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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

This is a blog I wrote before the COVID shutdown.  I decided to wait and post it sometime in the future, once the public had access to our physical collection again.  Well, curbside service starts today!  So I pulled this blog out to post.  And guess what I discovered?  We  have a copy of the ebook available on Overdrive!  I waited needlessly to tell you about illustrator Pete Oswald's solo picture book debut!  Read the interview on Let's Talk Picture Books before or after you dive into this near-wordless celebration of nature . . . and a day spent with dad.

I start working on the summer reading list in January.  The list usually includes titles and locations within the library.  This year I had decided to also create a few book cover lists that highlighted various parts of the long list.  I had completed most of the title list when the quarantine set in and everything about summer reading changed.  So here's what we have instead!

I used my work-at-home time to learn how to use a service called LibraryAware.  It allowed me to create some very fancy looking book cover reading lists.  Every title is available in our downloadable collections, either via Libby or Hoopla.  Since each list can only include a small number of books, I made a lot of lists.  I made 45 of them.  I told you it was a lot!  We'll be featuring them in a variety of ways all summer long, but I'm also going to assemble them all together in this blog post.  I hope you find many books you want to read!  I know I did!

Maybe you aren't satisfied with just doing summer reading.  Maybe you want to try your hand at summer writing, too!  Here are some resources to help you get your story started.

Both my mom and sister are experts at the art of crochet.  This means I have easy access to a lot of yarn.  A LOT.  Which is great because there are so many things you can do with a bit of string and imagination.

May 26, 2020 is National Paper Airplane Day!  Celebrate the simple aeronautical toy in the best possible way.  Fold some paper, and let it fly!