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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

Final Roland Smith Mutation

Roland Smith is seriously good at penning heart-pounding thrill rides for readers.  His Cryptid Hunters series is a perfect example.  There are missing parents -- disappeared while on assignment for a nature magazine.  There's an eccentric uncle obsessed with cryptids -- creatures that appear in myths but haven't been proven to exist.  There are two kids, twins Grace and Marty, swept up in a dangerous world of lush landscapes and deadly creatures.  The fourth and final book, Mutation, comes out today, September 30, 2014.   It promises to twist the natural order of things beyond our wildest, most terrifying dreams.  Find all four books in the Kid Zone.

  1. Cryptid Hunters
  2. Tentacles
  3. Chupacabra
  4. Mutation
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Companion Novel from Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis has written many award-winning books.  One of them was called Elijah of Buxton.  It received multiple honors in 2007 and 2008.  That's why we're so excited that the companion novel, The Madman of Piney Woods, is coming out tomorrow, September 30, 2014!  The story is set in the same vibrant world introduced in Elijah of Buxton.  And it looks like the perfect choice if you're looking for a spooky read this October.

Two boys. Two lives. It’s 1901, forty years after the events in Elijah of Buxton and Benji Alston has only one dream: to be the world’s greatest reporter. He even gets an apprenticeship on a real paper, though he finds there’s more to writing stories than he initially thought. Meanwhile Alvin Stockard, nicknamed Red, is determined to be a scientist. That is, when he’s not dodging the blows of his bitter Irish granny, Mother O’Toole. When the two boys meet they have a lot in common, in spite of the fact that Benji’s black and Red’s Irish. They’ve also had separate encounters with the legendary Madman of Piney Woods. Is the man an ex-slave or a convict or part lion? The truth is more complicated than that, and when the Madman is in trouble these two boys come to his aid and learn what it truly means to face fear.

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In the Kidz Kitchen with Hello Kitty

The world's cutest cat is our special guest celebrity chef at the upcoming Kidz Kitchen event, Kidz Kitchen with Hello Kitty on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.  We'll be making Halloween-inspired treats that are both adorable and delicious -- graveyard ghost dirt cups, monster hands, and candy-filled jack o'lantern necklaces.  And Magic City Face Art will be on hand making kitty balloons for every partygoer.  You do not have to RSVP for this event.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the program room.

Don't forget to grab some Hello Kitty books (E  HEL) and DVDs (H) after the party!

The Hoover Public Library has a Beginning Reader section for kids who are just learning to read (or reading very well as long as there aren't chapters).  We also have a First Chapter section for when you make the reading jump to thicker books.  But that can be a VERY BIG jump.  Luckily, we have several series in Scholastic's Branches collection.  These books are meant to bridge the gap between leveled readers and traditional chapter books.  You can find them in the First Chapter section.  Just look for the purple stickers.

There are seven days in a week.  There are twelve months in a year.  That's 19 things you have to learn about THE CALENDAR.  Not an easy task when you're only a few years old!  These books will help.
Bow-Wow 12 Months Running by Mark Newgarden
Calendar by Myra Cohn Livingston
Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak
Chickens to the Rescue! by John Himmelman (in a series)
Coco All Year Round by Sloane Tanen
Come Out and Play, Little Mouse by Robert Kraus 
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward
Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon by Maggie Smith
Fortune Cookies by Albert Bitterman
It's Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones by Warren Hanson
January's Child: The Birthday Month Book by Andrea Alban Gosline
Jump Into January by Stella Blackstone
Kid Tea by Elizabeth Ficocelli