Library Kids - September 22, 2017

Library Kids

Library Kids

Friday, September 22, 2017


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

September 22, 2017 Issue

In this issue:



Dyslexia Awareness

Dyslexia Awareness Event

An estimated 60 million Americans are dyslexic, roughly 1 of every 5 people! Help raise awareness for dyslexia by joining staff, students, and families from Madison's Children's Dyslexia Center on October 4 at Central Library from 5:30-8:00pm. You'll learn more about dyslexia and how we can all support our kids, students, friends, and neighbors who struggle to read printed words.

A light dinner will be served before a short film screening and a brief panel discussion highlighting local resources. Young people ages 8 and up especially welcome!

Learn more and register for this event!


Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Let's celebrate! Take a look at our recommended books, storytimes, and other events to enjoy during Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond. 


Making Spaces

Support Making in Madison Schools

Support making and learning in Madison schools! Making Spaces is an exciting new partnership with the Bubbler at Madison Public Library, Maker Ed, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Google and YOU to support maker education in public schools.

Making and thinking go hand in hand to promote critical thinking, problem solving, and engagement, but can be approached in many different ways. In the first year of the Making Spaces project, six Madison Public schools have worked to design a project or space as unique as their community that will help their students thrive. Supported with professional development, planning, and community connections from the library, our schools are looking for community support and help in spreading the word about their new initiatives.

Learn about each school's ambitious plans for the future and all the ways you can support the Making Spaces initiative. 

Upcoming Events

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

Problem Solving Sessions w/ Bubbler Artist-in-Residence, Jennie Bastian
Tuesdays, August-September, 5:30-8:00pm - Central Library

Yoga for Kids
Saturday, September 23, 10:00-10:30am - Central Library
Thursday, September 28, 12:15-12:45pm - Monroe Street Library
Thursday, October 5, 12:15-12:45pm - Monroe Street Library
Saturday, October 7, 10:00-10:30am - Central Library

Building Old-Fashioned Toys with Taylor Rushing
Saturday, September 23, 10:00-11:00am - Monroe Street Library

Sunday Jazz at Sequoya - Sandhill Crane Quartet
Sunday, September 24, 1:30-3:30pm - Sequoya Library

Family Music Time
Monday, September 25, 10:15-10:45am - Hawthorne Library
Monday, September 25, 11:00-11:30am - Hawthorne Library

Minecraft Clubs
Mondays, September 25, 2:30-4:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library
Thursday, September 28, 3:30-5:30pm - Meadowridge Library
Monday, October 2, 2:30-4:30pm - Lakeview Library
Tuesday, October 3, 4:00-5:30pm - Central Library

Evening Family Storytimes
Mondays, September 25-December 11, 6:30-7:30pm - Sequoya Library

Wednesdays, September 27-October 11, 10:30-12:30pm - Lussier Community Center (55 S. Gammon Rd.)

Who Matters? Be a Part of an Intergenerational Photo Exhibit
Thursday, September 28, 4:00-8:00pm - Central Library

Kids Code Madison
Thursday, September 28, 6:00-7:30pm - Hawthorne Library

Family Movie Night: Moana
Friday, September 29, 5:30-7:30pm - Lakeview Library

Language Explorers: Spanish
Saturday, October 7, 10:00-10:30am - Monroe Street Library
Saturday, November 4, 10:00-10:30am - Monroe Street Library

Star Wars Party: Pinney Goes Rogue
Saturday, October 7, 10:00-12:00pm - Pinney Library

Ecological Storytelling: Imaginative Experiments for All Ages
Saturday, October 7, 1:00-3:00pm - Central Library

Sean Gaskell and the West African Kora
Wednesday, October 11, 7:00-8:00pm - Alicia Ashman Library

New Books



All's Faire in Middle School
by Victoria Jamieson


Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.




Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel
by Mariah Marsden


The spirit of Anne is alive and well in Mariah Marsden's crisp adaptation, and it's a thrill to watch as the beloved orphan rushes headlong through Brenna Thummler's heavenly landscapes. Together Marsden and Thummler conjure all the magic and beauty of Green Gables. Like Anne herself, you won't want to leave.




Danza!: Amalia Hernández and el Ballet Folklórico de México
by Duncan Tonatiuh


Author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of Amalia Hernandez, dancer and founder of El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Published in time for the 100th anniversary of Hernandez's birth, Danza! is the first picture book about the famous dancer and choreographer. Danza! is a celebration of Hernandez's life and of the rich history of dance in Mexico. 




The Empty Grave
by Jonathan Stroud


With the help of some unexpected, and rather ghostly, allies, Lockwood & Co. must battle their greatest enemy yet, as they move ever closer to the moment when the earth-shattering secret of 'the problem' will finally be revealed.




Extinction: What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds?
by Laura Perdew


Have you seen a dodo bird recently? Do you have mastodons playing in your back yard? Not likely--these species are both extinct, which means the entire population has died out. More than 99 percent of all species, or about 5 billion, have gone extinct since life first formed on Earth 4.5 billion years ago. Some of those species went extinct at the same time in an event know as a mass extinction. What type of event could cause such a massive die off? This is a question that scientists have asked for decades as they explore the causes of extinction. In Extinction: What Happened to the Dinosaurs, Mastodons, and Dodo Birds? readers ages 9 to 12 learn about the scientific investigative work necessary to answer these questions and find the culprit behind mass extinctions.




Fly Guy's Big Family
by Tedd Arnold


Fly Guy misses his family, so Buzz invites them to a surprise party and his mother, father, and thousands of brothers and cousins show up--Fly Guy is delighted but Buzz's parents are not pleased.




Good Day, Good Night
by Margaret Wise Brown


When the sun comes up and the day begins, the little bunny says good day to all the familiar things outside. To the birds in the skies and the bees in their hives, to everything one by one. And as the sun starts to set, it's time for the little bunny to say goodnight. Goodnight, kitty. Goodnight, bear. Goodnight, people everywhere.




In Your Hands
by Carole Boston Weatherford


A black mother expresses the many hopes and dreams she has for her child in this powerful picture book masterpiece.




La Princesa and the Pea
by Susan Middleton Elya


A rhyming twist on a classic fairy tale in which a queen places a pea under a young lady's mattress to see if she is truly a princess. Incorporates Spanish words and includes a glossary.




The Stars Beneath Our Feet
by David Barclay Moore


Unable to celebrate the holidays in the wake of his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting, Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself while constructing a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center.