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News, events, and recommended books for kids PreK through grade 6.
May 29, 2019
Summer Reading Club

Mark your calendars - Summer Reading Club registration starts June 1st! You can visit any Madison Public Library location (including the Dream Bus) to join, or register online. No cost to participate and all ages welcome from birth through age 12.

Kiddos can join us on a brain-building reading adventure to earn a free book of their choice - plus an invitation to our Choose Your Own Adventure Starring You! Comic-Making Party. 

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Drag Queen Storytimes

The ever-popular Drag Queen Storytimes are back! Bring your fabulous self and celebrate diversity, differences, and imagination through fun age-appropriate stories, songs, and activities with local drag performers.

These programs are intended for families with children, and grownups must be accompanied by a child. Crafts and face painting will be available for everyone. 

Saturday, June 15 • 9:30am • Sequoya Library
Saturday, June 29 • 10:00am • Lakeview Library (bilingual English/Spanish)

Event Details
Two artists covering their faces in front of ocean artifacts
The Office of Oceanic Feeling with Lydia Diemer and Riley Hanick

Introducing the latest artists-in-residence Lydia Diemer and Riley Hanick for The Office of Oceanic Feeling.

The Office of Oceanic Feeling seeks different ways to ask and answer the question of how we locate and experience the ocean as both a place and a myth, a concept and a history, an origin and an affect. 

Folks of all ages are invited to visit the Bubbler and immerse themselves in explorations and activities with the artists, including open studios and workshops throughout the month of June.

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Upcoming Events

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

Open Studio & Workshops with Artists-in-Residence Lydia Diemer & Riley Hanick
Various dates and times in June - Central Library

Preschool Art with Amy Mietzel: Pizza Collages
Thursday, May 30, 10:30-11:15am - Hawthorne Library

Fifth Friday Poetry Reading feat. James Roberts & Marilyn Taylor
Friday, May 31, 6:30-8:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Read to a Dog
Wednesday, June 5, 4:30-5:30pm - Meadowridge Library
Thursday, June 6, 3:30-5:00pm - Central Library

Stop Motion Animation Film Fest with MMSD Elementary Students
Thursday, June 6, 5:30-7:30pm - Sequoya Library

Cyanotype Workshop: Shadow Ocean
Saturday, June 8, 1:00-3:00pm - Central Library

Summer Celebration
Thursday, June 13, 11:00am-12:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library 

Preschool Storytime Chefs
Monday, June 17, 10:15-11:15am - Meadowridge Library

Little Wood Reliefs with Amy Mietzel
Monday, June 17, 10:30-11:30am - Monroe Street Library

Family Storytime at the YMCA
Tuesday, June 18, 9:30-10:30am - YMCA [711 Cottage Grove Rd.]

Hip-Hop, Pop, Lock, Krump & More!
Saturday, June 22, 1:00-2:00pm - Sequoya Library

Early Literacy Tips
Use the language of love! Babies begin to talk by learning to take turns. They coo, look at you, and wait. You coo, and they gurgle back. These early conversations teach your baby about language - and about being loved!
New Books

Your definitive guide to getting outside--for girls ages 9-12! In addition to basic outdoor skills, this entertaining guidebook includes easy camping recipes, outdoor projects including science experiments and crafts, fun activity suggestions, and inspiring stories of diverse historical and contemporary outdoorswomen (such as Arunima Sinha, an amputee mountain climber and first Indian woman to summit Mount Everest; Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts; and Libby Riddles, first woman to win the Iditarod).

Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl's journey to center stage. Illustrator Amber Ren brings Willems' music to life, conducting a stunning picture-book debut.

Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her -- and her hair -- happy.

Delsie loves tracking the weather, living with her grandmother, and the support of friends and neighbors, but misses having a "regular family," especially after her best friend outgrows her.


Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best--acting silly and being adored. They've been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom.

But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they're shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. The other kids share their same first and middle names. They're the same ages. They even have identical birthdays. Who, exactly, are these strangers?

Lailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs. This gentle, moving story from first-time author Reem Faruqi comes to life in Lea Lyon's vibrant illustrations. Lyon uses decorative arabesque borders on intermittent spreads to contrast the ordered patterns of Islamic observances with the unbounded rhythms of American school days.

A poetic, beautifully illustrated picture book inspired by Ode to the Onion by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). Pablo has a lunch date with his friend Matilde, who shows the moody poet her garden. Where Pablo sees conflict and sadness, Matilde sees love and hope. The story is less a biography of Neruda and his muse, Matilde Urrutia (1912-1985), and more a simple ode to a vegetable that is humble and luminous, dark and light, gloomy and glad, full of grief and full of joy--just like life.

Bear's favorite place is inside. He loves sharing his tidy home with his friend Spider. Spider loves the outdoors!

When Spider's kite flies away, Bear must venture out and into the messy forest to help his friend. As their quest in the forest goes from bad to worse, Bear and Spider show readers that being a friend means being there for each other, no matter what.

Cats and birds can't be friends! They have absolutely nothing in common. After all, cats are supposed to eat birds, not play with them!

But there's something special about this prey-and-predator pair...and they may just find that it's our differences that bring us closer together.

For the first 10 years of his life, 12-year-old Teddy's home was the Congo, where he lived with his parents, a gorilla researcher and a wildlife photographer. When civil war broke out, however, the family moved back to America; his parents now work at FunJungle, the world's largest zoo. When ornery zoo mascot Henry the Hippo dies, Teddy learns that he was murdered (after spying on the autopsy). No one believes him except Summer, the daughter of the Texas millionaire who owns FunJungle, and they work together to find the killer, even as someone is trying to silence Teddy himself.

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