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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


If you haven't heard of The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz, it's quite possible you've been spending your summer under a rock.  The book has been the most requested title of Summer Reading 2015.  We own 15 copies, and there's still a waiting list!  Why is it so popular?  It features the teenaged children of Disney's most evil villains -- Maleficent, Cruella, Jafar, the Evil Queen -- and it has already been turned into a Disney movie called Descendants.  If you haven't seen the movie on TV yet, you can catch it on DVD beginning July 31.  To add your name to either waiting list, click on the blue title.   

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You Do the Math

Do you think that math was designed to torment kids?  Do you need proof that math is awesome?  Really awesome?  Take a look at these books in the You Do the Math series by Hilary Koll and Steve Mills!  Find all four under the call number J  510  KOL  GRAPHIC NOVEL.

  • Design a Skyscraper
    Find out what it takes to build high in the sky. Follow each stage of the project and complete the math exercises to build one of the world's tallest buildings!
  • Fly a Jet Fighter
    Take to the skies on a mission to be the best fighter pilot! Follow each stage of the mission and complete the math exercises to create your squadron of jet fighter aces!
  • launch a rocket into space
    Blast off on a mission to Launch a Rocket into Space! Follow each stage of the mission and compete the math exercises to make sure your rocket blasts clear of the atmosphere and returns safely!
  • Solve a Crime
    Collect the clues to become an amazing super-sleuth! Follow each stage of the case and complete the math exercises to track down and catch the criminal.
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The Hindenburg

The newest title in The 39 Clues: Doublecross series is called Mission Hindenburg.  I know you're a huge fan of the series, and you don't want to wait any longer before devouring the next installment.  But do you have any background knowledge about this historical disaster?  Maybe you should read one of these books first.

Looking for a project to fill your final days of summer?  Look no further than How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons by Robert Blofield.  Learn how to write, direct, and edit your own film without a Hollywood budget.  As the title promises, the book focuses on ten skills you'll need to develop:

  1. Find Inspiration
  2. Turn Your Idea into a Script
  3. Visualize Every Shot
  4. Plan, Plan, Plan!
  5. Camera Work
  6. Lighting and Sound
  7. Be a Confident Director
  8. Editing Your Film
  9. Show Off Your Film
  10. Keep on Filming!

Each skill is broken down into smaller lessons that include tons of helpful hints, handy tips, and "WOW" factors for storyboards, shooting scripts, camera rigs, cutaways, and more!  And the book's spiral binding makes it easy to keep it open to the most helpful page.  Highly recommended for movie maker enthusiasts!

Make sure you turn in your reading logs by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.   When the vault door closes, it won't re-open until next summer.  We will draw names for the bike and the four teen grand prizes first thing Wednesday morning.