments.

Play This Book by Jessica Young
Seven instruments sit on a stage, ready and waiting to be played. A multiracial cast of kids instructs young readers on how to play each instrument. As readers strum the picture of the guitar, bang the drum, or tap the piano keys, onomatopoeic sounds are spelled out in large display type on the page. By the time readers come to the performance at the end they’ll need little urging to get their groove on as well. Wiseman’s art cleverly makes each instrument something readers can “play,” blowing them up on the page and even forcing the occasional 90-degree turn when it suits. Librarians and caregivers should prepare for rips, tears, and other signs of adoration-turned-annihilation from young fans as they take to these instruments with gusto. [from Kirkus Review]

Are you ready to meet Luciana Vega, the 2018 American Girl of the Year!  I know you are!  And you'll get your chance if you register for one of Hoover Library's American Girl events.  We will have two on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.  One is at 2:00 p.m., and the other is at 6:30 p.m.  When you arrive, you will receive a space camp badge and a folder of fun activities.  You'll make a Space Rocket Artbot and a necklace that matches the one Luciana wears.  And you'll learn about the space camp program and get your very own box of space rations.  At the end of the party, to celebrate Luciana's acceptance to space camp, everyone will eat cake and drink Tang.  This even is for kids ages 5 and up.  Registration is required.  Click on the blue time slot to register online.  You can also call us at 444-7830. 

Who's ready for a party just for kids starting kindergarten?  I am!  Me too!  Don't forget me!  Sounds like everybody's ready for Kick Off Kindergarten on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.  This event is just for kindergarteners and their caregivers.  We will be celebrating this major milestone with a series of fun activities inspired by the school day.

Art - Create an apple for teacher.
Library - Listen to Miss Katie Jane tell a funny story called On the First Day of Grade School by Emily Brenner.
Math - Where will your name fall on our community graph?
Music - Dance and play along with some toe-tapping tunes!
Recess - Take a break from learning and get moving!
Science - Take part in our magnetic hair experiment.
Snack - Enjoy a cool popsicle treat.

Every child will also receive an official Going to Kindergarten button badge when they arrive.  And make sure you experience Picture Day in our Class of 2031 photo booth.  You do not have to register for this event.  Just follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.