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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.

Recent Book Reviews

Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair
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

Twenty years ago, Bill Nye the Science Guy made his television debut. 100 episodes later, with more than 28 Emmys to his name and legions of fans, Nye is still proving that science rules! If you've never experienced the Science Guy's approach to science with fast-paced action and humor, it's time to get started. If you're already a fan, it's time to refresh your memory. The following titles are available right here at Hoover Public Library.

The Kid Zone's pick actually won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature! Not only is it a completely amazing read, it also features our great state. Make sure you add Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai to your holiday reading list. Once you've finished it, you'll definitely want to take a look at this interview with the author.

I know what you're thinking. You're running through all the things named Hugo that might be important enough to feature on our library blog. I bet you thought of Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. You might even have come up with the Hugo Award, which recognizes excellent science fiction and fantasy every year. But I'm referring to the Hugo created by Brian Selznick in his groundbreaking, Caldecott Award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Martin Scorsese has brought it to theatres, and it is getting rave reviews. Read the book first (of course you will), then take a trip to the movies and see why everyone's talking about Hugo.

Seven rhymed tales, dug from hard to find places!
Look for millions of Seuss fans with bright shiny faces!
(from Kirkus Reviews)

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories features seven Seuss tales originally published in Redbook in 1950 and 1951.
1. The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga
2. Gustav the Goldfish
3. Tadd and Todd
4. Steak for Supper
5. The Bippolo Seed
6. The Strange Shirt Spot
7. The Great Henry McBride

These seven stories were hunted down by Seuss scholar/collector Charles D. Cohen, who also penned the informative introduction. The end result is a must-read for all fans of the good doctor.

We are pleased to announce that we have just added 124 new, updated, full color Boy Scout Merit Badge books to our collection! If you're in the library, drop by the nonfiction section in the Kid Zone, specifically 369.43 BOY, to see for yourself. If you want to see what we have available before you make a trip to the Hoover Public Library, simply do a word search in our online catalog for either BOY SCOUTS or MERIT BADGE. We still have some older merit badge titles in our collection. If the call number is followed by the word NEW, you know it's one of our recent additions.

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