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Library Kids - April 6, 2018

Library Kids

Friday, April 6, 2018

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

April 6, 2018 Issue

In this issue:

Red, White, and Read

Red, White & Read

UW student athletes are ready to help get kids even more excited about reading!

Children of all ages and their families are invited to Red, White and Read on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Central Library.

Kids can read with UW student athletes, check out books and more at this Children's Room event. You may even get to meet Bucky!

Sponsored by the UW Student United Way and Student-Athletes Equally Supporting Others.

Learn more about Red, White & Read.


National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

Madison's Poet Laureate Oscar Mireles and Madison Public Library are partnering to celebrate National Poetry Month in April!

There are plenty of events to enjoy, but you can also celebrate with some of these poetry-themed books:

Bravo!: Poems about Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle
Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing by Marilyn Singer Marilyn
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander
Como Las Nubes = We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta
A Song About Myself by John Keats
Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen
Tony by Ed Galing
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka

(You'll find these books featured at the end of this email!)

Learn more about National Poetry Month.


Hawthorne Open House

Meet Your Neighbors! Hawthorne Library Open House

Hawthorne Library welcomes neighbors, old and new, to a special open house! Come and meet the people who live down street from you, or even right next door.

This family-friendly event will include music, arts and crafts, resource tables, and other activities for everyone.

Saturday, April 14 from 10:00am-12:30pm at Hawthorne Library

10:00am: Drumming Circle with Elmore
11:15am: Madison Circus Space Demos
11:45am: Common Chord A Cappella

Made possible by the Friends of the Hawthorne Library.


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

Preschool and Toddler Dance Party
Saturday, April 7, 10:00-10:45am - Monroe Street Library

Saturday, April 7, 10:00-11:00am - Pinney Library

Read and Make: Up, Up, and Away with Planes and Catapults!
Monday, April 9, 2:30-3:30pm - Hawthorne Library

Saturday Morning Cartooning
Saturday, April 14, 10:00-11:00am - Sequoya Library

Playtime Productions presents The Reluctant Dragon
Saturday, April 14, 1:00-3:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Saturday Family Matinee: Coco
Saturday, April 14, 2:30-4:30pm - Pinney Library 

Breakfast for Dinner with Ugly Apple
Monday, April 16, 6:00-8:00pm - Meadowridge Library

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

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

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

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


Tablet Tips

Tablet Tips

How much screen time should I allow my kids to have? Some children respond best to specific time limits when using a digital device, while others find that it's easier to quit when they've reached a clear stopping point, like the end of a level. You know your child best. Create a conscious media usage plan together. Building balanced media habits now will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

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

Bravo!: Poems about Amazing Hispanics
by Margarita Engle

Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot--the Latinos featured in this collection come from many different countries and from many different backgrounds. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today!

Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing
by Marilyn Singer

Marilyn Singer has crafted a vibrant collection of poems celebrating all forms of social dance from samba and salsa to tango and hip-hop. The rhythm of each poem mimics the beat of the dances' steps. Together with Kristi Valiant's dynamic illustrations, the poems create a window to all the ways dance enters our lives and exists throughout many cultures. This ingenious collection will inspire readers to get up and move!

Free Verse
by Sarah Dooley

When her brother dies in a fire, Sasha Harless has no one left, and nowhere to turn. After her father died in the mines and her mother ran off, he was her last caretaker. They' d always dreamed of leaving Caboose, West Virginia together someday, but instead she's in foster care, feeling more stuck and broken than ever. But then Sasha discovers family she didn't know she had, and is slowly learning to cope with her brother's death through writing poetry, finding a new way to express herself when spoken words just won't do.

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
by Laura Shovan

An award-winning, big-hearted time capsule of one class's poems during a transformative school year. A great pick for fans of Margarita Engle and Eileen Spinelli. Families change and new friendships form as these terrific kids grow up and move on in this whimsical novel-in-verse about finding your voice and making sure others hear it.

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
by Nikki Grimes

In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance -- including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
by Kwame Alexander

Out of gratitude for the poet's art form, Newbery Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors' hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.

Somos Como Las Nubes = We Are Like the Clouds
by Jorge Argueta

Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand why and what it is like to be them. This powerful book by award-winning Salvadoran poet Jorge Argueta describes the terrible process that leads young people to undertake the extreme hardships and risks involved in the journey to what they hope will be a new life of safety and opportunity.

A Song About Myself
by John Keats

English poet John Keats is remembered for his great odes and sonnets -- making this lighthearted, little-known poem a special treat. As written in a letter to his young sister when he was feeling homesick on a visit to Scotland, Keats runs his rhymes up and down and all around, leading the reader on a playful chase in and out of language and meaning while caricaturing both himself and what it means to be an aspiring poet. In perfect synchrony, the celebrated Chris Raschka illustrates Keats's droll words with his signature vibrant, energetic watercolors.

Thunder Underground
by Jane Yolen

In this collection of poems, noted children's poet Jane Yolen takes readers on an expedition underground, exploring everything from animal burrows and human creations, like subways, near the surface--to ancient cities and fossils, lower down--to caves, magma, and Earth's tectonic plates, deeper still below our feet. At the same time, in Josée Masse's rich art, a girl and boy, accompanied by several animals, go on a fantastic underground journey. This book contains science, poetry, and an adventure story all rolled into one. But it's also more than that: In these poems we see that beneath us are the past, present, future--history, truth, and story.

by Ed Galing

Follow this touching tale of a boy and his friendship with a horse, by the late poet Ed Galing and illustrated with remarkable tenderness by Caldecott-winning artist Erin Stead.

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems
by Bob Raczka

Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways.Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way.