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Library Kids - February 9, 2018

Library Kids

Friday, February 9, 2018

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

February 9, 2018 Issue

In this issue:


Stop Motion Animation

Stop Motion Animation Workshops

Kids with an interest in film making will want to join Crestwood Art Instructor Luke Bassuener and some of his students for a hands-on stop motion animation workshop. First watch two short stop motion films made by Crestwood students, one of which won a Golden Badger Award at the Wisconsin Film Festival. Then, learn how easy it is to make your very own stop motion film! Come with an idea of a story you'd like to tell or make one up on the spot.

ALICIA ASHMAN • Saturday, February 10, 3:00-4:45pm
PINNEY • Saturday, March 17, 2:00-3:00pm


Summer Reading Bingo Survey

Summer Reading Bingo Survey

We want to make our Summer Reading program the absolute best it can be - and we need your help to make that happen. Take the Summer Reading Bingo survey at a Madison Public Library near you!

By participating, you're providing valuable feedback that will help our librarians make Summer Reading more fun and engaging.

Learn how to give your feedback at any of our nine locations through February 21, 2018.


Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time to honor the central role of black Americans in U.S. history and beyond. 

Here are some recommended reads to help you celebrate Black History Month with your family:

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Harlem Renaissance Party by Faith Ringgold
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt by Pat McKissack
Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson

You will find them all featured at below, to make it easy to find them in our library catalog.

And sure to check out all of our upcoming events to honor Black History Month! 


Love & Kindness

Spread Love & Kindness

Valentine's Day often calls to mind thoughts of heart-shaped candy boxes and glittery cards. But Valentine's Day reminds us to tell all of our loved ones just how much they are appreciated - and to spread some kindness to the community, too! 

Special library events like Valentine's Day card making with our artist-in-residence Rachal Duggan; spreading messages of kindness with Kindness Rocks!; or making sock monsters for friends will help kids and their families share the love.

Take a look at upcoming events!


Upcoming Events

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

Workshops with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence: RADillustrates
Various Dates & Times in January and February - Central Library

Saturday Morning Cartooning
Saturday, February 10, 10:00-11:00am - Sequoya Library

Science Saturday
Saturday, February 10, 10:00am-2:00pm - Central Library

Kindness Rocks!
Saturday, February 10, 1:00-2:00pm - Sequoya Library
Saturday, February 24, 1:00-3:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library
Friday, March 2, 3:30-4:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Craft Lab: Stop Motion Animation
Saturday, February 10, 3:00-4:45pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Chess Club
Wednesday, February 14, 3:30-5:00pm - Meadowridge Library

Makerpalooza: Mosaic Sun-Catchers
Saturday, February 17, 2:00-3:00pm - Pinney Library 

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday, February 20, 10:30-11:15am - Monroe Street Library

Star Wars Club
Wednesday, February 21, 3:30-4:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Toddler Art
Friday, February 23, 10:00-11:00am - Central Library

Family Movie Night
Friday, February 23, 5:30-7:30pm - Lakeview Library

After Dinner Mints Movie: Hidden Figures
Friday, February 23, 6:30-8:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Family Fun Night: Reframe the Name with Jaia Davis, author of I Am F.A.T.
Friday, March 2, 6:00-7:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library

LEGO Buildathon
Saturday, March 10, 10:30-11:30am - Lakeview Library

Saturday Family Matinee: LEGO NINJAGO
Saturday, March 10, 2:30-4:30pm - Pinney Library

Read and Make: Imagination Station with Mystery Boxes!
Monday, March 12, 2:30-3:30pm - Hawthorne Library

Screen-Printing with Lesley Numbers (A Bubbler Program)
Friday, March 16, 10:00-11:00am - Hawthorne Library


Tablet Tips

Tablet Tips

Are all education apps good for your child? While there are excellent apps that include the ABCs and 123s (such as the Endless apps by Originator), many app makers don’t take the time to consult an educator to see if their app is actually effective at teaching skills. Remember, the more kids have to use their mind, body, social skills and/or problem-solving skills, the more they will learn (even if it looks like play).

Take a look at Carissa's App Picks for Kids reviews and subscribe to her e-newsletter to get regular app reviews sent straight to your inbox!


New Books



28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World
by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country's first African-American president.

Beautiful Blackbird
by Ashley Bryan

Long ago, Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest. The other birds, who were colored red, yellow, blue, and green, were so envious that they begged Blackbird to paint their feathers with a touch of black so they could be beautiful too. Although Blackbird warns them that true beauty comes from within, the other birds persist and soon each is given a ring of black around their neck or a dot of black on their wings -- markings that detail birds to this very day. Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ashley Bryan's adaptation of a tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia resonates both with rhythm and the tale's universal meanings -- appreciating one's heritage and discovering the beauty within.

Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world.

Ellington Was Not a Street
by Ntozake Shange

In a reflective tribute to the African-American community of old, Ntozake Shange's elegiac poem "Moon Indigo" serves as text for this picture book, which presents the poem from the point of view of a little girl whose family is visited by some of the great African-American men of the mid-twentieth century.

by Jason Reynolds

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team--a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Harlem Renaissance Party
by Faith Ringgold

Lonnie and his uncle go back to Harlem in the 1920s. Along the way, they meet famous writers, musicians, artists, and athletes, from Langston Hughes and W.E.B. Du Bois to Josephine Baker and Zora Neale Hurston and many more, who created this incredible period. And after an exciting day of walking with giants, Lonnie fully understands why the Harlem Renaissance is so important.

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
by Carole Boston Weatherford

Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg's collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.

Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt
by Pat McKissack

For a hundred years, generations of women from Gee's Bend have quilted together, sharing stories, trading recipes, singing hymns--all the while stitchin' and pullin' thread through cloth. Every day Baby Girl listens, watches, and waits, until she's called to sit at the quilting frame. Piece by piece, she puzzles her quilt together--telling not just her story, but the story of her family, the story of Gee's Bend, and the story of her ancestors' struggle for freedom.

Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson
by Sharon Robinson

When Jackie Robinson retires from baseball and moves his family to Connecticut, the beautiful lake on their property is the center of everyone's fun. But oddly, Jackie never goes near the water. In a dramatic episode that first winter, Jackie is called upon to test the ice on the lake, to make sure it's safe for ice-skating. In a stunning metaphor for Jackie Robinson's legendary breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Ms. Robinson honors her extraordinary father's memory with her warm, graceful storytelling.