Library Kids - July 27, 2017

Library Kids

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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

July 27, 2017 Issue

In this issue:


Build a Better World

Celebrate a Summer of Reading

Summer is going by fast but there's still plenty of fun to be had!

Build a Better World: Read! Concer & Picnic
Tuesday, August 1 from 6:00-8:00pm | Olbrich Botanical Gardens (3330 Atwood Ave.)

Join us for this grand finale Summer Reading extravaganza. Pack a picnic supper and head to Olbrich Gardens for a fun-filled family concert! Come, rain or shine, to play with bubbles, make a project, and enjoy live tunes by Ken Lonnquist that will get your toes tapping! Sponsored by Overture Center for the Arts' Kids in the Rotunda.

Amazing Amulet Parties

Don't stop Reading Like a Badger this summer! Complete your Summer Reading bingo cards and earn a golden ticket for entry into an Amazing Amulet Party near you.

Amazing Amulet Parties are a special Bubbler Jr. making experience just for summer readers. You can visit any party location throughout the month of August, and present your golden ticket for a chance to craft your own victory amulet.

Take your amulet home with you, or add it to the library's display of victors for all to see and marvel at the completion of your summer reading quest. A family friendly event with amulet designs accessible to reading victors of all ages.

Check out the list of Amazing Amulet Parties for details on dates, times, and locations.

Funding and programming for the 2017 Summer Reading Club is provided in large part by the Madison Public Library Foundation and its Rock & Read Father's Day fundraiser. Our other generous sponsors include: Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Overture Center for the Arts, the Friends of the Sequoya Library and the South Central Library System.


Storytimes for Babies & Toddlers

Storytimes for Babies & Toddlers

Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost their brain power?

The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge. All skills that will help them succeed in kindergarten and beyond - and it's never too early to get started.

Not sure where to begin? We have storytimes for kids of all ages, even babies, to help build those early literacy skills.


A Wild Rumpus

A Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play Experience

Don't miss the chance to join the Rumpus! There are still a few weeks left to enjoy play-centered, child-led activities in the park. The library provides special play equipment to spark your child's imagination. At the end of each event, kids create a Play Story, drawing and/or writing about their play for that day.

Wear messy clothes, bring a water bottle, or bring a picnic dinner and make an evening of it!​ You'll also have the option to purchase a meal from the "Let's Eat Out" local food cart coalition.

Reindahl Park | 1818 Portage Road 
Mondays, July 31 - August 14 from 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Haen Family Park | 7702 Tree Lane
Wednesdays, August 2 - August 16 from 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Watch a recent NBC15 interview with our very own Carissa Christner as she describes the impact A Wild Rumpus has on child development and literacy.


This event is created in partnership with the Madison Parks Division and funded in part by a grant from the Madison Public Library Foundation.


Upcoming Events

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

Black Story Hour with Pat Diehl
Friday, July 28, 6:30-7:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Donuts with Dad
Saturday, July 29, 10:00-11:00am - Sequoya Library
Saturday, August 12, 10:00-11:00am - Alicia Ashman Library

Mending Lab
Saturday, July 29, 10:00am-12:00pm - Hawthorne Library

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!
Monday, July 31, 2:00pm - Central Library

Maker Monday: Random Acts of Kindness (a Bubbler Jr. Program)
Monday, July 31, 3:00-4:00pm - Pinney Library

Let's Move! Family Fitness Class
Tuesday, August 1, 10:30-11:15am - Goodman South Madison Library

Tuesdays at 2:00ish - Bats Live!
Tuesdays, August 1 - August 15, 2:00-4:00pm - Sequoya Library 

Terrific Tuesdays
Tuesdays, August 1 - August 22, 4:00-5:00pm - Lakeview Library

Read to a Dog
Wednesday, August 2, 4:30-5:30pm - Meadowridge Library
Thursday, August 3, 2:00-3:30pm - Central Library
Saturday, August 5, 1:30-2:30pm - Hawthorne Library

Simple Electric Motors & Basic Circuitry 
Thursday, August 3, 6:00-7:00pm - Meadowridge Library
Saturday, August 5, 10:00-11:00am - Meadowridge Library

Spanish Storytime/Cuentos y Canciones en Español
Thursday, August 3, 6:30-7:15pm - Pinney Library
Saturday, August 12, 10:30-11:15am - Pinney Library

Summer Family Fort Night
Friday, August 4, 6:00-8:00pm - Monroe Street Library

Learn to Ride, Biking is the Best!
Saturday, August 5, 9:30-12:00pm - Sequoya Library

Paint Night with Monroe Street Arts Center
Wednesday, August 9, 7:00-8:30pm - Monroe Street Library

Wisconsin Book Festival presents Caren Stelson, author of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
Tuesday, August 10, 10:00-11:00am - Central Library

Movie Matinee at Lakeview: Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Saturday, August 12, 2:30-5:00pm - Lakeview Library

The Supper Club
Tuesday, August 15, 6:00-7:00pm - Alicia Ashman Library


New Books

101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up
by Suzette Valle

Movies can make you think, teach you a lesson, or just let you escape into a fantasy world for a few hours. 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up serves as an interactive bucket list of films for children to watch before they grow up.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
by Dan Santat

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up .

The Bad Seed
by Jory John

He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He's been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be--happy?

Big Nate: A Good Old-Fashioned Wedgie
by Lincoln Peirce

Join the unstoppable Big Nate for another round of middle school adventures! From homework and hygiene to hilarious hiijnks - no one quite does sixth grade like Nate and his friends.

Carson Crosses Canada
by Linda Bailey

Feisty Annie Magruder and her dog, Carson, live in British Columbia, Canada, and they're setting out to visit her sister in Newfoundland. In their little rattlebang car, Annie and Carson hit the road! They travel province by province, taking in each unique landscape and experiencing something special to that particular part of this vast, grand country.

Cosmic Commandos
by Chris Eliopoulos

A pair of different-as-can-be twin brothers accidentally bring their favorite video game to life, and must now find a way to work together to defeat it.

by Olivier Dunrea

While enjoying his solitary trek through the barnyard, Gus the gosling finds three small eggs that could possibly hold his perfect companions inside.

King and Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code
by Dori Hillestad Butler

When a mysterious letter written in code arrives at King's house for his human, Kayla, he follows the trail of the person who left it.

by Terry Lynn Johnson

Eleven-year-old Travis and twelve-year-old Stacey, separated from their families after being thrown into the Atlantic off the coast of Washington, battle hypothermia as they struggle to survive. Includes Coast Guard-approved cold-water survival tips.

Serafina and the Splintered Heart
by Robert Beatty

When a mysterious threat moves towards Biltmore, bringing with it violent storms and flooding, Serafina must fight to defend all she loves and become everything that she is meant to be.