Library Kids - October 20, 2017

Library Kids

Friday, October 20, 2017


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

October 20, 2017 Issue

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Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the library! Day of the Dead is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, and more recently for Mexican Americans.

Rather than grieve over the loss of a beloved family or friend, they choose to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits (Smithsonian Latino Center).

Check out the number of upcoming library events, as well as books and resources to help you celebrate Diá de los Muertos and learn more about the traditions.  


Hawthorne Hootenanny

Hawthorne Hootenanny

Hawthorne Library is gearing up for the 4th annual Hawthorne Hootenanny on Saturday, November 4 from 10:00am-1:00pm. All are invited to sing, clap, and dance during this lively celebration of music and play.

The Hootenanny will feature performances by local musicians like Dave Landau and Yid Vicious, as well as a square dancing demonstration by members of the Westport Squares of Madison. Artists and community members will host a number of family-friendly activities like screen-printing with Lesley Numbers, celebrating Frida Kahlo with Barb Alvarado, making fossil hats with the Wisconsin Geological Survey, and playing around with an instrument zoo, as well as hands-on art and face-painting throughout the day. Refreshments have been generously donated by MOKA and Willy Street Co-op. 

For more information, please visit


Lakeview Palooza

Lakeview Palooza

The Friends of Lakeview Library invite you to another fun-filled community party! Come by Lakeview Library this Saturday, October 21 from 10am-3pm for Lakeview Palooza, featuring a variety of musical performances and activities the whole family will enjoy. The day will include emergency vehicles, free books for kids, bubbles, face painting, and bike repair with Dream Bikes. Refreshments provided by Willy Street Co-op North and Friends of Lakeview Library.

Check the website for event details!

Upcoming Events

Find a complete event listing in our Fall Kidspages or find Chess ClubsKnitting ClubsLEGO ClubsMinecraft Clubs or Storytimes for ages 0-5

Workshops with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence Lovey Town
Various Dates & Times in October - Central Library

Wisconsin Book Festival - Children & Teens Events
Various Dates & Locations

Lakeview Palooza
Saturday, October 21, 10:00-12:00pm - Lakeview Library

Cuddle Up for Hygge Storytime
Monday, October 23, 6:30-7:30pm - Sequoya Library

Wednesdays, October 25-November 15, 10:30-12:30pm - Lussier Community Center (55 S. Gammon Rd.)

Preschool English and Hmong Storytime at Bayview Community Center
Thursdays, October 26-November 30 (EXCEPT 11/23), 9:30-10:00am - Bayview Community Center [601 Bay View]

Read to a Dog
Thursday, October 26, 4:00-5:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library
Thursday, November 2, 3:30-5:30pm - Central Library
Wednesday, November 8, 4:30-5:30pm - Meadowridge Library

Kids Code Madison
Thursday, October 26, 6:00-7:30pm - Hawthorne Library

Building Old Fashioned Toys with Taylor Rushing
Friday, October 27, 10:30-11:30am - Hawthorne Library
Friday, October 27, 3:00-4:00pm - Alicia Ashman Library
Saturday, November 4, 11:00am-12:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Family Movie Night - Lego Batman
Friday, October 27, 5:30-7:45pm - Lakeview Library

Family Fun Night: Haunted House!
Friday, October 27, 6:30-7:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Spanish Storytime / Cuentos y Canciones en Español
Saturday, October 28, 10:30-11:15am - Pinney Library

MakerPalooza (A Bubbler Jr. Program)
Saturday, October 28, 2:00-3:00pm - Pinney Library

Bully Prevention - Reframe the Name with Jaia Davis, Author of "I Am F.A.T."
Monday, October 30, 5:00-6:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Evening Family Storytimes
Mondays, October 30-December 11, 6:30-7:30pm - Sequoya Library

Play Club
Monday, October 30, 7:00-8:00pm - Monroe Street Library

Language Explorers: Spanish
Saturday, November 4, 10:00-10:30am - Monroe Street Library

New Books





Chicken in the Kitchen
by Nnedi Okorafor


What would you do if you woke up one night to find the shadow of a giant chicken passing your bedroom door? Go and investigate, of course! When Anyaugo follows a giant chicken into her kitchen one warm night in Nigeria, she embarks on a fun-filled adventure where nothing is quite as it seems. Is the mischievous giant chicken a friend or a foe? More importantly, will Anyaugo be able to save the food for the New Yam Festival the next day?




City Moon
by Rachael Cole


As they take a nighttime walk around their neighborhood looking for the elusive moon, a little boy asks his mother simple questions about it, and she patiently answers every one.




Earth!: My First 4.6 Billion Years
by Stacy McAnulty


Prepare to learn all about Earth from the point-of-view of Earth herself! In this funny yet informative book, filled to the brim with kid-friendly facts, readers will discover key moments in Earths life, from her childhood more than four billion years ago all the way up to present day.




by Jimmy Cajoleas


In the wild, free woods of the Hinterlands, where magic is as real as stories are, Goldeline travels from camp to camp with Gruff and his bandits, getting by on the things they steal from carriages that pass through the woods.




How the Cookie Crumbled: The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie
by Gilbert Ford


Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies! But not everyone knows where they came from. Meet Ruth Wakefield, the talented chef and entrepreneur who started a restaurant, wrote a cookbook, and invented this delicious dessert. But just how did she do it, you ask? That's where things get messy!




The Incredible Magic of Being
by Kathryn Erskine


As Julian searches the night sky, he encounters a force that may drive his plan apart. His neighbor, Mr. X, could bring an end to his parents' dream of opening their B&B. Could one negative force unravel everything? An avid student of science, Julian understands that there is much about the universe that we don't yet know. Who is to say what's possible and what's not?




Pup and Bear
by Kate Banks


Here is a picture book that celebrates differences and promotes kindness, sure to resonate with the many fans of the beloved classic, Mama Do You Love Me? A stranded wolf cub is rescued and raised by a loving polar bear, and years later when he is grown into a wolf and on his own, he comes upon a lost polar bear cub, and the cycle begins again.




Race to the Bottom of the Sea
by Lindsay Eagar


When her parents, the great marine scientists Dr. and Dr. Quail, are killed in a tragic accident, eleven year old Fidelia Quail is racked by grief. But she is forced out of her mourning when she's kidnapped by Merrick the Monstrous, a pirate whose list of crimes stretches longer than a ribbon eel. Will Fidelia be able to master the perils of the ocean without her parents - and piece together the mystery of Merrick the Monstrous before it's too late?




Secrets of the Dark Side
by Matt Jones


From Darth Vader to Kylo Ren, learn all about the evil villains that want to destroy the heroic Jedi. DK's reading program is leveled into stages to help every child progress and become a confident reader. This Level 1 book is illustrated with brand-new LEGO Star Wars sets and has true kid appeal. Narrative spreads are supported with captions and annotation, and a quiz to encourage children to develop comprehension skills.