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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

The first book focuses on survival during times of war.  The second novel deals with surviving nature.  Both are penned by authors who know how to keep you turning pages!

March is Women's History Month!  March 8, 2021 is International Women's Day!  The library is literally filled with resources to help you celebrate, but here are some of my personal favorites from the last six months.

Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris (Jan 2021)
When a young girl sees a strong woman on TV labeled as "too assertive" and "too ambitious," it sends her on a journey of discovery through past, present, and future about the challenges faced by women and girls and the ways in which they can reframe, redefine, and reclaim words meant to knock them down.
Watch the author talk about the book.

Flying Free: How Bessie Coleman’s Dreams Took Flight by Karyn Parsons (Dec 2020)
Before Bessie Coleman blazed a high trail with her plane . . . Before she performed in death-defying flying shows that would earn her fame as "Queen Bess" . . . Before she traveled the country speaking out against discrimination, Bessie was a little girl with a big imagination that took her to the sky, through the clouds, and past the birds.  Knocking down barriers one by one, Bessie endured racism and grueling training to become the first black female pilot and an inspiration to Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker, and many more influential people of color for years to come.

Welcome to the ninth week of storytime!  This week's theme is Hats and More HatsAccess the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's Crown 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. 

All of my other Podcast Break blogs have been focused on young listeners.  And, yes, parents can enjoy listening to those programs with their kids and teens.  But now I have some suggestions just for YOU!  Parenting and podcasts go hand-in-hand. You can throw on a podcast whenever you're doing any of those endless, day-to-day parenting tasks and feel like you're somehow doubling your productivity.  Raising kids can sometimes be isolating, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic still in our midst, closing off some social circles where parents used to gather and commiserate. These podcasts make parents feel like they're not doing it alone.

February 27 is International Polar Bear Day!  I've blogged about this annual global event a few times before, but the message bears repeating.  Polar bears are facing challenges in a warming Arctic, and we can help!  We can educate ourselves, then we can spread the word.  I always think a book is a good way to start a conversation.