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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

Roger Day Rocks the Library!

This year's first week of Summer Reading shows in the Library Theatre features the one and only Roger Day!  Sing and dance along to Roly Poly, Mosquito Burrito, and the rest of your favorites.  And remember that you can find Roger Day at the Hoover Public Library every single day!  We have his CDs in the PERFORMERS section of the Kid Zone music collection, and we have his DVDs under ROG in the Kid Zone's entertainment movie collection.

Roger Day
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
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!

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Brian Pinkney Rocks!

When you looked at your summer reading log, did you recognize the artistic style of Brian Pinkney?  He is an award-winning illustrator with two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors, and a Coretta Scott King Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife (and collaborator) Andrea Davis Pinkney and their two children. He is also the son of another amazing illustrator, Jerry Pinkney. Find Brian's books at Hoover Public Library and add them to you summer reading list!  Here's a small sampling of what you'll find.

Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Describes the life, dancing, and choreography of Alvin Ailey, who created his own modern dance company to explore the black experience.

Cendrillon : A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci
J  398.2  CIN
A Creole variant of the familiar Cinderella tale set in the Caribbean and narrated by the godmother who helps Cendrillon find true love.

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Andrea Davis Pinkney
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.

Ella Fitzgerald : The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa by Andrea Davis Pinkney
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician in the voice of "Scat Cat Monroe."

Hush, Little Baby by J. Brian Pinkney
E  782.4215 PIN
An illustrated version of the traditional folk song in which a father promises the world to his restless baby daughter. 

Let's Clap, Jump, Sing, & Shout; Dance, Spin, and Turn It Out! : Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood collected by Patricia C. McKissack
J  305.896  MCK
Find a partner for hand claps such as "Eenie, Meenie, Sassafreeny," or form a circle for games like "Little Sally Walker." Gather as a family to sing well-loved songs like "Amazing Grace" and "Oh, Freedom," or to read aloud the poetry of such African American luminaries as Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. And snuggle down to enjoy classic stories retold by the author, including Aesop's fables and tales featuring Br'er Rabbit and Anansi the Spider.

Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and his strong voice and powerful message were joined and lifted in song by world-renowned gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. It was a moment that changed the course of history and is imprinted in minds forever. 

Max Found Two Sticks by J. Brian Pinkney
Although he doesn't feel like talking, a young boy responds to questions by drumming on various objects, including a bucket, hat boxes, and garbage cans.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Reading Lists for a Playlist Summer

Don't just listen to the music this summer . . . read it!  All of the titles on our 2018 Summer Reading lists feature music in some way.  And you don't have to be a musician to love them!  If you have a playlist, you'll also like these reading lists.  They can be found in this blog (obviously), in the Downloads section on the Kid Zone and Teen Spot webpages, and at the various desks/displays in the children's and teen departments.

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children, part of the American Library Assocation) has also put together a great group of summer reading lists.  There are four lists: birth-preschool, Kindergarten-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade.  You can access all four by clicking here.  We will also try to keep printed copies at our desks all summer long.

We need EVERYONE to prove that Libraries Rock! by signing up for this year's summer reading program!  Our children's program is available for birth through rising sixth grade, and our teen program is for rising seventh through twelfth grade.  Registration began Saturday, May 19, 2018 and continues through July 13, 2018.  To sign up, simply stop by a Kid Zone or Teen Spot desk.  You can sign up in the more traditional way and receive a paper reading log, OR you can register for our online program at   Every time you finish a book this summer, add the title and number of pages to your log. You'll earn a prize ticket at 200 pages, 500 pages, 1000 pages, and 1500 pages.  You also earn a prize ticket for every additional 1000 pages after your 1500-page goal.  You can keep reading and earning until you reach 10,000 pages.  The tickets can be exchanged for prizes in our Prize Booth, which opens Monday, June 4, 2018. Teens can also use their tickets to enter into drawings for larger prizes.  Check the summer reading display by the teen desk for specifics.  Children also have a chance to win something big!  Every child who reaches 500 pages will have their name entered into a drawing for a bicycle!  Important thing to remember in all the excitement -- summer reading is not a competition to see who reads the most or the fastest.  Read for fun and set a reading goal that's right for YOU!  The final day to redeem for prizes is August 3, 2018.  

NEVER TOO YOUNG FOR SUMMER READING!  Do you want your littlest one to participate in Summer Reading, but are less-than-eager to log all the pages?  We have an activity log option for our youngest summer readers!  If your child is younger than four, stop by the desk to find out more!

Don't forget to watch our official Carpool Karaoke summer reading commericial!  

Summer Reading is almost here, and the theme is music!  What a perfect time to take a look at our Kid Zone music collection!  We have so many great CDs to get you grooving this summer.  The music is shelved directly behind the Kid Zone's main desk.  It is divided into sections to make browsing a bit easier.

If it has a pink label on the side, it is a new CD.  Take a look to see what's fresh in the kiddie music industry.

Find your favorite Disney songs in this section.

Learn something new as you listen to fun songs.

Find music featuring your favorite non-Disney characters.

This is filled with classic kid tunes and movement CDs.

Find music to fuel your faith.

Listen to soothing music as you drift off to dreamland.

Discover amazing music from around the world featuring many different languages.

Find all the musicians we'll be having at the library this summer -- Roger Day, Rolie Polie Guacamole, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, and Koo Koo Kanga Roo -- plus your other favorite singers.

Listen to the songs from your favorite movies and TV shows.

Who doesn't love Kidz Bop?!

Prefer to listen to tunes online?  Take a look at our downloadable music collection via Hoopla.