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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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Kidzone Blog

Do you know what happened on October 31, 1926?  World famous magician and escape artist Harry Houdini died.  And it wasn't the result of one of his amazing tricks -- the Milk Can Escape, the Water Torture Cell Escape, the Suspended Straitjacket Escape.  Learn this fascinating fact and more when you read these biographies, available in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library.
Escape!: The Story of The Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
The Great Houdini: World-Famous Magician and Escape Artist by Monica Kulling
Harry Houdini: A Magical Life by Elizabeth MacLeod
Harry Houdini: Master of Magic by Robert Kraske
Houdini: World's Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King by Kathleen Krull
Spellbinder: The Life of Harry Houdini by Tom Lalicki
Who Was Harry Houdini? by Tui T. Sutherland

This team of two consists of long-loved illustrator Ed Emberley and his talented daughter Rebecca Emberley.  They've collaborated on ten books, including Tuesday's October 29 release, The Crocodile and the Scorpion.
It's hard to make friends when you're always stinging or biting someone . . . .  Down by the great big, brilliant blue river, a not-so-bright crocodile and an equally pea-brained scorpion lived peacefully by themselves. One day, the scorpion realized he needed help getting across the river. Could they control their natural instincts long enough to make it across together?  Rebecca and Ed Emberley offer a sprightly new twist on another classic tale with colorful artwork so bold and bright it snaps off the page.


The head bone's connected to the neck bone.  You've heard the song.  You have a general idea about the human skeleton, but do you know the proper terminology?  Can you point out a scapula and a patella on the skeleton in your neighbor's Halloween yard display? 

Discover fun facts and solid truths in these books!
Bones by Stephen Krensky
Bones: Injury, Illness, and Health by Carol Ballard
Bones: Our Skeletal System by Simon Seymour
Bones: Skeletons and How They Work by Steve Jenkins
Dem Bones by Bob Barner
Eyewitness Skeleton by Steve Parker
The Human Skeleton by Jody Sullivan Rake
Movers & Shapers: Bones, Muscles, and Joints by Dr. Patricia Macnair

Need a little help with a specific homework assignment?  Struggling in a general subject?  Take advantage of Homework Alabama, Alabama's FREE online homework help service!  Powered by, it provides tutoring from subject specialists in math, science, social studies, and English for grades K3-12.  The one-on-one tuturing is available Sunday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m.  There is also a SkillsCenter open 24/7, which puts study resources, test prep, and career resources just a click away.

Double Vision by F. T. Bradley kicked off an exciting trilogy about a junior secret agent and his no-special-training-whatsoever look-alike.  It had all the cool gadgets and covert operations you would expect of a spy novel, plus a scavenger hunt through Paris.  I loved it!  The sequel, Double Vision: Code Name 711, is set in Washington, D. C. and promises even more action and a glimpse into the history of American espionage.  If you're interested in learning even more about spies, here's a clue -- 363.25.