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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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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
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The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
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Mission Unstoppable
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
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One for the Murphys

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Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon by Kelly Starling Lyons (Jan 2020)
Philip Freelon's grandfather was an acclaimed painter of the Harlem Renaissance. His father was a successful businessman who attended the 1963 March on Washington. When Phil decided to attend architecture school, he created his own focus on African American and Islamic designers. He later chose not to build casinos or prisons, instead concentrating on schools, libraries, and museums--buildings that connect people with heritage and fill hearts with joy. And in 2009, Phil's team won a commission that let him use his personal history in service to the country's: the extraordinary Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
View the teacher's guide available on the publisher's website.
Get even more ideas for sharing this book!  Take a look at the 11/30/20 blog post from School Library Journal's The Classroom Bookshelf.

Welcome to the seventh week of storytime!  This week's theme is Construction ZoneAccess the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's Shape Construction Truck craft will be available for pickup in the Kid Zone beginning Monday morning at 9 a.m. These supplies are on a first come, first served basis.  Remember, storytimes will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on each of these days. 

Coral reefs are large underwater structures composed of the skeletons of colonial marine invertebrates called coral. The coral species that build reefs are known as hermatypic, or "hard," corals because they extract calcium carbonate from seawater to create a hard, durable exoskeleton that protects their soft, sac-like bodies. Each individual coral is referred to as a polyp. Coral polyps live on the calcium carbonate exoskeletons of their ancestors, adding their own exoskeleton to the existing coral structure. As the centuries pass, the coral reef gradually grows, one tiny exoskeleton at a time, until they become massive features of the marine environment.  Corals are found all over the world's oceans, from the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska to the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea. The biggest coral reefs are found in the clear, shallow waters of the tropics and subtropics. The largest of these coral reef systems, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, is more than 1,500 miles long!  Dive deep and take a closer look at these amazing structures with one (or both!) of these virtual field trips.

The Big Bright Feelings picture book series by Tom Percival provide kid-friendly entry points into emotional intelligence topics.  These topics can be difficult to talk about. But these books act as sensitive and reassuring springboards for conversations about mental and emotional health, positive self-image, building self-confidence, and managing feelings.  The newest title, Meesha Makes Friends, is out this month.

February is all about the love.  And, of course, I love books.  But I REALLY love wordless books.  Before I got my master's degree in library & information, I earned a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology.  That's when I discovered exactly why wordless books are so amazing!

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