Library Kids - 3/11/16

Library Kids is Madison Public Library's email newsletter featuring news, events, and recommended books for kids PreK through grade 6.

March 11, 2016 Issue

In this issue:

Featured Events 

Help Us Go for the Gold

On February 23, 2016, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that Madison Public Library is among the 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library

Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Madison Public Library and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau are the two institutions chosen in the state of Wisconsin for this honor in 2016.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story, please visit or tweet @us_imls with the hashtag #NationalMedal to tell us how the Madison Public Library has changed your life. Your posts and tweets will be featured nationally on Tuesday, March 15, so get ready to like, share and retweet your friends and neighbors. Thank you so much for your support, you really are the reason for our success!

One Night Only!

We're hosting some amazing local and national authors this spring as part of our Wisconsin Book Festival Event Series, including a treat especially for school age readers!

New from Ally Condie (author of the critically acclaimed Matched trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller) comes SUMMERLOST, a tender and poignant exploration of family, loss, and the healing power of friendship. Last year twelve-year-old Cedar’s family was whole, and then her father and youngest brother, Ben, were killed in a devastating accident.  Life wasn’t uncomplicated before—Ben was different from most kids, and much of the family’s world revolved around accommodating his need--but now everything has changed for Cedar’s family, left broken and struggling to come to terms with their loss.
It’s their first summer as just three, and Cedar, her mother, and her brother Miles have moved to the small town of Iron Creek. They're just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing on Cedar’s windowsill.

Reserve your library copy of Summerlost now, and mark your calendar today for this special evening with Ally Condie!

Funding for this Wisonsin Book Festival event generously provided in part by the American Girl Fund for Children.


Upcoming Events

Find Storytimes for Ages 0-5 here
Find Chess Clubs here
Find Knitting Clubs here
Find LEGO Clubs here

Donuts with Dad
Saturday, March 12, 10 am - Alicia Ashman Library [more info]
Saturday, March 26, 10 am - Sequoya Library [more info]

Swingin’ Singin’ Saturday
Saturday, March 12, 10 am - Monroe Street Library [more info]

Minecraft @ the Library
Saturday, March 12, 1 pm - 3 pm - Central Library [more info]
Mondays, March 14 & 21, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]
Tuesdays, March 12 & 22, 4 pm - 6 pm - Central Library [more info]

Nominee Matinee: The Good Dinosaur
Saturday, March 12, 2 pm - 4 pm - Pinney Library [more info]

The Supper Club
Tuesday, March 15, 6 pm - 7 pm - Alicia Ashman Library [more info]

Pokemon Club
Wednesdays, March 16 & 23, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Family Fun Night: Family Movie Night with The Peanuts Movie 
Friday, March 18, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Art After Overture
Saturday, March 20, 9 am - 4 pm - Central Library [more info]

Artists in Absentia: Drama for Social Justice Workshop (A Bubbler program for all ages)
Saturday, March 19, 1 pm - 3 pm - Central Library [more info]

Dinner & a Movie
Tuesday, March 22, 6 pm - 8 pm - Central Library [more info]
Wednesday, March 23, 6 pm - 8 pm - Central Library [more info]
Thursday, March 24, 6 pm - 8 pm - Central Library [more info]

“Toddlers in Motion” with Miss Cindy
Tuesday, March 23, 9:30 am - Pinney Library [more info]
Tuesday, March 23, 10:30 am - Pinney Library [more info]
Thursday, March 24, 9:30 am - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]
Thursday, March 24,  10:30 am - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]
Kite Making with Julio Flores (A Bubbler JR Program)
Friday, March 25, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Hawthorne Library [more info/register]
Friday, March 25, 2 pm - 4 pm - Alicia Ashman Library [more info/register]
Saturday, March 26, 2 pm - 4 pm - Pinney Library [more info/register starting 3/12]

Library Laboratory featuring TetraPAKMAN
Friday, March 25, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Lakeview Library [more info]

Black Storytime: Stories in the African and African American Tradition
Friday, March 25, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Goodman South Library [more info]


New Books


Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig
by Deborah Hopkinson

When young Beatrix Potter brings home her neighbor’s pet guinea pig so that she can practice painting it, well . . . it dies! Now what? This mostly-true and surprisingly charming picture book for advanced readers is best for ages 4 and up.

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess
by Meg Cabot

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is a completely average twelve-year-old: average height, average weight, average brown hair of average length, average brown skin and average hazel eyes. That is, until the average day she discovers a long-lost half-sister and the rest of her royal family! A funny and fresh new take on modern monarchy from the author of the Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot.

The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez
by Robin Yardi

When fourth-grader Mateo Martinez spots two skunks stealing his sister's trike, he launches a crusade to retrieve it. But he gets more than he bargained for when he learns that the skunks are not only thieves--they can talk, too!

My Heart Fills with Happiness
by Monique Gray Smith

The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.

The Sweetest Heist in History
by Octavia Spencer

A hard-to-prove art heist makes a New York City mystery for ninja detective Randi Rhodes in this second book in a series full of humor, adventure, and heart from Academy Award–winning actress Octavia Spencer.

The White House: a Pop-up of Our Nation's Home
by Robert Sabuda

In this spectacular pop-up guide to the White House by bestselling paper engineer Robert Sabuda, readers can take a tour behind the scenes of the workplace and the residence of the president and his family. Travel through time as you open each spread and discover the North Face of the White House, the East Room, the Lincoln Bedroom, the Rose Garden, the Oval Office, and the South Lawn of the White House. Especially enjoyable for ages 5-105.