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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

Library Hours for the Long Weekend

Wednesday, November 26     9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 27      CLOSED for THANKSGIVING
Friday, November 28           CLOSED for THANKSGIVING

Saturday, November 29        10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 30           2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday, December 1          CLOSED for STAFF DAY

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Upcoming Holiday Gift Workshop

Our Holiday Gift Workshop is back by popular demand!  First, second, and third graders can once again make and wrap their gifts away from their parents prying eyes.  The workshop will be Tuesday, December 10, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.  Registration begins TODAY.  Reserve your spot by signing up online or by calling the Kid Zone (444-7830).

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Ice Ice Baby

There's twice the ice in today's blog post.  That's because there are two wintry fiction books coming out tomorrow, November 25, 2014. 

  1. Whatever After: Cold as Ice by Sarah Mlynowski (#6)
    Brrrrrrrr. This fairy tale is FREEZING!  Even though my brother and I had decided to stay away from the magic mirror, our puppy had other plans — he bounded right in. What choice did we have but to go in after him?  When we land in a winter wonderland, we realize we must be in the story of The Snow Queen. And this fairy tale is nothing like the movie. This Snow Queen is super-mean, and she turns our dog into an ice sculpture!
    To get home we'll have to:  

    - Defrost our furry friend
    - Ride a very chatty reindeer
    - Learn to ice-skate
    - Escape from a band of robbers

    And if we're not careful . . . we could end up frozen ourselves!

  2. Recon Team Angel: Ice War by Brian Falkner (#3)
    February 2033. Things are not good. Recon Team Angel has been shut down, and if the alien forces manage to cross the frozen Bering Strait from Russia into Alaska, then humanity has lost the war. So far the aliens seem to be marshaling their resources, preparing for their invasion. But something isn’t right—at the control center, two Navy Seal teams have vanished without a trace. Did they lose their way on the ice? Or is something terrible happening? Recon Team Angel is secretly reinstated and authorized to investigate. What will they find in the frozen tundra? This could be their most chilling mission yet.

November 23, 2014 is Fibonacci Day. Who is Fibonacci? He discovered the pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two.  0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 . . . . This Fibonacci sequence is found throughout nature and is also heavily used in computer data storage and processing. Find out more about the man and the pattern with these two books, available in the Kid Zone.

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D'Agnese
Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell

Did you notice that the date of Fibonacci Day contains part of the Fibonacci Sequence?  Hint: November can be represented by the number eleven.

You may have noticed that the Kid Zone at the Hoover Public Library has a lot of books.  A LOT.  I've been here almost 15 years, and even I don't know every single title we have.  Proof?  The other day, while helping a teacher find books for her students, I stumbled upon an amazing nonfiction series that I had never seen before.  It's so stellar I decided to blog about it.  And here we are.  Each title in The Way It Was series starts with "Your Life as a" and focuses on the adventure and hardships of specific moments from history.  The premise is that the reader has been assigned a part in the school play.  The reader (that's YOU!) assumes the role and learns along the way.  There are seven books in the series.

  1. Your Life as a Cabin Attendant on the Titanic
  2. Your Life as a Cabin Boy on a Pirate Ship
  3. Your Life as a Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt
  4. Your Life as a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail
  5. Your Life as a Private on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  6. Your Life as a Settler in Colonial America
  7. Your Life as an Explorer on a Viking Ship

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