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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
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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Kidzone Blog

Spring Sips at Kid Lit Coffee Break

It's time for the spring edition of Kid Lit Coffee Break!  Adults who love children's literature can join me this Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 p.m. for a laid-back discussion of current kid lit trends, fueled by booktalks of recent releases . . . and coffee and desserts from East 59.  There will also be door prizes.  This group includes parents, teachers, librarians, and other book-minded adults, and we'd love for it to include you!  No need to RSVP.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone.

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Last Week of Storytime

Our final week of storytime is here.  Hope to see you at one of these!  And go ahead and get excited about our summer storytime series.  More info coming soon!

Together with Twos = Birthday Bash = Monday, April 23, 2018 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration required)
Story Lab = Messy Monday = Monday, April 23, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Mother Goose = Under the Sea = Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration required)
Early Birds = Baby Favorites = Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 10 a.m. (registration required)
Story Sprouts = Silly Stories = Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
ExploraStory = How Does Your Garden Grow? = Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
PJ Storytime = Libraries Rock = Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Movers & Shakers = Fun in the Sun = Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. (registration required)

BONUS!
Storytime Allstars is Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.  Join Miss Katie Jane for Super Smelly Fun!

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Staff Favorites at Book Bites

This Sunday, April 22, 2018 is our final Book Bites of the school year.  It will feature Staff Favorites.  Join Miss Traci and Mr Justin at 3 p.m. to hear about some of your favorite Kid Zone librarians' most-loved titles.  Maybe you'll add them to your summer reading list!  That is just around the corner.  Stay tuned for more information about that fun.  You might decide to read them right away.  After the booktalks, you're welcome to check out any of the books that sounded good to you.  You'll also get to eat a snack.  Book Bites is geared for Kindergarten to 5th grade.  No need to sign up for this event.  Simply follow the stars on Sunday.

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, 2018.  Celebrate with the latest book from a remarkable woman named April.  How appropriate!

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre (February 20, 2018)
Photographs of the natural world accompany a poem that gives thanks to the earth. The author/photographer of Raindrops RollBest in Snow, and Full of Fall has penned a lyrical thank you note to Earth illustrated with her signature photography. Close-ups featuring alluring shapes, patterns, and textures; seascapes and mountains; animals in action; and striking skies are varied and beautifully reproduced and arranged, with the text of the poem set directly on the pictures in large, legible print. “Dear earth,” she begins. “Thank you for water and those that float,/for slippery seaweed/and stone. Thank you for mountains and minerals,/that strengthen bills/and bone.” The carefully crafted verse, with its rhymes and repeated sounds, should be a pleasure to read aloud—Sayre’s skillful use of enjambment is notable, too. A long author’s note suggests ways that young people can say thank-you to the earth themselves that go beyond the usual. A list of selected resources and organizations and a welcome explanation (subject and location) of every photograph complete this attractive package. (from School Library Journal)

No, I'm not just referencing the weather.  I'm talking about the newest book in the Track series.

Sunny by Jason Reynolds (#3 -- April 10, 2018)
Sunny is just that—sunny. Always ready with a goofy smile and something nice to say, Sunny is the chillest dude on the Defenders team. But Sunny’s life hasn’t always been sun beamy-bright. You see, Sunny is a murderer. Or at least he thinks of himself that way. His mother died giving birth to him, and based on how Sunny’s dad treats him—ignoring him, making Sunny call him Darryl, never “Dad”—it’s no wonder Sunny thinks he’s to blame. It seems the only thing Sunny can do right in his dad’s eyes is win first place ribbons running the mile, just like his mom did. But Sunny doesn’t like running, never has. So he stops. Right in the middle of a race.

With his relationship with his dad now worse than ever, the last thing Sunny wants to do is leave the other newbies—his only friends—behind. But you can’t be on a track team and not run. So Coach asks Sunny what he wants to do. Sunny’s answer? Dance. Yes, dance. But you also can’t be on a track team and dance. Then, in a stroke of genius only Jason Reynolds can conceive, Sunny discovers a track event that encompasses the hard hits of hip-hop, the precision of ballet, and the showmanship of dance as a whole: the discus throw. As Sunny practices the discus, learning when to let go at just the right time, he’ll let go of everything that’s been eating him up inside, perhaps just in time.

BONUS!
There's a reading group guide if you want to share it with a class or book group.  Trust me, you'll want to share it.

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