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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

Today is the third episode in our summer storytime series.  Watch it on the HPL Kids Facebook page, then use this blog to have even more fun in our Imagination Playground!

Did you know that between Memorial Day and Labor Day Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs?!   Hot dogs are definitely the official food of summer.  So fire up the grill and your imaginations with these summer fun possibilities!

Disney has been a staple of most Americans' childhoods.  Since I spent a good portion of my childhood in West Germany, I did not get to see all the same movies as my stateside peers.  (It took a lot longer for things to cross the Atlantic Ocean in those days!)  But I watched everything I possibly could.  I loved Sleeping Beauty (mostly because of Maleficent and the scene where Aurora dances with her animal friends dressed up in Prince Phillip's clothes), Cinderella (another supreme villainess and adorable mice, especially Gus), and Robin Hood (Oo-de-lally, it's my second most-fave!), but the Disney animated classic that was (and remains) my favorite is The Sword in the Stone

Do you consider yourself a master read-alouder?  Not many do, though people have had a lot more practice during these last few months.  Especially if they are teachers who have been recording read-alouds for their students!  No matter your confidence level, I encourage you to read aloud to your kiddos.  I know you can do it!  In fact, I am so confident in your abilities that I'm issuing you a read aloud challenge.  Add nonfiction titles to your stack of books!  The many reasons for reading aloud a fictional book — to bond, to entertain, to inspire, to reassure, to explain — can be applied to reading aloud nonfiction. Both fiction and nonfiction also expands kids’ vocabulary by introducing new words and specialized terms.  Background knowledge increases when reading nonfiction aloud, as it introduces kids to people and places, historical events and current issues, and natural disasters and scientific explorations. Additional benefits of nonfiction include the opportunity for vicarious experiences and the possibility to learn about things that may never be encountered.

Here are some tips for reading nonfiction titles aloud:

Today is the second episode in our summer storytime series.  Watch it on the HPL Kids Facebook page, then use this blog to have even more fun in our Imagination Playground!