Library Kids - July 3, 2017

Library Kids

Monday, July 3, 2017

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

July 3, 2017 Issue

In this issue:


Read Up

School may be out, but you can keep your kids reading, learning, and growing all summer long!

Read Up is a joint effort among the Madison Metropolitan School District, United Way, Madison Public Library, Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) and the Madison Reading Project to promote reading and give parents tools to help their children get more from what they are reading. Read Up helps prevent “summer slide,” where students experience a loss of learning during the summer months.

The partnership allows us to create a literacy-rich experience and measure the success of continued reading over the summer months. Last year, more than 75% of participants increased or held their reading ability over the summer! Thanks to support from WISC-TV, Read Up will expand to reach over 1,000 kids at six elementary schools: Lapham, Mendota, Hawthorne, Chávez, Stephens and Lincoln.

Read Up Coordinators have been working hard to keep kids reading with read-alouds, book-based crafts, team-based word games and movement activities, along with resources for parents hoping to do the same at home. They'll help your child find books that match their reading level, incorporate reading time into family vacations, develop your child's close reading skills, and more!

And don't forget, the library has resources available to all kids to help keep them reading this summer! Even if your school is not one of the six participating in Read Up, your child can still participate in the Summer Reading Program, attend free library events, and make use of all the library has to offer. Don't have a public library card? You can get one for free at any library location. Just bring in a photo ID and proof of your current address to get a card and start checking out book, movies, and lots of other great materials.

>> Learn more about the Read Up program

>> Check out a list of Madison Public Library books that go along with Read Up weekly themes


Make Music Madison

Family Fun Nights at Goodman South Madison

Bring the whole family to events meant to entertain, educate, and engage children and their parents.

Enjoy a movie night, make a mosaic, join in a family health talk, explore science, and more!

Fridays from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at Goodman South Madison Library

July 7: How the Body Works with Dr. Jasmine Zapata
July 14: Batcow – Bat Conservation of Wisconsin
July 21: Movie Night - The Secret Life of Pets
July 28: Black Story Hour with Pat Diehl
August 4: Mosaic Making with Amy Mietzel
August 11: Afterschool Expeditions

Family Fun Nights are funded by a gift from The Capital Times Kids Fund.


Bone Folders Guild

Minecraft Clubs

Minecraft Clubs are happening all summer long at several Madison Public Library locations.

Sign up for 30-minute turns based on attendance. No account necessary. Bring your own computer or use one of ours! Ages 17 & under.

Goodman South Madison Library
Mondays, June 5 - August 28

Meadowridge Library
Thursdays, June 15 - August 31

Lakeview Library
Mondays, July 10-August 14

Central Library
Tuesdays, July 11-August 1

Minecraft programming is funded by a gift from the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Foundation.

For more information, visit


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

Workshops with Memory Cloths Circle, Bubbler Artist-in-Residence
Various dates and times in July, Central Library

Donuts with Dad
Saturday, July 8, 10:00-11:00am - Alicia Ashman Library

Read to a Dog
Thursday, July 6, 2:00-3:30pm - Central Library
Saturday, July 8, 11:00am-12:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library
Saturday, July 8, 2:00-3:00pm - Lakeview Library

Toddler Time
Mondays, July 10 - August 7, 10:15-10:45am - Goodman South Madison Library

Drop-in Preschool Storytime
Mondays, July 10 - August 7, 11:00-11:45am - Goodman South Madison Library

Tuesday, July 11, 2:00-4:00pm - Sequoya Library

Summer Drummin' with Elmore Lawson
Tuesday, July 11, 10:30-11:15am - Hawthorne Library

Grow a Better World
Wednesday, July 12, 6:00-8:00pm - Monroe Street Library

Crafting with Amy Meitzel: Optical Illusion Spinning Top
Saturday, July 8, 1:00-2:30pm - Meadowridge Library

Spanish Storytime/Cuentos y Canciones en Español
Thursday, July 13, 6:30-7:15pm - Pinney Library
Saturday, July 15, 10:30-11:15am - Pinney Library


New Books

Binny Bewitched
by Hilary McKay

When Binny finds the money someone left behind at an ATM--and then loses it--she must play detective in this delightful romp from Hilary McKay.

The Dark Prophecy
by Rick Riordan

Zeus has punished his son Apollo--god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more--by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous--and frankly, humiliating--trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America.

Morris Mole
by Dan Yaccarino

Meet Morris Mole--he has always been a little bit different. When the moles are running low on food, it's up to clever Morris to save the day. With a little help from an unexpected friend and a lot of digging, Morris learns that even the smallest creatures can do big things.

Real Friends
by Shannon Hale

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen's #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

The Round the World Quiz Book
by Sue McMillan

Bright and quick, this is the type of weird trivia kids LOVE. A good book to leave laying around the house so kids discover it.

What is Chasing Duck?
by Jan Thomas

What is chasing Duck? Is it something wild and hairy? Does it have big teeth? Who will help protect Duck? Featuring Jan Thomas's wonderfully wacky humor, rowdy repetitions, and hilarious characters, this book is sure to have young readers laughing out loud!