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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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Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.  You could challenge yourself to read a different picture book every day.  We have LOTS and LOTS of titles available here at Hoover Public Library.  You could read a picture book that specifically honors books.  My new favorite is This Book of Mine by Sarah Stewart and David Small.  It trumpets a simple truth: A well-loved book in hand brings color to any reader’s life.  You could also watch picture books brought to life in storytime.  We have options every day.  And I'm sure you can think of even more ways to make the most of Picture Book Month.  When they come to mind, make sure you share them . . . with me!

Levy expands upon I Dissent : Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark (2016), her picture-book biography of the Supreme Court justice and cultural icon, in this graphic biography.

Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice by Debbie Levy & Whitney Gardner (11/05/19)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said that true and lasting change in society is accomplished slowly, one step at a time. That is how she has evolved, too. Step by step, the shy little girl became a child who questioned unfairness, who became a student who persisted despite obstacles, who became an advocate who resisted injustice, who became a judge who revered the rule of law, who became . . . RBG. This graphic novel-style biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows this modern feminist icon leading the way in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society, and blazing trails to the peaks of the male-centric worlds of education and law.  

Want even more of RBG?  There have been several quality biographies penned about her in recent years.
No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Kathleen Krull (2018)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter (2017)
You Should Meet: Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Laurie Calkhoven (2019)

Science     Technology     Engineering     Arts     Math
Enjoy these S.T.E.A.M.-powered books on National S.T.E.A.M. Day, November 8, 2019.  You can find even more titles by clicking here.

Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke
The Carpenter by Bruna Barros
Green Is a Chili Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Hey-Ho, to Mars We'll Go! by Susan Lendroth
Mary Had a Little Lab by Sue Fliess

How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk
Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines by Sarah Aronson
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka
They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

The newest picture book from the creators of Iggy Peck, ArchitectRosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist stars Sofia Valdez, a community leader who stands up for what she believes in!

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts (11/05/19)
Every morning, Abuelo walks Sofia to school . . . until one day, when Abuelo hurts his ankle at a local landfill and he can no longer do so. Sofia misses her Abuelo and wonders what she can do about the dangerous Mount Trashmore. Then she gets an idea - the town can turn the slimy mess into a park! She brainstorms and plans and finally works up the courage to go to City Hall - only to be told by a clerk that she can't build a park because she's just a kid! Sofia is down but not out, and she sets out to prove what one kid can do.

“I began thinking about a story that would show children that they have some power, and that they can find the strength to focus on one thing they can do to make a change. To me, Sofia Valdez is a story about bravery and community, emphasizing that everybody has a role to play.”
-Andrea Beaty

Mr Justin, librarian and artist extraordinaire, will teach you how to make BIG drawings at our next Full STEAM Ahead event.  I asked him to give me some specifics for this blog.  Here's what he says you can expect.

" We will explore simple methods for turning your normal size drawings into super huge drawings. We'll use grids to enlarge small drawings, try out tracing projected images, and work on a large mystery group drawing.  Chuck Close is a notable artist we will look at who uses grids to enlarge his drawings and paintings."

If you'd like to attend Art Hacks: Drawing Big on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 4 p.m., you must be 8-12 years old.  You also have to register online or by phone (205-444-7830) beginning 11/05.  After the session, stop by the Kid Zone nonfiction shelves and look for Dewey Decimal number 743.  You'll find even more tips to help you improve your drawings  If you'd like a biography about Chuck Close, look for JB  CLO.