Library Kids - January 29, 2016

Library Kids

Friday, January 29, 2016


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

January 29, 2016 Issue

In this issue:


Featured Events 

Madison Joins ConnectED Library Challenge

On January 19, Madison Public Library Director Greg Mickells joined more than 90 library directors, elected and appointed local leaders, and school superintendents and staff in Washington D.C. to face the challenges of education head on and explore ways to improve education outcomes for all children. The White House convening, called the ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call, was a celebration for communities that accepted President Obama's challenge last spring - to get a library card in the hand of every school age child.

President Obama launched the first ConnectED Library Challenge in April 2015. The Challenge recognizes the critical role that libraries play as trusted community anchors that support learning and connectivity at all times and the notion that improving education for all children requires key local leaders to collaborate in new and powerful ways. In Wisconsin, Madison and Milwaukee Public Libraries have accepted the challenge and are working with local school districts and other community partners.

The event was carried out jointly by Urban Libraries Council, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), American Library Association (ALA) and the White House.

Learn more about the ConnectED Library Challenge or view pictures of the event. Photo courtesy of Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Black History Month Kickoff with Fabu

Please join Goodman South Madison Library and Fabu as we celebrate our greatest civil rights leaders and discuss the importance of Black History. Fabu, as she is professionally known, is a poet, columnist, storyteller, and educator who writes to encourage, inspire and remind. The Madison Poet Laureate from 2008-2012, she continues to share experiences living in the South, the Midwest and in Africa. Enjoy music from the movement, soul food from Melly Mells Catering, trivia and more!

  • Black History Month Kickoff with Fabu, Friday, February 5, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Check out Madison Public Library's Black History Month Webpage for more upcoming events, recommended reading, and selected local Black History resource materials!



Upcoming Events

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

Family Movie Matinee - MINIONS (2015)
Saturday, January 30, 12:00 - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Music Together
Mondays, February 1 & 8, 10:00 am - Central Library [more info]
Wednesdays, February 3 & 10, 11:00 am - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Bubbler Artist in Residence Angela Richardson - Open Studio
Monday, February 1, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Central Library [more info]
Tuesday, February 2, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Central Library [more info]
Monday, February 8, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Central Library [more info]
Thursday, February 11, 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Central Library [more info]

Minecraft @ the Library
Mondays, February 1 & 8, 2016, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]
Tuesdays, February 2 & 9, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Central Library [more info]
Saturday, February 13, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Central Library [more info]

Daddy and Me Afternoon Playgroup
Tuesdays, February 2 & 8, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm - Central Library [more info]

Toddler Dance Party
Tuesday, February 2, 10:00 am - Alicia Ashman Library [more info]

Valentine Card Crafts
Friday, February 5, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Central Library [more info]

Library Laboratory featuring TetraPAKMAN
Friday, February 5, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Lakeview Library [more info]

Paper Bag Pets with Bird Ross -A Bubbler Jr. Program
Saturday, February 6, 10:30 am - 11:30 am - Hawthorne Library [more info/register]
Saturday, February 13, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Meadowridge Library [more info/register starting 1/30]

Family Fun Night: Valentine Fun
Friday, February 12, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Art After Overture
Saturday, February 13, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Central Library [more info]

Donuts with Dad
Saturday, February 13, 10:00 am - Alicia Ashman Library [more info]

Big I, Little U: Fitness for the Whole Family
Saturday, February 15, 11:30 am - 12:15 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]



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, to Barack Obama, the country's first African-American president. With poetic grace and powerful illustrations by Shane Evans (Underground, We March), this is a completely unique look at the importance and influence of African Americans on the history of this country. Highly recommended for ages 6-10.

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

A picture book about the National Memorial African Bookstore, founded in Harlem by Louis Michaux in 1939. Readers age 6 and up will easily imagine themselves in the shoes of narrator Louis Michaux Jr., who met famous men like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X while helping there.

Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America
by Glennette Tilley Turner

In this one-of-a-kind historical picture book for advanced readers, author Glennette Tilley Turner tells the story of Francisco Menendez and Fort Mose (pronounced "mo-say"), which was founded in St. Augustine, Florida, and was the first free African settlement to legally exist in what later became the United States. Fort Mose was not only the first free black settlement, but it was also the most southern link of the Underground Railroad as a haven of refuge, just as cities in Canada were the northern most link.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
by Kadir Nelson

An introductory survey of African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama, this is the story of the men, women, and children who demanded that our country live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all, its true heart and soul. Recommended for readers age 6 and up.

Ira's Shakespeare Dream
by Glenda Armand

A biography chronicling the life of Ira Aldridge, an African American actor who is considered to be one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century. Ages 8 and up.

Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood
by Carole Boston Weatherford

Rhyming text celebrates the Harlem neighborhood that successful African Americans first called home during the 1920s. Preschoolers will groove to the strong rhythm and caregivers will delight in the rich vocabulary! An appendix includes brief biographies of jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, and Miles Davis; artists Aaron Douglas and Faith Ringgold; entertainers Lena Horne and the Nicholas Brothers; writer Zora Neale Hurston; civil rights leader W. E. B. DuBois; and lawyer Thurgood Marshall, all of whom we see on our walk through Sugar Hill.