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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
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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

We want you to see, hear, and touch these books about the FIVE SENSES.  Smelling them would be okay too, but please don't taste them.
And the Train Goes by William Bee
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan
Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, Creak, Pop-Pop, Moo by Jim Aylesworth
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg
Five for a Little One by Chris Raschka
Harold Finds a Voice by Courtney Dicmas
I Can Tell by Touching by Carolyn Otto
I Saw the Sea and the Sea Saw Me by Megan Montague Cash
I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs
I'm Exploring with My Senses: A Song About the Five Senses by Laura Purdie Salas
Look! A Book!: A Zany Seek-and-Find Adventure by Bob Staake
Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning About Your Five Senses by Pamela Hill Nettleton

When Jack Gantos won the Newbery Award in 2012 for Dead End in Norvelt, I was annoyed.  How could my favorite not have won?!  How could it not even honor?!  I basically had a minor librarian meltdown.  Luckily, I worked that tantrum out of my system, checked out the winning title, and gave it a chance to impress me.  It did just that.

I had quite a different attitude this year when I learned Gantos was going to pen a sequel.  I've been eagerly waiting to read From Norvelt to Nowhere.  "This rocket-paced follow-up opens deep in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis. But instead of Russian warheads, other kinds of trouble are raining down on young Jack Gantos and his utopian town of Norvelt in western Pennsylvania. After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the town’s founder, twelve-year-old Jack will soon find himself launched on a mission that takes him hundreds of miles away, escorting his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on her relentless pursuit of the oddest of outlaws. But as their trip turns south in more ways than one, it’s increasingly clear that the farther from home they travel, the more off-the-wall Jack and Miss Volker’s adventure becomes, in From Norvelt to Nowhere, a raucous road novel about roots and revenge, a last chance at love, and the power of a remarkable friendship."  YES!!!  The book was published today, September 24, 2013.  I'm going to try to be the first person in Hoover to read it.  If you beat me to it, I'll try not to have another meltdown.

1,2, learn something new.  3, 4, learn something more.  5, 6, add to the mix.  7, 8, books that are great.  9, 10, begin again!
These COUNTING books deserve more than one read.  Aim for ten . . . then begin again!  And you can count on a "123" sticker on the book spine to find even more number books when you roam the shelves.
12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam
100 Animals on Parade! by Masayuki Sebe
123 Versus ABC by Mike Boldt
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett
Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book by Paul Giganti
The Deep, Deep Puddle by Mary Jessie Parker
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Priscilla Burris
Five Little Ducks by Ivan Bates
How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I am a product of my Midwestern parents' upbringing.  Yes, it's true -- I prefer basketball to football.  I know this makes me a bit of an oddball around here.  It also means I'm not especially qualified to write a blog about Mike Lupica's new book, QB 1.  Luckily, Goodreads summed it up WAY better than I could:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author of Travel Team, Heat, and Million-Dollar Throw comes a cheer-worthy, family-friendly football novel set amid the Friday Night Lights world of Texas high school football.
See what I mean?  Now, even I want to read it.  Better add my name to the waiting list before you football fans beat me to it. 

One of my final classes in grad school was an independent study about public library outreach.  I did tons of research on outreach practices.  Some involved  the librarian (that's me!) leaving the library and heading out into the community, but outreach also focuses on providing materials that will draw the public into our doors.  One of the best ideas I gathered from that research was our Hoover Preschool Theme Kits.  We had 25 boxes filled with books, fingerplays, and manipulatives, each centered around a common theme in early childhood education.  Anyone with a library card could check them out -- educators, families, you name it.  They were popular, but they were bulky.  It was difficult for our patrons to carry them, and it was impossible to find a good spot for them on our shelves.  So we've taken a great idea and made it even better.  We now have 53 Hoover Library Storytime Theme Bags available for checkout in the picture book room, on the pegs next to the desk.  Each messenger bag includes five picture books, a puppet or storykit, and a DVD or CD.  There is a red binder that outlines each bag's theme and contents, and you can easily place a hold on the one you want.  Let's have a big round of applause for Laura Tucker, the librarian who oversaw this project!  Make sure you give her a high-five the next time you're in the Kid Zone.