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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 debut of our summer storytime series!  Imagination Playground will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page every Monday, June 8-July 20, 2020.  The focus is on play and using our imaginations.  Each week will feature a pair of storytellers.  Social distancing keeps us from being in front of the camera at the same time, so we're using a little movie magic to bring us together!   After you watch the storytime, use the resources in this blog to have even more fun in our Imagination Playground!

Summer 2020 is not going to look or feel like summers past.  There are some things you can do with slight variations, but others are a big nope.  To help fill in the gaps, I'm going to do a blog series called Inspired by Summer.  Every Friday in June and July will be devoted to a summertime staple.  Each post will include ways to make the most of a particular pasttime in our current circumstances.  I'm kicking off the series with . . . BEACH PARTY!

Welcome to my summer blog series about my favorite fantasy movies from childhood!  Each Throwback Thursday in June and July will be dedicated to a movie (usually seen via VHS) that ignited my childhood imagination.  We're starting with one of my favorites OF ALL TIME, The Princess Bride!

Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy in 1452.  He was a painter, architect, inventor, and student of all things scientific. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term “Renaissance man.”  Largely self-educated, he filled dozens of secret notebooks with inventions, observations and theories about pursuits from aeronautics to anatomy.  He remains best known for his art, including two paintings that are among the world’s most famous and admired, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.  Learn more about Leonardo's combination of intellect and imagination by watching this charming video bio then reading one of these books.

So, today is a BIG day in the publishing industry.  There are a ridiculously large number of books that came out today, and many of them are perfect for our fantasy-based summer!  If you want even more new fantasy titles, take a look at one of our official summer reading lists!