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Library Kids - December 15, 2017

Library Kids

Friday, December 15, 2017

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

December 15, 2017 Issue

In this issue:



#ThinkGreen at Goodman South Madison Library

#ThinkGreen this winter! Join in the art adventure happening at Goodman South Madison Library with TetraPAKMAN and friends. You'll help build a site-specific installation based on reclaimed and repurposed materials, such as plastic bottles and containers, mixing our creativity and ideas with abstraction to produce pieces that call for a more sustainable future.

Remaining Workshop Dates:
Saturday, January 13 from 1:00-3:00pm
Tuesday, January 16 from 6:00-8:00pm

#ThinkGreen is part of the Bubbler at Madison Public Library's traveling Artist-in-Residence program. Learn more on the Bubbler website.


Library Takeover

2018 Library Takeovers Announced

Madison Public Library is pleased to announce a second round of Library Takeover community-driven library events for 2018.

Of the chosen events, there's plenty for kids and families to enjoy, including an evening event of storytelling from the Muslim community in Madison around the theme of love, a Crafternoon event for mothers and women of color, and more! 

The Library Takeover project encourages the community “take over” Madison Public Library by providing space, time, resources, and library event planning expertise for community members to learn to host their own events. 

Find the complete list of Library Takeover events coming your way in 2018.


Library Closed for the Holidays

Library Closed for Winter Holidays

All Madison Public Library locations will be closed for the winter holidays on Sunday, December 24th and Monday, December 25th. Take a break with family, enjoy some delicious food, and visit us again on Tuesday when we re-open.

While we're closed, you may drop items off in our book drops or use LINKcat to place holds, check your library card, or renew items.

The library's databases and downloadable audiobooks and eBooks will be accessible with your library card while we're closed. 

You can also find some delightful music on the Yahara Music Library.

(Please note, the library will also be closed for the new year holidays on December 31st and January 1st.)


Upcoming Events

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

Workshops with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence: Somebodies 2048
Various Dates & Times in December - Central Library

We Read Too
Saturday, December 16, 12:15-1:15pm - Goodman South Madison Library

MakerPalooza: Building Old-Fashioned Toys (A Bubbler Jr. Program)
Saturday, December 16, 2:00-3:00pm - Pinney Library

Storytime for the Very Young
Tuesday, December 19, 11:30-12:15pm - Monroe Street Library

Baby Gym
Thursday, December 21, 10:00-11:00am - Sequoya Library

Library LEGO Club
Thursday, December 21, 4:00-5:00pm - Hawthorne Library

Movie Matinee: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Friday, December 22, 2:00-3:30pm - Central Library

Goodman South Madison's Annual Holiday Meal
Friday, December 22, 5:00-7:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Celebrating Kwanzaa with Poet Fabu
December 26-30, 1:00-2:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Movie Matinee at Lakeview: Leap!
Saturday, December 30, 2:30-4:00pm - Lakeview Library

Cooking with Chef Lilly
Friday, December 29, 11:00-12:15pm - Meadowridge Library
Friday December 29, 1:00-2:15pm - Meadowridge Library
Friday, December 29, 3:00-4:15pm - Meadowridge Library
Saturday, December 30, 10:30-11:45am - Meadowridge Library
Saturday, December 30, 12:30-1:45pm - Meadowridge Library
Saturday, December 30, 2:30-3:45pm - Meadowridge Library

Yoga and Mindfulness with Katie Muschlewski
Friday, January 5, 3:30-4:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Tablet Tips

Tablet Tips

Want to connect with far-away family? Video chatting is an excellent way to connect kids to distant loved ones--whether that’s grandpa who lives across the country or mom traveling on a business trip. If a live chat is difficult to arrange, record a video message instead. Add extra fun to your videos with apps like A Story Before Bed by Jackson Fish Market, Chomp by Fox & Sheep and Doodlecast by Sago Mini.

For more tips and recommendations, take a look at Carissa's App Picks for Kids reviews and subscribe to her newsletter.

New Books

At Night
by Helga Bansch

At night, all the animals return to their homes to sleep. Birds dream in their nests, polar bears snore inside their ice caves, and children snuggle under the covers of their beds. Everything is in order. Unless, of course, it isn't. Sometimes the world -- or the book -- gets turned upside down. With its sweet, winsome illustrations, this book is perfect for sharing with children as they drift off into their own imaginative dreams.

The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable
by Aaron Blabey

Still yearning to be seen as heroes, Wolf, Shark, Snake, and Piranha set out to rescue ten thousand chickens from a high-tech cage farm--but one unexpected problem is Mr. Snake himself, also known as "The Chicken Swallower."

Forever, or a Long, Long Time
by Caela Carter

Flora and her brother, Julian, don't believe they were born. They've lived in so many foster homes, they can't remember where they came from. And even now that they've been adopted, Flora still struggles to believe in forever.

Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood
by Pat McKissack

Parents and grandparents will delight in sharing this exuberant book with the children in their lives. Here is a songbook, a storybook, a poetry collection, and much more, all rolled into one. Find a partner for hand claps such as "Eenie, Meenie, Sassafreeny," or form a circle for games like "Little Sally Walker." Gather as a family to sing well-loved songs like "Amazing Grace" and "Oh, Freedom," or to read aloud the poetry of such African American luminaries as Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. 

Noah Webster's Fighting Words
by Tracy Maurer

Noah Webster, famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States, was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Spelling, politics, laws, you name it--he had something to say about it. He even commented on his own opinions! With a red pencil in hand, Noah often marked up work that he had already published. So who edited this book? It certainly looks like the ghost of the great American author and patriot picked up a pencil once again to comment on his own biography!

Princess Cora and the Crocodile
by Laura Amy Schlitz

A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Medalist join forces to give an overscheduled princess a day off and a deliciously wicked crocodile a day on.

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
by Chris Barton

A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson's life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.

Wolf in the Snow
by Matthew Cordell

Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother .