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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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Book Bites: Fiction Vs Nonfiction

In this epic showdown, everyone is a winner!  Miss Traci and Miss Becky will be showcasing some of their favorite titles at this month's book club for elementary students.  Get ready to sample books, eat snacks, and have fun!  Book Bites: Fiction Vs Nonfiction will meet Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 3 p.m. in the Youth Program Room at the end of the starred hallway.  They'll take turns booktalking some amazing books, both imaginative and factual.  Then YOU can check them out to read for yourself!  You do not have to read anything ahead of time to be part of the club.  And you don't have to register to attend.

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Chasing King's Killer

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  April 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination.  There are lots of great new books being published, but these two particularly caught my attention.  They also caught the attention of the Washington Post.

Chasing King's Killer by James L. Swanson (January 2, 2018)
As he did in Chasing Lincoln’s Killer and “The President Has Been Shot!”, Swanson offers an absorbing chronicle of the lead-up to and aftermath of the assassination of an American leader. After a concise account of King’s upbringing in a close-knit, religious Atlanta family and a childhood lived under Jim Crow, Swanson tracks his speedy ascent to becoming the “beloved living, breathing symbol” of the civil rights movement. Photographs, extensive quotations from a variety of sources (press reports, King’s writings and speeches, court records), and other documentation (including a previously unpublished letter from J. Edgar Hoover that underscores the FBI’s harassment of King) provide an immediate look at his pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, lunch-counter sit-ins, and the 1963 March on Washington. Just as compelling is Swanson’s insight into the background of King’s enigmatic killer, escaped convict James Earl Ray. The details of Ray’s efforts to transform and disguise his appearance, the planning of the assassination, and his flight from authorities are riveting and disturbing. [from Publisher Weekly]
Watch this short video and see the author promote the book.

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney (January 2, 2018)
The grim task of writing about Dr. King’s assassination is handled with great tenderness by this husband-and-wife team. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s 39 poems sing, exhort, console, and illuminate. She explains the strike by sanitation workers that brought King to Memphis (“Come,/ please come./ The strikers need you”), describes King’s exhaustion, and celebrates his prophetic last speech (“I’ve seen the promised land,” he says. “I may not get there with you”). Brian Pinkney paints with gentle, rounded strokes, alternating portraits with atmospheric, abstract washes. He shows King adjusting the knot of his tie on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, his gaze distant. Suddenly, there’s a “Pop!” Deep emotion finds expression in impassioned bursts: “Angry fists alight with fire!/ Smashing glass!” The fairy tale hen, Henny Penny, appears throughout to warn and comfort in anguished moments: “She tries, oh, she tries/ to fly/ in the bullet’s face.” In the end, King’s legacy offers redemption and hope: “And with love, we all shall rise.” Written with an eye toward choral reading, this is a unique and remarkable resource. [from Publisher Weekly]
Watch this short video to hear the author and illustrator promote the book.

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Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead to Magnet Mania

Our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead event is only a couple of weeks away.  Can you feel the pull?  That's because our theme is magnets!  Magnet Mania is geared for 8 to 12-year olds and will feature magnetic slime, magnet mazes, and painting with magnets.  The fun will commence on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 4 p.m.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).  After the event, swing by the nonfiction shelves in the Kid Zone to learn even more about magnets.  Look for Dewey Decimal number 538.

Meet Ferdinand and the Matador who wants to fight him this Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.  You'll also get a chance to compete against Ferdinand in Bee Sting Dodge Ball, use your horns to fight the Matador and try to take his fancy cape, and test your aim at Flower Ring Toss around Ferdinand's horns.  Don't forget to make tissue paper flowers and a Ferdinand the Bull flower pot to hold them.  And sample some foods of Spain while you enjoy the 1938 animated short The Story of Ferdinand.  No need to register for this event.  Simply follow the stars to have fun and smell the flowers.

This year's list highlights the wonders of the natural world and the wondrous creations of humankind.  Access a printable list by clicking here.

42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero by Doreen Rappaport
Amazing Makerspace series by Kristina Holzweiss
     ​​​* Basic Machines     * Electricity     * Fliers     * Movers
Apex Predators: The World’s Deadliest Hunters, Past and Present
by Steve Jenkins
Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books by Michelle Markel
Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle by Deborah Lee Rose & Jane Veltkamp
Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
The Big Earth Book by Mark Brake
Blast Back! series by Nancy Ohlin
     * The Civil Rights Movement     * The Space Race     * The Statue of Liberty
Books! Books! Books!: Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library by Mick Manning & Brita Granström
Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story by Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace
Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle
Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México by Duncan Tonatiuh
Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton & Victo Ngai
Dinosaur Atlas: Amazing Facts, Fold-Out Maps and Life-Size Fossils by Anne Rooney & James Gilleard
Dogs: From Predator to Protector by Andy Hirsch
Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece by Marc Harshman & Anna Egan Smucker
Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today by Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson
Feel the Beat: Dance Poems That Zing from Salsa to Swing by Marilyn Singer
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry by Danna Smith
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers
How Animals Build by Lonely Planet Kids
How to Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy
How to Survive as a Firefly by Kristen Foote
I Am Sacagawea by Brad Meltzer
If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris
Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd by Mary Losure
John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister