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LEGO CLUB Mondays
LEGO CLUB Mondays
Mondays October 6, November 3, December 1, January 5
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

First Monday of the month, October through January at 4 to 5p.m.

Join us for an hour of construction fun with LEGO bricks! Geared for ages 4 to 11, however siblings are welcome. The library will provide buckets of bricks to give your imagination something with which to work. Bring your creativity! Bring your library card to check out books. Hosted by Karlyn.



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Special Fall Friday
Special Fall Friday Storytime
Fridays, 10AM; October 17th, 24th, 31st, and November 7th
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

Special Fall Friday - Picture Book Family Storytime:
October 17th to November 7th, 10AM

A 20 to 30-minute multi-activity storytime for children aged 2 to 5 years. (Younger and older siblings are welcome.)
Read picture books, hear stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, and fingerplays!
Hosted by Miss Karlyn.

Register for the entire four week session. October 17th to November 7th.
Register every person, including all children starting from infants AND the adults. Please use AD in the space for age for Adult caregivers.
Walk-ins as space is available. Please join us!



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Out of the Fire: Sel
Out of the Fire: Selections from The Banned Books Monologues with the Forward Theater Company
Thursday, Oct. 23, 7:00 pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Since the 1980s, more than 11,000 books have been challenged or banned in the United States. How many have you read?
 Join us for a free evening of fantastic, thought-provoking theater. This event will feature acclaimed Forward Theatre actors performing short, engaging, and often funny monologues written by local, statewide and national playwrights on the topic of banned books and free speech.  Bonus! This  exclusive presentation will include a talkback with the actors following the performance!   
       The Oct 23 Monona Library performance will feature the following actors:  Michael Herold performing "Hop on Pop" by James DeVita; Peggy Rosin performing "Kurt Vonnegut Took a Grape From My Hand" by Lori Matthews; Jessica Jane Witham performing "Bad Librarian" by Sam White; Donavon Armbruster performing "The Shameshifter" by Doug Reed; and Jake Penner performing "Laffs with Two Fs" by Kimberly Megna Yarnall.  Don't miss this very special event.  For adults and older teens (high school age).

This evening features selections from Take It Off the Shelf!, a series which complements the group's upcoming Out of the Fire - The Banned Books Monologue Festival (February 2015) presented by the Forward Theater Company.


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  Sponsored by Beyond the Page, Dane County Library Service and the Madison Community Foundation.


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LEGO CLUB Tuesday
LEGO CLUB Tuesday
Tuesdays, October 28, November 25, and December 30, 4pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

Last Tuesday of the month, October through December at 4 to 5p.m.

Join us for an hour of construction fun with LEGO bricks! Geared for ages 4 to 11, however siblings are welcome. The library will provide buckets of bricks to give your imagination something with which to work. Bring your creativity! Bring your library card to check out books. Hosted by Meghann.



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Downloading Library
Downloading Library Ebooks - an introduction to overdrive
Saturday, Nov. 8, 10:00 a.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Love the idea of reading books on your portable device for free? If so, this class is for you! Designed for beginners, this class will provide an overview of Overdrive, including how to search and find items and how to download them.


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TELLABRATION!™ : Con
TELLABRATION!™ : Connecting People to and through Storytelling.
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 4:00 to 9:00pm
Guilds and storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will share their storytelling talents in concerts held in cities and towns to celebrate the art of storytelling. Locally, TELLABRATION!™ brings together celebrated storytellers as well as local tellers, to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences with their tales.
Sign up to attend. Registration will begin October 16.
Featured tellers include: Terry Visger, Tom Kastle, Skip Jones, Karen Wendt and members of the Monona Library Storytelling Club.

4:00- 4:40p.m. Storytelling for Little Wigglers!
For families with young children who move and wiggle and dance!
Featured tellers to be announced. Click here to sign up to attend.

6:00-7:15p.m. Stories & Music!
For families with elementary & middle school children - all with a listening ear! 
5:30 pm Snack generously provided by Glendale School.
Click here to sign up to attend.

7:20 to 8:45p.m. True Tales & Folk Tales for Grownups!
Storytelling for teens and adults who enjoy a well-told tale! These are stories which require deeper listening skills.
Walk-ins welcome as space is available. Click here to sign up to attend. Sponsored by The Friends of Monona Public Library.


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Storytelling for Lit
Storytelling for Little Wigglers: Tellabration! A Celebration of Storytelling
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 4:00p.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

Storytelling for families with young children who move and wiggle and dance!  Featured tellers include Terry Visger, Karen Wendt, and Monona Library Storytelling Club members.

Guilds and storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will share their storytelling talents in concerts held in cities and towns to celebrate the art of storytelling. Locally, TELLABRATION!™ brings together local and celebrated storytellers, to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences with their tales.

Most folktales, fables, and fairytale stories were created before most people could read or write. These stories were passed on by word of mouth, and they were never the same twice in the telling. Each storyteller placing his emphasis in the areas he felt would create the best response or deliver the important message. The difference between listening to a "Teller of Tales" and someone reading a story from a book is that the story is shaped by the teller in response to the reactions of the audience.
The stories come alive with the oral telling of the tale.

Why should you bring your child to hear a storyteller?

Since the beginning of time story telling has helped children of all ages to build blocks for the skills they need to manage and enjoy their lives:

  • Tolerance – developing the ability to think and understand

  • Sensitivity – experiencing the joy and pains of life

  • Empathy – Learning and understanding others through compassion

  • Self-worth – Learning to feel good about themselves and experiencing the joy of being different

  • Knowledge – Learning to seek the answers to a mystery or problem

  • Communication and Language – Developing new skills

  • Aesthetic awareness– Developing artistic and visual qualities individually
In addition, storytelling can become part of the family heritage and the memories of childhood as storytelling always establishes bonds of love.
Sponsored by Friends of Monona Public Library.


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Storytelling for Fam
Storytelling for Families. Tellabration: A Celebration of Storytelling!
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6:00p.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Storytelling for families with adults and elementary & middle school children!
Laugh and Sing with featured tellers Terry Visger, Tom Kastle, and Karen Wendt along with members of the Monona Library Storytelling Club.

Benefits of Storytelling

Telling stories to young children helps develop:

  • Imagination – the ability to think creatively.

  • Visualization skills – a mental skill needed to improve creative performance through concentration and improve confidence by decreasing nervous or anxious emotions.

  • Listening skills – involves hearing what is said, understanding what is said and judging if the information makes sense

  • Memory skill – the ability to recall information accurately.

  • Confident use of the voice – Verbally expressing oneself without showing fear.

  • Interpretive skills – the ability to read between the lines or understand language.

  • Physical skills – the ability to use parts of the body.

  • Literary skills – expressing one’s thoughts in written form.

Drop in 5:30 to 5:50p.m. to enjoy a snack provided by Glendale School and the Friends of the Monona Public Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Public Library.


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True Tales & Folk Ta
True Tales & Folk Tales for Grownups! Tellabration: A Celebration of Storytelling
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:20 to 8:45p.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

WILL YOU FILL THESE EMPTY CHAIRS?
Storytelling for Adults? Yes! A celebratory feast of facts, folklore, and true stories of real people of the midwest. Join us for a real-life, human interaction, no electronics night of storytelling for teens and adults who enjoy a well-told tale! These are stories which require deeper listening skills.

Chris King brings out that "adults need and want the stories even more than children." He addresses some of the reasons and benefits:

  • Whether they admit it or not, it is the adults that hang on the storyteller’s words.
  • Remembering and telling stories helps adults deal with life's challenges.
  • Stories guide us throug the stages and thresholds we face in life.
  • If we as adults consider our lives to be stories, what a delightful and creative life we will live.
  • Storytelling to adults encourages them to loosen up, remember, and then tell their own stories.
  • Stories are for everyone - especially adults!

Featured tellers will include:
Monona Library Storytelling Club members, and storytellers Karen Wendt, Tom Kastle, Skip Jones, and Terry Visger.

Tom Kastle is a singer, songwriter, sailor and teller of tales who has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand. He has one foot in the modern singer/songwriter world and the other planted in the traditional maritime realm where he is a shanty and ballad singer and a tall ship captain.
Terry Visger is part of a storytelling/acting group called the Three Boomer Broads who wrote and performed four plays throughout Wisconsin. The Broads are currently writing a book that will be out soon. Terry is a founding (and current) member of the La Crosse Storytelling Festival steering committee, and is on the board of the Bluff Country Tale Spinners Guild, the Northlands Storytelling Network, and the La Crosse County Historical Society.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Monona Public Library.


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DIY Green Gifts:Jazz
DIY Green Gifts:Jazzy Recycled Jewelry
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 6:00 pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Looking for some great gift ideas that are good for the Earth too? How
about handmade jewelry made from recycled materials? Come to our
Fearless Crafters: Green Gifts Jewelry workshop on November 19 and get
started!  As all our library programs, this is free-we have the
supplies-you bring the inspiration.  Taught by the two crafty artists
who are handmade jewelry pros! Space is limited though, so sign up now Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Public Library.


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Bully Be Gone
Bully Be Gone
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 6p.m. to 7:45p.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Taste a fresh approach to handling a bully. Understanding the root cause of bullying behaviors removes the negative ingredient of victimization and adds a pinch of healthy power over the bully.

Dolores Kokinos, owner of The Empowerment Café, educates and inspires individuals of all ages with her unique approach to handling life’s pressures, demands and challenges. Bullying is among one of the top topics that impacts adults and children. There are specific life skills that Dolores has identified that help shift being a victim to a bully to becoming a victor. Adults and children alike leave her trainings feeling more confident and empowered.

Detective Sergeant Ryan Losby from the Monona Police department will be giving you a look into the devastating harm bullying has done to kids in today’s world. You will be given many reasons why bullying is much worse than ever before and why Law Enforcement now needs to step in. A Law Enforcement cultural change is quickly occurring in Wisconsin and across the country to combat this problem. This issue is no longer occurring just on school property. Social media is now a daily tool used by bullies and it has had devastating effects. This will be very beneficial to anyone concerned about bullying issues and who agree that we can no longer just let the school officials try to deal with the problem. Losby’s work on this problem has gained international attention. Losby will show what he did in his city with his city-wide ordinance and the campaign that followed.


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Origami Geometry
Origami Geometry
Monday, Dec. 22, 10am-12:01pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Origami Geometry!

Sign up to make cool geometric shapes out of special origami paper. Start with a cube and challenge yourself into larger geometric shapes. Registration required. Space and materials limited.

If possible, you are incouraged to bring your own square origami paper. Please make note in the special needs box if you will be bringing your own paper.

For ages 6 and up.


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Barnyard Obstacle Co
Barnyard Obstacle Course & Farm Crafts
Monday, Dec. 22, 3-5PM
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Did you miss out on trying the Barnyard Obstacle Course during our Fall ShinDig? This is your chance to try it!

Barnyard Obstacle Course in the Library and Farm Crafts!

Ages 2-10 years.
Register each person, all ages who will be in the program room including parents and babies. Adults may type in AD when the form asks for age.
 


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Word Birds: Craft & Creative Writing
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 11AM-1PM
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

Come craft at the library, where we will design and create Word Birds! We will explore our bird stories.  Drop in. For Ages 5-12.
Register each person, all ages who will be in the program room including parents and babies. Adults may type in AD when the form asks for age.
 

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Do It Yourself  Wint
Do It Yourself Winter Fun Bingo Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Dec. 26, 10AM-3PM

Pick up your Scavenger Hunt at the Children’s Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk. Play the game as directed. Return your completed Hunt sheet to the desk for a prize. No Registration. Dropin. Ages 4+
 



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Winter Break Guessing Contest
Saturday, Dec. 27, 9AM-5PM
 

Guess How Many Snowflakes!

Winner will be called on Monday, 12/29.

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Origami Geometry
Origami Geometry
Monday, Dec. 29, 10am - 12:01pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Origami Geometry!

Sign up to make cool geometric shapes out of special origami paper. Start with a cube and challenge yourself into larger geometric shapes. Registration required. Space and materials limited.

If possible, you are incouraged to bring your own square origami paper. Please make note in the special needs box if you will be bringing your own paper.

For ages 6 and up.


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Drop-in Paper Airpla
Drop-in Paper Airplane Craft
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 9:30am
Drop in on New Year's Eve for an incredible high-flying adventure. We'll have many templates available for you to build the perfect flying machine, and then we will let loose and see whose machine flies highest and farthest!


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Do It Yourself  Wint
Do It Yourself Winter Fun Bingo Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Jan. 2, 10AM-3PM

Pick up your Scavenger Hunt at the Children’s Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk. Play the game as directed. Return your completed Hunt sheet to the desk for a prize. (2nd round) Ages 4 and up.

(pictures will be hidden in new places from last week Friday)

 


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.