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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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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

Who Would Win? Pizza or Jerry Pallotta?

Tough call.  Luckily, it's not an either-or situation!  Jerry Pallotta, author of the ridiculously popular (seriously, it's RIDICULOUS!) Who Would Win? series will be at Hoover Public Library on Tuesday, March 10, 2020!  You have the amazing opportunity to have Pizza with the Author at 5:30 p.m. on the Library Plaza.  We will also be hosting a series of fun afternoon activities inspired by his books.  Beginning at 4 p.m., you can engage in two games, a craft, and an interactive quiz in the Youth Program Room and Kid Zone!  You do not need to register to be part of either of these events.  You also don't have to commit to both events!  You can choose one, the other, or both.  We will be serving the pizza beginning at 5 p.m.  So, no matter what you choose, you will have access to a pizza dinner.  Hope to see you there!

Human vs T. Rex = Defeat the toothy dinosaur with dodgeballs!
Human vs Shark = Knock out those powerful shark teeth!

Team Bracelet = Create a bracelet that shows who you think would win.  Team Skunk? Team Honeybadger? Team T-Rex? Team Komodo Dragon!? You choose!

Pop Quiz = How many facts do YOU know about the animal competitors featured in Jerry's books?

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Leprechaun Science in the Homeschool Hub

Top o' the morning to you!  Our next Homeschool Hub will feature the Science Lady, Jan Mattingly!  She'll be at Hoover Public Library on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. demonstrating St. Patrick's Day Science that looks like magic.  This will include making rainbows, turning pennies into gold, and experimenting with the color green.  This will be a very popular program, so make sure you register sooner rather than later.  You can sign up online or by phone (205-444-7830) beginning 02/26/20.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld

It's twice as nice when you can blog about TWO books from one of your favorite picture book creators.

Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson's The Undefeated seemed to win all of the major youth book awards.  And well it should!  When I blogged about the book release back in April 2019, I predicted greatness.  And I had not even read the book yet!  Once I did, I began booktalking it anywhere and everywhere they would let me talk about books.  It's a book I think every person should read.  This ode to Black American triumph and tribulation is especially fitting for Black History Month. 

The title of that award-winning book was the inspiration for the title of this blog.  I want to highlight two excellent picture book biographies about two great African-American minds: Charles Henry Turner and Garrett Morgan.

These picture book biographies are definitely NOT for little kids.  They are a perfect way for teachers to introduce students to the creators before they tackle the crafted words.