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Library Kids - March 23, 2018

Library Kids

Friday, March 23, 2018

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

March 23, 2018 Issue

In this issue:

InDIGenous Jazz

InDIGenous Jazz

The popular concert series presenting new, original music performed by local jazz artists returns with four spring concerts.

Concerts are held from 7:30-9:30pm on the 3rd floor of Central Library. Each concert is free, all-ages, and open to the public.

March 23 | Jon Hoel Trio
April 6 | Andrew Baldwin Quintet
April 20 | The Gadjo Players
May 11 | Richard Hildner Armacanqui

Get more details about each of these shows.

The inDIGenous Jazz Series is presented by The Madison Music Collective and The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium.


Programas en Español

Celebrando al sol

Celebrando al sol - para celebrar el regreso del sol y mostrar algunas creaciones artísticas hechas por alumnos de 4K bilingüe de Sandburg y Falk.

Sábado, 24 de marzo | 10:30am - 12:00pm | Biblioteca Central

Celebrate the return of the sun and all things hopeful with art activities, indoor hopscotch, refreshments – and a special art exhibit by Sandburg & Falk bilingual 4K classrooms!

Saturday, March 24 | 10:30am - 12:00pm | Central Library

Learn more about this and similar upcoming events.


Parents as First Teachers

Parents as First Teachers

You already know the library works to promote early literacy. But did you know we've worked to build relationships with community partners to help bring those services to folks outside of the library, too?

In collaboration with Public Health of Madison & Dane County, the Parents as First Teachers program provides early literacy materials, training, and resources to public health staff to support conversations about the role parents play as their child’s first teacher, and the impact reading, singing, and playing has on child development.

Read more about Parents as First Teachers.

The Parents as First Teachers program was made possible by the Madison Public Library Foundation.


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

Cooking with Chef Lily
Monday March 26, 2:00-3:15pm - Meadowridge Library (Ages 9-12)
Friday, March 30, 2:00-3:15pm - Meadowridge Library (Ages 5-8)
Saturday, March 31, 11:00am-12:15pm - Meadowridge Library (Ages 5-8)
Saturday, March 31, 1:00-2:15pm - Meadowridge Library (Familes)
Saturday, March 31, 3:00-4:15pm - Meadowridge Library (Ages 9-12)

Marble Run Maker Fun
Wednesday, March 28, 10:30am-12:30pm - Hawthorne Library

Zoo to You!
Thursday, March 29, 10:30-11:15am - Hawthorne Library

Family Movie Night: Coco
Friday, March 30, 5:30-7:30pm - Lakeview Library

Family Fun Night: Board Game Night
Friday, March 30, 6:00-7:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Poetry Improv Featuring Guy Thorvalsen
Friday, March 30, 6:30-8:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Evening Family Storytime: Special Author Visit
Monday, April 2, 6:30-7:30pm - Sequoya Library

Coloring and Crafts Meet Up
Friday, April 6, 6:30-8:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Preschool and Toddler Dance Party
Saturday, April 7, 10:00-10:45am - Monroe Street Library

Saturday, April 7, 10:00-11:00am - Pinney Library

Saturday Morning Cartooning
Saturday, April 14, 10:00-11:00am - Sequoya Library

Saturday Family Matinee: Coco
Saturday, April 14, 2:30-4:30pm - Pinney Library 


Tablet Tips

Tablet Tips

Here are some tips for figuring out whether a particular app is a good choice for your family:

  1. Seek out online reviews from trusted sources or ask your local librarian. 
  2. Look for video reviews of the app on YouTube to get a better sense of the content. 
  3. Before sharing it with your kids, it’s a good idea to play through (at least a little bit) by yourself to make sure there aren’t any unexpected (and unpleasant) surprises! 
  4. If you love the app, look for others by the same app maker-- just like seeking out a favorite book author at your local library, it’s an easy way to find new titles to love!

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

All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff
by Meghan McCarthy

Lowell Harrelson wanted to turn trash into methane gas so he rented a barge called Morbo 4000. His plan was to ship the garbage from New York to North Carolina, but as the barge floated down the coast, no state would let him dock because of smelly waste on board! Mobro 4000 roamed the seas for forty-five days and traveled a distance of 6,000 miles. While awaiting its fate, the trash floated in New York's harbor, garnering much attention by onlookers. Even though the garbage barge was a farce, the unintended consequence inspired America to find a new way to deal with its trash.

Alma and How She Got Her Name
by Juana Martinez-Neal

If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza Još Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all -- and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell.

Aru Shah and the End of Time
by Roshani Chokshi

Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru who stretches the truth to fit in at her private school. But when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon. The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that ?

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America
by Jaime Hernandez

How would a kitchen maid fare against a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman marries a mouse? And what can a young man learn from a thousand leaf cutter ants? Hernandez asks these questions and more as he transforms beloved myths into bold, stunning, and utterly contemporary comics. Hernandez's first book for young readers brings the sights and stories of Latin America to a new generation of graphic-novel fans around the world.

by John David Anderson

In a magical land called the Haven lives a young fairy named Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophela is no ordinary fairy--she is a Granter: one of the select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day. But with worldwide magic levels at an all-time low, this is not as easy as it sounds.

Julian is a Mermaid
by Jessica Love

A glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julian notices three women spectacularly dressed up. When Julian gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julian sees himself? Jessica Love's author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.

Ocean Meets Sky
by Terry Fan

From the creators of the gorgeous bestseller The Night Gardener , comes a stunning new picture book about a young boy who sets sail to find a place his grandfather told him about...the spot where the ocean meets the sky.

by Matt Phelan

It's a perfect day for a pignic! A blue sky. A shady tree. A bright kite. And a full picnic basket. Four little pigs and their parents head outside to enjoy a beautiful day. With a little help from some new (and unexpected) friends, they climb trees, fly kites, and enjoy a delicious picnic. Even a sudden rain shower can't ruin their fun. Because rain means . . . MUD! Hooray!

The Wild Robot Escapes
by Peter Brown

The sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Wild Robot , by award-winning author Peter Brown Shipwrecked on a remote, wild island, Robot Roz learned from the unwelcoming animal inhabitants and adapted to her surroundings--but can she survive the challenges of the civilized world and find her way home to Brightbill and the island?