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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.

Did you know about our Teletales?
Call 205-444-7838 to hear a new story every week read by a different Hoover Library staff member.

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Iron Hearted Violet
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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
Smells Like Dog
Mission Unstoppable
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The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
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Kidzone Blog

Storybook Brunch Catches Boogie Fever

We have one more Storybook Brunch this season.  Join Miss Anna Beth this Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. for a dance-themed storytime, Boogie Fever.  There will be stories!  There will be music!  And, of course, there will be dancing!  Plus there will be a breakfast snack -- cereal mix 'n match.  This is our final Saturday storytime of the school year, so don't miss it!

DID YOU KNOW?
National Dance Week begins on April 25!

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Celebrate Australia

The countdown to Aussie fun has begun!  The Hoover Public Library will Celebrate Australia on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  There will be a sampling of Australian treats to eat, and the very brave can take The Vegemite Challenge.  Didgeridoo Down Under will also provide authentic musical entertainment on the Plaza.  Want to explore Australian culture further?  Adults can find lots of excellent fiction and nonfiction titles under the official display in the main hallway.  Are you a kid or a teen?  Check out one of these!

Aboriginal Australians by Diana Marshall
Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia by Alison Lester
Australia by Colleen A. Sexton
Big Red Kangaroo by Claire Saxby
Cultural Traditions in Australia by Moly Aloian
Explore Australia and Oceania by Bobbie Kalman
Great Barrier Reef by Valerie Bodden
Koala Country: A Story of an Australian Eucalyptus Forest by Deborah Dennard
Meet Our New Student from Australia by Ann Weil
Not-for-Parents Australia: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know by Janine Scott
Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes
Sand Swimmers: The Secret Life of Australia's Desert Wilderness by Narelle Oliver
Spotlight on Australia by Xavier Niz
Stories from the Billabong by James Vance Marshall

It's true!  I live in Alabama, and I'm crazy about the author Rita Williams-Garcia!  Her books about the Gaither sisters are a joy to read or listen to.  (The audiobook reader, Sisi Aisha Johnson, is excellent!)  Their third and newest adventure is called Gone Crazy in Alabama.  The Gaither sisters are about to learn what it's like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.

Don't forget to read the first two adventures!

  1. One Crazy Summer 
    2011 Coretta Scott King Award Winner
    2011 Newbery Honor Book
    2011 Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction
    2010 National Book Award Finalist
  2. P.S. Be Eleven
    2014 Coretta Scott King Award Winner

     

That's right, IN the library.  We're setting up book-themed and subject-themed holes throughout the Kid Zone.  Kids in grades 4-6 can play a round of Mini-Golf on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.  They will also have a chance to craft a snack inspired by golfing.  Registration is required.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

Interested in learning more about golf?  Read one of these books!
Girls' Golf by Maryann Hudson
Golf: From Tee to Green -- the Essential Guide for Young Golfers by Clive Gifford
How to Improve at Golf by Peter Parks
Swing It Golf by Paul C. Challen

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