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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.

Recent Book Reviews

Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair
A Mutiny in Time
Starry River of the Sky
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School
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

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Attention college football fans!  On the official first day of the season, neither Alabama or Auburn have a game.  Yes, I know YOU already know that.  But I didn't.  So I included that information for other clueless people like me who might be reading this blog.  Because everyone is going to want to know about what Hoover Public Library is planning on that day.  Catch a couple of classic sports movies, eat hot dogs, and make a fun football craft at Kickoff Classics on Saturday, August 24, 2019.  We'll be showing Air Bud: Golden Receiver (G) at 10:30 a.m. and Little Giants (PG) at 2 p.m. in the Library Theatre.  In between, we'll be serving hot dogs and making team spirit football pennants in the meeting rooms across the hall.  We will have team colors for all the SEC schools as well as Spain Park and Hoover High School.  You don't need a ticket to be part of this sporting event.  Simply use the stairs or elevator in the lobby to go down to the first floor.  The Library Theatre will be down the hall on the right.

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The Birds Are Still Angry

The flightless birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes. 

The new movie hits the big screen this weekend.  Want to refresh your memory about the first Angry Birds movie?  Check it out from the Kid Zone.  Look for J ANG DVD and J ANG BLURAY.

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For Whom the Ball Rolls

How many times this summer did a kid ask me where the Dog Man books were?  I would estimate . . . a bajillion.  So I know there will be a lot of happy readers out there because the seventh book in the series came out this week.  It's enough to make you howl.  Both literally and with laughter.

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey (August 13, 2019)
The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li'l Petey. But when Petey's own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good.

Do you know the song Big Girls Don't Cry by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons?  It is so catchy.  And so high.  And so WRONG.  Of course girls cry sometimes.  Big girls, small girls, all girls.  And what about boys?  Do they cry?  You better believe it.

Big Boys Cry by Jonty Howley
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It's Levi's first day at a new school, and he's scared. His father tries to comfort Levi by telling him "Big boys don't cry." Though the father immediately understands his misstep, he can't find the words to comfort his son, and Levi leaves for school, still in need of reassurance.  Fortunately, along his walk to school, Levi sees instance after instance of grown men openly expressing their sadness and fear. His learned mantra, "Big boys don't cry," slowly weakens, and by the time he's at school he releases a tear. Once he's there, things aren't so bad after all, and on his walk home he sees everyone he's encountered earlier, feeling better now that they expressed their emotions. Upon his arrival home, he finds his father waiting for him on their porch, tears in his eyes. His father is able to admit that he was scared and the two embrace, closer than before.

Jonty Howley's gorgeous debut paints the world we wish existed for our boys, and offers a path there! This story is the truest interpretation of the notion that we should "let boys be boys": let them express the full range of their emotions, vulnerable parts and all!

The first Sunday in August is your chance to show your appreciation for that unique bond only sisters can understand.  August 4, 2019 is National Sisters Day!  My sister Laurie, AKA the Goose, will definitely be getting a call from me when I get off work today.  She's a librarian and a former tennis player, so I know she'll appreciate the book I'm highlighting for this holiday's blog.

Sisters: Venus and Serena Williams by Jeanette Winter (04/02/19)
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Before they were famous tennis stars, Venus and Serena Williams were sisters with big dreams growing up in Compton, California. In the early mornings, they head to the tennis courts, clean up debris, and practice. They compete in their first tournament and they both win. From there, the girls’ trophy collection grows and grows. Despite adversity and health challenges, the sisters become two of the greatest tennis players of all time. This inspiring story of sisterhood, hard work, and determination is perfect for budding athletes or any young reader with a big dream.

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