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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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The newest picture book from the creators of Iggy Peck, ArchitectRosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist stars Sofia Valdez, a community leader who stands up for what she believes in!

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts (11/05/19)
Every morning, Abuelo walks Sofia to school . . . until one day, when Abuelo hurts his ankle at a local landfill and he can no longer do so. Sofia misses her Abuelo and wonders what she can do about the dangerous Mount Trashmore. Then she gets an idea - the town can turn the slimy mess into a park! She brainstorms and plans and finally works up the courage to go to City Hall - only to be told by a clerk that she can't build a park because she's just a kid! Sofia is down but not out, and she sets out to prove what one kid can do.

“I began thinking about a story that would show children that they have some power, and that they can find the strength to focus on one thing they can do to make a change. To me, Sofia Valdez is a story about bravery and community, emphasizing that everybody has a role to play.”
-Andrea Beaty

Mr Justin, librarian and artist extraordinaire, will teach you how to make BIG drawings at our next Full STEAM Ahead event.  I asked him to give me some specifics for this blog.  Here's what he says you can expect.

" We will explore simple methods for turning your normal size drawings into super huge drawings. We'll use grids to enlarge small drawings, try out tracing projected images, and work on a large mystery group drawing.  Chuck Close is a notable artist we will look at who uses grids to enlarge his drawings and paintings."

If you'd like to attend Art Hacks: Drawing Big on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 4 p.m., you must be 8-12 years old.  You also have to register online or by phone (205-444-7830) beginning 11/05.  After the session, stop by the Kid Zone nonfiction shelves and look for Dewey Decimal number 743.  You'll find even more tips to help you improve your drawings  If you'd like a biography about Chuck Close, look for JB  CLO.

"Some people are worth melting for."  And Olaf, the delightful snowman from Disney's Frozen franchise is definitely one of them!  That's why we're having a whole party in his honor.  Join us for Olaf's Frozen Fun! on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
There will be flurries of fun!  You'll make snowflake ribbon wands and Sven antlers.  You'll also get a chance to feed your favorite reindeer in a game.  There will be a photo op with Elsa and a Dance Party Sing-Along with Olaf.  (Between songs, remember, Olaf likes warm hugs.)  Want to register for this event?  There's no need!  "Love is an open door." (Ok, I think I've fit as many Frozen quotes into this thing that I can.  Time to let it go.  Ok, THAT was the last one.)

Trick or Treat! at Hoover Library this Thursday, October 31, 2019  from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m..  We'll have 19 candy stations throughout the library.  What a great opportunity to visit previously unexplored areas of your favorite place!  Can't wait to see your costume this Halloween!  

The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park is one of the nation’s premier Native American heritage sites. Called “The Big Apple of the 14th Century” by National Geographic, Moundville Archaeological Park was once the site of a powerful prehistoric community that, at its peak, was America’s largest city north of Mexico.  Located on the Black Warrior River 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa, the park preserves 326 acres where, 800 years ago, Mississippian people constructed 29 massive flat-topped earthen mounds, arranged carefully around a vast central plaza. The mounds served as elevated platforms for civic and ceremonial structures and the homes of nobles.  Today, the panoramic landscape provides stunning views of these ancient monuments while the park's museum displays many of the beautiful treasures that have been unearthed at the site, including the famous stone Rattlesnake Disk.

Representatives from Moundville will be at Hoover Public Library's next Homeschool HubSign up online or by phone (205-444-7830) to be part of Moundville Presents: 10,000 Years in an Hour on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 2 p.m.  You'll learn about the archaeology, prehistory, and history of Alabama Native Americans. You'll get to see and touch artifacts and reproductions representing cultures as old as 10,000 B.C. You will also learn the basic principles of archaeology and what distinguishes different prehistoric Native American cultures from one another.  After the event, swing by the Kid Zone nonfiction collection to find more informational book about Native Americans.  Look for Dewey Decimal number 970.004.