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Kidzone Blog

Harry Potter Birthday Bash

Have you heard about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?  It's a play about Harry as an adult.  It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.  The play will debut in London on July 30, 2016.  The bound script will go on sale to the public on July 31.  It's pretty big news in the world of Harry Potter.  But I have even BIGGER news.  The Hoover Public Library will be hosting a Harry Potter Birthday Bash on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 4 p.m.  Yes, it is a celebration of his new book, but it is also in honor of both Harry's birthday and his first book.  Our party will take you back to Harry's first year entering Hogwarts.  Get ready to reminisce as you visit Ollivander's Wand Shop, Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions, Flourish & Blotts Bookseller, Gringotts Bank, The Magical Menagerie, and more!  Many of your favorite characters -- like Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid -- will be helping you have fun and eat cake.  And, of course, you are welcome to dress up too!  You do not have to register for this event.  Simply follow the stars to receive your official Hogwarts letter and begin your wizarding journey.

If you'd like to check out the new book on the day it comes out, you'll need to add your name to the waiting list.  We are buying lots of copies, but lots of people want to read it.  So don't delay!

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Historic Hot Dogs

Have you celebrated National Hot Dog Month yet?  Well, get on it!  These books are a good place to start.  And, before you ask . . . yes.  Of course hot dogs can be historic!  Here's the proof.

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog by Adrienne Sylver (2010)
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Garnished with hilarious illustrations and amazing "food" facts, this kid-friendly, globe spanning history of our favorite fast-food meal offers unique insight into America's multicultural heritage. From a hobo's franks-and-beans to astronaut food, there's more to the wiener--and what's for dinner--than you think.

Hot Dog!: Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic by Leslie Kimmelman (2014)
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In June of 1939, British monarchs King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit America, the first visit ever by reigning British royalty. As part of the festivities, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt hosts an all-American picnic that includes hot dogs, a menu item that shocks some people.

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Doktor Kaboom is making an explosive return to the Hoover Library Theatre stage!  His blend of theatre arts and scientific exploration will keep you riveted with interest and rolling with laughter.  Join us for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain.  REMEMBER!  This is the final week of performers for Summer Reading 2016! 

Doktor Kaboom
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 28, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

Inspired by the show?  Try one of these books!
The Story of Science by Anna Claybourne & Adam Larkum
What’s Science All About? by Alex Frith

If you're nuts about sport stats, this new series is for you!  There are four titles in Capstone's Pro Sports by the Numbers series, and each one is packed with charts, tables, timelines and other colorful infographics that give you an in-depth look at your favorite professional sport.  Find them in the nonfiction section of the Kid Zone.

No, not MY gym teacher!  Or any gym teacher in Hoover (so don't get any weird ideas).  That's just the name to the sequel of My Brother Is a Superhero.  Isn't it cool how the first book tied-in with Summer Reading 2015 and the second with Summer Reading 2016?!

My Gym Teacher Is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons
When Luke's annoying older brother became a superhero instead of him, Luke thought he couldn't get any more disgruntled-- until his friend Lara became a superhero, too. Now Luke's feeling totally left out; even his best friend gets mad at him when Luke's attempts at crime-solving without superpowers go terribly awry. So when Luke discovers an alien plot to overthrow the world, he's got nobody to turn to who'll listen...nobody but his sworn enemy. Luke will have to put on his big-boy Daredevil underpants and find out what heroes and villains are truly made of.



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.