Christmas Window Search & Find

Christmas Window Search & Find

Christmas Window Search & Find

Drive by or walk by the library starting Saturday, December 5th to take a look at our Christmas window displays! Use our search and find list here. You can also vote for your favorite window and we’ll announce the winner at the end of the month.

Closed for Presidents’ Day

The library will be closed Monday, February 15 for Presidents' Day. No items will be due, and as always the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

On the Same Page Kick-Off

Each winter we host a month long community reading event we call On the Same Page. Basically, we hand out hundreds of copies of a selected book and then spend a month exploring it through activities, lectures, concerts, and contests. Think of it as a county-wide book...

December Young League of Writers

This month we'll be meeting on Monday, December 14th at 4:30 p.m. We'll report on NaNoWriMo goals and participate in a group storytelling project!

December Combined Tween Book Club

This month we will be reading The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories by O. Henry. We will meet via Zoom. For girls and boys ages 8-11 and accompanying adult. It's a party about a book! Play games, make a cool craft, and eat a tasty snack.

Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza

It's a Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza! Drive up and meet Santa at the Library's curbside check-out on December 9th any time between 1-7 PM! He will give you a sweet treat and a fun activity to do at home. And, if you have have been good, you can hand your...

Upcoming Adult Makers: Christmas Pop-Up Cards

Adult Makers! Pick up a Christmas pop-up card kit starting Monday November 16th and watch how to make them Friday November 20th at www.madisonlib.org/adult-arena. 

November Teen Anime Club

This month we'll be meeting on Monday, November 16th at 4:30 p.m to watch the final showdown between Aang and Firelord Ozai on Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Upcoming November Adult Makers

Celebrate National Men Make Dinner Night! Lance Hanson of the University of Idaho's extension office will give a demonstration on everyone's new favorite kitchen gadget, the Instant Pot. Get ideas on how to make yours even more fun! The demo will be available on our...

Teen Halloween Dungeons and Dragons

Sign up or RSVP for our spooky session of Teen Dungeons and Dragons this month!

Halloween Trick or Treat bags for kids 0-5

Looking for a safe way to trick or treat? Kids 0-5 can come to the library in costume any time over the week of Halloween (October 26-30) for a take n' go back of treats!

Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza

Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza

Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza

It’s a Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza!

Drive up and meet Santa at the Library’s curbside check-out on December 9th any time between 1-7 PM! He will give you a sweet treat and a fun activity to do at home. And, if you have have been good, you can hand your letter to Santa right here at the Library!!

If you can’t come on the 9th, additional Extravaganza kits will be available at curbside thru December 23 while supplies last.

Closed for Presidents’ Day

The library will be closed Monday, February 15 for Presidents' Day. No items will be due, and as always the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

On the Same Page Kick-Off

Each winter we host a month long community reading event we call On the Same Page. Basically, we hand out hundreds of copies of a selected book and then spend a month exploring it through activities, lectures, concerts, and contests. Think of it as a county-wide book...

December Young League of Writers

This month we'll be meeting on Monday, December 14th at 4:30 p.m. We'll report on NaNoWriMo goals and participate in a group storytelling project!

December Combined Tween Book Club

This month we will be reading The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories by O. Henry. We will meet via Zoom. For girls and boys ages 8-11 and accompanying adult. It's a party about a book! Play games, make a cool craft, and eat a tasty snack.

Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza

It's a Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Extravaganza! Drive up and meet Santa at the Library's curbside check-out on December 9th any time between 1-7 PM! He will give you a sweet treat and a fun activity to do at home. And, if you have have been good, you can hand your...

Upcoming Adult Makers: Christmas Pop-Up Cards

Adult Makers! Pick up a Christmas pop-up card kit starting Monday November 16th and watch how to make them Friday November 20th at www.madisonlib.org/adult-arena. 

November Teen Anime Club

This month we'll be meeting on Monday, November 16th at 4:30 p.m to watch the final showdown between Aang and Firelord Ozai on Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Upcoming November Adult Makers

Celebrate National Men Make Dinner Night! Lance Hanson of the University of Idaho's extension office will give a demonstration on everyone's new favorite kitchen gadget, the Instant Pot. Get ideas on how to make yours even more fun! The demo will be available on our...

Teen Halloween Dungeons and Dragons

Sign up or RSVP for our spooky session of Teen Dungeons and Dragons this month!

Halloween Trick or Treat bags for kids 0-5

Looking for a safe way to trick or treat? Kids 0-5 can come to the library in costume any time over the week of Halloween (October 26-30) for a take n' go back of treats!

Silly Sidewalk Obstacle Course!

Silly Sidewalk Obstacle Course!

Silly Sidewalk Obstacle Course

Come see our sidewalk obstacle course outside the library from September 19 – October 3.

February Young League of Writers

Join us for Young League of Writers! We'll be meeting on Monday, February 8th at 4:30 p.m.

Closed for Presidents’ Day

The library will be closed Monday, February 15 for Presidents' Day. No items will be due, and as always the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Teen Crafts: Mini Piñata

Learn to make a mini piñata! You will need the following supplies: scissors glue gun foam plate crepe paper white tissue paper white paper candy

February Mother Daughter Book Club

This month we will be reading The One and Only Ivan. We will meet via Zoom. For girls ages 8-11 and accompanying adult. It's a party about a book! Play games, make a cool craft, and eat a tasty snack.

Upcoming February Teen Crafts

Check out February's upcoming Teen Take n' Go craft kits! Teen craft 1: Paper lanterns, available for pickup starting Thursday February 4th. Teen craft 2: Duct tape pens, available for pickup starting Thursday February 18th.  

Book Babies: Food

Enjoy these food-themed books, songs, and activities!Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we...

Story Time: Pizza!

We explored Pizza Pie Cafe this week and learned more about this tasty dish.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Naming and categorizing things can be fun for children of all ages. Help children make sense...

Adult Makers: Wire Rings

Make some wire rings! Kits will be available even after this online instruction until they are out, so don't miss your chance to pick one up!    

January Teen D&D

Missing: Magic Experiment #23 Answers to the name twenty-three. If Found, please return to Mg. Tirian, 443 Cemetery Ln. Bywater.  Reward: 500 Silver Pieces (upon delivery, not information) Caution, contact with Experiment #23 may cause severe chemical burns. Treat...

Book Babies: Penguin Fun!

Today come and teach your baby about penguins with these fun books and activities.Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library....

Wings of Fire Photo Scavenger Hunt

Wings of Fire Photo Scavenger Hunt

Tween Book Club

Wings of Fire Photo Scavenger Hunt

In preparation for our Wings of Fire book club discussion next month, we’ve hidden dragon eggs around Rexburg! Travel to each of the locations shown in the Google form below and search out the hidden eggs.

Once you find an egg, take a photo with it before putting it back where you found it for the next group. Email your photos to gina.m@madisonlib.org.

Closed for Presidents’ Day

The library will be closed Monday, February 15 for Presidents' Day. No items will be due, and as always the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

February Mother Daughter Book Club

This month we will be reading The One and Only Ivan. We will meet via Zoom. For girls ages 8-11 and accompanying adult. It's a party about a book! Play games, make a cool craft, and eat a tasty snack.

Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

We'll be closed Monday, January 18th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No items will be due. As always, the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Kid and Tween STEAM: Butcher Paper Creations

What will YOU make with three large pieces of butcher paper? There are so many possibilities! Pick up yours today.

January Kid and Tween STEAM

Check out our January kid and tween STEAM Take N' Go kits below. Each will be available through curbside pickup. Instructions will be available on our website and our YouTube channel. Butcher Paper craft - available starting January 5th See what you can make with some...

On the Same Page Kick-Off

Each winter we host a month long community reading event we call On the Same Page. Basically, we hand out hundreds of copies of a selected book and then spend a month exploring it through activities, lectures, concerts, and contests. Think of it as a county-wide book...

Combined Tween Book Club in January

This month we will be reading Half Magic by Edward Eager. We will meet via Zoom at 6:30 on Thursday January 7th. Meanwhile, we're building a collaborative half snow castle and other half snow structures in honor of the book! Come to the field by the library and add to...

Read Look Learn: Bowling

Join us for episode 3 of Read, Look, Learn! About twice a month we'll take a look at a topic with books from our catalog, then go out into our neighborhood and see if we can find someone to tell us more about it. This time we're talking about machinery at Fat Cats!...

Closed for New Years

Happy New Years! We'll be closed December 31 - January 1. No items will be due. As always, the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Closed December 24-26th

Happy holidays! We'll be closed Thursday and Friday December 24-25. No items will be due. As always, the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Story Time – May 19, 2020

Story Time – May 19, 2020

Story Time – May 19, 2020

Story Time – May 19, 2020

10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5

In our storytime trip around the world, Cody is lost in the city!

Or is he? Can you help us find him? Make sure you fill out your passport and come along to the city. What will you find in the city? Find out in the following books and activities below.

Parent tip: when watching a read-aloud video with your children, try muting the volume and reading the story with your child.

​For the last few weeks in online storytime, we visited four different biomes around the world. Today is the final location we will visit. We have included a link to print off a passport so the children can keep a record of all the places we visited.

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

Helping children hear the smaller sounds in words, the syllables, by clapping them out is one way to develop the phonological awareness. Children can hear syllables more easily than each individual sound in words.

~ Lambert

Activity

Play this model and mock game with your child’s name or with a word that might be new to them or a challenge to say.

1) Super duper 1, 2, 3. Can you say this word with me?

2) Super duper 1, 2, 3. Can you clap this word with me?

3) Super duper 1, 2, 3. Can you snap this word with me?

4) Super duper 1, 2, 3. Can you tap this word with me?

5) Now let’s say it!

Books Presented

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way
by Alice Schertle

The big city sure is a speedy, noisy place for a country truck like Blue. With everyone pushing to be first, soon there’s a giant traffic jam! But even a wrangle-tangle is no match for Little Blue Truck, who comes to the rescue in true Blue style.

The Wheels on the… Uh-Oh!
by Sue Tarsky

This bus is in trouble―it won’t be going through the town without a good mechanic! Can everyone work together to get the bus moving again?

Subway
by Anastasia Suen

Come along for the ride as a little girl and her mother hop on the subway. From spinning turnstiles and musicians performing on the platforms to people hopping off and on and lights flashing past in the tunnels, the sights and sounds of the subway have an energy all their own.

Little Elliot, Big City
by Mike Curato

Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds, and bigger buildings, Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy―like his friend Mouse.

Find it in our Catalog

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Driving ‘Round

Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom!

-https://storytimekatie.com/2014/04/24/cities/

London Bridge is Falling Down

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady

Build it up with silver and gold
Silver and gold, silver and gold
Build it up with silver and gold
My fair lady

– Traditional

Five Little Houses

One little house all alone it stood
Then another was built
There grows the neighborhood.
Two little houses…
Three little houses…
Four little houses…
Five little houses
All together they stood
On a beautiful street in a happy neighborhood.

-Jbrary.com

A Hippopotamus Got on a City Bus

A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus
Got on, got on, got on a city bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“You’re squishing us!” (hug baby)
A sheep, a sheep, a sheep got on a city bus
and all, and all, and all the people said,
“Baaaack up!”
A cow, a cow, a cow got on a bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“Mooooove over!”

– Jlibrary.com

The Wheels on the Bus in London

Kiddiestv

The Elevator Song

Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There’s a whole lot of people
on a little piece of land
And we live way up on the 57th floor
and this is what we do when we go out the door.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down,
take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up and the elevator down
and we turn around.

– Jbrary

 

Craft Activities

Print out this Times Square coloring page or color online.

Create simple and colorful popsicle stick cars to decorate and play with!

Create and decorate a stackable city using toilet paper rolls.

From

A Very Busy Day by Book Dash

Story Time – May 19, 2020

Story Time – April 7, 2020

Story Time – April 7, 2020

Story Time – April 7, 2020

10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5

This week, we had fun with our family!

We listened to books, sang songs, learned a fingerplay about the members in our family, and saw how to make a My Hand Family Tree with things you might have at home! Below you will find not only the books presented, but links to other online books that you can share with each other. For the “read along” book videos, try muting the volume and reading the text with your child.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, now would be a good time to sit down with your child/ children and fill out the 2020 Census (we have included a link.) You might talk about how important the Census is for finding ancestors in your family tree. Have a happy family week!

Craft Activity

Use your child’s hand and arm to create the trunk of a Family Tree out of paper.  Cut more paper for the tree leaves.  Paper apples can be made for each member of the family.

Another Craft Activity

Use these fun templates to make a face for each family member.  Your child can then use play dough to fill in the features for each person.

Fingerplays and Movement Songs

A House for Me

This is a nest for Mr. Bluebird (cup hands together)
This is a hive for Mrs. Bee (make a fist)
This is a hole for bunny rabbit (make a circle with thumb and forefinger)
And this is a house for me (place fingertips together to form a roof peak over head).

-www.notimeforflashcards.com

With My Family

(Sung to the tune of The Muffin Man)

Tell me what you like to do
Like to do, like to do.
Tell me what you like to do
With your family.

(Sally*) likes to (clap her hands**)
Clap her hands, clap her hands.
Sally likes to clap her hands
With her family.

* insert child’s name

** insert chosen activity

–www.notimeforflashcards.com

These are Grandma’s Glasses

Recite first verse in a high pitched voice:
These are Grandma’s glasses (Make glasses over eyes with fingers)
This is Grandma’s hat (Place hands on top of head)
And this is the way she folds her hands (Clasp hands together)
And lays them in her lap (Place hands in lap).
Recite second verse in a deep voice:
These are Grandpa’s glasses (Make bigger glasses shapes over eyes with fingers)
This is Grandpa’s hat (Place hands over head to form a large hat)
And this is the way he folds his arms (Cross arms)
And takes a little nap (Place head on arms as if sleeping).

–www.notimeforflashcards.com

Books Presented

Baking Day at Grandma’s
by Anika Denise

Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can’t wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma’s!

Find it in our Catalog

Bark, George
by Jules Feiffer

Bark, George,” says George’s mother, and George goes: “Meow,” which definitely isn’t right, because George is a dog. What’s going on with George?

Find it in our Catalog

Splat and the New Baby
by Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat can’t wait to be a big brother. So when his mom brings home a special little guest, Splat races from his room, only to find his mom holding . . . a crocodile?!

Hair Love
by Matthew A. Cherry

Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. When mommy does Zuri’s hair, she feels like a superhero. But when mommy is away, it’s up to daddy to step in!

Find it in our Catalog

Additional Books

Dog Breath
by Dav Pilkey

Hally, the Tosis family dog, has such bad breath that Mr. and Mrs. Tosis plan to give her away, until she proves to be an invaluable watchdog.

Find it in our Catalog

No Mirrors in My Nana’s House
by Ysaye Maria Barnwell

A little girl discovers the beauty in herself–and the beauty of the world around her–not by looking in the mirror but by looking in her Nana’s eyes.

Mama, Do You Love Me?
by Barbara M. Joosse

In this universal story, a child tests the limits of independence and comfortingly learns that a parent’s love is unconditional and everlasting.

Find it in our Catalog

Jazz Baby
by Lisa Wheeler

With a simple clap of hands, an itty-bitty beboppin’ baby gets his whole family singing and dancing.

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
by Patricia Polacco

There’s nothing worse than a rotten redheaded older brother who can do everything you can do better!

Dad and the Dinosaur
by Gennifer Choldenko

Nicholas wants to be as brave as his dad, but he needs help. That’s why he needs a dinosaur.

Find it in our Catalog

Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate
by Carol Diggory Shields

A grandfather and his grandson enjoy sharing knock-knock jokes, playing games, hot chocolate, watching movies, reading books, playing baseball and just spending time together.

Find it in our Catalog

The 2020 Census

Make Sure You’re Counted!

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. 

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

During the first years of life, an important set of skills known as problem solving abilities are developed. Get into the habit of asking questions during your daily story time that develop higher-order thinking skills. Instead of just reading and your child passively listening, ask questions throughout, concentrating on solving problems.

-Tanja Mcilroy

www.empoweredparents.co/problem-solving-activities-preschoolers/

Activity

Help your child find a favorite book in your collection, or an e-book or “read along” video, and ask him questions similar to these:

  • Why do you think the bear did that?
  • Do you think his friend will be happy? Why?
  • What would you do if you were the monkey?
  • How do you think Peter can make things better with his friend?
  • If the crocodile had decided not to eat the rabbit, how could the story have ended?

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