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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

I hope every family can find a "magic hour" in each busy day this summer . . . and always.

Daddy, Me, and the Magic Hour by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by Sarita Rich (May 1, 2018)
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Returning home from work and school, dad starts dinner while mom feeds the baby. But after dinner, it’s the titular Magic Hour, time for just father and the T-shirt–and-shorts–clad narrator to enjoy a post-dinner walk. As they wander, the protagonist’s red plastic bucket fills with found treasures that mark the highlights of the evening. A woman watering roses donates one after a playful sprinkle; the child pets a friendly dog, and then child and dad use the dog’s stick to play tic-tac-toe and to fence. They tickle each other with some bird feathers and swing hand in hand on the playground. Calm descends as the light in the illustrations fades. Crickets chirp; the duo catch fireflies in their hands. Dad swings the child up on his shoulders: “Together, we make a quiet giant / who can almost reach the moon.” The final page shows Mommy tucking the protagonist in. She has the rose and a daisy also gathered on the walk, and the bucket and treasures are prominently displayed. Rich’s characters are delightfully expressive, the narrator’s exuberance and wonder sometimes barely contained. And it’s clear that the father cherishes his bond with his child. 

Looking for a fun story to get imaginations going?  From New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and rising-star illustrator Leo Espinosa comes a humorous tale based on an amazing-but-true story about the summer a city fountain was used as a goldfish pond.

Goldfish on Vacation (April 10, 2018)
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H, Little O, and Baby Em are stuck in the city for the summer with only their pet goldfish—Barracuda, Patch, and Fiss—for company. It’s looking like it might be a pretty boring vacation, but one day, something exciting happens. Someone starts fixing up the old fountain down the street—the one Grandpa says horses used to drink from before everyone had cars—and a sign appears: “Calling All Goldfish Looking for a Summer Home.” H, Little O, and Baby Em can’t wait to send their goldfish on vacation, and the fish, well, they seem pretty excited too. Based on the true story of Hamilton Fountain in New York City, this charming tale of one special summer will delight readers young and old.

I absolutely cannot wait for Rolie Polie Guacamole to hit our Library Theatre stage!  The band hails from Brooklyn, New York, and it is their debut performance in Hoover, Alabama.  Get ready to "Wake Up, Shake Up" then dance in your "Firetruck" till you hit the next "Red Light Green Light."  Find more of their music in the PERFORMERS section of the Kid Zone music collection.

Rolie Polie Guacamole
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 28, 2018
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
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!

The 5 O'Clock Band by Troy Andrews & Bill Taylor (June 19, 2018)
In this companion to the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award–winning Trombone Shorty, join a scrappy young musician named Shorty on a tour of his beloved New Orleans. After letting his band down by missing rehearsal, Shorty has some serious questions about what it means to be a leader. He hits the streets of New Orleans to find some answers and soak up inspiration. Along the way he’ll meet street musicians, a favorite restaurant owner, and the famous Mardi Gras Indians. Each has some NOLA-bred wisdom to share with Shorty about being an artist, a leader, and a friend. In The 5 O’Clock Band, Troy Andrews has crafted another unforgettable love letter to New Orleans illustrated by the incomparable Bryan Collier.

Our next Summer STEAM event for 8 to 12-year-olds is coming on Thursday, June 28, 2018.  Are you ready for John Scalici Drums?  Scalici travels all over, leading drum circles for young and old.  He uses rhythm to teach across the curriculum -- integrating elements of math, science, social studies, language arts, and more.  Rhythm also teaches group participation, self expression, communication, creativity, and goal setting.  He'll be leading groups at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Click on the time slot to register online.  You can also call us at 444-7830.

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