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Library Kids - May 4, 2018

Library Kids

Friday, May 4, 2018

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

May 4, 2018 Issue

In this issue:

Bubbler Wrap-Up: Rachal Duggan

Bubbler Wrap-Up: Rachal Duggan

Rachael Duggan is RAD - literally, those are her initials. Rachal of RADIllustrates was The Bubbler’s artist-in-residence at the Central Library in February, drawing and doodling every nook and cranny of the library.

You can find her at Monroe Street Library this spring, where her illustration workshops continue to bring the joys of doodling to the Madison community.

Read her story and take a look at upcoming events with Rachal!


Live Well @ Your Library

Live Well @ Your Library

There are all sorts of ways to live well at your library

Madison Public Library can help you stay informed through our free resources, and help you and your loved ones reach wellness goals through our workshops by the community, for the community.

Upcoming events like Yoga Sprouts, Movement in Your World, and Family Fitness are just a few ways children and their grown-ups can be active at the library - and have a lot of fun in the process.

Learn more about wellness events and resources!


Print & Resist Zinefest

Free Comic Book Day!

Celebrate the fun of reading comic books and graphic novels! National Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May.

Children and adults alike can visit any of our nine Madison Public Libraries on Saturday, May 5 during open hours to receive a free kid-friendly comic book, while supplies last.

Central Library will have more fun planned for those looking added festivities!

Learn more about free comic book day at the library.

Thanks to our friends at Capital City Comics for hooking us up with awesome official #FCBD18 titles for kids! Additional comic books for Central Library provided by Westfield Comics.


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

Open Studio with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence, Hannah O'Hare Bennett
Various Dates/Times in May & June - Central Library

Stories & Sweets
Saturday, May 5, 10:30-11:15am - Hawthorne Library

Preschool Art with Jovita
Monday, May 7, 10:30-11:15am - Lakeview Library

Playtime Productions: The Reluctant Dragon
Monday, May 7, 7:00-8:00pm - Central Library

Toddler Art with Jovita
Thursday, May 10, 10:15-10:45am - Goodman South Madison Library

Cards for Mother's Day and Father's Day
Thursday, May 10, 4:00-5:00pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Author Event: Amy & Dave Freeman
Friday, May 11, 6:30-8:00pm - Sequoya Library

Draw the Monroe Street Library with Rachal Duggan
Saturday, May 12, 10:00am-12:00pm - Monroe Street Library

Saturday Family Matinee: Ferdinand
Saturday, May 12, 2:30-4:30pm - Pinney Library

Ragtime Jack Radcliffe: Country Blues, Old Time, and Americana Music Concert
Saturday, May 12, 2:30-4:45pm - Sequoya Library

¡Perrito Party!
Saturday, May 26, 10:30am-12:00pm - Meadowridge Library


New Books

Dance, Dance, Dance!
by Ethan Long

Horse and Buggy are best friends, but they don't always see eye to eye. When Buggy sees Horse dancing, he asks, "What are you doing?" "I am dancing," Horse replies. "I am the best dancer. I have the best dances!" "You are not dancing. You are just moving around." Can Horse convince the reluctant Buggy to lighten up and join in? YES! In this side-splitting story about friendship, Horse and Buggy learn that doing something together makes it twice as fun.

Front Desk
by Kelly Yang

Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.

The Funeral
by Matt James

Norma and her parents are going to her great-uncle Frank's funeral, and Norma is more excited than sad. She is looking forward to playing with her favorite cousin, Ray, but when she arrives at the church, she is confronted with rituals and ideas that have never occurred to her before. While not all questions can be answered, when the day is over Norma is certain of one thing -- Uncle Frank would have enjoyed his funeral. This sensitive and life-affirming story will lead young readers to ask their own questions about life, death and how we remember those who have gone before us.

I Am a Cat
by Galia Bernstein

A simple housecat named Simon encounters some bigger cats: Lion, Puma, Panther, Tiger, and Cheetah. Each of the big cats has something to say about Simon not being "cat" enough. According to them, he just doesn't measure up. He doesn't have Lion's mane or Cheetah's spots. He doesn't sleep in trees like Panther or climb mountains like Puma. He's small and fuzzy, not big and strong. But ultimately, Simon shows the big cats that he's just like them . . . only smaller.

I Walk with Vanessa
by Kerascoët

This simple yet powerful picture book--from a New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife team--tells the story of one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying. Inspired by real events, I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.

Life on Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island
by Loree Griffin Burns

On November 14, 1963, a volcano fifteen miles off the shore of Iceland exploded under the sea, resulting in a brand-new island. Scientists immediately recognized Surtsey for what it was: an opportunity to observe the way life takes hold. Loree Griffin Burns follows entomologist Erling Ólafsson on a five-day trip to Surtsey, where since 1970 he has studied the arrival and survival of insects and other species. Readers see how demanding conditions on Surtsey can be, what it's like to eat and work while making the smallest impact possible, and the passion driving these remarkable scientists in one of the world's most unique fields ever!

Ocean Meets Sky
by Terry Fan

Finn lives by the sea and the sea lives by him. Every time he looks out his window it's a constant reminder of the stories his grandfather told him about the place where the ocean meets the sky. Where whales and jellyfish soar and birds and castles float.

The Parker Inheritance
by Varian Johnson

When Candice finds the letter, she isn't sure she should read it. It's addressed to her grandmother, after all, who left Lambert in a cloud of shame. But the letter describes a young woman named Siobhan Washington. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. Grandma tried and failed. But now Candice has another chance.

They Say Blue
by Jillian Tamaki

In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Tamaki follows a young girl through a year or a day as she examines the colors in the world around her. Egg yolks are sunny orange as expected, yet water cupped in her hands isn't blue like they say. But maybe a blue whale is blue. She doesn't know, she hasn't seen one. Playful and philosophical, They Say Blue is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only wonder at.

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow
by Jan Thornhill

Behold the most despised bird in human history! So begins Jan Thornhill's riveting, beautifully illustrated story of the House Sparrow. She traces the history of this perky little bird, one of the most adaptable creatures on Earth, from its beginnings in the Middle East to its spread with the growth of agriculture into India, North Africa and Europe. Everywhere the House Sparrow went, it competed with humans for grain, becoming such a pest that in some places "sparrow catcher" became an actual job and bounties were paid to those who got rid of it.

You Go First
by Erin Entrada Kelly

Over the course of a week, Charlotte and Ben--online friends connected only by a Scrabble game--will intersect in unexpected ways, as they struggle to navigate the turmoil of middle school. This engaging story about growing up and finding your place in the world by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Hello, Universe and the winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature will appeal to fans of Rebecca Stead and Rita Williams-Garcia.

Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present
by Jamia Wilson

Meet 52 icons of colour from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement - from figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, to cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream... whatever it may be.