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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
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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

Virtual Field Trip Goes Underground

Today's virtual field trip will give you the opportunity to delve and explore deep inside the Earth.  Our first stop is Sơn Đoòng Cave in Vietnam, near the Laos border.  It is the world's largest cave and home to a fast-flowing subterranean river.  National Geographic has put together a website that allows you to access the cave.  Not only will you see the sights (with 360 degree maneuverability), but you will also hear the sounds.  It is a very immersive experience.  Access Sơn Đoòng 360 here.

Our next stop is a working copper mine run by Freeport-McMoRan.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at various stages of the process -- from planning to mining, from processing to reclamation -- through a series of short videos.  Access Dig into Mining: The Story of Copper here.

If you'd like to learn more about caving or mining, try one of these books!
Caves by Erinn Banting (2012)
Caves by Emily K. Green (2007-ebook on Hoopla)
Copper by Salvatore Tocci (2005)
Ores by Andrea Rivera (2018)
Wild Underground: Caves and Caving by Neil Champion (2013)

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Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

I'm Afraid Your Teddy Is in the Principal's Office by Jancee Dunn
What would happen if your teddy bear stowed away in your backpack and followed you to school? And what if your teddy convinced all your friends’ stuffed animals to come along for the party? Would you believe they might sneak into the cafeteria to play Pizza Disc, head to the band room to put bubbles in the wind instruments, make a clever glue trap for the art teacher, and roll around in finger paint as well? Luckily, the principal remembers what it was like to be young and may let the rambunctious teddy bear and crew off just this once. 
Don't miss the first book about this naughty teddy bear -- I'm Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today!

Spark and the  League of Ursus by Robert Repino (ebook on Overdrive, also available as book-on-CD)
Spark is not your average teddy bear. She’s soft and cuddly, sure, but she’s also a fierce warrior. At night she fulfills her sacred duty: to protect the household from monsters. But Spark’s owner Loretta is growing up and thinks she doesn’t need her old teddy anymore.  When a monster unlike any other descends on the quiet home, everything changes. Children are going missing, and the monster wants Loretta next. Only Spark can stop it. She must call upon the ancient League of Ursus—a secret alliance of teddy bears who are pledged to protect their human friends. Together with an Amazon-princess doll and a timid sock monkey, the bears are all that stands between our world and the one that lies beneath. It will be a heroic chapter in the history of the League . . . if the bears live to tell the tale.

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If You Come to Earth

Sophie Blackall, Caldecott-winning illustrator of both Finding Winnie and Hello, Lighthouse, has a new book!  Lots of folks are eager to get their hands on it, so place your hold today!

Welcome to the fourth week of the Fall 2020 storytime season!  This week's theme is Fall in Love with Autumn.  Access the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's craft will be available for pickup at the Kid Zone desk beginning Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.  These supplies are on a first come, first served basis.  Remember, storytimes will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on each of these days. 

American history’s ongoing experiment to create a more perfect union can be felt acutely during these times. But how did this ideal form?  How do we, as a diverse nation, find ways to protect, defend, and continue to move toward this ideal?  This playlist, created by School Library Journal, offers windows into key documents, people, and cultural factors that shaped U.S. history.