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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

Pencil in hand, faced with an unjust world, Gyo Fujikawa created a new future.  This picture book biography of a groundbreaking picture book creator is the perfect read for Picture Book Month this November.

Feeling fried? Peel yourself off the couch and meet your new pal-tato in the fourth picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of The Bad SeedThe Good Egg, and The Cool Bean.

Welcome to the tenth week of the Fall 2020 storytime season!  This week's theme is Lions & Tigers & Books, Oh My!.  Access the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's craft will be available for pickup at the Kid Zone desk beginning Tuesday 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. 

November is on the horizon, which means you need to be getting ready for NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writing Month.  National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers (or students), mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.

Want to get inspired to do some writing of your own?  I came across this podcast playlist in July.  It was put together to inspire summer writing, but I think it easily translates to the fall.

In the late 1800s, George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company created candy corn -- a sweet treat representing the bright colors of corn kernels. The original confection was made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree).  Modern candy makers produce the treat using machines, but they still use the original ingredients.  Not everyone is a fan of the seasonal candy.  Some folks love it; others hate it.  There's very little middle ground when it comes to candy corn opinions.  No matter what side of the debate you are on, here are some excellent ideas to help you celebrate National Candy Corn Day this Friday, October 30 !