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.
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!
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.
The Monona Public Library is partnering with the Dean House and the Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society to launch the Monona History Club. In recognition of Native American History Month, the speaker will be Dr. Amy Rosebrough, a Wisconsin Historical Society Archaeologist. She will discuss prehistoric and historic Native Americans and their effigy mounds in Southern Wisconsin with a special emphasis on the Dane County and Monona area. Dr. Rosebrough, who is originally from the Missouri Ozarks, received her doctorate at the UW-Madison and is a specialist on the effigy mounds of Wisconsin.
At the November 9th presentation, there will also be historical Native American artifacts and maps available for viewing, which are currently on display at the library. This program is FREE and intended for adults and teens. Light refreshments will be available.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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+
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)
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.