Library Kids - May 1, 2015

Library Kids
Friday, May 1, 2015
Library Kids is Madison Public Library's email newsletter featuring events, news, and recommended books for kids PreK through grade 6.
May 1, 2015 Issue
In this issue:
Featured Events
Pop! challenge
If we gave you $20,000 to make Madison Public Library even better, how would you spend it?
In honor of National Library Week and its theme, “Unlimited possibilities @ your library,” the Madison Public Library Foundation wants to bring YOUR best ideas to life! 
Tell us what you would do to take our library system from very good to great. Want to see more large-print books? Expanded collections or a new special collection? New youth programs? More technology? No idea is too outlandish, and creativity is encouraged.
Submit your suggestion at the Madison Public Library Foundation web site between April 13-May 17.  We'll present the top proposals in early June for a public vote, and put up to $20,000 behind the winning ideas to make them happen!
We're excited about this project and hope you are, too, so please share it on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #PopChallenge.
Madison Public Library HeroCon
May 1st and 2nd is HeroCon at the Central Library!
HeroCon is an all-ages celebration of comics, games, and geek culture. Running in conjunction with Free Comic Book Day (with handouts of comics provided by Westfield Comics), the event will also include:
Costumes allowed and encouraged! The schedule is still being confirmed but mark your calendars, and check our website for all the latest information, schedules, panels and more.
Book Sales Are Great Bargains
Research shows that children who have access to books grow up to be better readers and are more prepared for school.  Library Friends used book sales are a great way to start or build your home library at a fraction of the cost of buying new books (and, of course, you can always borrow books for free from your local library!  Visit these upcoming sales for great bargains:
Friends of the Alicia Ashman Library Used Book Sale (733 N. High Point Rd.)
Thursday, April 30 - Saturday, May 2 
Pre-sale Thursday hours, 5-8 pm, Friends members only (may join at door - $5.00/individual, $10.00/ family). Public sale Friday, 9:30 am - 7:00 pm, Saturday, 9:30 am - 3 pm, with bag sale 2-3 pm ($5 a bag, bag supplied).
Friends of Sequoya Library Used Book Sale (Westgate Mall, 442 Westgate Mall next to TJ Maxx)
Saturday, May 2, 9 am - 4 pm
Bag sale on selected items starts at 2 pm.
Day in a Kid's Life
Madison Story Project
What makes Madison "home" to our youngest residents?  We're teaming up with the Madison Children's Museum to document the stories of Madison's youth in a 24-hour online storytelling event, Day in a Kid's Life, on Wednesday, May 6.
Madison area kids and teens, along with their parents, teachers, and friends, can help write history from a youth point of view by sharing a story about or details of their day.
How can you contribute?
Post a story, picture or video to the Madison Story Project Facebook page
Tweet a story, picture, or video to @madisonstorypro #madisonstoryproject
Email a story, photo, or video to
The Day in a Kid's Life event is also the public launch of the website, a collaborative youth storytelling project of Madison Children's Museum and Madison Public Library.  This project was partially funded through a Public Humanities Fellowship from the Center for the Humanities.
Upcoming Events
Find Chess at the Library information here. 
Find Knitting at the Library information here.
Find Storytime for Ages 0-5 information here.
Family Fun Night: Soda Pups: Back by Popular Demand! (at UW Space Place, 2300 S. Park Street
Saturday, May 1, 6:30 pm - UW Space Place  [more info]
May Flower Fun
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 am - Monroe Street Library  [more info]
Saturday Stories & Sweets
Saturday, May 2, 10:30 am - Hawthorne Library  [more info]
Big I, Little U Fitness Fun: Movement, Music and Dancing for the Whole Family
Saturday, May 2, 1:00 pm - Goodman South Madison Library  [more info]
Read to a Dog
Saturday, May 2, 1:30 pm - Hawthorne Library  [more info]
Saturday, May 9, 2:00 pm - Lakeview Library [more info]
PlayTime Productions presents: Snow White
Sunday, May 3, 1:30 pm - Central Library  [more info]
Saturday, May 9, 1:00 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]
Mother's Day Crafts
Monday, May 4, 2:30 pm - Sequoya Library [more info]
2015 Congressional Art Competition Event Hosted by Congressman Mark Pocan
Monday, May 4, 6:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]
Preschool Storytime with the UW Water Library
Tuesday, May 5, 10:30 am - Monroe Street Library [more info]
Kids Chess Club
Tuesday, May 5 & 19, 4:00 pm - Sequoya Library [more info] (followed by All Ages Chess at 6:00 pm)
Meadowridge Minecraft Club
Wednesdays, May 6, 13 and 20, 3:00 pm - Meadowridge Library [more info]
Muffins for Moms
Thursday, May 7, 10:00 am - Pinney Library [more info]
Donuts with Dad
Saturday, May 9, 10:00 am - Alicia Ashman Library [more info]
Library Lego Club
Monday, May 11, 6:30 pm - Alicia Ashman Library [more info]
Tuesday, May 19, 4 pm - Lakeview Library [more info]
New Books
Twelve-year-olds Ambrose, Tom, and Frankie are transported to the boys' hometown of Freedom Falls, Ohio, in 1852 when Frankie blows her Romani family's magical trombone, and to return home they will have to use both Morse code and the ancient form of divination known as the I-Ching.
Jane Goodall introduces young readers to some of her favorite chimpanzees living in Gombe National Park, describing their behavior and family life.
Oscar Starling never wanted to come to Chicago. But then Oscar finds himself not just in the heart of the big city but in the middle of a terrible fire! No one knows exactly how it began, but one thing is clear: Chicago is like a giant powder keg about to explode. An army of firemen is trying to help, but this fire is a ferocious beast that wants to devour everything in its path, including Oscar! Will Oscar survive one of the most famous and devastating fires in history?
My Bike
by Byron Barton
Tom tells all about his bicycle, his ride to work past trucks, cars, and even elephants, and his work as a circus performer.
The Penderwicks in Spring
by Jeanne Birdsall
As spring arrives on Gardam Street, there are surprises in store for each Penderwick, from neighbor Nick Geiger's expected return from the war to Batty's new dog-walking business, but her plans to use her profits to surprise her family on her eleventh birthday go astray.
Stick and Stone
by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld
Stick and Stone are both lonely until Pinecone's teasing causes one to stick up for the other, and a solid friendship is formed.
A young boy discovers a whale in his pool and tries everything he can think of to get it out.