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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.

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Another Baseball Card Adventure

Dan Gutman has written lots of fantastic books.  One of his oldest series is still going strong.  A new Baseball Card Adventure book came out this week!  It's called Willie & Me.  Yep, the Willie refers to Willie Mays.  But that's not the only important baseball reference in this time-travel story.  

"Stosh thought he was finished traveling back in time. But then Ralph Branca shows up in his room one night, begging for Stosh's help. In 1951, Branca pitched a ball to Bobby Thomson that would become the "Shot Heard Round the World," a home run that won the National League pennant for the New York Giants and changed the lives of Branca and Thomson forever. Branca says the Giants were cheating, and he needs Stosh to use his power with baseball cards to go back in time and set things right. Stosh is determined to help, but he quickly learns that you can't change just one little thing in history. If he erases the Shot Heard Round the World, he may forever alter the life of a young rookie named Willie Mays. With wisdom from all the players he has helped before—plus the surprise return of some familiar faces—Stosh uses his power to travel in time using baseball cards one last time in a fabulous finale to the adventure of a lifetime."

All of Gutman's Baseball Card Adventures can be found under J  GUT.  Twelve in all!

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture


First, there was pink.  Then purple.  There's also been gold, green, and silver.  And now Victoria Kann brings you a splashy addition to her colorful book empire . . . Aqualicious.  "Pinkalicious and her family go on a trip to the beach for a day of sun, fun, and sand castles! The day gets even more exciting when Pinkalicious finds a mini-mermaid named Aqua while she's collecting shells. Aqua wants to find her way home, and Pinkalicious and Peter decide to help—after they show her all of the pinkamazing things to do at the seashore!"  After you read the book, find fun activities on the official website.

All of Victoria Kann's Pinkalicious picture books can be found under E  KAN.  All of the spin-off beginning reader titles can be found under E  I CAN  KAN  BEGINNING READER.  (These will also have an orange sticker on the spine label.)

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Balloon Magic

DeWayne Reynolds (AKA Dr. Magical Balloons) is ready to wow you with Balloon Magic on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.   The good doctor uses balloon art to create the masks and props to bring book characters to colorful life.  He'll present a 30-minute show featuring two fractured fairytales by Jon Scieszka -- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and The Frog Prince, Continued.  Each child will enjoy refreshments and receive a balloon creation after the show.  No registration needed.  Simply follow the stars to the Program Room.

Find more balloon magic in these books!
The Amazing Air Balloon by Jean Van Leeuwen
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet
Experiments with Balloons by Robert Gardner
Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen 
Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward
The Sky Sailors: The True Story of the Balloon Era by David L. Bristow
Spy in the Sky by Kathleen Karr
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène Du Bois

Lots of our favorite books get turned into our favorite movies.  Find them easily during March 2015.  Here are just a few of the titles you'll find on our seasonal spinner.

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • The Borrowers
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Charlotte's Web
  • City of Ember
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Eragon
  • Flipped
  • Holes
  • How to Eat Fried Worms
  • Hugo
  • The Last Unicorn
  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Matilda
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • Sarah Plain and Tall
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • A Wrinkle in Time

That's right!  Our Mother Goose storytime for one-year-olds is now called Father Goose.  Why?  Because Mr. Justin is back at Hoover and the featured storyteller for that program.  He has tons of storytime experience, plus he is a proud papa to a one-year-old son.  Father Goose will continue to be Tuesday mornings at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.  It features stories, songs, and snacks.  Weekly registration is required because class size is limited to 15 children.  You can sign up online or by phone beginning Wednesday mornings.  Here are some of Mr. Justin's upcoming themes: