Monona Public Library

Join us for regularly scheduled events at the Monona Public Library!

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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Thursday, Jul. 28,
FoMLASH (Friends of the Monona Library Annual Scavenger Hunt) Fundraiser!

September 9–19, 2016

Join us for A Fantastically, Creative, Friendly, Zany Scavenger Hunt Fundraiser for the Monona Public Library. You and your team of 7 -10 will complete a series of unique, zany, kind, silly and/or helpful tasks around Monona, celebrating our local spirit.
 

All tasks are submitted using a cell phone camera and Internet access. Teams will be judged both on the number of tasks they complete, and the creativity they display. 
Put together your own team of 7-10 people each, or FoMLASH will randomly assign you to a team.  

SIGN UP HERE.  See the FAQ's here for more amazing details!
 
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
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Tuesdays, September 13 to October 18
9:30 am Family Storytime "Ready to Read Raccoons" 
10:15 am Toddler Storytime "Chatty Chipmunks"

Thursdays, September 15 to October 20
9:30 am Family Storytime "Ready to Read Raccoons" 
10:15 am Toddler Storytime "Chatty Chipmunks"
11:15 am Baby Storytime "Bouncing Baby Bunnies"

Fridays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11
9:30 am Family Storytime "Friendly Foxes" 
10:15 am Toddler Storytime "Chatty Chipmunks"

Fire Truck & Fire Safety Program
9:30 am Friday, Sept 30

PJ Storytimes
6:15 pm Monday, September 19
6 pm Wednesday, September 21
6 pm Wednesday, October 19
4 pm & 6 pm Wednesday, November 16 (Tellabration! An International Night of Storytelling)
6:15 pm Monday, November 21

Spanish Storytimes
4:15 pm Oct 25 to Nov 15

 
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Red, Blue and Purple
Wednesday, Sep. 14, 6:00 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Americans have a nearly unlimited set of sources to pick from in order to learn about politics. What are the consequences of these using different news sources – from traditional media to cable TV to social media – when it comes to what people believe and how they behave at the ballot box? Join UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication Professor Mike Wagner for an important, informative and very engaging presentation on our rapidly changing contemporary media landscape and what this means we approach the 2016 elections.  How can we make our way through conflicting reports...and what questions should the press be asking? 
Bring your questions and an open mind and get ready to learn about "
 the state of the American democratic experiment " with the upcoming November elections. 

Michael W. Wagner is Associate Professor and Louis A. Maier Faculty Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Wagner is also affiliated with the Department of Political Science. Wagner’s research and teaching are centered around answering the question, “how well does democracy work?” He is the author or co-author of several books including Political Behavior of the American Electorate. He’s published more than 40 articles and book chapters in the areas of political communication, journalism, public opinion and biology and politics. A former radio/television news reporter and anchor, Wagner is an award winning teacher and advisor.



 
1000 Books Before Ki
Monday, Aug. 1, A free year-round program.
It all starts here! Join our free "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" reading program!
1. Register Drop in to sign up for the program. You will receive a beautiful reading log with activity sheets for your child and literacy tips for you!
2. Track your reading Use either the reading log we provide or an app in your smartphone.
3. Show us your reading log Each time you finish 100 books, stop in for a prize!
4. Completion When you have read 1,000 books, your child will receive a free book and a certificate. Your child will receive, in the mail, a personalized invitation to our annual gradution party.
INTERESTED? If you are interested in learning more about this exciting early literacy program, Click Here or sign up here and someone will contact you as soon as possible. Signing up online does NOT register you for the 1000 Books program. To do that you must visit the Monona Library.


  Sponsored by Friends of Monona Public Library, Abbie Loomis, Monona Library Foundation. .
Read to a Dog! Ginny
Monday, Aug. 15, 4:30pm
or call 608-222-6127.
STORY ROOM
Independent readers may register to read for 20 minutes to a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog.

Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs and handlers are from Dogs on Call. With the dog as a comfortable, attentive audience (and an occasional gentle assist from the dog’s adult volunteer partner), children are actually teaching themselves to read out loud. For the child, the reading is about the dog. No pressure. No embarrassment. No humiliation.
The Monona Library "Read to a Dog" program is for beginning and independent readers. 
STORYTIME with Angel
Friday, Aug. 26, 9:30 am
or call 608-222-6127.
Friendly Foxes Family Storytimes
9:30 am STORY ROOM

A 30-minute multi-activity storytime. For children aged 2 to 4 years. Siblings are welcome. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music! Drop - in! Space is limited.
Construction Zone! (
August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28, December 26

LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT 4PM
Free. Drop in. All ages. 

Put on your hard hats and let’s build with all types of blocks! Imaginative play enhances gross motor skills along with socialization. Bring your construction workers and build away! We provide books to inspire your imagination. Join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation! Creations may be displayed in the Children's Room glass display case for a week.

Children under age 8 must have an adult helper in the room at all times during the program.
The library provides LEGO bricks, DUPLO bricks, wood blocks, Lincoln Logs and now, even some Tinker Toys!



 
Using Google Drive
Saturday, Sep. 3, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
or call 608-222-6127.
Google Drive is a useful service that you can use to store files and access them from any internet-connected device. This class will walk you through the basics of how to add documents to Google Drive and how to share those files with other individuals.
This session will be a must for FoMLASH participants not already familiar with using Google Drive.
Questions? Contact Matt Heindel at matt@mononalibrary.org or 216-7455.
 
Saturday, Sep. 10, 10:00 AM
or call 608-222-6127.
Are you a history buff? Interested in current events? Love books about science and nature?
Are you tired of traditional book clubs but still thirsting for good conversation and discovery?
Join us for a new kind of book club with a focus on discussion of non-fiction books.
Participants are encouraged to arrive ready to share a non-fiction book that they read and enjoyed. Any kind of non-fiction is welcome to be discussed - history, food & cookbooks, sports, science & nature, biography & memoir - you name it!
Questions? Contact Matt Heindel at matt@mononalibrary.org or 216-7455.
Saturday, Sep. 10, 1pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Sign up for a 30 minute sessions between 1pm and 3:30pm

Do you have a gadget that has got you down?  Do you have a tech challenge you need help with?  Sign up for a free 30-minute session with Dan, our tech guru! If for any reason you are unable to attend your scheduled session, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance so that we can attempt to fill your time slot. 
Celebrate Internatio
September 12, 13, 14, 15 at 3:30 to 5:30PM
Celebrate International Dot Day September 15th
Children's Room! Drop in!

Drop into the library this week, from September 12, 3:30PM to September 15, 6PM. Pick up a "dot" from the Children's Room. Color away! Decorate the dot with pictures of flowers, animals or your family. OR decorate the dot with random squiggles, zigzags, and circles. OR decorate the dot by drawing a picture of your favorite book character. Have fun. Decorate the library for International Dot Day! While you are visiting the Children's Room, be sure to visit "The Dot" StoryWalk®!

Drop your dot into the marked box. Karen or Rob will hang it up. Visit again in a few days to see where your dot is hanging.

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark.” What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. 

Each year on International Dot Day – with the help of people just like you –the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do. Join us to make your mark and decorate a dot!
STORYTIME Preschool
September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18
or call 608-222-6127.
Ready to Read Raccoons 
Tuesdays, 9:30AM to 10AM

A 30-minute multi-activity storytime to engage children and promote early literacy skills. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and music! This storytime is designed with content for children aged 2 to 4 years, however, siblings are very welcome. 

Register every person, all ages, including babies and parents. Adults may type in AD when prompted for age.
STORYTIME Toddlers,
Thursdays, 9/13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18
or call 608-222-6127.
Chatty Chipmunks Storytime
Tuesdays, 10:15 to 10:45AM
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.
Host: Karen Wendt

Register toddlers only. Type the adult name into the Special Needs box.
STORYTIME Preschoole
Thursdays, 9/15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20
or call 608-222-6127.
Ready to Read Raccoons 
Thursdays, 9:30AM to 10AM

A 30-minute multi-activity storytime to engage children and promote early literacy skills. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and music! This storytime is designed with content for children aged 2 to 4 years, however, siblings are very welcome. 

Register every person, all ages, including babies and parents. Adults may type in AD when prompted for age.
STORYTIME Toddlers,
Thursdays, 9/15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20
or call 608-222-6127.
Chatty Chipmunks Storytime
Thursdays, 10:15 to 10:45AM
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.
Host: Karen Wendt

Register the toddler only. Type the name of the accompanying adult into the Special Needs box.
STORYTIME Baby ages
September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20
or call 608-222-6127.
Bouncing Baby Bunnies Storytimes
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 baby only. Type name of accompanying adult into the Special Needs box.
Saturday, Sep. 17, 1pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Sign up for a 30 minute sessions between 1pm and 3:30pm

Do you have a gadget that has got you down?  Do you have a tech challenge you need help with?  Sign up for a free 30-minute session with Dan, our tech guru! If for any reason you are unable to attend your scheduled session, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance so that we can attempt to fill your time slot. 
Read to a Dog Ginny
Monday, Sep. 19, 4:30 to 6:10 PM
or call 608-222-6127.
STORY ROOM
Independent readers may register to read for 20 minutes to a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog.

Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs and handlers are from Dogs on Call. With the dog as a comfortable, attentive audience (and an occasional gentle assist from the dog’s adult volunteer partner), children are actually teaching themselves to read out loud. For the child, the reading is about the dog. No pressure. No embarrassment. No humiliation.
The Monona Library "Read to a Dog" program is for beginning and independent readers. 
Read to a Dog with K
Monday, Sep. 19, 4:30 to 6:10 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
STORY ROOM
Independent readers may register to read for 20 minutes to a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog.

Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs and handlers are from Dogs on Call. With the dog as a comfortable, attentive audience (and an occasional gentle assist from the dog’s adult volunteer partner), children are actually teaching themselves to read out loud. For the child, the reading is about the dog. No pressure. No embarrassment. No humiliation.
The Monona Library "Read to a Dog" program is for beginning and independent readers. 
Bedtime Math Pajama
Wednesday, Sep. 21, 6:00 PM
or call 608-222-6127.
FORUM ROOM
Especially for children ages 3 to 5 years old, but the whole family is welcome. 
Free.
Register so we know how many supplies to prepare.
Walk-ins welcome. 
  • Math Tips to Use at Home
  • Bedtime Storytime
  • Math Games
  • & a Cookie!
  • Bring along your favorite stuffie for an optional group picture!