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Kidzone

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.

Did you know about our Teletales?
Call 205-444-7838 to hear a new story every week read by a different Hoover Library staff member.

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 a Little TomFoolery?

We have a brand-new-to-Hoover-Public-Library performer for our first week of summer shows in The Library Theatre!  TomFoolery is based out of Nashville, TN, and he is ready to wow Alabama with his juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, and balancing acts.  There will be lots of high energy comedy and friendly antics.  Don't miss it!

TomFoolery Juggling Extravaganza
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

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Lost in the Sun

Lisa Graff has really hit it out of the ballpark this time.  Her new novel, Lost in the Sun, "tackles issues of loss, isolation, and rage without apology" and "offers stunning insight into boyhood and humanity."  It has received starred reviews in every single major publishing journal -- Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal.  I cannot wait to read it!

Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can’t get rid of. Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he’s not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is. Trent could even join the baseball team, if he wants to. If only Trent could make that fresh start happen. It isn’t until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little—the girl with the mysterious scar across her face—that things begin to change. Because fresh starts aren’t always easy. Even in baseball, when a fly ball gets lost in the sun, you have to remember to shift your position to find it.

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Katiem

Team Up with LEGO Superheroes!

You love LEGO bricks. You love superheroes. What happens when you combine those two loves? You get LEGO Superheroes at the Hoover Public Library!  There will be LEGO mini-figure launching, a chance to build something MARVELous, and that's just the beginning.  Registration is open for all three events.  Choose the one that's right for you!  You can sign up online by clicking on the blue time slot.  You can also call us at 444-7830.

LEGO Superheroes (Grades 1-3)
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

LEGO Superheroes (Grades 1-3)
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m

LEGO Superheroes (Grades 4-6)
Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

This week's informational booklist honors the heroes who have served our country in times of peace and war. Read these True Tales of the Military.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.  Click here to watch hilarious booktalks featuring Miss Katie Jane and Mr Jeremy.)

  1. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Military Alphabet by Chris L. Demarest
  2. Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert by Doris Fisher
  3. Army Delta Force by Nick Gordon
  4. Army Rangers by Carlos Alvarez
  5. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.: Air Force General & Tuskegee Airmen Leader by Sari Earl
  6. Coast Guard by Simon Rose
  7. Count On Us: American Women in the Military by Amy Nathan
  8. Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone
  9. Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
  10. Dolphins in the Navy by Meish Goldish
  11. Elite Forces Selection by Jack Montana
  12. Everything Battles by John Perritano & James Spears
  13. The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage by Walter Dean Myers
  14. The Kids’ Guide to Military Vehicles by Lisa M. B. Simons
  15. Mayday! Mayday!: A Coast Guard Rescue by Chris L. Demarest
  16. Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat by Mike Ritland

Our SUPER-HUGE superhero summer reading kick-off party is almost here!  Join us for HERO-CON on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.  This after-hours event is FREE!  It's for all ages and spreads throughout the entire library.  The night of the event you'll receive a copy of The Daily Planet to help you navigate our world of heroes, but here's a sneak peek to help you plan ahead.


DC COMICS on THE THEATRE LEVEL

  • Discover your superhero potential with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and more!
  • Batman will take over the Library Theatre stage with Batmobile Training, a Bat Signal craft, and a couple of games that put you face-to-face with Mr. Freeze and The Penguin.  Batgirl and The Joker will also be part of the action.  WARNING!  The Joker will be rolling through with a cart of treats.  Eat them if you dare.
  • Complete a series of strength and speed challenges with Superman and Supergirl in the Meeting Rooms.  Lois Lane, ace reporter, will also be on the scene.  WARNING!  Lois Lane is trying to protect Superman from his only weakness.  Help her by eating the Kryptonite on her food cart.
  • Wonder Woman will wow you with Invisible Jet manufacturing and test flights.  You'll also get a chance to design your own bullet-stopping bracelets.
  • Try to lay your eyes on The Flash.  He's fast, so you'll have your work cut out for you.


MARVEL COMICS UNIVERSE on THE LIBRARY PLAZA

  • Official photo op with members of the Avengers!  Meet and greet and take a picture with Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow on The Library Plaza stage.
  • Conduct experiments in Bruce Banner's Lab (formerly the Reading Room).  DO NOT try to make him HULK out!
  • Weather alert in the News Stand!  Create and capture a tornado with Storm from the X-Men.
  • Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Baby Groot will rock out with you at our Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Party in Coffee-ol-ogy!


SPIDER-MAN'S WEB in THE TEEN SPOT

  • Meet and pose with Spider-Man!
  • Join Team Spidey in their quest to Silly String the Villains!  Each kid receives one web slinger (can of silly string) to help fulfill their mission.
  • Hone your spidey senses with the Spider-Man Wall Crawl.
  • The villain Electro is on the loose . . . and on a roll.  Are you brave enough to sample the snacks on his cart?
  • Show the world you HEART Spider-Man when you make a bottle cap necklace.


TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, BUZZ LIGHTYEAR, BIG HERO 6, and THE INCREDIBLES in THE KID ZONE

  • Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael will make an appearance, but NOT all at once.  They are busy fighting crime, people!
  • Eat their favorite ninja turtle treat -- PIZZA! -- then feed the turtles at the Pizza Toss game.
  • Glow-in-the-dark Teenage Mutant Ninja Eggs!
  • Navigate the Star Command Course with Buzz Lightyear.
  • Rootin' tootin' Jessie will help you turn into a three-eyed alien.  You will be eternally grateful.
  • Meet and greet Baymax and Hiro in the Program Room!  Maybe you'll even get to fist bump.  Balalalala.
  • Experience good old-fashioned Bot Fighting and Baymax Bowling.
  • Catch Go Go as she speeds by with a cart of delicious discs.
  • Mr. Incredible will be here.  Being incredible!
  • Syndrome will take a break from bad guy duties to play a game of Robot Rampage in the Prechool Room.


SUMMER READING REGISTRATION with THE AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D. at THE CIRCULATION DESK

  • If you haven't signed up for summer reading yet, you can do that at HERO-CON!
  • Kids, teens, and even adults can register for summer reading.  The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are here to help.

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