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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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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 summer, in a library not so far away . . . STAR WARS. [Cue the John Williams soundtrack.]

The Force is strong at this year's summer reading kick-off event.  Episode Fun will take over the entire walk-on floor of the Hoover Public Library on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.  Like the franchise that inspired it, this party will be BIG.  Here's a quick guide to the galaxy to help make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun.

It's book #4!  Will there be more?  If you're a reader also obsessed with games, you'll hope the answer is yes.

Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game by Chris Grabenstein (May 7, 2019)
Greetings, boys and girls, gamers of all ages--are you ready to play Mr. Lemoncello's BIGGEST, most dazzling game yet? After months of anticipation, Mr. Lemoncello is taking his games out of the library and going LIVE across the nation on the world-famous Kidzapalooza Television Network! Everyone's invited to audition, but only a lucky few will be chosen to compete in front of millions of viewers in a brand-new, completely immersive live-action breakout game--with real kids as the playing pieces! Kyle Keeley is determined to be one of them.

Each of the winning teams must make it through five different rooms in Mr. Lemoncello's fantastic new Fictionasium by solving a puzzle to unlock each room and, in the end, break out of the library! But nothing is ever as it seems with Mr. Lemoncello, and the surprises in store just might stump even the game master himself. Can Kyle break out of his own expectations--and win Mr. Lemoncello's ultimate game show?

Lynda Mullaly Hunt, the author of One for the Murphys and Fish in a Tree, has a new book out this week!  You know it makes me want to SHOUT, kick my heels up and SHOUT, throw my hands up and SHOUT, throw my head back and SHOUT!  Come on, now.  Don't you recognize the lyrics to the iconic Isley Brothers song?  It's the ultimate song of celebration, and this is something worth celebrating.

Join us for a day in a galaxy far, far away at our Star Wars Movie Marathon! Whether you've seen them a million times or want your family to see them for the first time, come view these iconic films on the big screen in the Library Theatre! We will be showing the original trilogy on Saturday, May the 4th, 2019 -- Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.  Admission and refreshments are free.

  • Episode IV at 10:15 a.m.
  • Episode V at 1 p.m.
  • Episode VI at 3:15 p.m.

We'll also have coloring sheets, Origami Yoda folding, and a scavenger hunt set up all day long in the Kid Zone.  Drop by anytime.  And May the Fourth be with you.  Always.

The internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah. When the actual date of Yom Hashoah falls on a Friday, the state of Israel observes Yom Hashoah on the preceding Thursday. When it falls on a Sunday, Yom Hashoah is observed on the following Monday.   This year’s Yom HaShoah starts at sundown on Wednesday, May 1, lasting until nightfall the next day on Thursday, May 2.

Here are some newer Holocaust titles available at Hoover Public Library.

Anne Frank by Stephen Krensky (DK Life Stories)
JB  FRA
Anne Frank's diary is read by children and adults worldwide. It tells two stories: one of an extraordinary young girl living in hiding during one of the most fearsome times in history, and one of a relatable young girl facing the same questions and troubles that kids come up against today. Learn how both sides of this puzzle made up the person who is Anne Frank. In this biography for kids ages 8-12, meet Anne's family and friends, explore "The Annex" where they hid, and see her story put in historical context alongside information about World War II and the Holocaust, and Hitler and Nazi Germany.

The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington
YA  ADL
Three weeks after being detained on her way home from school, fourteen-year-old Ella finds herself in the Upper Tailoring Studio, a sewing workshop inside a Nazi concentration camp. There, two dozen skeletal women toil over stolen sewing machines. They are the seamstresses of Birchwood, stitching couture dresses for a perilous client list: wives of the camp’s Nazi overseers and the female SS officers who make prisoners’ lives miserable. It is a workshop where stylish designs or careless stitches can mean life or death. And it is where Ella meets Rose. As thoughtful and resilient as the dressmakers themselves, Rose and Ella’s story is one of courage, desperation, and hope — hope as delicate and as strong as silk, as vibrant as a red ribbon in a sea of gray.

Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen
J  NIE
Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling food, papers, and even people.  Soon Chaya joins a resistance cell that runs raids on the Nazis' supplies. But after a mission goes terribly wrong, Chaya's network shatters. She is alone and unsure of where to go, until Esther, a member of her cell, finds her and delivers a message that chills Chaya to her core, and sends her on a journey toward an even larger uprising in the works -- in the Warsaw Ghetto.  Though the Jewish resistance never had much of a chance against the Nazis, they were determined to save as many lives as possible, and to live -- or die -- with honor.

What Was the Holocaust? by Gail Herman
J  940.53  HER
The Holocaust was a genocide on a scale never before seen, with as many as twelve million people killed in Nazi death camps—six million of them Jews. Gail Herman traces the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, whose rabid anti-Semitism led first to humiliating anti-Jewish laws, then to ghettos all over Eastern Europe, and ultimately to the Final Solution. She presents just enough information for an elementary-school audience in a readable, well-researched book that covers one of the most horrible times in history.
 

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