Library Kids - February 26, 2016

Library Kids

Friday, February 26, 2016

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

February 26, 2016 Issue

In this issue:

Featured Events 

English Classes for Parents

According to a recent Madison Times article, approximately 1.5 million Wisconsin adults struggle with everyday literacy skills, a "silent crisis" for the state. Starting in March, the Literacy Nework is partnering with the Madison Public Library to offer an eight week series of classes at the Central Library especially for parents who are also English-language-learners. Free childcare will be provided for little ones while caregivers learn how to help their children navigate school and community situations like filling out health forms, calling a school office, or getting a library card! Participants can come to one class or all eight weeks, no registration is necessary.  All English-language-learning parents are welcome! Please note: no classes on March 22 and March 24.

English For Parents Class/Inglés para Padres

  • Tuesdays and Tursdays, March 1 - April 28,  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm  - Central Library Children's Program Room [more info]
    Please note: no classes on March 22 and March 24.


Preschool Storytimes for Everyone!

Madison Public Libraries are now sharing stories in Hmong, Spanish and English!

  • Spanish Storytime with Marisol
    Saturdays, February 27 - March 26, 10 am - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Looking for English-language storytimes? In addition to weekday storytimes at a neighborhood library near you, check out these upcoming special evening and Saturday storytimes:

  • Black Storytime with Rev. Dr. Leonard Thompson, Sr.
    Friday, February 26, 6:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]
  • Donuts with Dad
    Saturday, February 27, 10 am - Sequoya Library [more info]
  • Kasiya Phiri Presents African Folklore for All Ages
    Saturday, February 27, 3 pm - 4:30 pm - Hawthorne Library [more info/register]
  • Swingin' Singin' Saturday
    Saturday, March 12, 10 am - Monroe Street Library [more info]
  • Donuts with Dad
    Saturday, March 12, 10 am - Alicia Ashman Library [more info]
  • Black Storytime: Stories in the African and African-American Tradition
    Friday, March 25, 6:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]


American Girl Books for All!

Visit the James Watrous Gallery (201 State Street, 3rd Floor Overture Center for the Arts) on Saturday, March 6, the final Saturday of their family-friendly art show, Meet Allison: an American Girl, and pick up a special coupon for your own free American Girl book redeemable that day at the Children's Desk of the Central Library!


Upcoming Events

Find Storytimes for Ages 0-5 here
Find Chess Clubs here
Find Knitting Clubs here
Find LEGO Clubs here

Family Movie Matinee: Labyrinth
Saturday, February 27, noon - 1:45 pm - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Music Together
Monday, February 29, 10 am - Central Library [more info]

Minecraft @ the Library
Mondays, February 29 & March 7, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]
Tuesdays, March 1 & 8, 4 pm - 6 pm - Central Library [more info]
Saturday, March 12, 1 pm - 3 pm - Central Library [more info]

Toddler Dance Party
Tuesday, March 1, 10 am - Sequoya Library [more info/register]

Photography Club (Grades 4-6)
Tuesdays, March 1 - 15, 4 - 5:30 pm - Central Library [more info/register]

Pokémon Club
Wednesday, March 2, 3:30 pm - 5 pm - Hawthorne Library [more info]
Saturday, March 5, 3 pm - 4:30 pm - Central Library [more info]

Baby Gym
Thursdays, March 3 - 31, 10 am - Sequoya Library [more info/register]

Family Fitness with Venus Washington
Friday, March 4, 9:30 am - Pinney Library [more info]

Family Fun Night: Things That Fly
Friday, March 4, 6:30pm - 7:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Big I, Little U: Fitness for the Whole Family
Saturday, March 5, 11:30 am - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Paper Bag Pets with Bird Ross - A Bubbler Jr Program
Saturday, March 5, 2 pm - Monroe Street Library [more info]

Daniel Tiger Party
Sunday, March 6, 2 pm - 4 pm - Central Library [more info]

Nail Art Club
Thursday, March 10, 3 pm - 5 pm - Meadowridge Library [more info]

One World, One Sound Drum Circle
Friday, March 11, 6:30 pm - 7 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Super Saturdays (with Marisol Gonzalez) / Super Sábados (con Marisol Gonzalez)
Saturday, March 12, 2 pm - 3:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]


New Books

Home Court
by Amar'e Stoudemire

Between sports, school, and working for his father, eleven-year-old Amar'e's life is full and he is not yet ready to concentrate on basketball--but when a group of older boys start hogging the local basketball court he knows that he has to do something to help his friends. Great for grade school readers!

Izzy Barr, Running Star
by Claudia Mills

A fast and funny installment of the Franklin School Friends series about sports, friendship, and sibling rivalries that elementary school kids getting into chapter books will find easily relatable.

The Jumbies
by Tracey Baptiste

Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.

Lizard from the Park
by Mark Pett

When a lizard hatches from the egg Leonard finds in the park, he names it Buster and takes it all around the city, but Buster grows bigger and bigger until Leonard realizes he must devise a way to return his pet to the deepest, darkest part of the park and set him free.

Mama's Nightingale: a Story of Immigration and Separation
by Edwidge Danticat

When Saya's mother is sent to jail as an illegal immigrant, she sends her daughter a cassette tape with a song and a bedtime story, which inspires Saya to write a story of her own--one that just might bring her mother home. This powerful new picture book from award-winning Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat is informed by her family's experience of separation due to immigration and is best shared with ages 5 and up.

Monster Trouble
by Lane Fredrickson

Although Winifred thinks the monsters who creep into her bedroom each night are cute, she cannot get any sleep and tries to scare them away.