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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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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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Don't it feel like the wind is always howl'n? / Don't it seem like there's never any light?

When I'm stuck with a day that's gray and lonely / I just stick up my chin and grin and say /
The sun'll come out tomorrow / So you got to hang on til tomorrow, come what may! /
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow / You're always a day away.

And we're just a day away from the 2014 big screen version of the musical Annie.  It features a multitalented, multiracial cast and a comtemporary spin on the popular story.  "Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around."  

The Hoover Public Library has the 1982 movie version of Annie as well as the 1999 made-for-TV movie version.  Check one out today and decide which one puts the biggest smile on your face.  Remember, you're never fully dressed without a smile.

The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra by Jason Fry transports the reader to 2893 A.D., where (or should that be when?) the Hashoones (a family of space privateers) become embroiled in a solar system-wide conspiracy.  And, to make matters even more complicated, the three siblings are also competing to determine who will become the next captain of the ship, when their mother steps down.  The saga continues in the sequel, The Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris.  The Hashoones intercept a ship with a long-dead crew and a series of clues.  The family embarks on a treasure hunt but ends up uncovering more than lost riches.  They also manage to dig up some family secrets. 

This Just In! decided to end 2014 with the ultimate commercial -- a movie trailer style cinematic wonder created using iMovie, 4th-6th graders, a librarian, and a lot of puppets and props.  And, of course, some amazing books!  Click here to watch us Get Cinematic.
Austin = Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! by Lincoln Peirce
Carson = Holes by Louis Sachar
J.P. = The Terror of the Southlands by Caroline Carlson / The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Jessica = Whatever After: Cold as Ice by Sarah Mlynowski
Miss Katie Jane = Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery by Heather Vogel Frederick
Kira = Girls of Gettysburg by Bobbi Miller
Liam = Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney / Beyond the Laughing Sky by Michelle Cuevas
Sawyer = The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene
Will = The Green Ember by S. D. Smith (ARC - advanced reader copy) / The Expected One by Scott James (his dad!)

Our next book club meeting is Monday, January 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Take advantage of the winter break, and read a title from our New Books collection.  I've tagged some of the best with our official bookmark.  Just look for the green speech bubble peeking out of the top of the book.  And don't forget to register!  It really helps if I have a heads-up on how many will be coming.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).  Next month's commerical?  Paint Chip Comic Strips.

2014 was a landmark year.  The American Academy of Pediatrics officially recommended reading aloud to children from birth.  The group is encouraging it's 62,000 members to advocate daily family reading.  Why?

  • an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of life
  • reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills
  • reading books together increases the number of words a child hears
  • children who have heard more words demonstrate a distinct advantage in school

For more information, take a look at this AAP News article.

For great books to read aloud to your child, grab a bookmark from the Kid Zone or ask a staff member for a recommendation (or 10).

DK Adventures is a new series that combines the best of both fiction and informational books.  Each title is a stand-alone, action-packed story, but you'll find also find photos and facts that answer any questions that may arise while you're reading.  And the series covers a wide range of interests, so there's something for every kind of reader!  Since each book is written by a different author, you'll find them shelved in the Kid Zone under J  DK.