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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

Little People, Big Dreams is an empowering biography series that celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world.  March is Women's History Month.  Hmm, I wonder if that influenced my decision to highlight the series this month?  YES!  We don't have every single book here at Hoover Public Library, but we do have eleven!

1. Agatha Christie
2. Amelia Earhart
3. Anne Frank
4. Audrey Hepburn
5. Ella Fitzgerald
6. Frida Kahlo
7. Harriet Tubman
8. Josephine Baker
9. Maya Angelou
10. Mother Teresa
11. Rosa Parks

And you can borrow these from one of the other 39 Jefferson County libraries!
12. Ada Lovelace
13. Coco Chanel
14. Emmeline Pankhurst
15. Georgia O'Keeffe
16. Jane Austen

Parenting is hard.  Always has been.  Always will be.  But modern parents are facing challenges past generations didn't have to face . . . because they didn't exist yet.  Like social media.  You can learn how to be Social Media Smart at our next Practical Parenting on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  There are benefits of social media but also evidence of emotional and behavioral side effects. As a parent, what should you know and what should you consider doing about it?  Dale Wisely, Ph.D. will help you think it through.  Dr. Wisely is Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, he was Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools for 12 years, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 36 years.  There is no registration required for this event.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.

I am a woman.  I deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in this country.  And, luckily for me and the millions of women in the United States, we had strong sisters fight for our right to be recognized as equals and cast our vote.  American women won the vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 secured voting rights for racial minorities, including our sisters of color.  Learn about the struggles and triumphs of the women who paved the way.  Then exercise your right to vote at the next opportunity.

Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kirsten Gillinbrand (November 13, 2018)
J  324.623  GIL

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was inspired by her own great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother to be bold and brave–to stand up and fight for what she believes in. But who inspired them? The long chain of women before them who spoke out for what’s right–women who taught each generation that followed how to be bold and brave.  Here are the stories of ten leaders who strove to win the right to vote for American women–a journey that took more than seventy years of passionate commitment. From well-known figures, such as Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth to lesser known women such as Alice Paul and Mary Church Terrell, these are heroes who dreamed big and never gave up. Senator Gillibrand highlights an important and pithy lesson from each woman’s life–from “dare to be different” to “fight together.”  On the eve of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women suffrage, Bold & Brave looks both backward and forward. It introduces children to strong women who have raised their voices on behalf of justice–and inspires them to raise their own voices to build our future.

Blast Back!: Women's Suffrage by Nancy Ohlin (June 26, 2018)
J  324.623  OHL
When people think about the women's suffrage movement, things like voting rights and protests may come to mind. But what was the movement all about, and what social change did it bring? This engaging nonfiction book, complete with black-and-white interior illustrations, will make readers feel like they've traveled back in time. It covers everything from the history of women's rights in the U.S. to women's suffrage movements across the world, and more. Find out interesting, little-known facts such as how the suffragists were the first people to ever picket the White House and how the nineteenth amendment granting women the right to vote passed by only one vote when a legislator changed his vote to "yes" after receiving a letter from his mother telling him to "do the right thing."

Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote by Susan Zimet & Todd Hasak-Lowy (January 16, 2018)
J  324.623  ZIM
The United States of America is almost 250 years old, but American women won the right to vote less than a hundred years ago.  And when the controversial nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution-the one granting suffrage to women-was finally ratified in 1920, it passed by a mere one-vote margin.  The amendment only succeeded because a courageous group of women had been relentlessly demanding the right to vote for more than seventy years. The leaders of the suffrage movement are heroes who were fearless in the face of ridicule, arrest, imprisonment, and even torture. Many of them devoted themselves to the cause knowing they wouldn't live to cast a ballot.  The story of women's suffrage is epic, frustrating, and as complex as the women who fought for it.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the latest movie inspired by Cressida Cowell's popular book series.  You can catch it in theaters now.  And you can catch an amazing party right here at Hoover Public Library next Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  Join your Viking teachers for the dangerous job of Dragon Training.  This will include forging a Viking sword and feeding a dragon.  You'll also make a fire breathing dragon craft, design a scratch board dragon, and assemble and flight test a dragon glider.  And, of course, Viking-approved snacks will be served.  No registration is required to take part in Dragon Training.

After the event, swing by the Kid Zone movie collection to check out a copy of the first two How to Train Your Dragon movies.  We have them available on both DVD and Blu-Ray.  You can also swoop through the juvenile fiction section.  You'll find the book series under J  COW.

Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth in Lion Down by Stuart Gibbs.  This is the fifth mystery adventure in the FunJungle series.

"As the park plans for its enormous one year anniversary celebration, operations there seem to be running smoothly for once (except for the occasional herring-related mishap in the penguin exhibit) and Teddy is finally able to give detective work a rest.  But then a local mountain lion is accused of killing a famous dog — and the dog’s owner, an inflammatory radio host — goes on a crusade to have the cat declared a nuisance so it can be hunted.  However, there’s evidence that the lion might have been framed for murder, and now a renegade animal activist wants Teddy and Summer to help prove it — and catch the real killer.  And if that wasn’t enough, someone has poisoned FunJungle’s beloved giraffes and J.J. McCracken wants Teddy on the case.  Now, Teddy finds himself mixed up in the middle of his most bizarre, hilarious and dangerous adventure yet."