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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

Get ready for more round-the-world adventure with Samantha Spinner and her brother, Nipper, in the second book in this hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and classics like Holes.

Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs by Russell Ginns (March 12, 2019)
When Samantha Spinner’s uncle Paul disappeared, he left presents for his nieces and nephew. Samantha’s sister, Buffy, got $2,400,000,000. Her brother, Nipper, got the New York Yankees. Samantha got . . . a rusty old umbrella.  Wow! So unfair, Uncle Paul.
Well, it seemed unfair–until Samantha discovered that the old umbrella holds the plans for a super-secret network of transit systems that covers the globe. It’s the ticket to danger and adventure beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.  But Uncle Paul is still missing. And Samantha just received a new gift from him: a pair of strange purple sunglasses. Are they another powerful present? A clue to his whereabouts? Or just a bad fashion choice? Samantha and Nipper need to figure it out fast, because . . . here comes the SUN!

Don't miss the first adventure!
Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans

Are you ready to meet the girl du jour, star of both a book and TV series?  Join us for Fancy Nancy in the Kid Zone on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  You'll Get Fancy with Nancy as you play a dress-up game.  You'll fling some bling at Mrs. Devine's Ring Toss and sashay through a Butterfly Garden Obstacle Course.  And, since accessories add a bit of ooh-la-la, you'll hand decorate a fancy pocketbook and crown.  Then enjoy a sampling of tea party snacks in Café Parfait.  No RSVP needed for this affair extraordinaire. 

You can find Jane O'Connor's Fancy Nancy picture books under E  OCO.  The reader series is under E  I CAN  OCO  BEGINNING READER.
Watch a trailer of Disney's Fancy Nancy show then check out the DVD from the Kid Zone.

National Library Week is April 7- 13, 2019.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers.  Libraries of all types serve as change agents that strengthen communities by supporting community engagement and providing services that connect closely with patrons’ needs. That's why the theme for this year is Libraries=Strong Communities.  And it's totally true!  All you have to do is step into Hoover Public Library, take a look around, and you'll see the proof.  The 2019 NLW Honorary Chair is philanthropist and author Melinda Gates.   “In addition to providing communities with access to ideas and information, libraries play an important role in our public life by encouraging creativity, promoting equality, and serving as a source of empowerment,” Gates said.  We want that to always be true here at Hoover Public Library.  If you haven't tapped into our programs and other resources, I encourage you to use National Library Week as an excuse to do just that.  If you know all the ins-and-outs of what we offer and have an idea of how we can offer even more, we want to hear about it.  Have you read our mission?

"The Hoover Public Library seeks to reinvent the way communities view libraries. As the heart and soul of the Hoover community, we are more than just a library. We’re the place you come to meet your friends, experience live theater, peruse art, listen to music, entertain your children, learn about new technology, seek job searching assistance, explore your interests, find good book recommendations and much, much more. We seek to grow our patronage by offering an unparalleled customer experience. When you have a question, we want the library to be the first thing that comes to mind."

Watch the American Library Association's commercial for NLW2019.

April is National Poetry Month.  It is also the month that often shows just how crazy the spring weather season can be.  So, what book combines those two things beautifully?  This stunningly illustrated, absolutely enormous collection of poems, one for every day of the year!

Sing a Song of Seasons edited by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
Measuring approximately 10 by 11 inches high and over 1 inch thick, Waters’ collected 366 lyric selections hail from more than 90 poets recognized as pillars of the Western canon—Shakespeare, Dickinson, Wordsworth, Blake, Cummings—as well as a handful of poets from other cultures as well as modern children’s stalwarts. While the age-old celebration of seasons and passage of time must be among the most common ways nature anthologies are organized, what sets this collection apart is how the differing perspectives work together. Waters makes sure, whether nature’s many creatures or states of being happen to be personified or objectified, that the unifying themes of environmental conservation and respect for creatures great and small (“Hurt no living thing,” advises Christina Rossetti) come clearly across. This isn’t to say the volume doesn’t offer numerous examples of light verse, such as Tony Mitton’s salute to a plum—“Don’t feel beaten. / You were made / to be eaten”—or selections from fun masters Ogden Nash and JonArno Lawson. Alongside these playful stanzas are hundreds of reflective poems, showcasing natural wonders often with mere syllables, as in “White Sound” by Julie O’Callaghan: “When rain / whispers / it is snow.”  Paired throughout with Preston-Gannon’s evocative, vibrantly textured digital illustrations, Waters’ superbly curated poems offer something for everyone: majestic and inspiring as nature itself. [from Kirkus Reviews]

Every porcine wonder was once a piglet!

A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Dusen (April 2, 2019)
Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive — and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.  

Watch the author talk about the new book!
Read Mr. Schu's interview with both the author and illustrator!
Take a peek in the FIRST CHAPTER BOOKS under J  DIC to find the original Mercy Watson series.