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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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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
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The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
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Kidzone Blog

The Nut Job

Here's a little something you might not know.  The Hoover Public Library usually has hot new DVD releases the day they come out.  Sometimes, though, we have to wait 28 days before we can give them to the public.  You may have noticed a similar phenomenon on Netflix or at Redbox.  Some studios require that lending agencies wait 28 days after the official release date before they begin circulating their DVDs.  The Nut Job is one of these titles.  It was released to the public yesterday, but it won't be available through the library until May 13. Nutty, huh?

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Jackie Robinson Day

Grab your 42. Today is Jackie Robinson Day!  Robinson made his Major League baseball debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, breaking the color barrier.  Since 2004, players don jersey number 42 on April 15 as a tribute to a great athlete and history maker.  Find out more about the Hall of Famer with these books.
Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg
Jackie and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman
Jackie Robinson by Glenn Stout
Jackie Robinson by Sally M. Walker
Jackie Robinson: American Hero by Sharon Robinson
Jackie Robinson: Baseball's Great Pioneer by Jason Glaser (graphic novel)
Jackie Robinson: Hero and Athlete by Suzanne Slade
Jackie Robinson: Strong Inside and Out by Denise Lewis Patrick
Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By by Sharon Robinson
Play Ball, Jackie! by Stephen Krensky
Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America by Sharon Robinson
When Jackie and Hank Met by Cathy Goldberg Fishman
Who Was Jackie Robinson? by Gail Herman

DVD Bonus!
Jackie Robinson Story (1950 biography starring Jackie as himself!)


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National Library Week: Lives Change at Your Library

April 13-19, 2014 is National Library Week.  And the Honorary Chair?  Judy Blume!  What a perfect choice for this year's NLW theme -- Lives Change at Your Library.  How many young people (including me!) have been impacted by Judy Blume's twenty-eight books?

(OK, I know this looks like a ridiculously short blog.  But did you see all the blue?  Those are links, people!  Use them. Who knows? It might change your life.)  


Beverly Cleary wrote about D.E.A.R. in her Newbery Honor-winning book Ramona Quimby, Age 8.  Since then, April 12 (Cleary's birthday) has been the nation's official Drop Everything and Read Day.  You can grab some of her books today, then you'll be ready to D.E.A.R. tomorrow.  Find them under J CLE.

If you get in trouble for skipping your chores or family get-together in favor of reading, please do NOT blame this librarian. :)

Blu and Jewel are back on the big screen this weekend in Rio 2.  This time they're also joined by their three kids . . . and Jewel's entire family!  Yep, it's a family reunion in the wilds of the Amazon.  And you can find even more flocks of macaws in the shelves of the Kid Zone!
Macaws by Erika Deiters
The Parrot Companion: Caring for Parrots, Macaws, Budgies, Cockatiels & More by Rosemary Low
Parrots by Margaret Fetty
Parrots by Fran Howard
Parrots by Jill Kalz
Parrots by Jennifer McDougall