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Library Kids - January 19, 2018

Library Kids

Friday, January 19, 2018

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

January 19, 2018 Issue

In this issue:


The Supper Club

Be App Happy with The Supper Club

Discover great apps for kids at The Supper Club, an evening digital family storytime.

Librarians have been giving advice about how to make choices in the media market forever. Books, music, movies...and now, apps! The options can be very overwhelming and confusing with so many apps making educational claims.

The Supper Club is one of many ways you can learn more about using apps with kids. Pack a picnic from home or have dinner delivered to the library.

Upcoming events include:

Monroe Street Library | Friday, January 19 | 6:00pm
Pinney Library | Tuesday April 3 | 6:00pm
Central Library | Thursday, May 3 | 6:00pm

Learn more about the Supper Club and other helpful app resources.


Libraries are for Everyone Screenprinting

Libraries are for Everyone Screenprinting Workshop

Don't miss another chance to create your own inclusive Libraries are for Everyone t-shirt just like the ones Pinney Library staff have been wearing at the screenprinting workshop on Saturday, January 20 from 1-3pm at Pinney Library. Create your own screenprint of the "Libraries are for Everyone" image with text available in English, Spanish, or Arabic. Just bring your own t-shirt, tote, or material to print on, or create a print on paper.

One print per person. All ages welcome, kids under 7 will need help from a grownup.

Get the full event details!


Panels & Pizza

Panels & Pizza

Graphic novels and pizza - what could be better? Tweenagers 10-13 can join their peers for a monthly meet-up to read and discuss graphic novels. Old favorites, new titles, and even the occasional activity - oh, and there will be pizza!

The group meets every 4th Wednesday of the month at Lakeview Library from 5:00-6:00pm. 

Learn more and find other library events for tweens and teens!


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

The Supper Club
Friday, January 19, 6:00-6:45pm - Monroe Street Library

Libraries are for Everyone Drop-in Screenprinting 
Saturday, January 20, 1:00-3:00pm - Pinney Library

MakerPalooza: Kindness Rocks (A Bubbler Jr. Program)
Saturday, January 20, 2:00-3:00pm - Pinney Library

Book Baby
Monday, January 22, 9:30-10:15am - Sequoya Library

Preschool and Toddler Dance Party
Monday, January 22, 10:00-11:00am - Alicia Ashman Library

Kids Code Madison
Thursday, January 25, 6:00-7:30pm - Hawthorne Library
Thursday, February 1, 6:00-7:30pm - Hawthorne Library

Family Movie Night: Boss Baby
Friday, January 26, 5:30-7:30pm - Lakeview Library

Art at Overture
Saturday, January 27, 9:00am-1:00pm - Central Library

Love is in the Air
Tuesday, January 30, 6:30-8:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Read to a Dog
Wednesday, February 7, 4:30-5:30pm - Meadowridge Library


Tablet Tips

Tablet Tips

Apps can spark a conversation! When you ask your child questions about what they see on the screen, this can help build your child’s vocabulary and narrative skills--both important building blocks that will give them a boost when learning to read.

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



A Bear Sat on My Porch Today
by Jane Yolen

Told in rhyme, a bear settles on the narrator's porch, and is soon followed by many other woodland friends, until the porch collapses under the weight--but bear and his friends repair the damage and almost everybody is invited to lunch.

The Boggart Fights Back
by Susan Cooper

Magic is in the air when Allie and Jay Cameron visit their ancestors' ancient Castle Keep in Scotland, tucked in its unspoiled loch. The twins wake the mischievous shape-shifting Boggart and his infamous cousin Nessie, of Loch Ness fame. But a summer of fun-loving trickery with the Old Things is invaded by a dangerous real estate developer called William Trout.

The Digger and the Flower
by Joseph Kuefler

Each day, the big trucks go to work. They scoop and hoist and push. But when Digger discovers something growing in the rubble, he sets in motion a series of events that will change him, and the city, forever.

The Good for Nothing Button
by Charise Mericle Harper

Yellow Bird has found a button and wants to share it with Red Bird and Blue Bird. This is just an ordinary button. It does not do anything when you press it. But when Red Bird and Blue Bird give it try, they are delighted to find that the button does not do nothing, and that is something!

Grand Canyon
by Jason Chin

Rivers wind through earth, cutting down and eroding the soil for millions of years, creating a cavity in the ground 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and more an a mile deep known as the Grand Canyon.Home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have lived and evolved within its walls for millennia, the Grand Canyon is much more than just a hole in the ground. Follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past.

Inspector Flytrap
by Tom Angleberger

Inspector Flytrap in the Da Vinci Cold introduces kids to the humorous and wacky world of Inspector Flytrap's Detective Agency, home to the world-renowned solver of BIG DEAL mysteries. The plant detective works tirelessly with his assistant Nina the Goat on his community's unsolved cases. There's no case too big, but there are definitely cases too small for this endearingly self-important plant detective.

Just Like Jackie
by Lindsey Stoddard

A fresh coming-of-age novel as feisty, funny, and forthright as its protagonist. Robinson overcomes obstacles with wit, grit, and a growing compassion for others, showing us that families are what we make them and happiness is found in the simple gifts we take for granted. A rich, rewarding read all around.

by Alan Gratz

Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

Snow Lane
by Josephine Angelini

Annie is the youngest of nine children. Instead of being condemned to the bottom of the pecking order, she wants to carve out place for herself in the world. But it's hard to find your destiny when the only thing you're good at is being cheerful. Annie is learning that it's difficult to be Annie, period, and not just because her clothes are worn-out hand-me-downs, and she suffers from a crippling case of dyslexia, but also because there are secrets in her life no one in her family is willing to face.

Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt
by Ben Clanton

Happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly find their inner superheroes in three new under-the-sea adventures. In the first story, Narwhal reveals his superhero alter-ego and enlists Jelly to help him figure out what his superpower is. Next, Narwhal uses his superpower to help a friend find his way back home. In the third story, Jelly is feeling blue and Narwhal comes to the rescue. Ben Clanton showcases the joys of friendship and the power of believing in yourself and others through this irresistible duo.

This House, Once
by Deborah Freedman

Deborah Freedman's masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world.

You Don't Want a Unicorn!
by Ame Dyckman

Be careful what pet you wish for in the newest picture book from fan-favorite author Ame Dyckman and rising-star illustrator Liz Climo. When a little boy throws a coin in a well asking for a pet unicorn, he has no idea what kind of trouble he's in for.