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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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Spring Break 2018: Get in the Game

Are you planning a staycation this Spring Break?  Are you looking for some fun and affordable activities close to home?  Hoover Library always has endless supplies of fun, and we’re going all out with FREE activities for your family to enjoy while the kids are out of school during Spring Break 2018.  Our theme?  Get in the Game!  How did we choose it?  Video games continue to captivate young people (and not-so-young people).  Board games have made a huge comeback in recent years.  (In fact, the Hoover Library launched a circulating board game collection in the Kid Zone this past September.  Maybe you’ll take advantage of this new service and check out a few games over Spring Break!)  And Jumanji – beloved book, game and movie – was recently given a modern, more technological spin in the cinematic remake Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (starring Dwayne Johnson).  Really, how could we NOT choose Get in the Game as a theme?!  Mark your calendars with these exciting events!

On Tuesday, March  27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., watch Jumanji on the big screen in the Library Theatre.  This 1995 movie classic starring Robin Williams is rated PG.  Seating is first come, first seated.  Free admission and refreshments!  Open to all ages!

On Tuesday, March  27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., teens can stop by the Youth Program Room for our Game On! Video Game Tournament.  They'll play Super Smash Bros. on the Wii.  The last one standing will win a prize.  This event is open to grades 7-12.

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., kids will get the chance to Jump into Jumanji.  The Kid Zone will be transformed into the jungle adventure game Jumanji, inspired by the 1982 Caldecott Medal-winning picture book by Chris Van Allsburg.  Roll the dice and unleash the excitement!  The games and crafts will feature all of the wild animals and other dangers that appeared in Judy and Peter’s house as they played the game.  You’ll never look at board games the same way again!  Open to all ages!

On Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., follow the stars to Fun & Games Storytime with Miss Alyssa and Miss Katie Jane.  There will be puppets and props, singing and dancing . . . and games, of course!  Open to all ages!

On Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., the Youth Program Room will turn into board game central for Tabletop Games.  Hang out and play games with your friends.  This is the perfect opportunity to find a new family favorite for your own game nights.  Open to all ages!

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Book Bites? Game On!

Join Miss Traci and Miss Emma for Book Bites: Game On! this Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3 p.m.  They will booktalk their favorite gaming titles for elementary kids of all ages, from sports to video games to board games.  After the event, you can check out the books to read.  And you'll definitely want to be in a gaming state of mind when Spring Break rolls around in a couple weeks.  (Stay tuned for more info!)

Book Bites is our once-a-month book club for elementary students.  You don't have to read anything ahead of time, but we'll give you lots of options for future reading.  Books featured include picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, graphic novels, and nonfiction.  There's something for everyone!  There's also a snack.  That's why it's called Book Bites!  You get to sample bite-sized bits of books, and you get to eat!  No registration required.  Simply follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.

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The Wild Robot Escapes

This is the second time I've tried to blog about this book.  The first time they changed the release date on me.  It was so hard to wait to find out what happened to Roz the robot!  But the sequel to The Wild Robot is finally here!  [WARNING!  The synopsis of the second book definitely spoils the plot of the first.]

The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown (March 13, 2018)
Brown merely whetted readers’ appetites for adventure with the exploits of kind, brave Roz in The Wild Robot (2016), particularly given the robot’s dramatic departure from her island home. In this stellar sequel, Roz powers up, repaired and with memories intact, on a family farm, which she has been purchased to run. While she gives every appearance of being a normal robot, Roz constantly dreams of returning home. By speaking with animals, Roz gets word of her plight to a young goose named Brightbill, her adoptive son, and he flies to her rescue. With the help of the farmer’s children, Roz and Brightbill flee, but their success is far from assured. Wolves, watery expanses, bustling cities, and old enemies—the RECO robots—all stand in their way, and Brown’s protagonists confront each in exhilarating and heart-stopping ways. Warmth and gentleness course through the novel, even as dangers emerge. Roz isn’t programmed for violence, and the narrator acts as an honest and reassuring friend who periodically breaks from storytelling to explain difficult truths to young readers. The novel’s near-future setting gives rise to questions pertaining to the division between humans and machines as well as the idea that different isn’t the same as defective. [from Booklist

Who is excited?  Me!  Which thing am I excited about this time?  A Wrinkle in Time -- one of my favorite books of all time!  I'm getting ready to re-read that 1963 Newbery Medal-winning title because the much-anticipated, star-studded movie comes out this weekend!  Whatsit about?  Read on, my warriors.  Read on.

"Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg's classmate Calvin O'Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe."

Starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Zach Galifianakis.  Directed by Ava DuVernay.

Inspired by the 5 million people (many of them children) in 82 countries who participated in the 2017 Women’s March, this is a book that celebrates girls and women and equal rights for all!  Visit the author's official website to learn more about his book and the Women's March.

The Pink Hat by Andrew Joyner
Follow the journey of a pink hat that is swiped by a pesky cat, blown into a tree by a strong wind, and used as a cozy blanket for a new baby, then finally makes its way onto the head of a young girl marching for women’s equality. 
"This simple and cheerful tale suggests, with not an ounce of preachiness, values of care and comfort and the support women have for each other across generations." [The Washington Post]