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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

My coworkers were surprised when I first started blogging, and they were shocked when I decided to post something every day.  It's not because I struggle with words.  In fact, I've often been accused of narrating my life as I live it.  No, it's because I do not usually embrace technology.  I don't have cable or internet at my house.  I don't know how to use the Kid Zone's storytime iPod.  I refuse to trade in my reliable flip phone for a smartphone.  I'm not on Facebook or Twitter.  Technologically speaking, I seem to be trapped in the 1990s.  Why did I tell you all of that?  To demonstrate how easy it is to track your reading history through the Hoover Public Library's website.  Even I can do it! 
STEP 1: Go to
STEP 2: Log in at the top of the page by typing in your name and barcode (the long number on the back of your library card)
STEP 3: Click the "My Reading History" button (second from the left on the top of the page)
STEP 4: Click the "Opt In" button (by itself at the bottom of the page)

See?  I told you it was easy.  Now everything you check out on your library card will be saved in your Reading History list, even after you turn it in.  Isn't that enormously helpful?

Books can take you to all sorts of wonderful places.  In this week's challenge, You Are Here, click on the blue to see if you've named the correct setting.
Adventure at Simba Hill by Susan Runholt
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Conspiracy 365: January by Gabrielle Lord
First Light by Rebecca Stead
Hide and Seek by Kate Messner
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
Leo and the Lesser Lion by Sandra Forrester
Madhattan Mystery by John J. Bonk
Manolito Four Eyes by Elvira Lindo
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney
The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis

We're kicking off a four-week blog series about everyone's favorite pets.  I don't have a four-legged friend of my own, but I regularly snuggle both my sister's and my parents' fur babies.  I'm dedicating this post, Purr-fect Picture Books, to the four cats in my extended family -- MJ, Pippin, Kitty Bob, and Catty Pearl.
All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
The Best Cat by Valerie Gorbachev
Brownie & Pearl Step Out by Cynthia Rylant
Cat & Mouse by Ian Schoenherr
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Cat Jumped In! by Tess Weaver
Cat the Cat, Who Is That? by Mo Willems
Cat Up a Tree by John & Ann Hassett
Cat's Colors by Jan Cabrera
Cookie's Week by Jennifer Ward
Drat That Fat Cat! by Pat Thomson
Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle
Hey, Duck! by Karen Bramsin
How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure

Today's blog is a battlefield.  Which new book in a popular series will be the most requested?  Will it be Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney, a picture book featuring an adorable llama as he tries to make friends at preschool?  Or will it be The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett by Tom Angleberger, a chapter book that combines the awesomeness of origami and Star Wars with the drama of middle school?  You decide.  How?  Stop by the library and ask us about your favorite.  Unfamiliar with either series?  Stop by the Kid Zone, and we'll be happy to introduce you.
1. Llama Llama Red Pajama
2. Llama Llama Mad at Mama
3. Llama Llama Misses Mama
4. Llama Llama Holiday Drama
5. Llama Llama Home with Mama
6. Llama Llama Time to Share
7. Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

1. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
2. Darth Paper Strikes Back
3. The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
4. The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett