Library Kids - April 8, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

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

April 8, 2016 Issue

In this issue:


Featured Events 


The Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Ally Condie

The Wisconsin Book Festival presents an evening with author Ally Condie at Central Library, Tuesday, April 12, 7:00pm.

Ally Condie is the author of the critically acclaimed Matched trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. The series has been published in more than 30 languages.

Condie's debut middle grade novel, Summerlost, is 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 needsbut now everything has changed for Cedar's family, left broken and struggling to come to terms with their loss.

This event will also officially launch the Teen's Choice teen summer reading program for 2016! Be among the first to check out some of MPL's nominations for this summer's Teen's Choice Awards, and learn how to throw your own titles into the running! Learn about new books and authors, promote old favorites, and see what other teens in Madison are into!


MeeperBOTS take over Library LEGO CLubs!

Make your LEGO creation into a moveable masterpiece with meeperBOTS! Staff from Wisconsin's own Meeper Technology will be on hand at selected Library LEGO Clubs this month to introduce meeperBOTS, the "most full-featured, versatile motor-controlled toys on the planet."  Simply build your LEGO creation, connect your meeperBOT to the free dowloadable app, and drive! We'll bring the LEGOS, the BOTS, and some Bluetooth-enabled devices to demo: what will you create?

Want to get a look at the free app ahead of time? Download here from Google Play or the Apple App Store and get ready to add a whole new dimension to your traditional brick-block play! We'll be using the Library's BOTS, but if you must have your own, the Meeper Technology staff will have additional MeeperBOTS available for purchase after we play.


Say "Bookfair!" to Support Madison Public Library!

Shop Barnes & Noble (Madison West) on Friday, April 22, to support Madison Public Library!


  1. Stop by Barnes and Noble at 7433 Mineral Point Road anytime between 9 am and 10 pm for family-friendly Earth Day activities and a special storytime at 5pm!
  2. Make your purchase--books, magazines, music, DVD/BluRay, toys, games, NOOKS, even coffee counts!
  3. Say you're a Bookfair Supporter and a portion of your transaction is donated to Madison Public Library. It's that easy!
Can't make it to the store? No problem! Use Bookfair Code 11839487 to shop online or in ANY Barnes & Noble Store!


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, April 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Alicia Ashman Library [more info]
Saturday, April 23, 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Sequoya Library [more info]

Minecraft @ the Library
Saturday, April 9, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Central Library [more info]
Mondays, April 11 & 18, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]
Tuesdays, April 12 & 19, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Central Library [more info]

Super Saturdays (with Marisol Gonzalez) / Super Sábados (con Marisol Gonzalez)
Saturday, April 9, 2 pm - 3:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

"Toddlers in Motion" with Miss Cindy
Monday, April 11 & 18, 10:00 am - 10:45 am - Central Library [more info]

Music Together
Tuesdays, April 12 & 19, 10:30 am - 11:00 am - Lakeview Library [more info]

Free English Class for Parents / Classes de Inglés Gratuitas para Padres
Tuesdays, April 12 & 19, 12:30 pm - 2 pm - Central Library [more info]
Thursdays, April 14 & 21, 12:30 pm - 2 pm - Central Library [more info]

Grade 4-6 Photography Club
Tuesdays, April 12 & 19, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Central Library [more info/register]

Hoop Embroidery presented by Anthology (teens & adults welcome!)
Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Meadowridge Library [more info/register]

Preschool Players
Thursdays, April 14 - 28, 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm - Alicia Ashman Library [more info/register]

Bubbler Artist in Residence ArtWrite Collective Open Studio Hours
Thursday, April 14, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Central Library [more info]

Preschool English & Hmong Storytime
Thursdays, April 14 & 21, 9:30 am - Bayview Community Center [more info]

One World One Sound Drum Circle
Friday, April 15, 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Central Library [more info]

Black Storytime: Stories in the African and African American Tradition
Friday, April 15, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

To India! To India! (Presented by the Wisconsin Film Festival and Madison Public Library)
Saturday, April 16, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Central Library [more info]

Bubbler Artist in Residence ArtWrite Collective Workshop: Imagine a Responsive World
Sunday, April 17, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Central Library [more info]

The Supper Club
Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Alicia Ashman Library [more info]

Kite Making with Julio Flores (A Bubbler JR Program)
Thursday, April 21, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Lakeview Library [more info/register]
Saturday, April 23, 10:00 am - 11:30 am - Meadowridge Library [more info/register starting 4/9]
Saturday, April 23, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Monroe Street Library [more info/register starting 4/9]

Masks with Julio Flores
Friday, April 22, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Art After Overture
Saturday, April 23, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Central Library [more info]

Origami for the Whole Family with Ruthann Bessman
Saturday, April 23, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Lakeview Library [more info/register]


New Books

by Kwame Alexander

In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel The Crossover,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match! A sure winner for middle school readers up.

In, Over and On the Farm
by Ethan Long

Four farmyard friends illustrate prepositional phrases as they go in and out, over and under, around, on and off, and all with a sense of humor!  Equally awesome for curious toddlers, emerging readers, and the preschool picture book lovers in-between.

Little One
by Jo Weaver

Gentle text and stunning black and white illustrations follow a new bear cub and his mother as they discover the world together, through every season.


My First Busy Book
by Eric Carle

Featuring shapes, colors, numbers, animals, and sounds (all with Eric Carle's classic artwork) this delightful board book also includes a page with a mirror, textures, and a flap to lift. Time to get busy, indeed!

Raymie Nightingale
by Kate DiCamillo

Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, ten-year-old Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

The Wild Robot
by Peter Brown

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the island animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home.  Heartwarming and full of action, this chapter book debut from author Peter Brown (The Curious Garden, Children Make Terrible Pets), raises thought-provoking questions about the environment, the role technology plays in our world, and what it means to be alive. Recommended for ages 7 and up.