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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

"Some people are worth melting for."  And Olaf, the delightful snowman from Disney's Frozen franchise is definitely one of them!  That's why we're having a whole party in his honor.  Join us for Olaf's Frozen Fun! on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
There will be flurries of fun!  You'll make snowflake ribbon wands and Sven antlers.  You'll also get a chance to feed your favorite reindeer in a game.  There will be a photo op with Elsa and a Dance Party Sing-Along with Olaf.  (Between songs, remember, Olaf likes warm hugs.)  Want to register for this event?  There's no need!  "Love is an open door." (Ok, I think I've fit as many Frozen quotes into this thing that I can.  Time to let it go.  Ok, THAT was the last one.)

Trick or Treat! at Hoover Library this Thursday, October 31, 2019  from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m..  We'll have 19 candy stations throughout the library.  What a great opportunity to visit previously unexplored areas of your favorite place!  Can't wait to see your costume this Halloween!  

The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park is one of the nation’s premier Native American heritage sites. Called “The Big Apple of the 14th Century” by National Geographic, Moundville Archaeological Park was once the site of a powerful prehistoric community that, at its peak, was America’s largest city north of Mexico.  Located on the Black Warrior River 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa, the park preserves 326 acres where, 800 years ago, Mississippian people constructed 29 massive flat-topped earthen mounds, arranged carefully around a vast central plaza. The mounds served as elevated platforms for civic and ceremonial structures and the homes of nobles.  Today, the panoramic landscape provides stunning views of these ancient monuments while the park's museum displays many of the beautiful treasures that have been unearthed at the site, including the famous stone Rattlesnake Disk.

Representatives from Moundville will be at Hoover Public Library's next Homeschool HubSign up online or by phone (205-444-7830) to be part of Moundville Presents: 10,000 Years in an Hour on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 2 p.m.  You'll learn about the archaeology, prehistory, and history of Alabama Native Americans. You'll get to see and touch artifacts and reproductions representing cultures as old as 10,000 B.C. You will also learn the basic principles of archaeology and what distinguishes different prehistoric Native American cultures from one another.  After the event, swing by the Kid Zone nonfiction collection to find more informational book about Native Americans.  Look for Dewey Decimal number 970.004.

I got a bit behind in my School Library Journal reading.  So I just read a May article called Funny Books for Unfunny Times.  It did a great job of addressing this fact --  "It may feel as though the world is falling down around your ears, but when push comes to shove, sometimes your mistakes aren’t as earthshaking as you believe them to be."  It is NOT the end of the world as we know it.  I hope you'll read the article.  Then check out some of the books they recommend.  Here are a few of my faves.

Bedtime is such a special time of day.  But, for a lot of kids and families, it is not necessarily the easiest time. Sweet Dreams: Bedtime Visualizations for Kids by Mariam Gates provides a fun way to use the body and breath (and mind) to really let go of the day.  The book offers guided narratives that will spark their imaginations, as well as breathing techniques that encourage restful relaxation.  Visualizations include Shrinking Down, Blowing Bubbles, Rocketing to the Moon, Making It Rain, Galloping Through a Meadow, Diving Underwater, Flying a Kite, and Bedtime Breathing.

Mariam Gates is also the author of several other excellent books.
Good Morning, Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake-Up Story
Good Night, Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story
Yoga Friends: A Pose-by-Pose Partner Adventure for Kids