Library Kids - December 2, 2016

Library Kids


Library Kids

Saturday, December 3, 2016

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

December 2, 2016 Issue

In this issue:


Two Grants Extend Maker Corps Programming

The library’s Bubbler program continues to support maker-based education for children and teens through a series of hands-on programs hosted in libraries, schools, and community places.  Two new grants will allow that work to continue and expand in 2017, in conjunction with the final year of our IMLS National Leadership Grant.

In partnership with Maker Ed and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, funded by Google, will allow Madison Public Library to participate in Making Spaces. The project connects schools with local or virtual hubs to develop maker spaces and maker education opportunities through crowdfunding, professional development, and community engagement.  Watch The Bubbler or our Kids page for more information about this initiative in the spring.

A recent grant from the Evjue Foundation to the Madison Public Library Foundation will allow the library to expand last year’s Maker Corps program (another partnership through Maker Ed) to year-round programming in libraries and schools.  This past summer, the program brought teaching artists to Madison libraries and summer school sites, in the fall programming was extended to Leopold and Mendota Community Schools and the Allied Drive Learning Center.  Learn more about our Maker Corps  summer of making.

Maker-based programming explores beginning screen printing, circuit blocks & paper circuits, sock monsters (with basic sewing skills!), strawbees geometric sculptures, engineering mystery box challenges, stop motion animation, MakeyMakey invention machines and more through connecting children with artists and providing kits and education to teachers and caregivers to help them do their own maker-based educational projects in classrooms, afterschool programs, and outreach organizations.  Check the Bubbler Jr. calendar for upcoming classes & workshops in our libraries. 


Girls Coding Day

This will be a fun day full of programming, design, community, snacks, and girls exploring tech. We invite parents to check out the student projects at the end of each section!

Build a Mobile App
4th-6th graders
: Build your own app with Swift Playground and MIT AppInventor! Join us at either our morning section (9:30-12:30) or in the afternoon (1:30-4:30). Arrive at 9:15/1:15.
Section 1 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Section 2 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Build a Website in a Day
7th-12th graders: 
Impress the world by putting creativity to the web. Learn programming and web design by building your own interactive website using HTML, CSS, and Javascript.  Join us for a full day workshop with lunch provided. Arrive at 9:15.
9:30am - 4:30pm 

Visit to learn more and to register.

The intent of this program is to expose girls/young women to technology and coding, but both the library and Maydm have coding programs open to all. Check out our calendar or to learn more. 


A Wild Rumpus

Discover an indoor Wild Rumpus this winter at Alicia Ashman Library! Join us on Thursday, December 8th, or Thursday, December 15th, from 10:00am-12:00pm. The library will provide special Anji Play equipment to inspire your chidren's imagination. In Anji Play, children enjoy self-determination in play. They choose what, where, with whom, and even whether to play. Wear messy clothes, bring a water bottle, and come ready to let your child lead! You'll be amazed by what your child can accomplish when encouraged to explore independently.

This event is in partnership with Anji Play


Upcoming Events

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

¡Animales de México! Animals of Mexico!
Saturday, December 3rd, 10:30-11:30am, Lakeview Library

Stories & Sweets
Saturday, December 3rd, 10:30-11:15am, Hawthorne Library

Striking 12: Music Theatre of Madison
Saturday, December 3, 2-4pm, Sequoya Library
Thursday, December 22, 7-8:45pm, Central Library

Let’s Move! Parent and Child Fitness
Tuesday, December 6th, 10:30-11:15am, Lakeview Library

Make a Pull Toy!
Thursday, December 8th, 4:00-5:00pm, Alicia Ashman Library

Bilingual Storytime
Thursday, December 8, 6:00-6:45pm, Pinney Library

Make Something in the Bubbler Room
Friday, December 9th, 1:00-4:00pm, Central Library

Donuts with Dad
Saturday, December 10th, 10:00-11:00am, Alicia Ashman Library

Read to a Dog
Saturday, December 10th, 11:00am-12:30pm, Goodman South Library

Saturday, December 10, 11am-6pm, Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Nifty Thrifty Gifty
Monday, December 12, 3:00-4:00pm, Sequoya Library

Drop-In Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, December 13, 10:30am-11:15am, Monroe Street Library

Library LEGO Club
Tuesday, December 13, 4:00-5:00pm, Meadowridge Library

Dinner & a Movie
Thursday, December 15, 6:00-8:00pm, Central Library


New Books

Best in Snow
by April Pulley Sayre

A photographic non-fiction picture book about the wonder of snowfall and the winter water cycle.

Best Man
by Richard Peck

Archer has four important role models in his life--his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget

Bubonic Panic
by Gail Jarrow

Jarrow concludes her Deadly Diseases trilogy (after Red Madness and Fatal Fever) with a harrowing, in-depth exploration of the reappearance of bubonic plague at the turn of the 20th century. After briefly detailing earlier outbreaks of plague, Jarrow focuses on the Third Pandemic, which began in 1880s China before spreading to India, Hawaii, San Francisco, and beyond. Augmented by archival illustrations and photographs (including some gruesome ones showing the effects of the plague), her gripping narrative balances the clock-racing work of scientists and officials attempting to understand and stop the plague with entwined themes of fear, prejudice, and anger ("San Francisco's Chinese population had been unlucky enough to live near the harbor where plague entered the city"). Extensively researched, with numerous resources for readers looking to study the topic further. - Publisher’s Weekly

Color Me Purple
by Ellie Schatz and Donna Parker

This book came to our library at just the right time. Local author Ellie Schatz and local artist Donna J. Parker collaborated to produce this beautiful book for children and adults, with 52 pages packed full of wisdom and practical lessons about diversity. Extraordinarily well-researched, this book is clearly the brain-child of educators, artists, and activists. Intended to be read with children, the book introduces us to eight children of different colors and ethnicities, who demonstrate eight different “kinds of smart”. Through the stories of these eight children, we are reminded that diversity comes in all kinds of packages and that we need to nurture it in each other to the benefit of everyone.

Join the author and the illustrator at an event exploring this book at Alicia Ashman Library on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 1:00.

by Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.

Otters Love to Play
by Jonathan London

It's spring, and a litter of baby river otters emerges from a den . . . to play! Follow the otters through the seasons as they chase one another, slide down a mudbank, jump in a pile of leaves, and learn to swim. Even while catching fish for their dinner or grooming themselves in the snow, otters love to play.

Rudas: Ninos Horrendous Hermanitas
by Yuyi Morales

Luchadores beware: Niño's younger sisters, Las Hermanitas, step into the ring in this wildly rambunctious sequel to Niño Wrestles the World (2014), and as rudas, they don't play by the rules. Channeling an announcer's bravado ("¡Madre! Will anyone be spared from their Pampered Plunder?"), Morales show the girls taking down such rivals as El Extraterrestre and El Chamuco with moves like the "Poopy Bomb Blowout" and "Tag Team Teething," accompanied by sound effects scattered across the pages in explosive, graffiti-like bursts. The energy in Morales's punchy artwork is dialed up to the max, and the finale demonstrates that a good book can pacify even the most ferocious of opponents. -Publisher’s Weekly