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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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Call 205-444-7838 to hear a new story every week read by a different Hoover Library staff member.

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Kidzone Blog

Balloon Magic

DeWayne Reynolds (AKA Dr. Magical Balloons) is ready to wow you with Balloon Magic on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.   The good doctor uses balloon art to create the masks and props to bring book characters to colorful life.  He'll present a 30-minute show featuring two fractured fairytales by Jon Scieszka -- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and The Frog Prince, Continued.  Each child will enjoy refreshments and receive a balloon creation after the show.  No registration needed.  Simply follow the stars to the Program Room.

Find more balloon magic in these books!
The Amazing Air Balloon by Jean Van Leeuwen
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet
Experiments with Balloons by Robert Gardner
Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen 
Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward
The Sky Sailors: The True Story of the Balloon Era by David L. Bristow
Spy in the Sky by Kathleen Karr
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène Du Bois

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

March DVD Spinner -- Based on Books

Lots of our favorite books get turned into our favorite movies.  Find them easily during March 2015.  Here are just a few of the titles you'll find on our seasonal spinner.

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • The Borrowers
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Charlotte's Web
  • City of Ember
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Eragon
  • Flipped
  • Holes
  • How to Eat Fried Worms
  • Hugo
  • The Last Unicorn
  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Matilda
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • Sarah Plain and Tall
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • A Wrinkle in Time
Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Father Goose?

That's right!  Our Mother Goose storytime for one-year-olds is now called Father Goose.  Why?  Because Mr. Justin is back at Hoover and the featured storyteller for that program.  He has tons of storytime experience, plus he is a proud papa to a one-year-old son.  Father Goose will continue to be Tuesday mornings at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.  It features stories, songs, and snacks.  Weekly registration is required because class size is limited to 15 children.  You can sign up online or by phone beginning Wednesday mornings.  Here are some of Mr. Justin's upcoming themes:

The Kid Zone has some brand new books that will help you answer that question!

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the award-winning author of Becoming Naomi León, The Dreamer, and Esperanza Rising.  Her newest book, Echo, is a 592-page masterpiece that opens with a fairytale then relays the stories of three very different people -- Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California.  The connection that links them all together?  A magical harmonica.  Only a storyteller of Ryan's caliber would be able to pull that off.  I cannot wait to read it!