Monona Public Library
Join us for regularly scheduled events at the Monona Public Library!
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STORYTIMES
Wednesdays, April 8, to May 13 & Thursdays, April 9 to May 14
For more information and to register to attend, click on the links below.

Chatty Chipmunks Toddler Storytimes

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Click here.
Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Click here.

Ready to Read Raccoons Family Storytimes
Tuesdays at 4:15p.m. Click here.
Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. Click here.
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Click here.

Bouncing Baby Bunnies Storytimes
Thursdays at 11:15 a.m.
Click here.
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Dream a Little Dream
Wednesday, Apr. 29, 6:00 pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.


Join us for the sound of.....dreams. A one of a kind event is coming up on Wednesday April 29 at 6 pm. Dream consultant Ann Aswegan, musician Andy Nath, and Fearless Crafter Jen Falkowski will combine their talents in a workshop exploring how music enhances your creativity and dreams. Learn about how you can tune into these messages and craft some inspirational images using Zentangley rocks, collage, altered photos and more while listening to a musical tour of dreamy songs. Try something new and create your own visual sound landscape in this very unique and multisensory original program. Supplies are limited so be sure to register for this very special evening.  For adults and older teens.

Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Public Library.
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Seasonal Chef: Unrav
Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
It's spring and time to revel in the riches of our local bounty!   And who better to guide us through a mouthwatering four course menu sampler than the always dynamic Chef Dave of Crema CafeHe will be using local sources to prepare the following spectacular spring meal:Chili Roasted Pork Loin with Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto, and Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon and Parmesan.  Special guest will be Pastry Chef Rachel who will demo mini cupcakes petite for us.  As usual, recipes, cooking tips and Q & A are provided.  The program is free but please do not sign up unless you are certain you can attend, to allow as many as possible to have a spot.  For adults and older teens.
 

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Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Library.
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.  We meet 11 months of the year (skipping December).

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.
LEGO CLUB for ages 4
First Monday of the Month
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
LEGO CLUB
For ages 4 to 13. LEGO bricks and DUPLOs are provided.
Last Tuesday of the Month at 4 to 5 p.m. Run by volunteer help.
First Monday of the Month at 4 to 5 p.m.
Walk-ins are welcome. Children ages 8 and younger must have a guardian age 14 or older stay with them in the program room.

Volunteer Needed:  I am looking for volunteers to help supervise the Monday LEGO program so that we can continue hosting it. Please email or call if you are interested. Karen@mononalibrary.org or 216-7453.
  
FAMILY GAME NIGHT!
Wednesday, Mar. 11, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Family Game Night at Monona Public Library!
Bring your family to the library for an evening of games! Learn a new game or play an old favorite! A fun evening for the whole family with card games, board games, strategy games and puzzles. We'll have Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Chess, Scrabble and much more!
Wednesdays, March through August, 6:00-7:30pm
(Overlaps periodically with family or adult events.)

FREE - all ages welcome, no registration required.

In accordance with library policy parents are required to stay in the building in case of emergency. Children age 8 and younger must be directly supervised.

Donations of gently used games are welcome. Thank you.
Storytelling Club fo
May 27 Stories Off the Shelf performance; November Tellabration; January 24, 2016 Woodland Animals Storytelling Party
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

Folktales, Fables, Short Stories, Personal Tales.

The Monona Public Library Storytelling Club is a venue for adults and teens who love story. Drop-in to listen to tales or to share a story (stories are told vs being read out loud).  The focus at the monthly get-together is on sharing tales that are appropriate for a family audience.   

The Monona Public Library Story Room opens at 6p.m. and closes at 7:40p.m.  
Dates are subject to change. Storytelling Club Meetings Are Open to the Public. Free. Wheelchair accessible.  Contact Karen Wendt at karen@mononalibrary.org or 608-216-7453.

LEGO CLUB for ages 4
Last Tuesday of the month
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
LEGO CLUB
For ages 4 to 13. LEGO bricks and DUPLOs are provided.
Last Tuesday of the Month at 4 to 5 p.m. Run by volunteer help.
Walk-ins are welcome. Children ages 8 and younger must have a guardian age 14 or older stay with them in the program room.

 
Chatty Chipmunks Tod
Wednesdays, April 8 through May 6, 9:30am
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

A 20-minute active program for walkers ages 12 to 36 months old.
Spend time with your toddler listening to stories, songs and finger plays geared just for them. Then enjoy a few minutes of social time with other caregivers while the children play with toys.
Register for the session.
Register the Toddler name and age only. Add the name of the caregiver to the Special needs box.

Storytime for Ready
Wednesdays, April 8 through May 6, 10:15am
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

A 20 to 30-minute multi-activity storytime
For children aged 2 to 5 years. Family groups and home-based daycare groups are welcome to attend.
Younger siblings are welcome to sit on an adult lap.
Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music!

Register for the session.
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.

Storytime for Ready
Thursdays, April 9 through May 7, 9:30am
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.
A 20 to 30-minute multi-activity storytime
For children aged 2 to 5 years. Family groups and small home-based daycare centers welcome to attend.
Younger siblings are welcome to sit on an adult lap.
Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music!

Register for the session.
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.

Chatty Chipmunks Tod
Thursdays, April 9 through May 7, 10:15am
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

April 9 to May 7
A 20-minute active program for walkers ages 12 to 36 months old.

Spend time with your toddler listening to stories, songs and finger plays geared just for them. Then enjoy a few minutes of social time with other caregivers while the children play with toys.
Register for the session.
Register the Toddler name and age only. Add the name of the caregiver to the Special needs box.

Bouncing Baby Bunnie
Thursdays, April 9 through May 7, 11:15am
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

For pre-walking babies ages birth to 12 months and their adult caregivers.
We sing, clap, and bounce to nursery rhymes and songs for 15-20 minutes each class and then bring out baby safe toys for the babies to play with while the parents visit. Each parent is given a rhyme sheet to take home to learn and practice.

Have fun with baby on the floor (chairs available), bring a blanket.
Parent comment: "We love this class! So much fun for baby and mom. Thanks!"
Music, rhymes, tickles and bounces.
Register the child. Put the name of the adult in the Special Needs box.
Walk-ins as space is available.

 

Stories Off the Shel
Wednesday, May 27, 6:00 p.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
6 to 7 p.m. Pajama Night with Storytelling!
Tellers from the Monona Library Storytelling Club will share interactive, thought-provoking, exciting, laughter-inducing, down-right-fun stories for the whole family!
We will finish up with a fun, group retelling of Sandra Boynton's "Pajama Time!"
All ages welcome.
Free.
Come in your PJs for some fun storytelling.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127 or Drop-in.
Location: Children's Room
Double the Fun! Family Game Night will be held in TeenEscape 6 to 7:30 p.m., just around the corner from the Storytelling gig.
Sponsored by Monona Storytelling Club.
Thursday, Jun. 18, 0
Registration required, begins May 15.

Registration opens May 15.

READY TO READ RACCOONS

Thursdays, June 18 to July 16, 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Books and activities are geared for ages 3 to 5 years old, however, all children are welcome. Register here online or call 608-222-6127.

STORY HOUR FOR WISE OWLS
Thursdays, June 18 to July 16, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Specifically for children ages 4 to 6 years old.
Register here online or call 608-222-6127.
 
BOUNCING BABY BUNNIES
Geared for non-walkers. Register here online or call 608-222-6127.
 
CHATTY CHIPMUNKS STORYTIMES
Geared for children ages 1 to 2 years old (older siblings welcome to sit quietly in the room with a coloring book or toy). Twenty minutes of tales, music, and movement.
The Hillbilly Silly
Tuesday, Jun. 30, 6:15 to 7:15p.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Come and witness the crazy antics of Dr. Cletus Beaker, MD and his assistant Professor Choo Choo Peterson, PhD as the two of them put a unique twist on the world of science and experiments. Using their limited brain power and scientific training skills, watch as these two back-woods boys demonstrate their entries for the next upcoming science fair at their local elementary school (they are determined not to get beaten by the 4th graders again)! You will laugh, learn, and have a rootin tootin good old time as you learn a brand new meaning to the old term: “Weird Science!”

REGISTRATION
Please register each person, all ages from infants through adults. You may type AD for adults where the form requests age.
Free.
Accessible.
Thursday, Jul. 9, 1-2:15pm
Registration required, begins Jun 11.
Test your Superhero Skills with this tricky obstacle course. Choose your 'super power' and see if it helps you on your way.

For ages 6-14. Heroes under 9 should have an adult present in the room.
Thursday, Jul. 16, 1 - 2:15pm
Registration required, begins Jun 11.
Do you have what it takes to be a Superhero? No? Well make it here - with Duct Tape! Tons of materials, inspirations, and of course, Duct Tape will be available to help you make a Utility Belt, Heroic Tool, Mask, and more! Bring your imagination.

For ages 6-14. Heroes under 9 should have an adult present in the room.
Thursday, Jul. 23, 1 - 2:15pm
Registration required, begins Jun 11.
Metropolis. Gotham. Vista Verde. Atlantis. Every hero needs a city to protect. Now is your chance to design yours! Make your own Superhero city with this unique paper craft. Foam board, scissors, art tools and more provided.

For ages 6-14. Heroes under 9 should have an adult present in the room.
Monday, Jul. 27, 2-4pm
Registration required, begins Jun 11.
Are you an aspiring movie director? Do you want to try your hand at stop-motion animation? Do you want to tell your own Superhero story? This is the class for you. Use Minimates minifigures and stop motion movie software to craft your own Superhero story. Work in groups to develop a story, film it, and share it with the class. Minimates and iPads will be provided; you may bring your own if you would like. Bring your storytelling imagination!

For ages 12-18.