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News, events, and recommended books for kids PreK through grade 6.
May 17, 2019
All-ages group of knitters at the library
Groups for Needlecrafters
The library is a perfect place to get started with needlecrafts at any age or experience level - plus meet other folks who enjoy similar activities. Find a group at a library near you!
Newly remodeled space at Goodman South
Goodman South Madison Library
Remodeling Celebration

Join friends, neighbors, and library staff to celebrate the completion of the remodeling project at Goodman South Madison Library on Tuesday, May 28 from 3:00-5:00pm. Remarks, tours, and refreshments will be part of the festivities. Learn more

No Small Matter Film Screening
No Small Matter Film Screening

Madison Public Library is partnering with DANE Brain Collective to present a FREE screening of No Small Matter on Thursday, May 30 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Barrymore Theater. No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. 

No cost to attend but tickets are required to reserve your spot.

FREE TICKETS
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 May & June - Central Library

Make & Take Activities with the Girl Scouts
Saturday, May 18, 11:15am-12:15pm - Hawthorne Library

Celebrating the Ten Avatars (Dashavatar): An Indian Mythology of Evolution
Saturday, May 18, 1:00-4:00pm - Central Library

Saturday Family Matinee: Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)
Saturday, May 18, 2:00-4:00pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Minecraft Monday
Monday, May 20, 2:30-4:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Early Readers Book Club
Monday, May 20, 3:00-4:00pm - Lakeview Library

Preschool Art with Amy Mietzel: Leo the Late Bloomer Puppets
Thursday, May 23, 10:30-11:15am - Hawthorne Library

Children's Mental Health Crises - Community Conversation
Thursday, May 23, 6:30-8:30pm - Sequoya Library

Paper Construction & Collage Exploration: Minerals, Liquids, and Mimicry
Saturday, May 25, 1:00-3:00pm - Central 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

Pinney Playdate
Thursday, June 20, 9:30-10:30am - Pinney Library

Early Literacy Tips
Have changing table chats! Diapering is a wonderful talking time. Your baby loves gazing at you and will focus on watching your face and listening to your words as you tell them what you’re doing.
New Books

Discover the lost art of the high five and improve your slapping skills just in time for the annual high five contest! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next.


Sid, Axl, and Ivan volunteer to make a late-night fast-food run for the high school theater crew, and when they return, they find themselves. Not in a deep, metaphoric sense: They find copies of themselves onstage. As they look closer, they begin to realize that the world around them isn't quite right. Turns out, when they went to the taco place across town, they actually crossed into an alien dimension that's eerily similar to their world.


Do you wonder if humans are the only beings who wonder if they are alone in the universe?Our sun is a star.In the night sky are all kinds of stars,and orbiting those stars are planets like the ones in our own solar system. Planet Earth is not too big,not too small, not too hot,and not too cold. It's just right.Our very own Goldilocks planet . . . Follow a young girl as she explores these questions in this gorgeous book about the wondrous search for another Goldilocks planet.


Fantasy fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series will embrace this first novel in an adventure-filled, Viking-inspired series. Destined to take over his family farm in Norrøngard, Karn would rather play the board game Thrones and Bones, until half-human, half frost giantess Thianna appears and they set out on an adventure, chased by a dragon, undead warriors, an evil uncle, and more.


Wherever the sharks led, Lucy Everhart's marine-biologist mother was sure to follow. In fact, she was on a boat far off the coast of Massachusetts, collecting shark data when she died suddenly. Lucy was seven. On one steamy day, the tide brings a great white--and then another tragedy, cutting short a friendship everyone insists was "meaningful" but no one can tell Lucy what it all meant. To survive the fresh wave of grief, Lucy must grab the line that connects her depressed father, a stubborn fisherman, and a curious old widower to her mother's unfinished research on the Great White's return to Cape Cod. If Lucy can find a way to help this unlikely quartet follow the sharks her mother loved, she'll finally be able to look beyond what she's lost and toward what's left to be discovered.


A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.

When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there. With vivid illustrations and text bursting with heart, My Papi Has a Motorcycle is a young girl's love letter to her hardworking dad and to memories of home that we hold close in the midst of change.


Celebrating the inventor of the Crayola crayon! This gloriously illustrated picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Edwin Binney, the inventor of one of the world's most beloved toys.

What child doesn't love to hold a crayon in their hands? But children didn't always have such magical boxes of crayons. Before Edwin Binney set out to change things, children couldn't really even draw in color. Here's the true story of an inventor who so loved nature's vibrant colors that he found a way to bring the outside world to children - in a bright green box for only a nickel!


Kathrine Switzer changed the world of running. This narrative biography follows Kathrine from running laps as a girl in her backyard to becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with official race numbers in 1967. Her inspirational true story is for anyone willing to challenge the rules.


Explore the fascinating world of superlative birds -- from the bee hummingbird, the tiniest bird in the world, to the peregrine falcon, the fastest creature on Earth. Ever wonder which bird has the loudest voice? Which one builds the biggest nest or has the most feathers? Get to know all about the best and brightest -- and smelliest! -- denizens of the bird world with this collection of nonfiction science verses. You won't need your binoculars to observe the superlative characteristics of these avian wonders.

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