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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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Do you have a little one eager to play and learn?  Do you want to meet other caregivers while your child interacts with young friends?  Come to Library Playdate at Hoover Public Library!  Follow the stars to the Youth Program Room on Friday, January 3, 2020.  From 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, there will be a variety of toys, blocks, and other encouragers of imaginative play designed for children ages 0-5.  No registration is required.

Mark your calendar for these future Library Playdates!
Wednesday, February 5, 2020     12:30-2 pm
Friday, March 6, 2020     12:30-2 pm
Wednesday, April 1, 2020     12:30-2 pm

The Hoover Public Library is starting to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up and the sound down, so you can enjoy your favorite films in a safe and accepting environment.  Patrons can move around or exit as needed, and we will have some noise-cancelling headphones available. Our first Sensory Friendly Movie will be shown in the Library Theatre on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 10 a.m.   Enjoy Charlotte's Web, E.B. White's charming tale of a spider that befriends a piglet.  This 1973 animated feature is rated G and runs 94 minutes.  Refreshments will be provided.  And, of course, everything is free! 

Mark your calendars for the first Full Steam Ahead and Homeschool Hub of 2020!

Full Steam Ahead: Music Makers
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Learn about sound waves then make your own musical instruments -- kazoo, maracas, and pan flute.   This event is open to kids ages 6-12.  Register online or by phone (205-444-7830).

Homeschool Hub: Skin 'n Skulls
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Learn about different mammals native to Alabama.  Presented by the Jefferson County 4-H Extension.  This event is open to kids grades K-6.  Register online or by phone (205-444-7830) beginning 01/02.

 There's a fresh and fun graphic novel series spin-off of The Baby-sitters Club, featuring Kristy's little stepsister!

Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen's Witch illustrated by Katy Farina (12/26/19)
Karen Brewer lives next door to Mrs. Porter, who wears long robes and has wild gray hair. Mrs. Porter has a black cat named Midnight and always seems to be working in her garden. Karen isn't supposed to spy on her neighbor, but she's determined to prove that Mrs. Porter is a witch named Morbidda Destiny!  Mrs. Porter is getting ready to have a special meeting at her house, and Karen is sure the meeting is for witches. Are they going to cast a spell on Karen? Or will she be brave enough to send them away -- once and for all?

Learn more about the new series in this excellent article from Publishers Weekly.

Will Smith and Tom Holland lend their vocal talents to Spies in Disguise, a super "fly" animated ode to high-octane globe-trotting international espionage.  It hits theaters on Christmas Day.  

Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is . . . not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can't learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril.

Your mission after you see the movie?  Learn about real spies at the Hoover Public Library!  Look for Dewey Decimal number 327.12 in the Kid Zone's nonfiction collection.