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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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The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
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The Mark of Athena
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Kidzone Blog

This is the BYOB event you've been waiting for!  Join Miss Emma and Miss Polly for music, movement and creative play for babies birth – 24 months. All you have to bring is your baby! This lap sit program is designed especially for wee ones and their caregivers. We’ll jam out in circle time with egg shakers, scarves, fingerplays, stories, and songs the babies will love; then have a free play time with activities that promote the earliest of literacy skills.  This year's BYOB is split into two age groups -- one-year-olds and under ones.  Space is limited to 15 babies per session.  Please register online (click on the time slot in this blog) or by phone (444-7830).

Bring Your Own Baby: 1-year-olds
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Registration begins 06/14/19.

Bring Your Own Baby: birth-12 months
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Registration begins 06/14/19.

Bring Your Own Baby: 1-year-olds
Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Registration begins 07/19/19.

Bring You Own Baby: birth-12 months
Friday, July 26, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Registration begins 07/19/19.

Atlanta magician extraordinaire Arthur Atsma is returning to Hoover Library!  His show weaves cutting edge, fast paced, astonishing sleight of hand magic with mentalism.  Get ready for tricks with cards, coins, comedy, and audience participation. After the show, you'll want to try YOUR hand at magic.  Visit the Kid Zone nonfiction shelves.  Look for Dewey Decimal number 793.8.

Arthur Atsma
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 20, 2019
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

Michael Jordan, the Looney Tunes, and some basketball-playing aliens made a classic movie in 1996.  Maybe you've heard of it?  Space Jam!  Well, here's your chance to do your dance at Hoover Pubic Library's Sports Space Jam on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 4 p.m.  This sports-in-space opportunity is for young athletes age 6-12.  You need to sign up online or by phone (444-7830) to be on our roster.  Registration opens 06/13.

Game #1 -⁠ Get the solar soccer ball past the Galactic Goalie in Solar Soccer.
Game #2 - Can you sink a Black Hole in One?  Test your golf skills with our course through the library galaxy.
Game #3 - Sink a hoop on the surface of the red planet in Mars Madness.

Craft #1 - Who needs spirit gear?  You do!  Make a pennant to help you cheer on your favorite team.
Craft #2 - Create a drawstring bag to hold all your space sports gear.

Snackies - Because space athletes need to refuel!

Stacey McAnulty and Stevie Lewis have given us another delightful nonfiction picture book in their Our Universe series!  This would made a wonderful addition to your "A Universe of Stories" summer reading log.

Moon: Earth's Best Friend (June 11, 0219)
Meet Moon! She's more than just a rock―she’s Earth’s rock, her best friend she can always count on. Moon never turns her back on her friend (literally: she's always facing Earth with the same side!). These two will stick together forever.

Don't miss Earth: My First 4.54 Billions Years (2017) and Sun: One in a Billion (2018).

We just couldn't have a space-themed summer without Buzz Lightyear!  That would be an intergalactic emergency!  Especially since Toy Story 4 comes out later this month!  The Hoover Public Library will go To Infinity . . . and Beyond! on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  Meet Buzz Lightyear and begin your space ranger training.  Defeat Evil Emperor Zurg in a Blacklight Space Gun Course.  Test your galactic navigational skills during an Interplanetary Beanbag Toss.  Hone your coordination skills and attempt to Pin the Eye(s) on the Alien.  Create an undercover Alien Disguise.  And, of course, dine at Pizza Planet.  Doesn't that sound good?  Can't you just hear those adorable Toy Story aliens in your head?  "Oooooo.  We are eternally grateful."  I know I can.  Young space ranger cadets do not have to register for this event.  Simply follow the stars to the Kid Zone.  Remember to walk.  You are not a flying toy.