Storytime: Forest Friends

Storytime: Forest Friends

Storytime: Forest Friends

“Over in the forest underneath the pine trees sat a brown mother bear and her babies three!” Can you make some new friends in the forest? Try out some of these books and activities below to see the creatures who live in the forest. You can also put together the Cardboard Roll Shadow Puppets and make up your own stories with your new forest friends.

Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

When your children have happy experiences, they want to repeat them. Starting kindergarten can seem as an extension of informal library classes. Children who have had joyful experiences in the public library often approach school with a positive attitude, ready and excited to learn.

- Lambert

Activity

After you attend Storytime, talk with your child about what they enjoyed most. Then sing the songs that were presented. You can find the words and links on this blog post.

Books Presented

Shake the Tree by Chiara Vignocchi

Various animals take turns shaking a tree in search of a tasty meal. It starts with Mouse who wants a nut so she shakes the tree a little to the right, and a little to the left. But it isn’t the nut that falls from the tree, it’s Fox who thinks that Mouse looks pretty tasty! Soon a warthog and then a bear come along with similar ideas. Little readers will enjoy the just-made-it escapes and the fun shaking-action that readers can do along with this interactive picture book

Find Fergus by Mike Boldt

Fergus the bear wants to play hide and seek with the reader, but will need help–and practice–to hide well.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Shake My Sillies Out

Gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away
And wiggle my waggles away

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

Attention all astronauts

Please report the rocket ship
Prepare yourself for blast off

Thank you!

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

If you want to take the trip
Climb aboard my rocket ship

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
We have blast off!

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

If you want to take the trip
Climb aboard my rocket ship

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
We have blast off!

If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

 

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet
If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet

If you’re happy and you know it nod your head
If you’re happy and you know it nod your head
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it nod your head

If you’re happy and you know it do all three
If you’re happy and you know it do all three
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it do all three

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this cute forest scene and enjoy coloring! 

Make a fun cardboard roll shadow puppet!

Additional Books

Fear the Bunny by Richard T Morris

In a forest where everyone fears rabbits, a fierce tiger tries to persuade the animals that they should fear him, instead.

Who Wants a Hug? by Jeff Mack

 Everyone likes Mr. Bear except grouchy Dr. Skunk, who devises a plan to make Mr. Bear stop being happy and hugging others.

Animal Hide and Seek by Dahlov Ipcar

Sometimes, you need to know what to look for in order to see an animal, even if it’s hiding in plain sight! In Animal Hide and Seek, author and artist Dahlov Ipcar first offers young readers portraits of woodland animals and then, on the companion page, sets the animal into its natural setting, camouflaged for the careful reader to find. Gentle prose describes the animals and their habits, from deer to rabbits, from squirrels to salamanders.

Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

Bear and his friends persuade a bashful owl to play with them.

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Book Babies + Toddler Time: Rabbits & Bunnies

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Rabbits & Bunnies

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Rabbits & Bunnies

Whether bouncing like a bunny or hopping like a rabbit, toddlers and babies love these fluffy animals. Try reading some of the books below or doing the activities with your child for a fun-filled learning time about bunnies & rabbits.

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

 

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Even if you can’t sing on key, be sure to sing to your child! Your child is not looking for a concert quality song; he wants familiar sounds from a person who means a great deal to him. Singing together can be great fun; it doesn’t require any special equipment or cost any money.

 

- Lambert

Activity

Sing a song with motions with your child such as, “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” or “Hello, Everybody Let’s Clap Our Hands!” You can also replace the pronouns with your child’s name to “personalize” it!

Books Presented

Pop-Up Peekaboo! Meow!

Can you find Stripy Cat’s friends hiding under the flaps? Watch out-they might jump out at you!

Hush, Little Ones by John Butler

Baby animals in their natural environments are lovingly lulled to sleep by their parents.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Fingerplay: Here is a Bunny

Here is a bunny with ears so funny.
(hold up 2 fingers on one hand like bunny ears)
And here is a hole in the ground.
(finger and thumb of other hand together to make circle)
When a noise he hears
(hold one hand to ear)
He pricks up his ears
(hold up 2 fingers on one hand like bunny ears)
And jumps in the hole in the ground!
(hand with finger-ears “jumps” into hand with hole)

Variation
Here’s a bunny with ears so funny.
(wave hands above head for ears)
And here is a hole in the ground
(use hands to form a circle).
When a noise he hears,
(clap hands)
He perks up his ears,
(make ears stand up straight)
And jumps in a hole in the ground.
(dive towards the floor)

Rhymes, Songs, and Fingerplays Booklet

If you didn’t receive the booklet at Toddler Time or Book Babies, come to the library and ask for one at the Children’s Reference desk.

Scarf Song: Peek-a-boo

To the tune “Are You Sleeping”

Peek-a-boo, Peek-a-boo
I see you, I see you.
I see your button nose.
I see your tiny toes.
I see you, I see you.

Jbrary.com

Scarf Song: Rain on the Grass

*Rain on the grass
*Rain on the trees
*Rain on the roof but not on me!

*Replace with snow, sun, leaves
Jbrary.com

If You’re a Bunny and You Know It

If you’re a bunny and you know it, hop around
If you’re a bunny and you know it, hop around
If you’re a bunny and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re a bunny and you know it, hop around

(shake your tail)
(flop your ears)
(wiggle your nose)

 

Additional Books

If You're Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre

In rhyming text reminiscent of the traditional song, “If you’re happy and you know it,” presents various animals that are hoppy, sloppy, growly, flappy, or slimy, scaly and mean.

Peek-a-Boo Bunny by Holly Surplice

An energetic bunny plays hid and seek with his forest friends

Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson

A young rabbit enjoys a “busy, dizzy” day of playing in the meadow near his home.

Bunny Breaths by Kira Willey

Part of the Mindfulness Moments for Kids series, this mindful meditation moment teaches kids to think like a bunny and find their own focused energy! With Bunny Breaths, kids learn how to replenish their energy with quick, focused breaths…no matter how blah they feel. Best of all, it can be performed anywhere: in the backseat of a car, at home, or even at a child’s desk at school.

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July 1st – July 15th TEEN Activities

July 1st – July 15th TEEN Activities

July 1st – July 15th TEEN Activities

Young League of Writers
Monday, July 12th, at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room.
 

Connect with fellow writers to learn how to create characters who grow, transform, and have greater depth. 

Our Discord Server is another place to chat and discuss writing. Click below to join!

Teen Dungeons & Dragons
Wednesday, July 28th at 4 – 6 p.m. in the Community Room

Join in on an epic adventure! Create your own character, let the dice choose your fate, and interact with others to see where the quest takes you. 

Sign up or RSVP for this upcoming session of Dungeons & Dragons. Join our Discord server to connect with fellow adventurers and to learn more.

For teens 12 – 18 years of age. 

 

Teen action council have a say in what goes on at the library for teens
Summer Teen Crafts

Every Thursday during Summer Reading, a new take ‘n go Teen Craft will be available at the front Circulation Desk.

While supplies last. For ages 12 – 18.

Instructions and material lists can also be found on our website, under “Teen Zone,” and on our YouTube channel. 

June 17: Wall Hanging Button Holder

June 24: Hedgehog Earbud Holder

 July 1: Pokémon Terrarium

July 8: Monkey  Fist Knot

July 15: Cut-Paper Fox Tin Art

July 22: Paper Firebirds

July 29: Shadow Art

 

 

 

Summer Reading, June 7th – July 31st

Sign-ups are now in the front lobby area at the booth, available until July 24th.
Program ends July 31st.

Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. Our program for teens has lots of events and parties. 

The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless!

Teen action council have a say in what goes on at the library for teens
Teen Short Story Writing Contest
 
  • Participants must be ages 12 – 18 to enter
  • Open to Madison Library District residents only
  • 2,000 word maximum
  • Limit 1 short story per person
  • Must include an animal as part of the main story
  • No photos or illustrations
  • Work must be original, not previously published, and titled
  • Submissions that are deemed inappropriate, culturally inaccurate or possess negative stereotypical characterization will be disqualified

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Email your original work to Gina Miller or bring a hard copy into the library.
  • Subject line must say: “Tail”ish Tales Contest.
  • Please include your name, age, and phone number in the email.
  • Paste or type your short story in the email itself. Attachments will not be opened.

DEADLINE:

All entries must be received by Monday, July 26th, 2021.
Winners will be announced on Friday, July 31st, 2020 via Facebook, Instagram and email.

PRIZES:

First prize- Scrivener writing software ($50 value).
Second prize- Fat Cat’s movie date pack.
Third prize- Florence’s Candy box of chocolates.

All three winners will receive publication online at www.madisonlib.org and an award certificate.

For more information please email Gina Miller.

Open Recitals

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August Library Activities

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MAY Library Activities

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JULY Adult Activities

JULY Adult Activities

JULY Adult Activities

Adult Summer Reading


Explore
 Tails and Tales at the Library this summer by researching animals in all their habitats. Each time you complete a “Research Area” by reading 1000 pages of your choice, bring your log into the Library for a small reward.

 

If you successfully complete all Research by reading 3000 pages before Saturday, July 31st, you’ll be entered into our final drawings and receive five $1 coupons to use towards any unfortunate future fine incidents that may occur.

Last day to signup is July 24th.

SUMMER READING Cat Scavenger Hunt

Some slinky felines have come to hang out in the library during Summer Reading. But just how many are there?

Take a look around the General Section of the library to see how many curious cats you can find. Pick up a form at the Reference Desk; to increase your chances of winning, be sure to count the other creatures who are lurking about. If you want to change your count, we will consider your best guess.

Only PAPER cats count – displays, books, etc. are not included in the final count.

For ages 18+
Adult prize: $15 gift card to Fresco Grill. A certificate will be awarded to the closest underage guess.

Contest ends July 12th.

 

 

 EXPLORATION KITS

The Adult Exploration Kits are back on the shelves!

Each kit is built to take you on a journey of learning. There are a myriad of subjects to choose from, including US Beginnings, Shakespeare, Cake, Bob Ross, National Parks, and more.

Exploration kits may be checked out for three weeks.

To make it even easier on yourself, search our catalogue to put one on hold!  Simply use the catalogue search function and type in “Adult exploration kits” to view our many options.

 

PUZZLE + CHESS

The puzzle table is open to the public! Sit down and relax with our community puzzle. Contribute what you want and come back another day.

CHESS is located in the glass enclosure. Request a set from the Reference Desk.

The Library Book Club will next meet on Thursday, September 16th, at 6:30pm. 
 

The book will be The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin:

 

A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, one thing’s for sure: Sam Westing may be dead… but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!


Reading copies will be available to check out at the Front Circulation
Desk mid-August.

Open Recitals

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August Library Activities

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Closed for Memorial Day

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MAY Library Activities

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APRIL Teen Activities

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June 13th – 30th Teen Activities

June 13th – 30th Teen Activities

June 13th – 30th Teen Activities

Teen Anime Club
Monday, June 21st at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room.
 

Teens ages 12-18 gather together to watch anime favorites, chat about manga, and play games. No need to apply — just show up!

This month we will have a Pokémon the First Movie Popcorn Party!

Email Gina @ gina.m@madisonlib.org for more information.

Teen Dungeons & Dragons
Wednesday, June 23 at 4 – 6 p.m. in the Community Room

Join in on an epic adventure! Create your own character, let the dice choose your fate, and interact with others to see where the quest takes you. 

Sign up or RSVP for this upcoming session of Dungeons & Dragons. Join our Discord server to connect with fellow adventurers and to learn more.

For teens 12 – 18 years of age. 

 

Teen action council have a say in what goes on at the library for teens
Madison Bibliomaniacs Teen Book Chat
Monday, June 28th at 4 p.m. in the Community Room.

 

Who loves to read?? This is a fantastic opportunity to meet and discuss the love of books with others who appreciate the written word as much as you. 

June’s Bibliomaniac book will be The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base. Bring your detective skills to solve the who-dunnit mystery of the book by decoding the puzzles on each illustrated page. And of course we will have treats!

 

Summer Teen Crafts

Every Thursday during Summer Reading, a new take ‘n go Teen Craft will be available at the front Circulation Desk.

While supplies last. For ages 12 – 18.

Instructions and material lists can also be found on our website, under “Teen Zone,” and on our YouTube channel. 

June 17: Wall Hanging Button Holder

June 24: Hedgehog Earbud Holder

 July 1: Pokémon Terrarium

July 8: Monkey  Fist Knot

July 15: Cut-Paper Fox Tin Art

July 22: Paper Firebirds

July 29: Shadow Art

 

 

 

Summer Reading has STARTED

Sign-ups are now in the front lobby area at the booth.

Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. Our program for teens has lots of events and parties. 

The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless!

Teen Short Story Writing Contest
 
  • Participants must be ages 12 – 18 to enter
  • Open to Madison Library District residents only
  • 2,000 word maximum
  • Limit 1 short story per person
  • Must include an animal as part of the main story
  • No photos or illustrations
  • Work must be original, not previously published, and titled
  • Submissions that are deemed inappropriate, culturally inaccurate or possess negative stereotypical characterization will be disqualified

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Email your original work to Gina Miller or bring a hard copy into the library.
  • Subject line must say: “Tail”ish Tales Contest.
  • Please include your name, age, and phone number in the email.
  • Paste or type your short story in the email itself. Attachments will not be opened.

DEADLINE:

All entries must be received by Monday, July 26th, 2021.
Winners will be announced on Friday, July 31st, 2020 via Facebook, Instagram and email.

PRIZES:

First prize- Scrivener writing software ($50 value).
Second prize- Fat Cat’s movie date pack.
Third prize- Florence’s Candy box of chocolates.

All three winners will receive publication online at www.madisonlib.org and an award certificate.

For more information please email Gina Miller.

Teen action council have a say in what goes on at the library for teens

Open Recitals

Have a piece that you'd like to perform for the public? The library is holding a series of recitals this fall. Open recitals will be held Monday, September 19, and Monday, October 17, with a recital for invited performers on Monday, November 14. If you would like to...

Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Chapter Teen Writing Contest! Our top three submissions were: 1. Ainsley Burns' "A Dreamy Death" 2. Mary Palmer's What's in a Name" 3. Caitlyn Isle's "Haunted Home" Click on the titles above to read. Check them out!

August Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, August 3rd. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. NO PROGRAMS IN AUGUST To reset from Summer Reading and to accomodate our new infrastruture updates, there will be...

Library Closed for Infrastructure Updates

The library will be closed Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 27th for infrastructure updates. No items will be due and the book drop will also be closed. A word from the Director: "The Madison Library District is getting upgrades!  Our sorting machine has...

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining... that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack. 1st prizes: starts June 21st2nd prizes: starts...

Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th for Memorial Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

MAY Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, May 4th. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: STAR WARS TRIVIA NIGHTTest your fandom level at our Star Wars Trivia Night! Wednesday,...

APRIL Teen Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB  Come and watch Ouran High School Host Club. There will also be a fun TEA PARTY! Wednesday April 13th. 4:30pm, Community Room. For ages 12-18. YOUNG LEAGUE OF WRITERS How can you incorporate HUMOR and COMEDY into your writing? Discuss with others at...

APRIL Kid + Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS  Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:April 19th: The Secret Garden (1949) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.     KID + TWEEN STEAM KITS For ages 6-11. Now in person!Every 1st...

APRIL Adult Activities

REGENCY TEA PARTY Saturday April 30th. 9am & 11am. This is a ticketed event. Join authors Sarah M. Eden, Joanna Barker, Sian Ann Bessey, and Esther Hatch for a Regency Tea Party. The event will include a Q&A session, behind-the-scenes insights, giveaways, and...

June 13th – 30th Teen Activities

June 1st-12th Teen Activities

June 1st-12th Teen Activities

Summer Reading

Sign-ups start June 7th in the Community Room

Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. Our program for teens has lots of events and parties. 

The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless!

Teen Short Story Writing Contest
Monday, June 7th at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
 
  • Participants must be ages 12 – 18 to enter
  • Open to Madison Library District residents only
  • 2,000 word maximum
  • Limit 1 short story per person
  • Must include an animal as part of the main story
  • No photos or illustrations
  • Work must be original, not previously published, and titled
  • Submissions that are deemed inappropriate, culturally inaccurate or possess negative stereotypical characterization will be disqualified

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Email your original work to Gina Miller or bring a hard copy into the library.
  • Subject line must say: “Tail”ish Tales Contest.
  • Please include your name, age, and phone number in the email.
  • Paste or type your short story in the email itself. Attachments will not be opened.

DEADLINE:

All entries must be received by Monday, July 26th, 2021.
Winners will be announced on Friday, July 31st, 2020 via Facebook, Instagram and email.

PRIZES:

First prize- Scrivener writing software ($50 value).
Second prize- Fat Cat’s movie date pack.
Third prize- Florence’s Candy box of chocolates.

All three winners will receive publication online at www.madisonlib.org and an award certificate.

For more information please email Gina Miller.

Teen action council have a say in what goes on at the library for teens
Teen action council have a say in what goes on at the library for teens
Teen Action Council
Monday, June 7th at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
 
Have a say in what goes on at the library for teens.
Summer Reading Kickoff: Interactive Movie

Friday, June 11th, 7-9 p.m. in the Community Room

Kick off the Teen Summer Reading program in style. Join us for an interactive movie night—eat gummy worms with Timon and Pumba, coconut candy with Zazu, etc—as we watch Disney’s The Lion King.

Open Recitals

Have a piece that you'd like to perform for the public? The library is holding a series of recitals this fall. Open recitals will be held Monday, September 19, and Monday, October 17, with a recital for invited performers on Monday, November 14. If you would like to...

Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Chapter Teen Writing Contest! Our top three submissions were: 1. Ainsley Burns' "A Dreamy Death" 2. Mary Palmer's What's in a Name" 3. Caitlyn Isle's "Haunted Home" Click on the titles above to read. Check them out!

August Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, August 3rd. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. NO PROGRAMS IN AUGUST To reset from Summer Reading and to accomodate our new infrastruture updates, there will be...

Library Closed for Infrastructure Updates

The library will be closed Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 27th for infrastructure updates. No items will be due and the book drop will also be closed. A word from the Director: "The Madison Library District is getting upgrades!  Our sorting machine has...

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining... that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack. 1st prizes: starts June 21st2nd prizes: starts...

Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th for Memorial Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

MAY Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, May 4th. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: STAR WARS TRIVIA NIGHTTest your fandom level at our Star Wars Trivia Night! Wednesday,...

APRIL Teen Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB  Come and watch Ouran High School Host Club. There will also be a fun TEA PARTY! Wednesday April 13th. 4:30pm, Community Room. For ages 12-18. YOUNG LEAGUE OF WRITERS How can you incorporate HUMOR and COMEDY into your writing? Discuss with others at...

APRIL Kid + Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS  Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:April 19th: The Secret Garden (1949) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.     KID + TWEEN STEAM KITS For ages 6-11. Now in person!Every 1st...

APRIL Adult Activities

REGENCY TEA PARTY Saturday April 30th. 9am & 11am. This is a ticketed event. Join authors Sarah M. Eden, Joanna Barker, Sian Ann Bessey, and Esther Hatch for a Regency Tea Party. The event will include a Q&A session, behind-the-scenes insights, giveaways, and...

June Kid and Tween Activities

June Kid and Tween Activities

June Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading

Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room

Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages. 

The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless!

You won’t want to miss our Summer STEM program for ages 6-11! Unlike the rest of the year, starting June 15th we have a new activity every single week through the end of July! Pick them up at the Front Circulation Desk while supplies last.

Craft instructions will be available on our website and on our YouTube Channel.

June 15: Binary Code Animals
June 22: Outdoor Art Kit
June 29: Toothbrush critters

Earn a gorilla!

Fill out the online form below and upload a photo of your child doing one of our STEM activities. Then come to the Children’s Reference Desk and talk to a librarian to take one of the gorillas in the children’s area home!

1 per child while gorillas last; for ages 6-11.

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!

Pokémon Game Day

Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room

All games, all ages! Bring your Switch, DS, cards, and/or Pokémon Go on your phone. Come and play, or learn the trading card game, how to build a winning team in the video games, and even do some Pokémon Go battles.

Open Recitals

Have a piece that you'd like to perform for the public? The library is holding a series of recitals this fall. Open recitals will be held Monday, September 19, and Monday, October 17, with a recital for invited performers on Monday, November 14. If you would like to...

Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Chapter Teen Writing Contest! Our top three submissions were: 1. Ainsley Burns' "A Dreamy Death" 2. Mary Palmer's What's in a Name" 3. Caitlyn Isle's "Haunted Home" Click on the titles above to read. Check them out!

August Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, August 3rd. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. NO PROGRAMS IN AUGUST To reset from Summer Reading and to accomodate our new infrastruture updates, there will be...

Library Closed for Infrastructure Updates

The library will be closed Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 27th for infrastructure updates. No items will be due and the book drop will also be closed. A word from the Director: "The Madison Library District is getting upgrades!  Our sorting machine has...

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining... that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack. 1st prizes: starts June 21st2nd prizes: starts...

Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th for Memorial Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

MAY Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, May 4th. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: STAR WARS TRIVIA NIGHTTest your fandom level at our Star Wars Trivia Night! Wednesday,...

APRIL Teen Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB  Come and watch Ouran High School Host Club. There will also be a fun TEA PARTY! Wednesday April 13th. 4:30pm, Community Room. For ages 12-18. YOUNG LEAGUE OF WRITERS How can you incorporate HUMOR and COMEDY into your writing? Discuss with others at...

APRIL Kid + Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS  Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:April 19th: The Secret Garden (1949) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.     KID + TWEEN STEAM KITS For ages 6-11. Now in person!Every 1st...

APRIL Adult Activities

REGENCY TEA PARTY Saturday April 30th. 9am & 11am. This is a ticketed event. Join authors Sarah M. Eden, Joanna Barker, Sian Ann Bessey, and Esther Hatch for a Regency Tea Party. The event will include a Q&A session, behind-the-scenes insights, giveaways, and...

June Adult Activities

June Adult Activities

June Adult Activities

Adult Summer Reading

Explore
 Tails and Tales at the Library this summer by researching animals in all their habitats. Each time you complete a “Research Area” by reading 1000 pages of your choice, bring your log into the Library for a small reward.
If you successfully complete all Research by reading 3000 pages before Saturday, July 31st, you’ll be entered into our final drawings and receive five $1 coupons to use towards any unfortunate future fine incidents that may occur.
Come join your fellow community members on Thursday, June 17th at 6:30 p.m. for a lively discussion of both classic works and modern masterpieces.

 

Our book for June is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein:

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life … as only a dog could tell it.

Reading copies are available to check out at the Circulation Desk.

Adult Makers: Waste Canvas Critters
 
Add a design to a shirt or pocket. Kits will be available at the circulation desk beginning June 14th with an instructional video Friday, June 18th through our website and/or YouTube channel.
Pokémon Game Day

Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room

All games, all ages! Bring your Switch, DS, cards, and/or Pokémon Go on your phone. Come and play, or learn the trading card game, how to build a winning team in the video games, and even do some Pokémon Go battles.

Open Recitals

Have a piece that you'd like to perform for the public? The library is holding a series of recitals this fall. Open recitals will be held Monday, September 19, and Monday, October 17, with a recital for invited performers on Monday, November 14. If you would like to...

Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Chapter Teen Writing Contest! Our top three submissions were: 1. Ainsley Burns' "A Dreamy Death" 2. Mary Palmer's What's in a Name" 3. Caitlyn Isle's "Haunted Home" Click on the titles above to read. Check them out!

August Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, August 3rd. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. NO PROGRAMS IN AUGUST To reset from Summer Reading and to accomodate our new infrastruture updates, there will be...

Library Closed for Infrastructure Updates

The library will be closed Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 27th for infrastructure updates. No items will be due and the book drop will also be closed. A word from the Director: "The Madison Library District is getting upgrades!  Our sorting machine has...

Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th for Memorial Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

MAY Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, May 4th. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: STAR WARS TRIVIA NIGHTTest your fandom level at our Star Wars Trivia Night! Wednesday,...

APRIL Teen Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB  Come and watch Ouran High School Host Club. There will also be a fun TEA PARTY! Wednesday April 13th. 4:30pm, Community Room. For ages 12-18. YOUNG LEAGUE OF WRITERS How can you incorporate HUMOR and COMEDY into your writing? Discuss with others at...

APRIL Kid + Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS  Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:April 19th: The Secret Garden (1949) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.     KID + TWEEN STEAM KITS For ages 6-11. Now in person!Every 1st...

APRIL Adult Activities

REGENCY TEA PARTY Saturday April 30th. 9am & 11am. This is a ticketed event. Join authors Sarah M. Eden, Joanna Barker, Sian Ann Bessey, and Esther Hatch for a Regency Tea Party. The event will include a Q&A session, behind-the-scenes insights, giveaways, and...

March 16th – 31st Soup-a-Day

MARCH 16TH   Baxter's Clam Chowder from Josi Kilpack's Pumpkin Roll, the sixth book in her Culinary Mystery series.   MARCH 17TH Traditional Irish Stew from thespruceeats.com MARCH 18TH Peanut Stew from thegirlonbloor.com MARCH 19TH Spicy Carrot Soup from...

No Programs in May (Besides Book Club)

No Programs in May (Besides Book Club)

No Programs in May (Besides Book Club)

Come to our combined Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys meeting on Thursday, May 6th at 6:30- 7:30 p.m.! This month we’re talking about Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White.
This month for Adult Book Club we’re reading and discussing 29 Gifts by Cami Walker.
Join us on Thursday, May 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room!
We will not have any other programs in May. We do this every year to allow us to prepare for our Summer Reading program. We’ll see you in June! Summer Reading sign-ups start June 7th.

Open Recitals

Have a piece that you'd like to perform for the public? The library is holding a series of recitals this fall. Open recitals will be held Monday, September 19, and Monday, October 17, with a recital for invited performers on Monday, November 14. If you would like to...

Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Chapter Teen Writing Contest! Our top three submissions were: 1. Ainsley Burns' "A Dreamy Death" 2. Mary Palmer's What's in a Name" 3. Caitlyn Isle's "Haunted Home" Click on the titles above to read. Check them out!

August Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, August 3rd. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. NO PROGRAMS IN AUGUST To reset from Summer Reading and to accomodate our new infrastruture updates, there will be...

Library Closed for Infrastructure Updates

The library will be closed Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 27th for infrastructure updates. No items will be due and the book drop will also be closed. A word from the Director: "The Madison Library District is getting upgrades!  Our sorting machine has...

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining... that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack. 1st prizes: starts June 21st2nd prizes: starts...

Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th for Memorial Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

MAY Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, May 4th. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: STAR WARS TRIVIA NIGHTTest your fandom level at our Star Wars Trivia Night! Wednesday,...

APRIL Teen Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB  Come and watch Ouran High School Host Club. There will also be a fun TEA PARTY! Wednesday April 13th. 4:30pm, Community Room. For ages 12-18. YOUNG LEAGUE OF WRITERS How can you incorporate HUMOR and COMEDY into your writing? Discuss with others at...

APRIL Kid + Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS  Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:April 19th: The Secret Garden (1949) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.     KID + TWEEN STEAM KITS For ages 6-11. Now in person!Every 1st...

APRIL Adult Activities

REGENCY TEA PARTY Saturday April 30th. 9am & 11am. This is a ticketed event. Join authors Sarah M. Eden, Joanna Barker, Sian Ann Bessey, and Esther Hatch for a Regency Tea Party. The event will include a Q&A session, behind-the-scenes insights, giveaways, and...

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