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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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Kidzone Blog

I read a great article recently (School Library Journal July 2014), and I wanted to share the highlights with you.  Author Annie Murphy Paul listed eight reasons that print books (rather than ebooks) provide a superior reading experience, especially for young children whose literacy skills are just emerging.

  1. No need to make choices.  The lack of hyperlinks allows total immersion in reading.
  2. No distractions within the text.  Visual and aural gimmicks in many ebooks draw attention away from the written words.
  3. No Internet temptations.  The only thing you can do with a paper book is read it.
  4. Imagination required.  Young readers must mobilize their own imaginations to fill in the gaps left by authors and illustrators.
  5. Satisfaction of the senses.  The smooth feel of the paper and the rich colors of the illustrations are lost in ebook reproductions.  Plus the size is reduced to the size of the ereader screen.
  6. Literary attitudes.  A quiet focus on words and stories rather than the fast-paced gallop of digital devices.
  7. Easy to share.  Parent and child pause to interact with questions and comments on the story rather than to issue commands ("Swipe the page now.  Don't touch that button!")
  8. Strong selection.  Number of quality books published in paper vastly outnumbers those available in digital format.

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to hit the picture book shelves in the Kid Zone!  Maybe I'll run into you there.

This snapshot includes lots of spooky titles.  We got carried away during the Halloween season.  But don't worry.  There are plenty of titles for people who do not enjoy being scared.  Like me.

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (#5)
The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken by Doreen Cronin (#2)
Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
The Graham Cracker Plot by Shelley Tougas
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne M. LaFleur
The Map Trap by Andrew Clements
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day.  The Hoover Public Library has been celebrating for the last week.  Did you get a chance to see the uniforms, the posters, and the Wall of Honor?  There's still time if you haven't.  Have you made a thumbprint flag to send to a local veteran?  You can stop by the Kid Zone anytime before 9 p.m. to make one.  Have you read any of the books in C. Alexander London's Dog Tags series?  Each explores the bond between soldier and dog in times of war.  Perfect for fans of animal, historical, or military fiction!

This is the best time of year for camping.  Not too hot, not too cold, not too wet.  Campfires and s'mores are especially satisfying in this weather.  But if you can't make it to the great outdoors this weekend, you can do the next best thing.  Read one of these books!
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parrish
Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' Guide, from the Backyard to the Back Woods by Lynn Brunelle 
Camp Rex by Molly Idle
Camping by Sara Green
Camping by Nancy Hundal
Camping Day by Patricia Lakin
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
The Case of the Marshmallow Monster by James Preller
Duck Tents by Lynne Berry
Follow the Trail: A Young Person's Guide to the Great Outdoors by Jessica Loy

November is the month of delicious food.  Think about it.  There's football tailgate paties.  There's Thanksgiving.  There's Thanksgiving leftovers.  And there are plenty of yummy treats in the Kid Zone music collection, too!