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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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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
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National Book Awards 2019 -- Young People's Literature

And the winner for Young People's Literature is . . . 1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler! 

"1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to racism so violent that that summer would become known as the Red Summer. The suffrage movement had a long-fought win when women gained the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year.

Now, one hundred years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever. Sandler traces the momentum and setbacks of these movements through this last century, showing that progress isn’t always a straight line and offering a unique lens through which we can understand history and the change many still seek."

I have read all of the finalists and all but one of the longlist titles, and they were all truly amazing.  Read as many of them as you can!

1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw
Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve
A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
Shout by Laure Halse Anderson
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson

See the winners in all categories on the National Book Awards website.

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It's Thanksgiving Week!

Ok, not quite yet. But it's coming soon! Hoover City Schools (and other local school districts) are off for the entire week of Thanksgiving. If you're looking for something to do, look no further than Hoover Public Library. We have three thematic programs and a special event that week, and you don't even have to register to be part of the fun!

  • Story Lab: Delicious Desserts
    Monday, November 25, 2019 at 4 p.m.

    This is Miss Katie Jane's weekly S.T.E.A.M.-powered storytime for 3 to 8-year-olds.  One story prompts lots of hands-on activities.  This week's stations will include erupting cupcakes, pie slice fractions, cookie measurement, and more sweet fun. 
  • Family Movie: Aladdin
    Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 2 p.m.

    Watch the 2019 live-action Disney adventure with Miss Lindsay and your whole family.  Free refreshments!
  • Craft Cornucopia
    Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

    Get into the holiday spirit with Miss Christine and Thanksgiving crafts for all ages.
  • Storytime Allstars: Family Fun
    Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
    Join Mr Justin for stories, songs, and a short movie that celebrate family and togetherness. This program is for all ages and will include a snack.  

The Hoover Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27.  We will also be closed Thursday, November 28 - Friday, November 29.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in her follow-up to Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (2017) and Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World (2018).

Little Legends:  Exceptional Men in Black History  (11/19/19)
This beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history.  Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and artists, politicians and pop stars, athletes and activists. The exceptional men featured include artist Aaron Douglas, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, musician Prince, photographer Gordon Parks, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, and writer James Baldwin.  The legends in this book span centuries and continents, but what they have in common is that each one has blazed a trail for generations to come.

It has already received starred reviews in Kirkus and School Library Journal.

The holiday season is fast approaching.  This means lots of family togetherness.  Sometimes it can feel like too much, especially if you've run out of ideas to keep the kids and adults from driving each other crazy.  I have just the thing to help you avoid all that drama.  Brightly contributor Melissa Taylor has curated a list of 6 Creative Storytelling Games for Kids that are sure to keep everyone happy during the holidays.  And guess what?  They also encourage hours of creativity and development!

Our next Practical Parenting session will be this Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3 p.m.  The theme will be Sleep Help.  Children commonly have trouble sleeping—-whether falling asleep or sleeping in their own beds. We’ll talk about ways parents can improve their children’s sleep.  The speakers, Haley Bednarz and Helen Root, are graduate students in UAB's Medical Clinical Psychology Program.  We'll also have parenting books that address sleep problems as well as picture books about bedtime to check out and share with your children.  There is no need to register to be part of this session.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.