Library Kids - December 18, 2015

Library Kids

Friday, December 18, 2015

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

December 18, 2015 Issue

In this issue:


Featured Events


Winter Break Events for Kids

Are you looking for fun activities for your kids during their winter break? Here is a list of some of the many fun events for kids at various Madison Public Library locations over winter break!


Let’s Make Masks!


Central Library
1-2 p.m.

  • Join local artist Julio Flores to make “Caretas de Vejigantes,” traditional carnival masks of Puerto Rico. Recommended for ages 5 and up.


Maker Monday: Gift it Up!

Meadowridge Library
2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • In this special holiday edition of Maker Monday, create great DIY last minute gifts out of twine, pipe cleaners, duct tape, and other found materials! All materials provided.


Library LEGO Club

Hawthorne Library
3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation. We’ll provide books and pictures to inspire the imagination!


Bookmarking with Angela Richardson (A Bubbler Junior Program)

Meadowridge Library
1:30-3:30 p.m.

  • Learn several different techniques to make your own book with Bubbler artist Angela Richardson. For ages 5 & up. Children under 7 must have an adult helper.
  • Register by phone (608) 288-6160 at or online at the Madison Public Library website.
  • The Bubbler is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museums and Libraries.


Rappin’ Ricky Book Release Party

Central Library, Children’s Program Room
2-3 p.m.

  • Delight in the spoken word and celebratory vibes during the release party for Madison-grown and globally-known rapper/poet/actor/author Rodney “F.Stokes” Lucas' new children's book, “Block Party!”  Rappin' Ricky is an animated child rap star who uses hip-hop as a learning tool to inspire kids of all ages and demographics.


Dinner and a Movie: Minions

Central Library, Children’s Program Room
6-8 p.m.

  • Pack a picnic dinner or grab something delicious from your favorite State Street restaurant and head to the library to watch “Minions!” Synopsis: Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlett Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. (Animated, 2015; Rated PG)


Nifty Thrifty Gifty

Central Library, Children’s Program Room
1-3 p.m.

  • Craft your own one-of-a-kind gifts. Children under 7 need an adult helper. No registration required.


The Day CR-AFTer Christmas

Central Library
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  •  What will you create today with our supplies?


Family Movie Matinee - The Wizard of Oz

Hawthorne Library 
12 -1:45 pm

  • Join us for Hawthorne's Family Movie Matinee! This month, we’re featuring a true classic: “The Wizard of Oz.”
  • Kansas girl Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, are whisked by a tornado into the magical land of Oz in this much loved musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel. Dorothy joins the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion on an adventure down the Yellow Brick Road to persuade the Wizard to help her find her way home.


Preschool/Toddler Obstacle Course

Meadowridge Library
10:30- 11 a.m.

  • Play and exercise gross motor skills through a variety of activities. Registration recommended but not required. To register, go to the Madison Public Library website.


Button Making

Meadowridge Library
1:30-2:30 p.m.


Super Awesome Yo-yo show starring Mark Hayward

Two performances:

Central Library
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Alicia Ashman Library
2-3:30 p.m.

  • Mark Hayward has been a professional performer since 1990. He is a World Yo-yo Champion, a member of a World Champion Juggling Team, and a Spintop Champion. He has made appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, America’s Got Talent, and the NBC Nightly News!
  • To register for the show at the Alicia Ashman Library, go the the Madison Public Library website. The Central Library show does not require registration.


Superhero Boredom Busting

Central Library
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Beat the winter blahs with stories, crafts and activities that test your super skills!


Make-a-Monster Day

Central Library
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

  • Use our art supplies and found objects to make your own one-of-a-kind monster puppet!


Family Fitness with Venus Washington

Pinney Library
9:30-10:15 a.m.

  • Join personal trainer, Venus, as she leads parents and their children in easy dance moves, strengthening work that incorporates animal movements, partner exercises, and relaxation breathing work. It is a complete family fitness workout!!



Libraries Closed for Winter Holidays

All Madison Public Library locations will be closed for the holidays on

  • Thursday, December 24
  • Friday, December 25
  • Sunday, December 27
  • Thursday, December 31
  • Friday, January 1, 2016
  • Sunday, January 3, 2016

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.



Upcoming Events

Check out the library activities for children and families comming up this winter/spring with the online version of Winter/Spring Kidspages. Print copies are available at a library near you, or print your own from our web site - English (Spanish language version coming soon). Want to receive notices of upcoming events by age? Sign up for our email newsletters - Library Kids, Booked for Teens, Art of the Picture Book, and others.


New Books

Abrazos para Ti
by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green

From the moment Little Bunny wakes up in the morning until the moon comes out and the stars shine, every hour includes a warm hug from Big Bunny in this Spanish language edition of Time for a Hug.

The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix
by Kate Saunders

Eight-year-old twins Oz and Lily are on a top secret mission to stop Alba the witch, who is plotting to use a magical chocolate phoenix for evil purposes. Aided by an army of rats and an unreliable talking cat, they pursue her not only across London but through time itself in this delicious companion volume to The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop.

The Only Child
by Guojing

A young girl traveling from her city apartment to her grandmother's country home becomes lost and enters a fantastical world in the clouds in this gorgeous new wordless graphic novel. For ages 5-9.

The Prince's Breakfast
by Joanne Oppenheim

A very stubborn Prince learns how to expand his diet and try new foods when his royal parents whisk him away for a trip around the globe. Paired with a CD narrated by Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, this pick is perfect for persnickity preschoolers.

Star Wars: Star Pilot
by Laura Buller

Transport your young Jedi to a galaxy far, far away while learning about the various Star Wars vessels that fly. A good (Han) Solo challenge book for emerging readers ages 7-9.

What's Your Favorite Animal?
by Eric Carle and Friends

Fourteen children's book artists share their favorite animals and why they love them in a fun new board book that will delight kids and adults alike.