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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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Rick Riordan Presents is an imprint that delivers hit after hit.  The sequel to The Storm Runner once again plunges the reader into the world of Mayan and Aztec mythology.

The Fire Keeper by J.C. Cervantes (09/03/09)
Zane Obispo's new life on a beautiful secluded tropical island, complete with his family and closest friends, should be perfect. But he can't control his newfound fire skills yet (inherited from his father, the Maya god Hurakan); there's a painful rift between him and his dog ever since she became a hell hound; and he doesn't know what to do with his feelings for Brooks. One day he discovers that by writing the book about his misadventures with the Maya gods, he unintentionally put other godborn children at risk. Unless Zane can find the godborns before the gods do, they will be killed. To make matters worse, Zane learns that Hurakan is scheduled to be executed. Zane knows he must rescue him, no matter the cost. Can he accomplish both tasks without the gods detecting him, or will he end up a permanent resident of the underworld?

In this cleverly plotted sequel , the gang is back together again with spirited new characters, sneaky gods, Aztec royalty, unlikely alliances, and secrets darker than Zane could ever have imagined. Secrets that will change him forever.

This semester of Homeschool Hub is gearing us up for a big moment in our state's history -- Alabama's Bicentennial.  The first offering hones in on Wilcox County, the majority African-American community in Boykin.  It sits in a bend of the Alabama River and is also known as Gee's Bend.  Learn more about the Gee's Bend Quiltmakers at Books and Brushes: Gee's Bend on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 2 p.m.  Local artist Claire Henning uses Stitchin' and Pullin' by Patricia C. McKissack to inspire paper quilt projects reminiscent of the famous Gee's Bend quilts.  Register online or by phone (444-7830) beginning 09/04.

You'll find even more books about Alabama's amazing past on the official Alabama Bicentennial booklist we've compiled.

I started reading the original Babysitters Club  when I was in 4th grade.  We had just moved back to the States and were still unpacking boxes in Kansas when I got sick and was stuck in bed.  Mom went to the local public library to get me some books.  One of the ones she chose was Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, #2 in Ann M. Martin's beloved series.  And I was hooked.  I'm so glad this generation of young readers has a Babysitters Club graphic novel series to love!  And I'm happy to share that the newest release is out this week!

Boy-Crazy Stacey adapted by Gale Galligan (#7 - 09/03/19)
Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore. Things are great in Sea City: There's a gorgeous house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and the cutest boy Stacey has ever seen!
Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey's in love. Looking for reasons to hang around his lifeguard stand takes up all her time, which means Mary Anne has to do the job of two baby-sitters! How can she tell Stacey that Scott just isn't interested without ruining their friendship and breaking Stacey's heart?

Kid Lit Coffee Break is for adults who love children's books . . . reading them and talking about them.  Miss Katie Jane, reader extraordinaire (that's me!), will share some of her favorite recent reads.  This usually leads to lots of discussions about the greater kid lit world and also the titles our attendees have been reading.  There will be free coffee and desserts from the library's East 59 Cafe.  And free books as door prizes!  So join us Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the Youth Program Room at the end of the starred hallway in the Kid Zone.  I promise you'll fall in love with Kid Lit Coffee Break.

National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi is making her middle grade fiction debut.  And it has an Alabama connection!

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich (08/27/19)
Twelve-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet has lived with her beloved grandfather Jeremiah in Huntsville, Alabama ever since she was little. As one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA, Jeremiah has nurtured Ebony-Grace’s love for all things outer space and science fiction—especially Star Wars and Star Trek. But in the summer of 1984, when trouble arises with Jeremiah, it’s decided she’ll spend a few weeks with her father in Harlem.  Harlem is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, and Ebony-Grace’s first instinct is to retreat into her imagination. But soon 126th Street begins to reveal that it has more in common with her beloved sci-fi adventures than she ever thought possible, and by summer's end, Ebony-Grace discovers that Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars.