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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

March is Music in Our Schools Month!  This often means visits to the symphony or visits from musicians.  That is still a physical impossibility in light of COVID.  But there are lots of wonderful online opportunities!  Experience the power of music on these three virtual field trips, then check out one of these books from Hoover Public Library! 

New York Philharmonic
Take a peek inside the instrument cases of members of the orchestra, treat yourself to virtual concerts, and access educational content divided by age level.

In the companion novel to the beloved and award-winning Amina’s Voice, Amina once again uses her voice to bridge the places, people, and communities she loves—this time across continents.  Access the reading group guide on the publisher's website.  Hena Khan is one of many Muslim must-read authors.  She will definitely be included in my Muslim Voices blog post on April 13, 2021!  Stay tuned!

Since 1961, March has been a month dedicated to promoting art education in the United States.  And remember this -- education is NOT limited to a traditional classroom.  The library gives people of all ages a chance to educate themselves every day of the week on every topic imaginable.  Another good thing to keep in mind in the midst of life's current COVID restrictions?  The 2021 theme for Youth Art Month is "Art Connects Us."  So stop by to see what we have to help you celebrate Youth Art Month!  Here are just a few of my recent faves!

Welcome to the tenth week of storytime!  This week's theme is Splashing DucksAccess the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's Duck Fingerpuppet craft will be available for pickup in the Kid Zone beginning Monday morning at 9 a.m. These supplies are on a first come, first served basis.  Remember, storytimes will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on each of these days. 

Words are my thing.  I love to read them.  I love to speak them.  I have been accused (accurately) of narrating my life.  I am always trying to expand my vocabulary, so I can use the most precise word for any situation.  And I get to use words in these blog posts to help our patrons get the most out of Hoover Public Library.  Today's blog focuses on titles devoted to words -- their wonder and their power.