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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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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

It's time for the second installment in our new blog series Perfect Pair.  This dynamic duo takes a subject that is generally not considered exciting and makes it totally fun.   Let's meet September's pair!

This blog will make you happy instead of sad.  It will leave your brain full instead of empty.  If you guessed that it deals with OPPOSITES, you're right instead of wrong.

Animal Opposites: A Pop-Up Book by Petr Horácek
Baby High, Baby Low by Stella Blackstone
Back and Front by Jane Katirgis (in a series)
Big Bug by Henry Cole
Dot by Patricia Intriago
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
A Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis
Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper
Hippopposites by Janik Coat
Hot or Cold? by Barbara L. Webb
In and Out by Joy Frisch
Kangaroo and Cricket by Lorianne Siomades
My Book of Opposites by Britta Teckentrup
Opposites by Xavier Deneux
Opposites by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert
Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood

Yes, it's true.  Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes mystery series has been declared CASE CLOSED with the final (and 18th!) book, Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye.

Sammy doesn’t go looking for trouble, but she seems to find it everywhere. She’s forever sniffing out clues and chasing down bad guys—and driving her friends a little nuts. She’s gone up against thieves and counterfeiters and gangsters and blackmailers and murderers, and always stayed one step ahead. Until now. Last night, one of the bad guys caught up. Last night, someone followed Sammy up the fire escape and pushed her from the third story. Now she’s in the hospital, out cold. And her friends are left with the questions Sammy’s always been so good at answering: Why? How? But most of all . . . WHO? In this emotional conclusion to her beloved long-running series, Wendelin Van Draanen shows just how many lives one nosy girl can touch and pays tribute to a life well sleuthed.

It's easy to find all of Sammy's cases in the Kid Zone.  Look for the call number J  VAN.

Old MacDonald had a farm.  E-I-E-I-O!  And it inspired him to sing.  E-I-E-I-O!  Farms have that effect on people.  Hmm, I sense some doubt.  I will give you proof.  This month's blog post about the Kid Zone music collection should do the trick.  We have several CDs about farms.

The picture is from a hilarious picture book by Jarrett Krosoczka.  It is called Punk Farm.  There is also a sequel -- Punk Farm on Tour.

The king of the cameo is also making an appearance in this year's National Library Card Sign-Up Month campaign.  Stan Lee is co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four.  He's spending September encouraging students to get the most important school supply of all -- a library card.  For more information on how to acquired a card here at Hoover Public Library, visit our Library Memberships page on our website.  You can also stop by the Circulation Desk or call 444-7800.

If you already have a library card, let me remind you about another September promotional.  Food for Fines gives you the opportunity to waive overdue fines.  All you have to do is bring in canned goods and/or pantry staples.  Each item is worth $1 in waived fines.  Though we will only waive up to $10, you can bring as many cans as you want.  The items will be donated to a local charity.  For more specific information, click on the bold and the blue.