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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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Cat Kid Comic Club

What's new from the creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants?  CAT KID COMIC CLUB!  Get a sneak peek before you read it.  And once you're done?  Take a look at the official website for ideas about making your own comics!

Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey (12/01/2020)
Li'l Petey, Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the progress, mistakes, and improvements that come with practice and persistence.  Squid Kid and KatydidBaby Frog SquadMonster Cheese Sandwich, and Birds Flowers Trees: A Haiku Photo Comic are just some of the mini-comics that are included as stories-within-the-story, each done in a different style, utilizing humor and drama, prose and poetry, illustrated in different media including acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, felt-tip markers, clay, hand-made cardboard sculptures, photographs, pipe cleaners, construction paper collages, and cookies.  Readers of all ages will be inspired to dream up their own stories and unleash their own creativity as they dive into this new graphic novel adventure.

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December 1 is Rosa Parks Day!

Rosa Parks Day honors an American Civil Rights hero.  On December 1, 1955, after a long day of work, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She took her seat in the ‘colored’ section. As she rode the Cleveland Avenue bus home, the bus began to fill.  The Montgomery city ordinance allowed bus drivers to assign seating. However, it did not permit them to demand passengers give up their seats. Despite this, bus drivers customarily required black passengers to give up their seats to white passengers when public transportation became full.  When the bus driver asked Rosa Parks to give up her seat, she refused. Police arrested her, and what followed is Civil Rights history.  Learn more of her story with these books!

A Girl Named Rosa: The True Story of Rosa Parks by Denise Lewis Patrick (2018-ebook on Overdrive)
I Am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer (2014)
Little People, Big Dreams: Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser (2018-ebook on Overdrive)
My Itty-Bitty Bio: Rosa Parks by Emma E. Haldy (2016-ebook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
Rosa Parks by Kitson Jazynka (2015-ebook on Hoopla)
Rosa Parks: Activist for Equality by Grace Hansen (2016)
The Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Photographs by David Aretha (2014-ebook on Hoopla)
Who Was Rosa Parks? by Yona Zeldis McDonough (2010-ebook on Overdrive)

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Katiem's picture

Food for Thought

I still have food on the brain.  In more ways than one!  I'm also thinking about food books that feed your brain!  Here are four newer titles that both entertain and educate as they celebrate food!

Cooking together with your child is one of the most rewarding activities you can engage in.  True, you may be rushed and busy, especially during the holidays, but it's worth slowing down for just a few extra minutes to introduce your child to healthy food and its preparation.  Children of different ages exhibit varying degrees of skill in the kitchen, but for the most part, the average two-year-old can help:

Welcome to the final week of the Fall 2020 storytime season!  This week's theme is Thankul for Family & Food.  Access the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for THREE! crafts will be available for pickup in our Craft Cornucopia bags November 21-25.  (The library is closed November 26-27 for Thanksgiving.)  These supplies are on a first come, first served basis.  Remember, storytimes will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on each of these days.