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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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Make sure your 2019 starts with storytime!  Our regular offerings will return the week of January 7th!  See our official Jan-Apr 2019 calendar for full descriptions of our storytimes.  It's on page 6.

Together with Twos: Tweet Tweet at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration opens 01/01)
Story Lab: Mitten Weather at 4 p.m.

Mother Goose: Winter Animals at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration opens 01/02)
Early Birds: Toes, Ears and Nose at 10 a.m. (registration opens 01/02)

Story Sprouts: Dance Party at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.

ExploraStory: Penguins on Parade at 10:30 a.m.
Sensory Storytime: Hats! at 1:30 p.m.
PJ Storytime: Get Well Soon at 6:30 p.m.

Oh, you think it's a bit weird to have a blog about hippos around Christmas?  Need I remind you of the classic holiday hit I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas?  Mr. Justin did an EPIC interpretive dance to it at our Holiday Sing-Along Storytime this year.  Read the books, then watch the video.

Fiona the Hippo by Richard Cowdrey
On January 24, 2017, Fiona the hippo was born at the Cincinnati Zoo, six weeks before her due date.  She weighed only 29 pounds, which is very small for a Nile hippo.  She was too weak to stand and nurse from her mother, so Fiona received around-the-clock attention from the zoo's animal care staff, dubbed "Team Fiona", and even from nurses at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  The whole world watched as Fiona learned to eat, walk, and swim.  Her challenges were big, but the baby hippo's spunk and incredible will helped her prevail time and again.  Since her birth, millions of people from around the world have been pulling for Fiona to keep fighting.  As she grew stronger so did her social media following.  Fiona became an internet sensation and now even has her own show on Facebook.  Fiona fans have traveled from as far away as Australia, Germany, Brazil, and Japan just to get a glimpse of the fearless and feisty hippopotamus.  Now the star of her own picture book, Fiona takes center stage once again in a whimsical story inspired by her incredible journey.  A heroine for children (and adults!) everywhere, fabulous Fiona will steal readers' hearts and give them the courage to face whatever challenges they might have in their own lives.

Fiona's Feelings by Dr. John Hutton
When the Cincinnati Zoo's baby hippo, Fiona, was born six weeks early, she was too small and weak to stand and nurse from her mother. With help from #TeamFiona, this once-tiny hippo is growing stronger every day. As Fiona explores the world around her, she is at times happy, mad, curious, and playful, as all children can be. Young readers will love exploring Fiona's feelings--and their own--while building important language and social-emotional skills.

Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo by Thane Maynard
On a cold January day in 2017, nearly two months before due date, Nile hippopotamus Bibi gave her keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden a big surprise: a tiny newborn hippo, no bigger than a football. The first premature hippo born and raised in captivity, baby Fiona was an underdog from the start: she couldn't nurse, she couldn't stay hydrated, and she wasn't thriving. But the staff at the zoo knew they could save her. They had to study the makeup of hippo milk for the first time ever and reach out to medical colleagues, including a team at the local children's hospital with superior vein-finding skills, to ensure that Fiona would begin to gain weight and become healthy. She soon became an internet sensation, her pictures and videos garnering thousands and thousands of likes and fans on Instagram and Facebook. Now a Fiona appearance at the Zoo mimics a Beatles concert. But what made this little hippo such a big hit all over the world? And what's in store for her and her family?

Mary Poppins was one of my favorite childhood movies.  I loved the songs, especially the ones that involved dancing with animated penguins or leaping about on rooftops with chimney sweeps.  I didn't think anyone could ever fill the shoes of Julie Andrews, but I think that Emily Blunt actually did it!  Mary Poppins Returns blows into theaters this weekend, and it looks supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!  It takes place years after the original story.  Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins -- the beloved nanny from their childhood -- arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure.  The star-studded cast also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda,  Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, and Dick Van Dyke.  Make this movie magic part of your holiday weekend.

Don't forget the books that inspired both movies!  Find all of the titles in the Mary Poppins series under J TRA in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library.

Don't miss your incredible chance to see Incredibles 2 on the big screen in the Library Theatre!  Admission is FREE, refreshments are FREE, having a super time is FREE!  Come dressed as your favorite superhero or as your mild-mannered alter ego.  Use your superpowered organizational skills to save this date: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Want to see the first movie again?  Check out the DVD or Blu-Ray from the Kid Zone.  Look under INC.

Our first Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead of 2019 will feature the always-amazing, forever-adored Science Lady, Jan Mattingly!  Participants in Robotics 101 on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. will be learning about electricity and circuits. This will include some shockingly fun demonstrations and hair-raising experiments. After the lesson, you will put your knowledge to good use and build a simple wobble bot of your very own.  The session with Jan is open to children ages 7-12.  Registration is required, so make sure you sign up online or by phone (444-7830) beginning December 26, 2018.