Library Kids - November 20, 2015

Library Kids
Library Kids
Friday, November 20, 2015


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

November 20, 2015 Issue

In this issue:


Featured Events


Gustafer Yellowgold

Gustafer Yellowgold, created by American songwriter and illustrator Morgan Taylor, comes to the Central Library!

  • Saturday, November 21, 1:30 pm - Central Library, 3rd floor Community Room

The New York Times describes Gustafer Yellowgold as "a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr Seuss." Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show is a multi-media performance of live music, colored-pencil animations and storytelling. With its unique crossover appeal, the show has been the wild-card opening act for Wilco and The Polyphonic Spree. Gustafer has appeared off-Broadway in his own productions of Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Sensation and Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock. Gustafer the character is a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and is living out an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods. Check out his site at

Join us for this very special performance for children of all ages!


Playtime Productions presents The Emperor's New Clothes

The mischievous schemings of two clever weavers-- who know that their leader would rather wear nothing as he parades through town than admit he was wrong-- are cause for hilarity, as PlayTime Productions presents The Emperor’s New Clothes.

The noted PlayTime Productions traveling theatre brings The Emperor’s New Clothes, the hilarious classic Hans Christian Andersen cautionary tale about empty pride and blind trust, to life with a contemporary twist. Just when you think the story is familiar, a new dimension appears. Come see what unfolds in PlayTime’s adaptation of the story for the children’s stage accompanied by an original musical score. Free admission.

For over two decades, Playtime Productions Children's Theatre has been delighting audiences with its creative and spirited renditions of classic tales. Since its very first performance of Snow White, PTP has staged more than a dozen productions, including Peter Pan, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Sleeping Beauty.

When performed by Playtime Productions, each of these endearing stories is retold with an eye to the present, always with a twist and many a surprise. Cinderella, for example, has an ethereal godfather who carries his wand in a violin case. And in the Wonderful World of www.oz Dorothy becomes Dot and the wicked witch is Virus.

Each year, PTP brings the magic of theater to thousands of people throughout Dane County, Wisconsin.


Cookie Fun

"Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!"

Catch stories, games and more at this fast-paced family event. Participants will get to take home their own decorated sugar cookie. Children age 6 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.


Upcoming Events

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


Black Story Time: Stories in the African and African American Traditions
Friday, November 20, 6:30 pm - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Donuts with Dad
Saturday, November 21, 10 am - Sequoya Library [more info]

Music Together
Saturday, November 21, 11 am - Pinney Library [more info]

Gustafer Yellowgold
Saturday, November 21, 1:30 pm - Central Library [more info]

Preschool & Toddler Dance Party
Monday, November 23, 10 am - Pinney Library [more info/register]

Monday, November 23, 10:45 am - Sequoya Library [more info/register]

Artist in Residence Open Fixing and Mending Time 11-3 pm
Tuesday, November 24, 11 am - Central Library [more info]

Pokemon Club
Tuesday, November 24, 3:30 pm - Central Library [more info]

Dinner & a Movie: Inside Out (animated, 2015, rated PG)
Tuesday, November 24, 6 pm - Central Library [more info]

Everything is Awesome (No School) Day
Wednesday, November 25, 9 am - Central Library [more info]

LEGO Buildathon
Wednesday, November 25, 10 am - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27, all day

Attitude of Gratitude
Saturday, November 28, 9 am - Central Library [more info]

Read to a Dog!
Saturday, November 28, 11 am - Goodman South Madison Library [more info]

Family Movie Matinee - Inside Out (2015)
Saturday, November 28, 12 pm - Hawthorne Library [more info]

Artist in Residence Fixing and Mending Workshop: Blankies & Stuffed Animals
Sunday, November 29, 1 pm - Central Library [more info]

Folkloric Russia: Experiencing Russia Through Folk Music
Monday, November 30, 6:30 pm - Sequoya Library [more info]

Let's Move! Parent & Child Fitness
Tuesday, December 1, 10:30 am - Lakeview Library [more info/register]

Toddler Art Class
Tuesday, December 1, 10:30 am - Pinney Library [more info/register]

Constructed Imagery with James Bellucci - A Bubbler Junior program
Tuesday, December 1, 4 pm - Central Library [more info/register]

Toddler Art Class
Wednesday, December 2, 10 am - Sequoya Library [more info/register]

Toddler Art Class
Wednesday, December 2, 10:45 am - Sequoya Library [more info]

Cookie Fun
Wednesday, December 2, 4 pm - Alicia Ashman Library [more info/register]

Read to a Dog
Wednesday, December 2, 4:30 pm - Meadowridge Library [more info]

Nifty Thrifty Gifty
Thursday, December 3, 3:30 pm - Monroe Street Library [more info/register]

Swingin' Singin' Saturday
Saturday, December 5, 10 am - Monroe Street Library [more info]

Cookie Fun
Saturday, December 5, 10:30 am - Hawthorne Library [more info]

PlayTime Productions presents "The Emperor's New Clothes"
Saturday, December 5, 1 pm - Central Library [more info]

Cookie Fun
Saturday, December 5, 1:30 pm - Meadowridge Library [more info]

Read to a Dog
Saturday, December 5, 1:30 pm - Hawthorne Library [more info]


New Books


Apocalypse Meow Meow
by James Proimos
Brownie, Apollo, and their ragtag group of strays have raided the grocery store and defeated some very mean mutts--but now they've run out of food. So when the crew discovers a nearby Twonkies factory, and all the Twonkies they could ever eat, they think they've got it made. The only catch is the cat guarding the factory--and this "cat" is MUCH bigger, and far more sophisticated, than any feline they've ever met. Can the dogs and their friends defeat their foe and claim the Twonkies for themselves? The Proimos father-son team returns with another irreverent, dog-filled take on the apocalypse, told in a graphic novel paper-over-board format. The instantly accessible artwork and laughs on each page will charm everyone from the most reluctant reader to the coolest of cats (humans and animals alike)!
For 8-12 year-olds.
Evermore Dragon
by Barbara M. Joosse and Randy Cecil
The girl and dragon who became best friends in Lovabye Dragon find each other again in this second oh-so-sweet tale. In a game of hide-and-seek, Girl wanders too far. Dragon looks everywhere--every here, every there--but Girl is lost. Alone in the woods, she tries hard not to cry, but the silver tears come anyway. Then, with the special connection between truly devoted, very special friends, Dragon hears the beating of her trembly heart. With his bright dragon fire, he lights up the night, shining the way to a delightful reunion. "Evermore, evermore, I am here," he assures her. Any child frightened by the night or feeling a tad lonely will relish the feeling of being wrapped in the protective wings of friendship.
For ages 3-7 years.
Small Smaller Smallest
by Corina Fletcher and Natalie Marshall.
Pull the tabs--what will you find? There's something fun hiding on every page! When kids pull the tabs, what will they see? Differences in size and quantity. A pretty flower grows from tall to taller to tallest. Snowflakes fall down, low . . . lower . . . lowest, as they hit the ground. And a caterpillar grows long . . . longer . . . longest! Every spread (and the front cover, too) has a pull-tab, so preschoolers will enjoy mastering this important new concept.
Board book.
Discover the essential details of the best-loved ships from the Star Wars universe in this ultra-cool book that features a giant foldout with new ships from Star Wars: The Force Awakens ! From the Jedi starfighters to the one and only Millennium Falcon and more, learn all about the best and fastest ships in the Star Wars galaxy. Each page of this clever book uncovers amazing info and little-known facts about your favorite Star Wars ships. Open up the pages of the foldout to reveal even more Star Wars spacecraft!
The Trilogy of Two
by Juman Malouf
Identical twins Sonja and Charlotte are musical prodigies with extraordinary powers. Born on All-Hallows-Eve, the girls could play music before they could walk. They were found one night by Tatty, the Tattooed Lady of the circus, in a pail on her doorstep with only a note and a heart-shaped locket. They've been with Tatty ever since, roaming the Outskirts in the circus caravans, moving from place to place. But lately, curious things have started to happen when they play their instruments. During one of their performances, the girls accidentally levitate their entire audience, drawing too much unwanted attention. Soon, ominous Enforcers come after them, and Charlotte and Sonja must embark on a perilous journey through enchanted lands in hopes of unlocking the secrets of their mysterious past.
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye
by Tania Del Rio and Will Staehle
Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who's terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren's pride and joy is his family's hotel, but he's been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she'll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family's legacy, he'll need to find the treasure first--if the hotel's many strange and wacky guests don't beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.
For ages 8-12.
¿Debo Compartir Mi Helado?
by Mo Willems and Isabel F. Campoy
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Should I Share My Ice Cream? Gerald has a big decision to make. But will he make it in time?
Translation of: Should I share my ice cream? In Spanish
For ages 3-5 years.