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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

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?

Tough call.  Luckily, it's not an either-or situation!  Jerry Pallotta, author of the ridiculously popular (seriously, it's RIDICULOUS!) Who Would Win? series will be at Hoover Public Library on Tuesday, March 10, 2020!  You have the amazing opportunity to have Pizza with the Author at 5:30 p.m. on the Library Plaza.  We will also be hosting a series of fun afternoon activities inspired by his books.  Beginning at 4 p.m., you can engage in two games, a craft, and an interactive quiz in the Youth Program Room and Kid Zone!  You do not need to register to be part of either of these events.  You also don't have to commit to both events!  You can choose one, the other, or both.  We will be serving the pizza beginning at 5 p.m.  So, no matter what you choose, you will have access to a pizza dinner.  Hope to see you there!

Human vs T. Rex = Defeat the toothy dinosaur with dodgeballs!
Human vs Shark = Knock out those powerful shark teeth!

Team Bracelet = Create a bracelet that shows who you think would win.  Team Skunk? Team Honeybadger? Team T-Rex? Team Komodo Dragon!? You choose!

Pop Quiz = How many facts do YOU know about the animal competitors featured in Jerry's books?

Top o' the morning to you!  Our next Homeschool Hub will feature the Science Lady, Jan Mattingly!  She'll be at Hoover Public Library on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. demonstrating St. Patrick's Day Science that looks like magic.  This will include making rainbows, turning pennies into gold, and experimenting with the color green.  This will be a very popular program, so make sure you register sooner rather than later.  You can sign up online or by phone (205-444-7830) beginning 02/26/20.