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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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Kidzone Blog

A Whole New World

The original animated classic Aladdin came out in 1992, when I was 12 years old.  Did I become obsessed?  Yes.  Did I drive everyone crazy singing the songs?  No.  But only because EVERYBODY was doing the same thing.  (In fact, my school's choral program performed a very popular medley of tunes from the movie.  There was a pretty stiff competition over who would get to sing the two solos in A Whole New World.)  There were also tons of folks trying to out-quote each other using the genie's lines.  Robin Williams -- what a genius!

Now, the live-action remake Aladdin is hitting the big screen.  I'm excited . . . and also terrified.  When you love something so much, especially if it played a huge role in your youth, it's hard to see it changed in any way.  You may see it before I do.  Summer Reading, as I'm sure you can imagine, is a busy time for me.  Let me know what you think.  That way I'll be One Jump Ahead.

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Rocket Science & Laser Tag

Summer Reading programming begins the first week of June.  And registration begins this week for two awesome experiences: one for kids and one for teens.

Summer STEAM: The Science Lady presents Rocket Science
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 4 pm

Jan Mattingly, our favorite local scientist, is back for demonstrations and hands-on experiments that explore aerospace engineering.  Kids 6-12 years old can register online or by phone (444-7830) beginning 05/23.

Battle Royale Laser Tag
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7 pm

This after-hours event turns the library into a Fortnite laser tag arena.  And, yes, there will be pizza.  Teens ages 12-18 can register online or by phone (444-7826) beginning 05/24.  All teens must bring a signed waiver to participate.

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Take Me to Your Reader

Summer Reading 2019 has officially begun!  To register and keep track of your books online, go to hooverlibrary.beanstack.org.  To register and keep track of your books on paper, stop by a desk in the Kid Zone or Teen Spot.  We're logging pages again this year.  You will receive a prize ticket at 200, 500, 1000, and 1500 pages and every 1000 pages after that (5500 page limit).  Prize room opens June 3, 2019.  This year's theme is A Universe of Stories, so we think lots of folks will want to read books about space.  Find the book that's right for you on one of our summer reading lists.  Click on the blue to access a printable list.  Remember, these are just suggestions.  You can read absolutely any book you want during Summer Reading.

book list for Preschool-Second Grade
book list for Third-Sixth Grade
book list for Seventh-Twelfth Grade
book list for Nonfiction

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) also puts together some quality reading lists.  There are four options: birth-preschool, Kindergarten-Grade 2, Grade 3-5, and Grade 6-8.

This summer, in a library not so far away . . . STAR WARS. [Cue the John Williams soundtrack.]

The Force is strong at this year's summer reading kick-off event.  Episode Fun will take over the entire walk-on floor of the Hoover Public Library on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.  Like the franchise that inspired it, this party will be BIG.  Here's a quick guide to the galaxy to help make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun.

It's book #4!  Will there be more?  If you're a reader also obsessed with games, you'll hope the answer is yes.

Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game by Chris Grabenstein (May 7, 2019)
Greetings, boys and girls, gamers of all ages--are you ready to play Mr. Lemoncello's BIGGEST, most dazzling game yet? After months of anticipation, Mr. Lemoncello is taking his games out of the library and going LIVE across the nation on the world-famous Kidzapalooza Television Network! Everyone's invited to audition, but only a lucky few will be chosen to compete in front of millions of viewers in a brand-new, completely immersive live-action breakout game--with real kids as the playing pieces! Kyle Keeley is determined to be one of them.

Each of the winning teams must make it through five different rooms in Mr. Lemoncello's fantastic new Fictionasium by solving a puzzle to unlock each room and, in the end, break out of the library! But nothing is ever as it seems with Mr. Lemoncello, and the surprises in store just might stump even the game master himself. Can Kyle break out of his own expectations--and win Mr. Lemoncello's ultimate game show?

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