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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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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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David Engel's Jedi Academy is a solo, comedy variety show that captivates kids and nostalgic adults alike. Come learn the ways of the Jedi with Panniken Moonjumper, a true Master of Intergalactic fun and adventure and discover the great Force within yourself. During this laugh-riot tribute, your Youngling Jedi Warriors, Princesses and Darth Vaders will be delighted with comic antics, exciting physical challenges, magical mayhem, a visit from a furry alien sidekick, and engage in light saber lessons. May the Force be with you!

David Engel presents Jedi Academy
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 11, 2019
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!

Your favorite birdbrain picture book star is back!  The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go?

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems (July 2, 2019)
Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?! Ask not for whom the school bell rings; it rings for the Pigeon!

Experience even more fun and games with the Pigeon and other beloved Mo Willems's characters at http://pigeonpresents.com/.

I think it's safe to say that EVERYONE has heard of the book/movie Hidden Figures.  And that is a very good thing because it has made Katherine Johnson the household name it should be.  There have been several quality biographies published in the last few years, but now the famous mathematician has written her autobiography.  Learn about her amazing life directly from the source.

Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson (July 2, 2019)
Much has been written about the black women mathematicians who worked behind the scenes at NASA; now young readers can hear Katherine Johnson’s story in her own words.

Johnson begins her autobiography with her decision, at the age of 4, to start attending school with her brother so she could help him with his math. Impressed, the teacher opened a kindergarten class, but soon Katherine was skipping entire grades. Her family relocated so that she and her siblings could attend high school and college (beyond seventh grade, there was no school for “colored” youth in their hometown). Johnson graduated college at 18 with degrees in French and mathematics before going on to teach and pursue her now-famous career at NASA, yet she comes across as humble and warm, passing on to her children the refrain her father taught her as inoculation against racism: “You are no better than anyone else, but nobody else is better than you.” Johnson describes the culture and way of life in each of the places where she lived and worked, with an honest portrayal of the common racial injustices and indignities alongside the shared humanity that also existed. She artfully weaves in the heart of how African American communities have survived and advanced—through “self-help and sacrificing” for the next generation. Her writing style is comfortable and conversational, making the book feel like a visit over tea that you wish would never end.

From a long-lived American legend, this rich volume is a national treasure. [from Kirkus Reviews]

The library is closed for Independence Day on Thursday, July 4, 2019.  But make sure you stop by on Friday, July 5, 2019 to catch one (or both!) of our Family Movies.  We'll be showing Wall-E at 10:30 a.m. and Muppets from Space at 2 p.m.  Admission and refreshments are FREE!  No need to RSVP.  Simply take the lobby stairs or elevator down to the Library Theatre.

Wall-E (2008)
Oscar-winning CGI-animated delight about the misadventures of the last robot on Earth, circa 2800, who romances a sleek, high-tech android.  Rated G.

Muppets from Space (1999)
Gonzo discovers that his long-lost relatives are aliens from a distant planet.  Rated G.

Dr. Magical Balloons is making his Summer Reading debut on the Library Theatre stage!  Dewayne Richards has demonstrated his balloon skills at previous big events, like our annual Halloween party, but this is his first visit performing his super star stage show.  His Balloon Blast Off is a mix of balloon shenanigans, fantastic magic, and engaging comedy.   Don't forget that there are fewer opportunities to see his show because the library is closed for Independence Day on Thursday, July 4.

Dr. Magical Balloons
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
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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