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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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Kidzone Blog

The Boovs Have Invaded

My mom kept asking me if I'd seen the previews for the new animated movie Home.  I told her I'd only seen a teaser that conveyed absolutely no plot line whatsoever, but that the animation style looked good.  So she kept asking me.  And I kept giving the same response.  Finally, I decided to do a little research (I am a librarian, after all), and I discovered something unexpected and exciting.  Home is based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.  I read that book!  I thought that book was super funny!  And now it's a movie!  Thanks, Mom!

There is now a sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday.  It is called Smek for President!  (Yes, the exclamation point is officially part of the title.)

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Storybook Brunch: Forecast Says Fun!

It's time for another Storybook Brunch, and the Forecast Says Fun!  Join Miss Anna Beth for a weather-themed storytime this Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  You won't be singing "rain, rain, go away."  You'll be singing (and dancing) "rain, rain come to play!"  This storytime also includes a breakfast snack -- mini muffins and juice.  No registration required.  Simply follow the stars to fun!

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We Need Your Talent!

It's almost time for our third annual talent show at Hoover Public Library.  Hoover Has Talent will hit the Library Theatre on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Anyone is welcome to watch, but we need some kids showcasing their talents on stage.  That's where YOU come in!  We are accepting applications now.  Print the form or pick one up at the desk in the Kid Zone.  Applications must be submitted by April 6.  

Wangari Maathai was an amazing woman.  She founded the Green Belt Movement, an "environmental organization that empowers communities (particularly women) to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods," in Kenya 1977.  In 2004, she was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  Her life is an inspiration.  Why not find out more about Wangari Maathai this Women's History Month?  There are several wonderful books about her in the Kid Zone.

Today is the first day of spring!  That makes it the perfect day to announce my good news.  Jeanne Birdsall's beloved Penderwicks series will now be four books long.  Penderwicks in Spring will be published on Monday, March 23, 2015.  "Springtime is finally arriving on Gardam Street, and with it comes all the joyful chaos of the Penderwicks. The brood has grown to six with the addition of Lydia, the new youngest sibling, and there are surprises in store for all. Some surprises are just wonderful, like Nick Geiger coming home from war. And some are ridiculous, like Batty’s new dog-walking business, which has resulted in her spending an inordinate amount of time with Duchess, a very fat dachshund, and Cilantro, a wrinkled shar-pei with a bark like a lovelorn tuba. Batty is saving up her dog-walking money for an extra-special surprise for her family, which she plans to present on her upcoming birthday. The timing is perfect: Rosalind will be home from college, Skye and Jane will put their bothersome teenage worries aside to celebrate, and Jeffrey, honorary Penderwick and Batty’s musical mentore, will be visiting from Boston. But when an unwelcome surprise arrives, the best-laid plans fall apart. Filled with all the heart, hilarity, and charm that have come to define this beloved clan, The Penderwicks in Spring is about fun and family and friends (and dogs), and what happens when you bring what’s hidden into the bright light of the spring sun."

Find the other three titles in the Kid Zone under J  BIR.  These make great family read-alouds!

  1. The Penderwicks
  2. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
  3. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette