Library Kids - June 8, 2015

Library Kids

Library Kids

Monday, June 8, 2015

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

 June 8, 2015 Issue

In this issue:


Featured Events


Summer Reading Club

When kids don't read over the summer, they lose some of the hard-earned skill they acquired during the school year. The average student will lose up to one month, with disadvantaged students losing closer to two. This skill loss, often called the summer slide orsummer learning loss, us devastating, leaving some children two years behind their peers by high school.

Madison Public Library is here to help! The Madison Public LibrarySummer Reading Clubis designed to get kids excited about reading, with a reward for every four books or four hours they read during the summer. More than that, all reading counts: chapter books, picture books, audiobooks, playaways, comics, graphic novels, cereal boxes, whatever they can get their hands on. You can also read to your child and count that as well.

Sign-up has already started. You can register online or at any of the nine neighborhood libraries in Madison. If you've already started reading, you can claim your prizes at any of the locations between Monday, June 15 and August 31. There's also a superhero hidden at each neighborhood library! If you find it, you can win a prize. The guessing jar is also back all summer long. If you can guess the number of puff balls in the jar, you will also win a prize at the end of the summer.

But wait, there's more! The library also has a lot of exciting programs scheduled over the summer months to keep them engaged. You'll find them in this newsletter; you can also look at our calendar.



Where State Street Meets the Square

Enjoy a mix of summer programs and activities in downtown Madison where State Street meets the Capitol Square, from markets to music, arts and crafts, children's activities, resource fairs and learning opportunities, and pop-up or drop-in events.

Events will be added throughout the summer, so check back or stop by to see what's up at Top of State locations!

Kid's Day at Top of State!

Stop by for outdoor activities for kids and families. Free! Historic games from the Wisconsin Historical Museum, including games invented by the Native Peoples of Wisconsin, played by the early American settlers, and some that even date back to ancient Greece! Madison Central Library and Madison Children's Museum will provide additional family fun activities. The MSCR FIT2GO Van will bring play, fitness and family fun, with such equipment as hula hoops, jump ropes sports equipment, Imagination playground and more.

  • Fridays, June 19 through August 14, 10 am - noon at Philosopher's Grove and 30 on the Square

NOTE: Youth participants must be accompanied by an adult for all activities. No drop-offs are allowed.

MadCity Bazaar, Madison's Urban Pop Up Flea Market will return to the Top of State.

  • Thursdays, June 18; July 2 and 16; August 6 and 20; and every Thursday in September (i.e., September 3, 10, 17, and 24).

Welcome to MadCity Bazaar, Madison's coolest urban outdoor pop-up flea market. You never know what treasures you will find- including locally crafted food, art, craft, clothing, collectibles, vintage up-cycled furniture and more.

Or check out Ian's Pizza Outdoor Open Mic with host Tim Coughlin Jr. and get a free Ian's slice for performing! Come to perform or hear some great local music. All musicians and genres welcome and encouraged! Musicians will get 3 songs/15 minutes/ea. Sign up starts at 4:30 pm on location.

  • Tuesdays, June 9 through September 29, 5 - 7 pm at 30 on the Square

Note: House guitar provided, aux input available. Rain location/time: Usual indoor time inside Ian's Pizza on State on state, 100 State St., 9 - 10 pm.

Make Music Madison at Top of State

Enjoy this annual one-day citywide, free, outdoor, Summer Solstice music festival at Top of State. Catch these performances on Sunday, June 21, outside the Wisconsin Historical Museum near Philosopher's Grove:

  • 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM John Kostle (Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Folk)
  • 1:00 PM - 01:45 PM Common Chords, the Vocal Outreach Ensemble of Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus (Pop, Choral, Cabaret)
  • 2:00 PM - 03:00 PM Jason Moon (Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Americana / Bluegrass)
  • 3:00 PM - 04:00 PM Moldy Jam (Americana / Bluegrass)

Check out more information on all these events and more at or check

Upcoming Events

Find Chess at the Library information here. 
Find Knitting at the Library information here.
Find Storytime for Ages 0-5 information here.


Mini Farmers Market
Tuesday, June 9, 11 am - Hawthorne Library [more info] 

DreamBikes Mobile Repair 
Tuesday, June 9, 11 am - Hawthorne Library [
more info]

Meet with a Neighborhood Officer (Chat with a Cop)
Tuesday, June 9, 11 am - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Library LEGO Club
Tuesday, June 9, 4 pm - Meadowridge Library [more info] 

Let's Eat Out! 2015 Neighborhood Dinners
Tuesday, June 9, 5:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info] 

Music Together
Wednesday, June 10, 11 am - Pinney Library [more info] 

Mini Farmers Market
Thursday, June 11, 11 am - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Recycled Art Journal Workshop
Saturday, June 13, 9:30 am - Central Library [more info/register]

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

Read to a Dog
Thursday, June 13, 2 pm - Lakeview Library [more info]

Meet with an Outreach Worker
Monday, June 15, 1 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Preschool Players
Monday, June 15, 1:30 pm - Pinney Library [more info]

Library LEGO Club
Monday, June 15, 4 pm - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Library LEGO Club
Monday, June 15, 6:30 pm - Alicia Ashman Library [more info]

Pop-up Puppet Theatre
Tuesday, June 16, 10:30 am - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Meet with an Neighborhood Officer (Chat with a Cop)
Tuesday, June 16, 11 am - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Mini Farmers Market
Tuesday, June 16, 11 am - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Circuit Blocks! (A Bubbler Junior Program)
Tuesday, June 16, 1 pm - Meadowridge Library [more info/register] 

Duck Tape Mania
Tuesday, June 16, 2 pm - Sequoya Library [more info/register] 

Community Sound Circle 
Tuesday, June 16, 3 pm - Alicia Ashman Library [
more info]

Library LEGO Club
Tuesday, June 16, 4 pm - Lakeview Library [more info]

Let's Eat Out! 2015 Neighborhood Dinners
Tuesday, June 16, 5:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Tell Us: Communities Inspiring Libraries
Tuesday, June 16, 6 pm - Pinney Library [more info]

Dinner & a Movie
June 16, 6 pm - Central Library [more info]

There is Something Fishy Going On 
June 17, 10:30 am - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Pokemon Club
June 17, 1:30 pm - Central Library [more info]

Sock Monsters! (A Bubbler Junior Program)
Wednesday, June 17, 2 pm - Alicia Ashman Library [more info/register]

Mini Farmers Market
Thursday, June 18, 11 am - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Superhero Party
Thursday, June 18, 2:30 pm - Central Library [more info]

Thursday, June 18, 3 pm - Monroe Street Library [more info]

The Supper Club
Thursday, June 18, 6 pm - Alicia Ashman Library [more info]

Drop-In Stop Motion Animation
Friday, June 19, 1 pm - Central Library [more info]

Elephant & Piggie Party
Friday, June 19, 2 pm - Monroe Street Library [more info/register]

Family Fun Night: The Spellbinder, Magician, & Illusionist
Friday, June 19, 6:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Beatles Toddler Dance
Saturday, June 20, 10 am - Sequoya Library [more info/register]

Donuts with Dad
Saturday, June 20, 10 am - Pinney Library [more info]

Create Your Own Tie Dye T-Shirt
Saturday, June 20, 12 pm - Sequoya Library [more info/register]

The Gomers cover The Beatles
Saturday, June 20, 5:30 pm - Sequoya Library [more info]


New Books

by Daniel Miyares

"Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain"-- Provided by publisher.

The Forget-Me-Not Summer
by Leila Howland

When their parents, a screenwriter and a film editor, go off on summer projects, Marigold, twelve, Zinnia, eleven, and Lily, five, must visit their Great Aunt Sunny in Cape Cod, where they learn much about themselves and each other and grow closer than ever.

Fun in the Sun
by David Catrow

Illustrations and easy-to-read text relate a trip to the beach that features a man in a funny hat--or hat on a funny man, a sandy lunch and swimsuit, and a high-flying kite.

A Handful of Stars
by Cynthia Lord

When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.

Lost in the Sun
by Lisa Graff

"As Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he can move on"-- Provided by publisher.

One Word from Sophia
by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail

All Sophie wants for her birthday is a pet giraffe, but as she tries to convince different members of her rather complicated family to support her cause, each tells her she is using too many words until she finally hits on the perfect one. Includes glossary.