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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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Kidzone Blog

Our final Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead of 2018 has a holiday twist.  Join Miss Anna Beth for Elf Engineering on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 4 p.m.  Kids ages 7-12 will face several Christmas-themed challenges:  

  • Construct a Christmas tree from various supplies
  • Build a set of stairs for the elves to use to get into Santa's sleigh
  • Design a Christmas stocking
  • Assist Santa in his flight with a telescope of your design
  • Complete the jingle bell challenge
  • Develop a Christmas catapult

Completing all challenges earns an elf's favorite snack: hot chocolate and Christmas cookies!  Registration is required for this event.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

Hoover City Schools (and other local school districts) are off for the entire week of Thanksgiving. If you're looking for something to do, look no further than Hoover Library. We have three thematic programs that week, and you don't even have to register to be part of the fun!

  • Story Lab: Bird Brains
    Monday, November 19, 2018 at 4 p.m.

    This is Miss Katie Jane's weekly S.T.E.A.M.-powered storytime for ages 3-8.  One story prompts lots of hands-on activities.  This week's stations will include waterproof duck feathers, forkprint hatchlings, cereal turkeys, whirly twirly flying birds, bird poop art, and other bird-brained fun. 
  • Craft Cornucopia
    Wednesday, November 21, 2018at 10:30 a.m.

    Get into the holiday spirit with Miss Traci and Thanksgiving crafts for all ages.
  • Storytime Leftovers
    Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

    Join Miss Polly for stories, songs, and a short movie that celebrate family, food, and togetherness. This program is for all ages and will include a snack.  

The Hoover Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21.  We will also be closed Thursday, November 22 - Friday, November 23.  Happy Thanksgiving!

And the winner for Young People's Literature is . . . The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
The Journey of Litle Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

We'll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper

See the winners in all categories on the National Book Awards website.

2018 has brought us several excellent biographies about Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.  Read one today!

I Am Sonia Sotomayor by Brad Meltzer (November 13, 2018)
This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor (September 4, 2018)
Sonia Sotomayor was just a girl when she dared to dream big. Her dream? To become a lawyer and a judge even though she’d never met one of either, and none lived in her neighborhood.  Sonia did not let the hardships of her background—which included growing up in the rough housing projects of New York City’s South Bronx, dealing with juvenile diabetes, coping with parents who argued and fought personal demons, and worrying about money—stand in her way. Always, she believed in herself. Her determination, along with guidance from generous mentors and the unwavering love of her extended Puerto Rican family, propelled her ever forward.  Eventually, all of Sonia’s hard work led to her appointment as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 2009, a role that she has held ever since.  Learn about Justice Sotomayor’s rise and her amazing work as well as about the Supreme Court in this fascinating memoir that shows that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true.

Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor (September 4, 2018)
As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world to reach for their dreams. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer was books! They were her mirrors, her maps, her friends, and her teachers. They helped her to connect with her family in New York and in Puerto Rico, to deal with her diabetes diagnosis, to cope with her father's death, to uncover the secrets of the world, and to dream of a future for herself in which anything was possible.  Justice Sotomayor shares that love of books with a new generation of readers, and inspires them to read and puzzle and dream for themselves. Accompanied by Lulu Delacre's vibrant art, this story of the Justice's life shows readers that the world is full of promise and possibility--all they need to do is turn the page.

The studio that brought you Despicable Me (and those adorably naughty Minions) has revamped the classic Seuss Christmas tale.  The Grinch opens in theaters this weekend.  The Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbors in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all.

Read the book that inspired the movie.  Find How the Grinch Stole Christmas in the picture book room at Hoover Public Library.  Look for E  SEU.  And go ahead and mark your calendars for our Grinch Double Feature on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2 pm.  We'll be showing the 1966 animated classic followed by the 2000 live-action movie starring Jim Carrey.  Admission and refreshments are free.