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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

August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month.  It's a great time to get your eyes checked, but it's also the perfect time to learn more about eyes, sight, and optical illusions with these books!

I am really trying to push our Kid Zone music CD collection.  Because it is extensive . . . and awesome . . . and underutilized.  I already did a blog post about our science-themed CDs this summer.  This month I thought I'd continue the learning theme and highlight some of our educational CDs.  They are easy to find.  We have a section labeled EDUCATIONAL.  Use music to teach your children (or students) about the arts, grammar, history, and more!  Here are just a few examples of what's available here at Hoover Public Library.

School is back in session!  And Book Report, Hoover Public Library's teacher newsletter for grades K-6, is back for its second year.  This two-page publication will be posted in the Kid Zone downloads section each month, August 2014 to May 2015.  Here's a quick breakdown of what Book Report has to offer educators.

  • The Blog Log -- Heads up on some of the daily blog posts on our website
  • Untangle the Web -- One or two educational websites featured per month
  • Read-Aloud Roundup -- One picture book and one chapter book featured per month
  • More Than Common Core -- Two nonfiction titles/series featured per month
  • Read This, Not That -- Read-alike list for popular book series
  • Review the New -- One book review of favorite new title per month
  • APProved -- One or two educational apps per month
  • Follow the Stars -- Upcoming library events for grades K-6
  • Bonus Round -- Random things you need to know

The August 2014 issue is already available.  Take a look and let us know what you think.

* Helpful Hint *
Book Report is a PDF document with web links embedded throughout.  They lead directly to educational websites, book trailers, and more.  So move your mouse to the colored and underlined text and get clicking!

First day of school!  First day of school!  First day of school!  Yes, I'm excited about it.  I'm a public librarian still recovering from Summer Reading.  But EVERYONE should be as pumped as I am.  If you aren't feeling it, pick up one of these books.  They're filled with school fun!
The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley
The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid by Robin Mellom
Frindle by Andrew Clements
George Brown, Class Clown: Super Burp! by Nancy Krulik
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
Mason Dixon: Fourth Grade Disasters by Claudia Mills
My Weird School: Miss Daisy Is Crazy! by Dan Gutman
PICKLE: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kimberly Baker
Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise
School Days According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

This is the first post in a new blog series called Perfect Pair.  Each month I will feature two books that beg to be read together.  One will be a fictional story, and one will be a factual account.  This is a great way to expand your reading experience, whether at home or in the classroom.  So let's meet our first pair!