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Library Kids - April 20, 2018

Library Kids

Friday, April 20, 2018

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

April 20, 2018 Issue

In this issue:

Piñata Party

Piñata Party

¡Acompáñenos para cuentos y canciones en español, actividades divertidas, y una piñata para celebrar el día del niño! Para niños de toda edad, y sus familias.

Join us for a special family storytime in Spanish, with activities, treats, and a piñata to celebrate Día del niño! All ages welcome.

Sábado, 21 de abril | 10:30-11:15am | Biblioteca Pinney
Saturday, April 21 | 10:30-11:15am | Pinney Library 


Woodworking & Fantasy Coffins with Eric Adjetey Anang

Woodworking & Fantasy Coffins with Eric Adjetey Anang

Carpenter and coffin designer, Eric Adjetey Anang invites the public to learn a thing or two about woodworking, hand tools, and Ghana’s sacred tradition of building coffins.

Anang will host open studios throughout the month of April as part of his artist residency with the Bubbler at Madison Public Library.

See a list of workshop dates and times!

The Bubbler's foundational Artist-in-Residence program connecting artists to the community and the community to artists is funded by Scooter Software, Inc.​


Print & Resist Zinefest

Print & Resist Zinefest

Madison Print & Resist 2018 is a day-long festival of political print media, zines, experimental publications, and workshops related to the world of art, do-it-yourself culture, and political action.

Saturday, April 28 from 11:00am - 4:30pm Central Library (3rd Floor)

The event will feature work from subversively creative print and media artists, including zine makers, printers, poster-makers, and other self-published artists and writers ready to share their work with the Madison area community. All ages welcome to attend!

The Bubbler and the Media Lab are supported by grants from Madison Public Library Foundation and The Friends of the Madison Public Library.


Print & Resist Zinefest

Free Comic Book Day!

Celebrate the fun of reading comic books and graphic novels! National Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May.

Children and adults alike can visit any of our nine Madison Public Libraries on Saturday, May 5 during open hours to receive a free kid-friendly comic book, while supplies last.

Central Library will have more fun planned for those looking added festivities!

Learn more about free comic book day at the library.


Comic books provided by Westfield Comics. 


Upcoming Events

Find a complete event listing in our Spring Kidspages or find Chess Clubs, Knitting ClubsLEGO Clubs, Minecraft Clubs or Storytimes for ages 0-5

Open Studio with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence, Eric Adjetey Anang
Various Dates/Times in April - Central Library

Third Fridays: Game Night
Friday, April 20, 6:30-8:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Día del Niño Piñata Party
Saturday, April 21, 10:30-11:15am - Pinney Library

Bookmark Giveaway with Artist-in-Residence Rachal Duggan
Saturday, April 21, 12:00-4:00pm - Monroe Street Library

Family Movie Night: Paddington 2
Friday, April 27, 5:30-7:30pm - Lakeview Library

Día De Los Niños: Película /Movie
Friday, April 27, 3:00-5:00pm - Meadowridge Library

Family Fun Night: Day of the Child/Día del Niño Celebration
Friday, April 27, 6:00-7:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Día De Los Niños: Donuts with Dad Celebration
Saturday, April 28, 10:00-11:00am - Sequoya Library

Print & Resist Zinefest
Saturday, April 28, 11:00am-4:30pm - Central Library

Día De Los Niños: Bilingual Storytime Celebration
Monday, April 30, 10:30-11:00am - Meadowridge Library

Girl Scout Sign Up Night
Wednesday, May 2, 6:00-7:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Stories & Sweets
Saturday, May 5, 10:30-11:15am - Hawthorne Library

Cards for Mother's Day and Father's Day
Thursday, May 10, 4:00-5:00pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Author Event: Amy & Dave Freeman
Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:00pm - Sequoya Library


Tablet Tips

Tablet Tips

Is your kid's favorite app really annoying? Terrible music that gets stuck in your head, overly sassy main characters or garish color choices may bother you so much that you avoid spending time with your child while they’re using the app. Instead, try to seek out apps that both of you love!

As with books, if you don’t like it, then you won’t be motivated to use it with your child. Tablet time should be fun for you, too!

Take a look at Carissa's App Picks for Kids reviews and subscribe to her e-newsletter to get regular app reviews sent straight to your inbox!


New Books

Baby Bear's Book of Tiny Tales
by David McPhail

This collection of simple, short, and irresistibly sweet stories about Baby Bear finding things--and figuring out what to do with them. Charmingly written and illustrated by celebrated artist David McPhail, the impeccably classic feel of the text and art will take readers back to Sendak's Little Bear and Lobel's Frog and Toad books.

Hello Lighthouse
by Sophie Blackall

A lavish new picture book from Caldecott-winner Sophie Blackall that will transport readers to the seaside in timeless, nautical splendor! Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp's wick, and writes every detail in his logbook. Step back in time and through the door of this iconic lighthouse into a cozy dollhouse-like interior with the extraordinary award-winning artist Sophie Blackall.

Hermes: Tales of the Trickster
by George O'Connor

In volume ten of Olympians, George O'Connor delves into the myth of Hermes, the trickster god. From his infancy, when he bewitches animals and bends them to his will (stealing a herd of Apollo's prize cattle in the bargain), to his adolescence and adulthood when he becomes father to the equally mischievous Pan, Hermes's story is wildly entertaining as he brings a little bit of chaos to everything he touches or creates. This volume is sure to be a fan favorite with its wit, charm, and storytelling.

Hurricane Child
by Kheryn Callender

Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl--and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother.

I Got It!
by David Wiesner

Three-time Caldecott winner and bestseller David Wiesner works his visual magic in this near-wordless account of the most suspenseful, nerve-wracking few seconds in a baseball game after the ball leaves the bat. For this eager young outfielder, there's plenty of time to envision the increasingly fantastic and funny situations that might interfere with making the catch. Summoning determination and courage, he overcomes the imaginary obstacles and turns them into a springboard for success.

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
by Ashley Herring Blake

When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm--and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing. Mysteriously, Ivy's drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks--and hopes--that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings?

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
by Patricia Valdez

For fans of Ada Twist: Scientist comes a fascinating picture book biography of a pioneering female scientist--who loved reptiles! Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets. With a lively text and vibrant illustrations, scientist and writer Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala bring to life Joan Procter's inspiring story of passion and determination.

The Journey of Little Charlie
by Christopher Paul Curtis

Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His sharecropper father just died and Cap'n Buck -- the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina -- has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with Cap'n Buck and agrees to track down some folks accused of stealing from the cap'n and his boss. It's not too bad of a bargain for Charlie... until he comes face-to-face with the fugitives and discovers their true identities. Torn between his guilty conscience and his survival instinct, Charlie needs to figure out his next move -- and soon. It's only a matter of time before Cap'n Buck catches on.

A Most Unusual Day
by Sydra Mallery

Something rather extraordinary is happening in Caroline's life today . . . her family is adopting a new baby sister! A warm and loving story about school, family, siblings, and adoption, for anyone eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new sibling.