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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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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
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The Mark of Athena
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Kidzone Blog

Jan Thomas is a rising star in the world of picture books. Her titles feature minimal but hilarious text, simple but expressive illustrations. And she throws in the occasional turnip. Discover her in E THO today!

I grew up loving (and I mean LOVING) movies and TV shows that featured martial arts. Especially the original Karate Kid and the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But, even though I was a voracious reader, I never read a single book about karate, kung fu, the art of ninja, or the honor of samurai warriors. Maybe I was lazy and didn't look for any. Maybe there weren't any available. But kids and teens today are still crazy about the martial arts. They have their own Karate Kid and TMNT. They also have Kung Fu Panda, Avatar, and Lego Ninjago. And they are lucky enough to have tons of books to feed their mania. Here's a list of great fiction featuring

These catchy phrases will help you find new materials in the Kid Zone and Teen Spot. How? It's simple. They help you remember our color coding system. All new picture books, fiction books, and audiobooks in the Kid Zone have a pink sticker on the spine label, and new DVDs have a hot pink sticker on the top of the spine. All new teen fiction books and audiobooks have a red sticker. So "Think Pink" for new kids' stuff, and issue a "Code Red" when you want something new for teens.

P.S. This info is especially helpful for kids in Grades 4-6 who want to participate in This Just In! ,our newest book club.

Have you ever finished reading a book and still had questions about something in it? Maybe the story took place in a country you've never visited. Perhaps the main character loved a sport you've never played. Or maybe the book introduced you to something completely amazing, and you're dying to learn more. It happens to readers all the time. And Karen, the Kid Zone's nonfiction librarian, answers Hoover's thirst for knowledge with her newest line of displays connecting popular fiction books to their Dewey Decimal numbered tie-ins in the nonfiction section. The displays always feature four books. The current titles are:

Have you ever been in a huge crowd, looking for a friend or family member? You know what they're wearing, so you think they'll be easy to spot. But you just can't find them? Well, did you know that there is a series of books that has been turning this kind of situation into a super-fun challenge for 25 years? That's right, people. Where's Waldo? is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012. Waldo first appeared in a book in 1987. Since then, he's shown up in tons of unlikely places, surrounded by interesting objects and Waldo Watchers (those other people who insist on wearing red-and-white stripes to confuse us). Creator Martin Handford says, "I can't tell you how pleased I am that Waldo has taken on a life of his own.

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