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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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Kidzone Blog

The Emmy Award-winning Page Turner Adventures sparks imagination, curiosity and laughter through total engagement experiences.  The show combines storytelling, slapstick, juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, and larger-than-life props and costumes.  The entire audience becomes the citizens of Mozzarella and helps Mayor Ann Chovi decide whether Vincent Van Dough or Leonardo Da Munchi makes the best pizza in town.  Hilarity is delivered in this original tale of conflict resolution based on the book by one of the show’s stars.

Page Turner Adventures presents The Great Pizza Contest
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 7, 2018
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
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!

Are you a big fan of the Avengers?  Are you 6 to 12 years old?  Sign up to be part of Infinity Library Wars on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 4 p.m.!  You'll go through Dr. Strange’s portals into faraway lands, like Black Panther's Wakanda, to retrieve the vibranium.  You can also make a traditional Wakandan bracelet.  You'll test your agility and reflexes in a laser course to see if you can move like Black Widow and Spiderman.  Can you aim your hammer like Thor?   Borrow Thor’s hammer and find out.  Do you have what it takes on the dance floor?  Compare your moves to Star Lord's in our Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Off!  Make sure you have your identity verified and receive a badge to prove your S.H.I.E.L.D. status.  And don't forget to collect all of the infinity stones from the games and crafts and assemble a necklace to keep them all safe from Thanos.  Will there be a photo station?  Yes!  You can pose with the Infinity Gauntlet.  Will there be snacks?  Yes!  So make sure you register!  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

Adults who love children's literature get a chance to relax and talk about books . . . with me!  I'm hosting two Kid Lit Coffee Breaks again this summer.  One is Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3 p.m.  The other is Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 3 p.m.  We'll meet in the Youth Program Room to drink coffee and eat delicious desserts, all from the library's very own East 59.  And we'll talk about all the amazing kid lit books we've been reading.  There will be door prizes each time.  This event is open to parents, teachers, librarians, and the young at heart.  No registration is required.  

This year's summer storytime series is a Storytime Dance Party.  Beginning June 4th, we'll meet Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.  Put on your dance pants and follow the stars to funny stories, groovy hand jives, and lots and lots of dancing!  Miss Katie Jane (that's me!) will be joined by a different storyteller (or two!) each week.  The themes are popular song titles, and each week will include 10 tunes.  You'll receive a special Playlist at the end of each storytime to help you keep on grooving.  The storytimes are designed for children under four, but older kids are more than welcome to come get their dance on!  Mark your calendars for these dates!

June 4, 2018 = Blue Suede Shoes with Miss Katie Jane & Miss Alyssa
June 11, 2018 = Wild Thing with Miss Katie Jane, Miss Polly & Miss Lindsay
June 18, 2018 = Land of a Thousand Dances with Miss Katie Jane & Mr Jeremy
June 25, 2018 = Happy with Miss Katie Jane & Mr Justin
July 2, 2018 = Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy with Miss Katie Jane, Miss Traci & Miss Kaylen
July 9, 2018 = Hound Dog with Miss Katie Jane & Miss Alyssa
July 16, 2018 = Singing in the Rain with Miss Katie Jane & Miss Anna Beth

This year's first week of Summer Reading shows in the Library Theatre features the one and only Roger Day!  Sing and dance along to Roly Poly, Mosquito Burrito, and the rest of your favorites.  And remember that you can find Roger Day at the Hoover Public Library every single day!  We have his CDs in the PERFORMERS section of the Kid Zone music collection, and we have his DVDs under ROG in the Kid Zone's entertainment movie collection.

Roger Day
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
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!

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