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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

Our Homeschool Hub is proud to host the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for our next event on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 2 p.m.  Explore the civil rights movement of 1963 Birmingham, including the Children’s March and Sixteenth Street Church Bombing with "Tug a War".  Registration is now open, so sign up online or by phone (205-444-7830).  After the presentation, browse the library's large collection of Black History books to learn even more!  We even have a special display because February is Black History Month.   

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham.  Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, BCRI reaches more than 150,000 individuals each year though award-winning programs and services.  Their mission is to enlighten each generation about civil and human rights by exploring our common past and working together in the present to build a better future. Visit them soon at 520 16th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203.

The American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards today!  Here are the winners!  Did any of your favorites make the cut?  Several of ours did!  Access the full list of winners and honors here.  

The animal kingdom is full of unlikely friendships. From the grasslands of Africa to the middle of the ocean, animals across the world team up to trade food, protection, and much more to help one another survive.  Find out how these animal opposites attract in Animal Tag Teams by Kari Schuetz, a new Blastoff! Readers series about symbiotic relationships!

Celebrate the great gift of laughter with Belly Laugh Day on January 24, 2020!  Laughing and smiling are encouraged and celebrated all day long!  Need some inspiration to produce a deep, loud, hearty laugh of your very own?  Try one of our favorite funny picture books from 2019!

February is Black History Month, and our first Full STEAM Ahead for that month highlights African American Artists.  Alma Thomas was born in Columbus, Georgia and was a junior high art teacher in Washington, D.C. for 35 years. Only after retiring did she become famous as a professional artist. She was the first African American woman to have a solo show at the prestigious Whitney Museum in New York City.  She was most known for her Color Field paintings: mosaic-like patches of vibrant color in linear and circular compositions.  On Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 4 p.m., students ages 8-12 will learn about Alma Thomas and her minimal painting techniques and color mixing to create their own Color Field painting.  The artwork created at the event will be framed and on display for the spring in the Farmer Gallery outside the Library Administration Department.   Sign up online or by phone (205-444-7830) beginning 01/20/2020.