Monona Public Library
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Storytime Literacy Adventure
Tuesdays August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th - 10:00AM
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
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Bring the whole family. The program will begin with books and activities for toddlers and end with books of interest for children 3 to 5 years old. Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, poetry and movement activities. 
Stay to play and socialize after the program.
RSVP for the four week series. Sign up now!
Please Register each person planning to attend. Adults may put "AD" in for age.
 


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BABY AND ME STORYTIME
Tuesdays August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th - 11:15AM
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
BABY AND ME STORYTIM
Tuesdays in August 11:15 AM
Geared for non-walkers. (older siblings welcome to sit quietly in the room with a coloring book or toy). Enjoy a book, movement activities, and songs with Miss Karlyn. Sign up for the four week series!

Register the non-walking child and put the name of siblings (and age) and the name of the attending adult in the Special Needs box.


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Fearless Crafters: The Zen of Zentangles!
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 6:00 pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
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Fearless Crafters revisits the wonderful world of Zentangles (TM) with a program that teaches (and has the crafters teach each other) meditative drawing patterns that both inspire and relax.  This time we will be zentangling paper, small rocks...and ? You may also bring something to draw on --a jounal cover, a favorite rock; shoes?  Supplies and space are limited, so register now.  For adults and older teens. Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Public Library.


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Toddler Storytime for children ages 12 to 35 months of age. Wed 9:15a.m.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 9:15a.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

ToddlerTime: September 10 to October 22.
A 20-minute active program for walkers ages 12 to 35 months old. Enjoy simple books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music. Each toddler should be accompanied by an adult.
Register for the session.

Register the Toddler name and age only. Add the name of the caregiver to the Special needs box.
 




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Picture Book Storytime. Wednesdays at 10:00a.m.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:00a.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

Picture Book Family Storytime: September 10 to October 22.
A 20 to 30-minute multi-activity storytime
For children aged 2 to 5 years.
Younger siblings are welcome to sit on an adult lap.
Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music!

Register for the session. September 10 to October 22.
Register every person, the children from infants up AND the adult. Please use AD in the space for age for Adult caregivers.
Walk-ins as space is available.




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Seasonal Chefs: The Lazy, Hazy, Maizey Days of Late Summer
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 6:00 pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Seasonal Chefs: The
The next Seasonal Chefs Is Coming Up with Food Fan Favorite, Chef Joel!
What can you do with all the corn that is flooding our local Farmer's Markets?  Why you can make extraordinary gourmet food.  Our own Chef Joel Olson will show you how to prepare some remarkable dishes such as Roasted Corn Chowder with Dill Cream and Savory Cornmeal Cakes!  Free Samples too!  Register now, as this will be a very popular program.
Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Library.


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Picture Book Storytime. Thursdays at 9:30a.m.
Thursday, Sep. 11, 9:30a.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

Picture Book Family Storytime: September 11 to October 23.
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.
A 20 to 30-minute multi-activity storytime
For children aged 2 to 5 years.
Younger siblings are welcome to sit on an adult lap.
Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music!

Register for the session. September 11 to October 23.
Register every person, the children from infants up AND the adult. Please use AD in the space for age for Adult caregivers.
Walk-ins as space is available.




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Toddler Storytime for children ages 12 to 35 months of age. Thursday 10:15a.m.
Thursday, Sep. 11, 10:15a.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

ToddlerTime: September 11 to October 23.
A 20-minute active program for walkers ages 12 to 35 months old.
Enjoy simple books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music.
Recommended: Each toddler should be accompanied by an adult.
Register for the session.

Register the Toddler name and age only. Add the name of the caregiver to the Special needs box.
 




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Baby & Me Storytime for non-walkers. Thursdays at 11:15a.m.
Thursday, Sep. 11, 11:15a.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

Baby & Me: September 11 to October 23.
A 15 to 30 minute program for non-walking babies ages birth to 12 months and their adult caregivers. Stay to socialize after the program.

Have fun with baby on the floor (chairs available), bring a blanket.
Music, rhymes, tickles and bounces.

Register for the session.
Register the child. Put the name of the adult in the Special Needs box.
Walk-ins as space is available.

September 11 to October 23.

 

 




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STORYTELLING CLUB MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Tuesday, Sep. 16, 6:15p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
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3rd Tuesday of the month, 
unless otherwise noted on the Calendar of Events. No meeting in August.
Free. Wheelchair accessible.
The Monona Public Library Storytelling Club is a venue for adults and teens who love story. It is a chance to get together to share and listen as well as an opportunity for new tellers to learn more about storytelling techniques from other members and a chance for established artists to develop their skills and repertoire.  The focus of the group is on sharing stories that are appropriate for a family audience. Drop-in to listen to tales or to share a story (Stories are told vs being read out loud). Contact me at karen@mononalibrary.org or 608-216-7453.


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Fun for All Shindig!
Saturday, Sep. 20, 4:30 - 8:00p.m.
Fun for All Shindig!

Fun for All Shindig! Dinner Followed by Dancing at Fireman’s Park Shelter
Monona Public Library celebrates its 50th anniversary with a lively fundraiser

Help Monona Public Library celebrate its 50th Anniversary at this fun-filled fundraiser, Saturday, September 20, from 4:30–8 pm at Fireman's Park Shelter in Winnequah Park -- complete with foot-stompin' fiddle music and amazin' grazin'. Move to your heart's content or sit back and enjoy the music and camaraderie. Shake out your gingham apron or dust off your straw hat and get ready to swing your partner. Families and beginners welcome. No partner, experience, or costume necessary.

Dot Kent, known as the best caller in southern Wisconsin, will teach us traditional American dances, including old-time squares, Midwestern big circle dances and others. She will be accompanied by live fiddle, guitar and hammer dulcimer music.

Don't fret the menu! Fat Jack's will provide options for carnivores, herbivores and omnivores alike. Choose from sliced pork, roast chicken, grilled vegetables, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw and pasta salad, plus dessert -- pie or cake! Beer, root beer and other goodies will be available for purchase.

The evening will include a silent auction featuring a variety of donations from generous local businesses and individuals and a live auction of a select few big-ticket items. Come ready to bid on a “Peerless Picnic”--tour the backroads of Southern Wisconsin to a surprise destination in a 1916 vintage car; day trip includes gourmet picnic and wine and cheese stops along the way (4 adults). For the kiddies, bid on an “Old Fashioned Ice Cream Outing”--tool around the streets of Monona in a vintage automobile, destination: Monona Bait & Ice Cream Shop (5 passengers; one must be an adult). Also for the live auction is a 4 day / 3-night condo stay in picturesque Fish Creek in Door County. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the Friends of Monona Public Library, will be used to update the Library’s café space.

Tickets are $30 per person, $100 family four pack (you define ‘family’), kids 4 and under free. Price includes dinner, dessert, an evening of lively entertainment and a free Friends of Monona Public Library membership! Purchase tickets (cash, check or credit card) in advance at Monona Public Library, 1000 Nichols Road or by calling the library at 608-222-6127 or at Fireman’s Park Shelter the evening of the event while tickets last.

We’ll do-si-do rain or shine. Monona Fireman’s Park Shelter is located at the northernmost corner of Winnequah Park at the intersection of Winnequah Road and Progressive Lane. Parking will be available at Winnequah School in the front and back lots. See you at the Shindig!

 
Sponsored by Friends of Monona Public Library.


Hungry Minds Book Club:
Wednesdays @ 6 pm, Jan 15, Feb 19, April 9, June 4 with more dates TBA
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

 "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are."
       ---Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Join our book group to share food memoirs, a few recipes and perhaps a snack or two. Come into the library and check-out a copy of one of our upcoming books, enjoy it, and join us for a unforgettably delectable book discussion. Copies are available at the Monona Public Library circulation area on a first come first serve basis.

Check back often for the latest titles from the Hungry Minds Book Club. 


Teen Lit for Adults Book Club
Tuesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12 , Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 11 .
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

 

Join our book club for adults who love young adult and teen lit and/or want to keep up with what their kids are reading. Enjoy and discuss some of the most exciting edgy current writing from dystopian novels to historical fiction. The Teen Lit Book group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in the Quiet Reading Room.

So come into the library and check-out a copy of one of our upcoming books, enjoy it, and join us for a unforgettable book discussion. Copies are available at the Monona Public Library circulation desk on a first come, first served basis.

Check back often for the latest titles from the Teen Lit for Adults Book Club.

Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Public Library.

Internet Basics
Saturday, Sep. 6, 10:00 am
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
This course will introduce the Internet and explain how to be most productive when browsing it.  Focus will be on basics in the beginning, such as navigating pages, using the address bar, and searching..  But, gradually we will introduce some more advanced topics near the end, such as email basics, using favorites and history, and using online tools to find information.  Basic knowledge of using computers is recommended (such as keyboard/mouse usage, knowing right vs left click, and other basic concepts).

Bedtime Math: A Problem Solving Pajama Party
Wednesday, Sep. 17, 6 to 7:30 pm
Registration required, begins Aug 22.
Bedtime Math: A Prob
Bedtime has never been so fun with Bedtime Math, featuring math riddles and games dealing with everything from Bathtime to PJs. We will also be making a "When Glitter Meets Glue" craft. This one is fun for the whole family!

Studies show that children who receive quality early childhood education are more likely to be successful throughout their school years.

Monona Library coordinates Math Literacy Night with the Monona Grove Together 4 Kids program. Parents learn what they can do at home to use books and games to enhance math concepts and learning for their young children.