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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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Call 205-444-7838 to hear a new story every week read by a different Hoover Library staff member.

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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The Good Dinosaur

Pixar's sixteenth film hits theaters over Thanksgiving weekend 2015.  The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Take an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.  While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

If you want to take another epic journey, head to 567.9.  That's the Dewey Decimal number where informational dinosaur books roam the shelves.

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Ready for a Story Feast?

We won't have our regular storytimes (Tiny Tot Tales and After Lunch Bunch) on Wednesday, November 25, 2015.  Instead, two talented turkeys named Miss Alyssa and Miss Traci are joining forces for Story Feast at 10:30 a.m.  There will be tales of feathered friends, family, and food -- all the best parts of Thanksgiving.  There will also be a snack and a take-home craft!  No registration required.  Just follow the stars.  And don't forget to bring your appetite for fun!

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National Book Award 2015 -- Young People's Literature

The National Book Foundation's mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.  The Foundation established the National Book Award in 1950.  There are four Award categories -- Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.  This year's Young People's Literature Award was presented to Neal Shusterman for Challenger Deep, a novel about a mentally ill teenager who has dark fantasies about traveling to the deepest point on earth, which was inspired by Mr. Shusterman’s son.



N. H. Senzai gave readers a glimpse of Afghani culture in her first two novels, Shooting Kabul and Saving Kabul Corner.  Her new book provides a Ticket to India.

"A map, two train tickets, and a mission. These are things twelve-year-old Maya and her big sister Zara have when they set off on their own from Delhi to their grandmother’s childhood home of Aminpur, a small town in Northern India. Their goal is to find a chest of family treasures that their grandmother’s family left behind when they fled from India to Pakistan during the Great Partition. But soon the sisters become separated, and Maya is alone. Determined to find her grandmother’s lost chest, she continues her trip, on the way enlisting help from an orphan by named Jai. Maya’s grand adventure through India is as thrilling as it is warm: a journey through her family’s history becomes a real coming-of-age quest."

We focused on the basics at last night's This Just In! meeting -- computer code basics.  Take a look at our commercials; see if YOU can be Binary Decoders too!

Austin = Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Carlie = Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renée Russell 
Carson = Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R. J. Palacio
Emily = Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Houston = Last Battle of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
Ivy = Foxcraft: The Taken by Inbali Iserles
J.P. = Thrones & Bones: Frostborn by Lou Anders / The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan
Jessica = Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen & Daryle Conners / Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney / Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renée Russell 
Maryam = The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
Nathan = Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Neysa = Commercial Breaks : Famous for Thirty Seconds by P. G. Kain
Miss Katie Jane = Secret Coders by Gene Yuen Lang & Mike Holmes (This graphic novel inspired the commercials.)

This Just In! is our new-books book club for grades 4-6.  If you want to be part of our next meeting on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., simply read a book published in the last six months.  Then register online or by phone (444-7830).