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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

Ode to the King

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein & Jerry Pinkney (2019)
J  323.092  WIT
Martin Luther King, Jr. was once asked if the hardest part of preaching was knowing where to begin. No, he said. The hardest part is knowing where to end. "It's terrible to be circling up there without a place to land."  Finding this place to land was what Martin Luther King, Jr. struggled with, alongside advisors and fellow speech writers, in the Willard Hotel the night before the March on Washington, where he gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. But those famous words were never intended to be heard on that day, not even written down for that day, not even once.

DK Life Stories: Martin Luther King Jr. by Laurie Calkhoven (2019)
Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered for his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which he gave during the March on Washington in 1963. But his life before and after that big event, and his other enormous contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, largely go unspoken. In this biography for kids ages 8-12, learn all about MLK--from his early family life and experiences in education, to his untimely death and the worldwide mourning and riots that followed.
DK Life Stories go beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history's most interesting people. Full-color photographs and hand-drawn illustrations complement thoughtfully written, age-appropriate text to create an engaging book children will enjoy reading. Definition boxes, information sidebars, fun facts, maps, inspiring quotes, and other nonfiction text features add depth, and a handy reference section at the back makes this series perfect for school reports and projects. Each book also includes an author's introduction letter, a glossary, and an index.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial by Christine Taylor-Butler (2019)
J  975.3  TAY
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy is honored with a beautiful memorial in the center of Washington, D.C., the nation's capital.  Readers will learn about King's life and accomplishments, how the memorial was planned and built, its integration with surrounding Tidal Basin monuments, and much more.
The True Book: National Parks series allows readers to experience spectacular vistas and natural landscapes, as well as interact with the rich tapestry of American History. This series includes an age appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects and a robust resource section that encourages independent study.

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Robert Downey, Jr. has transitioned from a superhero who likes to hear himself talk to a literary classic who talks to the animals.  Dolittle hits the big screen this weekend.  The star-studded cast also includes Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Emma Thompson, Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent, Tom Holland, Ralph Fiennes, and Selena Gomez.

"After losing his wife, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria's England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.  But when the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures."

Make sure you read the books by Hugh Lofting that inspired the movie!
Doctor Dolittle: Vol. 1: The Complete Collection (three novels in one)
The Story of Doctor Dolittle  (book-on-CD)
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (Newbery winner)

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If Pluto Was a Pea

Space is so . . . BIG.  It's hard to wrap our heads around just HOW BIG!  This picture book helps compare the sizes of the planets in terms we can more easily grasp.

If Pluto Was a Pea by Gabrielle Prendergast & Rebecca Gerlings
E  523.49  PRE
In this informative and friendly story, two children—one with puffball pigtails, a gap-tooth smile, and a pair of moonboots; the other in a hipster sweater, striped trousers, and tousled hair—spend a night camping in a backyard. The girl enthusiastically reads from a book about space. Observing the stars around them, the two contemplate the relative sizes of the planetary bodies: “Pluto is much smaller than the other planets. That’s why it’s called a ‘Dwarf Planet.’ ” They use familiar objects as reference points to compare Pluto to the other planets (“If Pluto was a pea... Mercury would be a marble”), including measurements throughout.  Prendergast and Gerlings capture the children’s sense of wonder and relatable quest for adventure—both in their camping excursion and curiosity about galaxies beyond. [from Publishers Weekly]

Chinese New Year falls on a different date every year, based on the lunar calendar.  It will be celebrated on January 25, 2020, the new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month.  2020 is the Year of the Rat.  The Rat is the first animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.  The city of Birmingham has a wonderful Chinese New Year Gala on the actual day, but we're going to celebrate a bit early here at Hoover Public Library.  

Happy Chinese New Year!
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a night of festivity as we learn about Chinese cultural celebrations for the Lunar New Year. There will be food, games, traditional dance, and calligraphy! We partnered with the Birmingham Chinese Community Association on this Family Night event.  It is open to all ages and absolutely FREE!  So bring your entire family (and friends and neighbors, too!) to the Library Plaza.

75% Truth + 25% Lies = 100% FUN!

That's the promise of the new Truth or Lie beginning reader series by Erica S. Perl.  And it's a promise kept.  Remember to look for orange stickers when looking for these fantastic books in the Kid Zone.

Truth or Lie: Dinosaurs! 

Truth or Lie: Sharks!