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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
Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair
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

Have you ever been in a huge crowd, looking for a friend or family member? You know what they're wearing, so you think they'll be easy to spot. But you just can't find them? Well, did you know that there is a series of books that has been turning this kind of situation into a super-fun challenge for 25 years? That's right, people. Where's Waldo? is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012. Waldo first appeared in a book in 1987. Since then, he's shown up in tons of unlikely places, surrounded by interesting objects and Waldo Watchers (those other people who insist on wearing red-and-white stripes to confuse us). Creator Martin Handford says, "I can't tell you how pleased I am that Waldo has taken on a life of his own.

Have you lost your pep for reading? Are you looking for a new way to experience picture books? Then we have GREAT NEWS! The Hoover Public Library now has access to TumbleBooks.

When Artemis Fowl first came out in 2007, I checked it out from the Hoover Public Library. I read it in one sitting, turned it in, then drove straight to a bookstore to buy my own copy. I purchased every title in the eight-book series. The final one came out in July, and it was a fitting conclusion to one of my favorite fantasy epics. But I'm still pretty sad that it had to end.

Lots of attention has been focused on the Red Planet ever since NASA's rover Curiosity completed its 354 million mile journey to Mars. You can get the latest news on this historic mission at NASA's Mars Science Laboratory website. But you can get tons of great background information in the Hoover Public Library's Kid Zone. Satisfy your curiosity with one of these ten titles about our planetary neighbor.

Twenty years ago, Bill Nye the Science Guy made his television debut. 100 episodes later, with more than 28 Emmys to his name and legions of fans, Nye is still proving that science rules! If you've never experienced the Science Guy's approach to science with fast-paced action and humor, it's time to get started. If you're already a fan, it's time to refresh your memory. The following titles are available right here at Hoover Public Library.

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