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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

Parenting is hard.  Always has been.  Always will be.  But modern parents are facing challenges past generations didn't have to face . . . because they didn't exist yet.  Like social media.  You can learn how to be Social Media Smart at our next Practical Parenting on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3 p.m.  There are benefits of social media but also evidence of emotional and behavioral side effects. As a parent, what should you know and what should you consider doing about it?  Dale Wisely, Ph.D. will help you think it through.  Dr. Wisely is Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, he was Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools for 12 years, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 37 years.  There is no registration required for this event.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.

Check out the heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel in the spirit of Real Friends and El Deafo, from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang.

Stargazing  (September 10, 2019)
Moon is everything Christine isn't. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.  But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends, sharing their favorite music videos and painting their toenails when Christine's strict parents aren't around. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn't where she really belongs.  Moon's visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine's best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling?

Jen Wang draws on her childhood to paint a deeply personal yet wholly relatable friendship story that’s at turns joyful, heart-wrenching, and full of hope.  Make sure you read the interview with this graphic novel creator!

The worst art wins at BAD ART! on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 4 p.m. Using a random smorgasbord of craft supplies, we'll start with self-portraits to get warmed up and then a second challenge that invites a little bit of artistic freedom.  There will be an award ceremony at the end for Bad Artist (3rd), Terrible Artist (2nd), and THE WORST (1st).  This event is open to creative kids ages 6-12.  Register online or by phone (444-7830) to be part of the terrible fun.  Registration opens 09/10.

Today, September 8, 2019 is Grandparents Day!  Let your loved ones know you care, remember loved ones you may have lost, and read these brand new picture books.

Join us on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. for our annual American Girl event!  Blaire's Farm Party was planned by the 2019 Girl of the Year, Blaire Wilson!  Take a photo with the real Blaire, learn about life on a family farm, make your own jewelry, create a yarn garden, play a good ol' game of corn hole, learn to lasso, and enjoy locally farm-grown snacks.  This farm-to-table experience does not require an RSVP.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.