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Library Kids - January 26, 2018

Library Kids

Friday, January 26, 2018

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

January 26, 2018 Issue

In this issue:


Spring Storytimes

Spring Storytimes for Kids

Storytimes are more than fun! They bring children and loved ones closer together, providing an opportunity to learn from one another, exchange ideas, and form close bonds.

Sharing books together strengthens your child’s foundation for learning. Pointing at pictures in a book, saying rhymes, singing songs, writing words, and playing together makes your child more ready for school.

And the library helps put it all together! We have with storytime programs geared for kids of all ages to help build those early literacy skills.

Take a look at some of our upcoming programs, and be sure to check the calendar for a complete list of events!


Anji Play

Anji Play at the Library

What are your favorite memories of playing as a child? Were you indoors or outdoors? Were there adults organizing your play or did you figure out what to do on your own? Do your own children or grandchildren have opportunities to play in that same way today?

Madison Public Library's new Anji Play programs aim to help today's children and parents re-discover the joy of self-determined play. And so far, the feedback received from parents, caregivers, and educators has been overwhelmingly positive. One former teacher relayed that Anji Play helped her evolve her parenting habits. Anji Play can also spark conversations between parents and their children long after the event is over.

Anji Play Date
Wednesdays, January 10 - April 18 (EXCEPT 3/28) 
Lussier Community Center [55 S. Gammon Rd.] 
10:30am - 12:30pm

Learn more about Anji Play at the library!


Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Reading to dogs helps build early literacy skills! Children who might otherwise be self-conscious relax a bit when they read aloud to a floofy friend. They practice their reading, build self-esteem, and associate reading with a pleasant experience.

Kids who are already strong readers can further enhance their skills and find new excitement when reading alongside a dog.

Children grades K to 5 are invited to bring a favorite book to read aloud to their companion. 

Take a look at spring Read to a Dog programs at a library near you!


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

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: Valentine's Day Card-Making Workshop
Tuesday, January 30, 6:30-8:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library
Wednesday, February 7, 6:30-8:30pm - Monroe Street Library

Knitting at the Library
Thursdays, February 1 - May 31, 3:00-4:30pm - Meadowridge Library

Tiny Kind Comics
Thursday, February 1, 3:30-4:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Kids Code Madison
Thursdays, February 1 - March 22, 6:00-7:30pm - Hawthorne Library

Saturday Family Matinee: Despicable Me 3
Saturday, February 3, 2:30-4:30pm - Pinney Library

Dinosaur Puppets
Friday, February 9, 10:30-11:30am - Hawthorne Library

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

Kindness Rocks!
Saturday, February 10, 1:00-2:00pm - Sequoya Library
Saturday, February 24, 1:00-3:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library

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

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


Tablet Tips

Tablet Tips

Your kid can teach you a lot about apps! The first time you explore an app together, let your child do the navigating and “figuring out.” If they get stuck or choose the wrong response, see if they can self-correct or if they get frustrated. Getting frequently stuck usually means an app is either not at their skill level or is poorly designed. If they can fix the problem themselves and move forward, their sense of accomplishment (and learning) will be quite rewarding!

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



Baabwaa & Wooliam
by David Elliott

A hilarious and satisfying tale of literacy, dental hygiene, and friendship from David Elliott and Melissa Sweet that is sure to have readers in stitches from start to finish.

Bronze and Sunflower
by Wenxuan Cao

Taken in by a poor family in a rural village after the death of her father, Sunflower bonds with the family's only child, Bronze, who has not spoken since being traumatized by a terrible fire. A beautifully written, timeless tale by Cao Wenxuan, best-selling Chinese author and 2016 recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Crash Landing
by Scott Seegert

Kelvin is the new kid at Sci-Fi Junior High--a floating space station filled with alien kids form across the universe. And he arrived just in time for the annual school dance: The Galactic Get Down!

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
by Derrick D. Barnes

The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good.

Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today
by Cynthia Levinson

Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the US Constitution. Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and Sanford Levinson take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were first introduced--then they offer possible solutions. 

I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle

Show Dad how much you care with this little message of love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Mama Lion Wins the Race
by Jon J. Muth

Racing teams gather from far and wide for this madcap race. But who will win the trophy cup? Will it be the playful Flying Pandinis? The mischievous Knitted Monkey Crew? Or will Mama Lion and Tigey speed past the finish line in first place?

Marley Dias Gets It Done and So Can You!
by Marley Dias

In this accessible "keep-it-real" guide, Marley explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good. Drawing from her experience, Marley shows kids how they can galvanize their strengths to make positive changes in their communities, while getting support from parents, teachers, and friends to turn dreams into reality.

Out of the Wild Night: A Ghost Story
by Blue Balliett

Out of the Wild Night is master storyteller Blue Balliett at her spooky best, a spellbinding tale about the haunted residents of a very special place. Mary W. Chase died on Nantucket Island just over one hundred years ago, but she is still there, in the house she once lived in, and she wants to keep it that way--but first she must somehow contact a group of children who are interested in preserving historic homes on the island.

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!
by Carmen Agra Deedy

La Paz is a happy, but noisy village. A little peace and quiet would make it just right. So the villagers elect the bossy Don Pepe as their mayor. Before long, singing of any kind is outlawed. But there is one noisy rooster who doesn't give two mangos about this mayor's silly rules. A masterfully crafted allegory with bright, whimsical mixed-media paintings that celebrate the spirit of freedom - and the courage of those who are born to sing at any cost.

The Serpent's Secret
by Sayantani DasGupta

Up until her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala considered herself an ordinary sixth-grader in Parsippany, New Jersey, but then her parents disappear and a drooling rakkhosh demon shows up in her kitchen, and soon she is swept into another dimension, full of magic, winged horses, talking birds (very annoying), and cute princes--and somehow Kiranmala needs to sort it all out, find her parents, and basically save the world.