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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.

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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Your Ghostly Guide to Good Books

Most folks like a good ghost story, especially around Halloween.  Looking for something new to give you the chills?  These novels and graphic novels featuring ghosts are so good it's scary!

Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne (ebook on Overdrive)
Desmond Cole, Ghost Patrol: Escape from the Roller Ghoster by Andrew Miedoso
Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas by William Lashner (audiobook on Hoopla)
The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive, audiobook on Hoopla)
Ghost and Bone by Andrew Prentiss
Ghost Hog by Joey Weiser (ebook on Hoopla)
Ghost Hunter's Daughter by Dan Poblocki
The Ghost in Apartment 2R by Denis Markell
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive, audiobook on Hoopla)
Ghoulia and the Ghost with No Name by Barbara Cantini (ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
The Haunting of Henry Davis by Kathryn Siebel
The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
The Kingdom of Wrenly: A Ghost in the Castle by Jordan Quinn
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive & ebook on Hoopla)
Sauerkraut by Kelly Jones (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee (ebook on Overdrive)




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Story (Screen)Time: Just a Little Spooky

Welcome to the ninth week of the Fall 2020 storytime season!  This week's theme is Just a Little Spooky.  Access the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's craft and hands-on activity are part of our Full Moon Fun-tivities pack.  These packs will be available for pickup at the Kid Zone desk all week long!  Remember, storytimes will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on each of these days. 

Off We Grow - Tuesday, October 27
Join Miss Lindsay, Mr Justin, and Miss Emma for fingerplays, a story about a brave singing cowboy, and an eye-moving mummy craft.
Featured book = Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

Stories in Motion - Wednesday, October 28
Join Miss Anna Beth and Miss Alyssa for a move-along story about a brave old lady and some Koo Koo-style monster moves.
Featured book = The Little Old Lady Who Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams (audiobook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
Featured song = Monster Moves by Koo Koo Kanga Roo (Celebrate This! album)

Curious University - Thursday, October 29
Join Miss Traci and Miss Katie Jane for spooky facts, a hiccuping skeleton story, and an engineering project involving cotton swab bones.
Featured book = Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
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Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex (ebook on Hoopla)
The Big Book of Monsters by Hal Johnson (ebook on Hoopla)
Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell (ebook on Hoopla)
Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves (ebook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
I Want to Eat Your Books by Karin Lefranc (ebook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed by Denise Vega (ebook on Overdrive)
Monster and Son by David LaRochelle (ebook on Hoopla)
Peanut Butter and Brains by Joe McGee (ebook on Hoopla)
Trick or Treat: A Happy Haunter’s Halloween by Debbie Leppanen (ebook on Overdrive)

Don't forget to access the brand-new issue of Stroller Coaster, our early childhood newsletter!

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Virtual Field Trip: Bone Hall in the National Museum of Natural History

The National Museum of Natural History is located in Washington, D.C.  This Smithsonian Institution, like many museums during this time of pandemic, is closed to the public.  But you can tour their online galleries quite easily.  I highly recommend you explore Bone Hall, an exhibit devoted to a wide variety of skeletons. Many of the skeletons in the Bone Hall have been on view since 1881 and represent an unparalleled study collection of every major group of vertebrate animals.

Looking for a spooky read this October?  Prefer your scary story stars to be monsters?  Try one of these monstrously good new books!

October is Bat Appreciation Month!  These winged mammals are sometimes feared, but they shouldn't be!  They help control invasive insect populations, pollinate some of our favorite fruits, and navigate with echolocation.  Want to learn more facts that prove bats are awesome and deserve our respect?  Read one of these books!