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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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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
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The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
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Kidzone Blog

Picture Books That Inspire Joy and Encourage Play

The Classroom Bookshelf, a School Library Journal blog, is one of my favorite resources.  Their mission statement says it all.  "Our mission here is twofold: to review the most recent works of children’s and young adult literature and to provide you with a variety of ideas and resources to help you incorporate these texts into your K-12 classroom teaching."  A post from September, Picture Books That Inspire Joy and Encourage Play, seemed a perfect match for this bustling holiday season.  We're so busy, we often don't take time to have fun.  And we're so stressed that joy seems an impossibility.  Read the post, then find the titles at Hoover Public Library.  And then, my friends, experience JOY.

Joy by Corrinne Averiss
High Five by Adam Rubin
The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood

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2019 ALSC Graphic Novel Reading Lists

My mom has a new favorite phrase.  I hear her say it at least once every time I talk to her.  When we took a road trip to see family in Illinois this August, I heard it a lot.  A LOT!  What is this favorite phrase?  It's a thing.

Guess what?  Graphic novels?  It's a thing.  Actually, it's THE thing right now.  And, while kids love them, many adults are still trying to figure them out.  I'm here to help.  Not because I'm some graphic novel expert . . . because I'm not.  I'm trying to figure them out, too!  But the Assocation for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, has issued their 2019 Graphic Novel Lists.  There are three printable lists: Gr K-2, Gr 2-5, and Gr 6-8.  Use them to help your kids find books at the library.  Or use them to find the perfect surprise for your graphic novel reader this holiday season.

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Stories with Santa

'Twas the week before Christmas, and Santa appears
to tell Christmas stories to all who will hear.

Let St. Nick entertain your family at Santa Stories on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  The jolly old elf will be on the Library Plaza for stories and a sing-along.  Can you have your picture taken with Santa?  Absolutely!  Will you get a chance to decorate cookies?  Of course!  You know how much Santa loves cookies!  Not sure how to find the Plaza?  Follow the main hallway and take a right about halfway down.  You'll see a change in flooring and a large overhead sign to help you find your way.

The big-headed biographies (you know which ones I'm talking about) continue to captivate.  The Who HQ titles for 2019 have been especially stellar.  Take a look and see if any of these books would make a good gift for your young reader this holiday season.

What Is NASA? by Ted Hammond
What Is the Stanley Cup? by Gail Herman
What Is the Story of Doctor Who? by Gabriel P. Cooper
What Is the Story of Frankenstein? by Sheila Keenan
What Is the Story of Hello Kitty? by Kirsten Anderson
What Is the Story of Scooby-Doo? by M.D. Payne
What Is the Story of the Wizard of Oz? by Kirsten Anderson
What Is the Story of Wonder Woman? by Steven Korté
What Was Stonewall? by Nico Medina
What Was the Berlin Wall? by Nico Medina
What Was the Vietnam War? by Jim O'Connor

Happy birthday to you.  Happy birthday to you.  Happy birthday, Alabama!  Happy birthday to you.

That's right!  Our state is having a major milestone birthday this month, and we want to celebrate!  Join us for Happy Birthday, Alabama! on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  We'll be celebrating the state bicentennial (that's 200 years!) with a birthday party featuring classic games (like pin the tail on the donkey and egg racing), face painting, and cupcake decorating.  No need to RSVP to this birthday bash.  Simply follow the stars to the Kid Zone.

Want to continue celebrating our state after the party?  Check out one of the books featured in our Alabama Bicentennial list.

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