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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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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
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Kidzone Blog

Need some soothing melodies to lull your little one to sleep?  Why not check out a few of our lullaby CDs?  We have quite a large collection, and, since they are shelved together, they're easy to find.  Here are just a few examples of the lullaby albums available in the Kid Zone.

That's right, folks!  Sharon M. Draper, author of Out of My Mind and Tears of a Tiger, has a new book out this week.  I checked out Hoover's copy, but I'll read it quickly.  I promise!  Here's a snippet to tide you over while you wait.

Stella by Starlight
Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.  

These titles (click here for a printable list) will be featured at our Best Books of 2014 event on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4 p.m.  There will be speed book talks, refreshments, and door prizes.  Yes, we're giving away some of the books!  The event is geared for parents, educators, and fellow librarians, but all readers are welcome.  Hope I see you there!

unleashed = freed from restraint, running wild, not being held back by anyone or anything

Unleashed by Gordon Korman = A former attack dog who has been on his best behavior reverts to attack mode every time a certain truck passes by.  Chaos ensues in this seventh book in the popular Swindle mystery series.  Find all of them in the Kid Zone.

  1. Swindle
  2. Zoobreak
  3. Framed
  4. Showoff
  5. Hideout
  6. Jackpot
  7. Unleashed