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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
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Pokémon: Gotta Catch 'Em All

We are having a live-action Pokémon Adventure on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Trainers in grades 4-6 will collect, train, and battle their favorite Pokémon creatures to become a Master. Bust rocks with Graveler.  Shoot fireballs with Charizard.  Customize your own Pokéball.  Collect badges for each challenge completed and use them in another craft.  Chow down on snacks inspired by the characters.  Registration is required.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

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Hero Headlines #7

It's easy to focus on the swords and the armor, but there's more to these warriors than their accessories.  Explore the history and the legends in these True Tales of Knights.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.  Click here to watch hilarious booktalks featuring Miss Katie Jane and Mr Jeremy.)

  1. Castle by Richard Platt
  2. Castles by Stephanie Turnbull
  3. Days of Knights and Damsels: An Activity Guide by Laurie Carlson
  4. It’s Fun to Draw: Knights and Castles by Mark Bergin
  5. King Arthur: Excalibur Unsheathed by Jeff Limke
  6. King Arthur’s Tale by Anita Ganeri
  7. Knight: A Noble Guide for Young Squires by Sir Geoffrey de Lance
  8. Knight Life by Jim Gigliotti
  9. Knights by Sally Lee
  10. Knights by Michael Martin
  11. Knights & Armor by Daisy Kerr
  12. Knights & Castles by Philip Dixon
  13. Knights & Castles: 50 Hands-On Activities to Experience the Middle Ages by Avery Hart
  14. Knights and Castles by Seymour Simon
  15. Knights and Castles by Will Osborne & Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House)
  16. Knights and Heroes by John Hamilton
  17. Knights in Shining Armor by Gail Gibbons
  18. Knights: Warriors of the Middle Ages by Aileen Weintraub
  19. The Life and Times of King Arthur: The Evolution of a Legend by Susan Sales Harkins & William H. Harkins
  20. Life as a Knight: An Interactive History Adventure by Rachael Hanel
  21. Medieval Knights by Jim Whiting
  22. Navigators: Knights & Castles by Philip Steele
  23. Real Knights: Over 20 True Stories of Battle and Adventure by Christopher Gravett
  24. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Michael Morpurgo
  25. Tales of King Arthur retold by Felicity Brooks
  26. Want to Be a Knight? by Paul Mason
  27. What If You Met a Knight? by Jan Adkins
  28. Why Why Why Did Knights Wear Heavy Armor?
  29. You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Medieval Knight?: Armor You’d Rather Not Wear by Fiona Macdonald
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Madcap Puppets presents Aladdin and Friends

Madcap Puppets is always a hit on the Library Theatre stage.  They use GIANT puppets to put BIG laughs into learning.  This year's presentation is no exception.  Harry and Max have a spectacular show to present, if only they can keep their little assistant, Tweedle, from getting into too much trouble. Aunt Susie's coat closet has become the stage for their marvelous show, but it barely contains their giant puppets and enchanting stories from around the world. The tales include: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (Middle-Eastern folktale) and The Girl and the North Wind (Norwegian folktale). 

Madcap Puppets presents Aladdin and Friends
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
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!

I am headed to San Francisco for the American Library Association's Annual Conference.  I am so excited because I've never been to a national professional convention before . . . and this will be my first trip to San Francisco!  In the past, I've only visited that city through books like these.

The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy by Clive Cussler
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
A Brighter Tomorrow: My Journey with Julie by Megan McDonald (American Girl)
Escape to California by Josh Greenhut (Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures)
The Golden Gate Bridge by Jeffrey Zuehlke
A Hitch at the Fairmont by Jim Averbeck
The Mystery in San Francisco by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Boxcar Children)
Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
The New Year Dragon Dilemma by Ron Roy (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition)
The San Francisco Splash by David A. Kelly (Ballpark Mysteries)

BAYMAX: Hello, I am Baymax, your personal healthcare companion.  I heard a sound of distress.  What seems to be the trouble?  You're neurotransmitter levels indicate that you are upset that you missed the Big Hero 6 portion of HERO-CON.  It is okay to cry.  Crying is a natural response to pain.  But Hiro has good news for you.

HIRO: That's right.  The Hoover Library is hosting another Big Hero 6 event for grades 1-3!  You can Be a Big Hero on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 4:00 & 6:30 p.m.  There will be a marshmallow Baymax craft, bot fighting, and an obstacle course.  There will be Baymax bowling, another craft, and snacks.  And there will be photo ops with Baymax, Gogo, and me.  Register online by clicking on the blue time slot.  You can also register by phone at 444-7830.

BAYMAX: On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate the fun of this event?

HIRO: Ten!  Fist bump me, Baymax!

BAYMAX: Ba la lalala.