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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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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

P. L. Travers first introduced Mary Poppins, the world's most beloved no-nonsense magical nanny, in 1934.  Since then, she has appeared in multiple books, inspired both a movie and stage musical, and influenced many a library Halloween costume.  Especially for Miss Traci.  The 80th Anniversary Collection will be published tomorrow, October 21, 2014.  It features the first four tales, a forward by Gregory Maguire, and an essay by the author.  But you can find Mary Poppins today in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library.


The must-see-on-the-big-screen movie this Halloween is The Book of Life. The story of Manolo, a young man torn between following the expectations of his family and following his heart, is presented in a stunning and utterly unique style of animation.  His adventure is steeped in Mexican culture and takes him to three fantastical worlds.  One of those worlds corresponds to Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  Find out more about the holiday with these books, available in the Kid Zone.

Beto and the Bone Dance by Gina Freschet
Clatter Bash! by Richard Cleminson Keep
Cultural Traditions in Mexico by Lynn Peppas
Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston
Day of the Dead by Linda Lowery
Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life and Death by Amanda Doering
Day of the Dead = Día de los Muertos by Bob Barner
Day of the Dead = Día de los Muertos by Kerrie Logan Hollihan (bilingual)
The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle
A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead by Nancy Luenn (bilingual)
Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Days of the Dead by George Ancona
The Spirit of T
ío Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story by Janice Levy (bilingual)
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead by Judy Goldman


This is difficult to admit, but I have never read Ann M. Martin's The Doll People.  I know, I know.  What kind of children's librarian hasn't read this modern classic?!?!   Here's the deal -- I don't have to read it to know it's good.  Our reading public has been telling me that it is amazing for years!  And I trust their assessment.  The series is no longer a trilogy.  It is now a quartet!  The fourth book, The Doll People Set Sail, was published this week.  What doll's-eye view adventures are in store?  Here's a sneak peek:

Annabelle Doll, Tiffany Funcraft, and their families are whisked out to sea when the Palmers accidentally place them in a box destined for charity donation. And it turns out they're not alone-there are plenty of other doll people on the ship, too. After traveling thousands of miles, will they be able to find their way home?

  1. The Doll People (also available as book-on-CD and downloadable audio)
  2. The Meanest Doll in the World (also available as book-on-CD)
  3. The Runaway Dolls (also available as book-on-CD and downloadable audio)
  4. The Doll People Set Sail

Trevor Pryce is best known for his fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL).  But he is quickly making a name for himself as an author.  His first novel, An Army of Frogs, came out last year.  This talking-animal fantasy book features poison dart frogs, a scorpion army, and a Spider Queen.  It's a short book packed with epic action and full-color illustrations.  I loved it!  The fight to protect the Amphibilands rages on in the sequel, The Rainbow Serpent.  Some new creatures have joined the enemy: Ghost Bats, Tasmanian Devils, and Blue Band Bees.  Whoa.  The frogs need an ally . . . or two . . . or three.  Who will come to their aid?  Who will be victorious?  I can't wait to find out.

You might notice that many of these titles are perfect for sports fans.  That's because our staff has recently started a Reading Wildly campaign, focusing on a different genre each month.  We recently tackled sports fiction.

Athlete Vs Mathlete: Time-Out by W. C. Mack (#3)
The Books of Elsewhere: Still Life by Jacqueline West (#5)
The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell
The Contract by Derek Jeter
Double Reverse by Fred Bowen
Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger (#6)
Fenway Fever by John H. Ritter
GuysRead: The Sports Pages edited by Jon Scieszka
The Kicks: Saving the Team by Alex Morgan (#1)
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern