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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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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

We all have our fears.  Mine?  Chickens, of course!  And I recently had a harrowing experience with not just one, but many!  I went on vacation to Key West.  NO ONE told me that there are roaming roosters.  Not. One. Person.  That is information I needed to know.

Sam Wu knows all about overcoming fears.  He's the bravest scaredy-cat in the literary world.  And his fourth book came out this week.

Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Spiders by Katie & Kevin Tsang (03/10/20)
Sam has NOT been afraid of ghosts, sharks or the dark and is now absolutely NOT afraid of spiders … maybe! So, when Tulip, a Goliath bird eater tarantula, escapes from the sixth-grade classroom Sam decides that he must step up and protect his fellow pupils by finding her, if only to prove to his nemesis, Ralph Zinkerman, that he is not “Scaredy-Cat Sam”. Madcap and hilarious escapades ensue as Sam and his group of loyal friends try to come up with a fool-proof plan, aided by his fearless, spider-loving little sister and involving a jar of honey and a cat wrapped in tinfoil.  What could possibly go wrong!

I love this beautiful, multilayered story about nature, science, childhood, and change!

Driftwood Days by William Miniver & Charles Vess (10/22/19)
The story begins “under autumn leaves”: A brown-skinned boy watches a beaver constructing its lodge in the river. A branch breaks loose from the structure and is carried down river until it snags on a boulder, where it stays all winter as the river freezes. When spring returns and the river thaws, the branch moves on, making a stop at the river’s edge, where turtles climb on it. When the branch floats out to sea, weary birds use it as a resting place. When the waves finally carry it to shore, “the summer sun bleaches its dark hues” until the same boy, vacationing with his family on the shore and “looking for beach-things,” finds it and picks it up. For the boy, it is everything: a pen, a sword, a souvenir. At summer’s end, the boy and his family return home to the mountains, where, once again, he watches a beaver constructing its lodge. Vess’ drawings, done in colored pencil and ink, are soft and detailed, with elements of line and motion that draw the eye all over the page. The background holds interesting changes throughout: families of different species and signs of new seasons, various habitats. The text educates stealthily, never sacrificing the soothing, poetic, and cyclical story, which has the makings of a classic. An author’s note discusses the importance of driftwood to the ecosystem.

Read the blog about The Science Behind Driftwood Days on the publisher's website.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process.

Do you feel guilty that your kids aren't good "vegetable" eaters or that they prefer carbs to greens?  Has mealtime become a battle zone for your family?  Join us for Practical Parenting: From Yuck ot Yum! on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3 p.m. in the Youth Program Room.The speaker will be pediatrician Dr. Carolyn Ashworth. We hope this program will help you feel more relaxed and confident about guiding your children toward healthy eating habits.  Make sure you browse our Parenting collection for even more tips on encouraging healthy eating!

When I hear March Madness, I automatically think basketball.  I can't help it.  I was raised by parents from the Midwest, where basketball is king.  Rock Chalk Jayhawk!  But the library's March Madness family night on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. is all about St.Patrick's Day and spring.  The games and crafts on the Library Plaza will be hosted by the Library Leprechaun.  You may know him by his alter-ego, Steve from Circulation.  So avoid a possible pinch and wear your green when you come to celebrate this shamrock-filled holiday and the beginning of spring.

Mulan is the animated Disney movie I never expected to love.  I saw it at the drive-in movie theater with my church youth group in 1998, the summer before I started college.  I thought I'd spend the whole time eating popcorn, chatting with my friends, and trying to scope out cute boys.  Instead, I was riveted to the screen.  Mulan was this amazing young woman.  Mushu was this hilarious ancestral guardian.  And the lucky cricket?!?!  So much personality packed into such a tiny, non-speaking creature!  Mulan turned out to be one of my favorite Disney movies of all time!  And I'm not alone in this . . . or in the excitement about the live-action remake that is coming to theaters on March 27, 2020.  The staff of Hoover Public Library's Youth Department are so eagerly anticipating its arrival that we have planned not one, but two events.  Which one of these is just right for you?