Monona Public Library

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

Events Notice: All participants in Library programs, events and classes may be photographed or videotaped for Library promotional purposes. Notify Library staff if you prefer not to be photographed.
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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Hora del Cuento! Spa
May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28 at 4:15PM
or call 608-222-6127.
Los martes 4:15PM a 4:45PM
¡Acompáñanos a pasar un rato alegre de cuentos clásicos, canciones, rimas y manualidades que ayudan a desarrollar el vocabulario y el reconocimiento del alfabeto! Este programa será en español. No es necesario registrarse, pero el cupo es limitado.  Sponsored by The Friends of Monona Public Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Stop Motion Animatio
Thursday, Jun. 16, 10:00 AM
or call 608-222-6127.
Frank Caruso, a local filmmaker will host one workshop on the basics of stop-motion animation at the Monona Library and will explain how to do storyboarding to prepare for creation of a stop motion video.  Space is limited so register early. For ages 11 to 18.

There will be several open labs scheduled during the week of July 18 to 23 for teens to work on projects after taking Mr. Caruso's workshop. Attendance at the workshop is not required for participation in the Book Trailer Contest.
Sponsored by Stop-Motion Workshops are part of the Teen Book Trailer Contest. Seven Dane County Libraries are participating in the project which is made possible through a grant from the Beyond Page Endowment and the Madison Community Foundation. .
BOUNCING BABY BUNNIE
Thursdays, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 11:30am
or call 608-222-6127.
A 15 to 30 minute program for non-walking babies ages birth to 15 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.
Summer Reading Progr
Wednesday, Jun. 1, 9:00 am
Summertime is fun time for readers of all ages and abilities! 
Read this summer from June 1 to August 15, log the books you read,
earn great prizes from local merchants and businesses.
Friday Friendly Foxe
June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 1
or call 608-222-6127.
Fridays, June 3 to July 1 at 10:15a.m.
A 30-minute multi-activity storytime. For children aged 2 to 4 years. Siblings are welcome. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music! Register every person from birth through adults, who will attend. Adults may type in AD when prompted for age.
June 3 Things That Move! Children will be introduced to new words and early math concepts.
June 10 Celebrating My Friends and Me! Children learn about the world around them by celebrating their own unique characteristics.
June 17 The Race is On! Children will encourage and cheer for others during dramatic story play as they learn about different sports.
June 24 On My Mark, Get Set, Move It! Participants will learn about concepts through the familiar sense of self and movement.
July 1 Up and Down and All Around! Children will explore the natural world through their senses.
Library LEGO Fun! 4P
Mondays, June 7, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 29
or call 608-222-6127.
4 to 5PM
We provide a theme each month, along with some 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.
Fearless Crafters Pr
Wednesday, Jun. 8, 6:00 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
It's time for summer entertaining and it's also a great time to wow your guests with a one of a kind ceramic creation.  Upcycle cool dishes to make a tiered summer appetizer tray, bird feeder, tea candle display or jewelry holder.  Your friends will wonder what upscale boutique or art gallery you've been shopping at!  For older high school aged teens and adults. Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Public Library.
Saturday, Jun. 11, 1pm
or call 608-222-6127.
The Second and Third Saturdays of the Month
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 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. 
The Josh Casey Show!
Wednesday, Jun. 15, 1 to 2PM
or call 608-222-6127.
Featuring an array of the unusual – from catching a guitar with his face and slick juggling moves to a gigantic pogo stick and spinning balls with the audience. Josh keeps it surprising, fresh and most of all fun. All along keeping things hilarious with his laid back comedic style.

What trumps it all is how Josh involves the audience in their seats and up on stage – in the middle of the action. The volunteers are the stars of the show and they have a blast. The result is how Josh makes people laugh TOGETHER!

Sponsored by South Central Library System.
Paint Night Party at
Thursday, Jun. 16, 6PM
A FUNDRAISER FOR FRIENDS OF MONONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Thursday, June 16 at 6PM.
Quiet Reading Room
Registration & Prepayment Required.
Sign up now to hold your easel space; however yours is not a solid booking until payment has been received.  After signing up here, bring cash or check to the library in person (ASAP) or mail your check (made payable to "Friends of the Monona Library") to Monona Public Library, 1000 Nichols Road. 

Get your friends together and join us for this exciting Paint Night fundraiser for Monona Public Library.  Create your own masterpiece at this fun, lively event with step by step instructions from a professional artist.  You’ll laugh, learn, listen to great music and enjoy refreshments all while supporting your library. There’s no experience necessary, and we’ll provide all the supplies.

Tickets are $40, which includes one glass of wine (ID required; non-alcoholic option available for those under 21), appetizers and a great sense of community for supporting Monona Public Library! And you get to take home your masterpiece!  
Additional glasses of wine available for $5.
Open to participants age 16 up.  
Registration and prepayment required. Questions? Please call 608 222-6127
  Sponsored by Friends of Monona Public Library.
Saturday, Jun. 18, 1pm
or call 608-222-6127.
The Second and Third Saturdays of the Month
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 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. 
Monday, Jun. 20, 11 am
or call 608-222-6127.
June 20: Engineering with the Three Little Pigs. 
Children ages 5 through 15 and their adults.

PRESENTED BY THE MONONA STATE BANK
These programs will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Children are invited to participate in these fun, hands-on, interactive programs which will promote exciting learning opportunities and health and physical fitness through the theme of "On Your Mark, Get Set... Read!"  Free. Register for each individual event.  Sponsored by MONONA STATE BANK.
Monday, Jun. 20, 4:30pm
or call 608-222-6127.
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. 
Make Music Madison h
Tuesday, Jun. 21, 12pm - 8pm
Spend the Summer Solstice enjoying tunes performed outdoors by local musicians at Monona Library! Join us in our open air garden patio next to the main entrance for some of the area's best. We're currently booking acts, so check back here to see the set list soon! In case of poor weather, the event will be hosted inside in the large Forum Room in the library's lower level.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT TUE
June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, August 2 at 6PM unless otherwise noted
Fun, free Meet & Greet events with guests from the community, presenters, and performers. Dress appropriately for outdoor activities for some events.
June 21: Staff Meet & Greet; timed tours w/ Monona Library staff
June 28: Monona State Bank presents "The Sportacular Flying Disc Show" Disc Golf! Ultimate! Self-Caught Flight! Throw, Run, Catch! How far can you throw? How accurate is your throw? Can you delay a disc? Have you heard of the Zmachine?
July 12: Obstacle Course! Get ready to climb, crawl, jump, turn-around, and move. Dress for active outdoor play.
July 19: Meet & Greet Library Staff
August 9: 5 to 8PM Culver's Scoopie Night! Dine at Culver's on Cottage Grove Road between 5 to 8PM and they will donate 10% of all sales to the Monona Library Children's Room.

Feel free to RSVP so we know there is interest and we know how to prepare for the ages of children who will be there. Walk-ins welcome! Sponsored by Monona State Bank and Friends of Monona Library.
Family Fun Day! Madi
Wednesday, Jun. 22, 1 to 2PM
or call 608-222-6127.
Join Madison Contemporary Vision Dance for an interactive performance! MCVD will perform original dance works and give children the opportunity to explore music and movement through storytelling and dance.  Sponsored by The Friends of Monona Public Library.
Ready to Read Raccoo
Thursdays, June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21
or call 608-222-6127.
9:30AM
Register online beginning May 15 or call 608-222-6127.

A 30 minute multi-activity storytime for children ages 2 to 5 years old. Younger and older siblings welcome.
Enjoy Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and music!
Stay to play in our "Play, Grow, Read!" area after the program.
Dress appropriately for potential outdoor experiences.
IMPORTANT: Please let the library know asap if you are not able to attend the program.
June 23 Things That Move! Children will be introduced to new words and early math concepts.
June 30 Celebrating My Friends and Me! Children learn about the world around them by celebrating their own unique characteristics.
July 7 The Race is On! Children will encourage and cheer for others during dramatic story play as they learn about different sports.
July 14 On My Mark, Get Set, Move It! Participants will learn about concepts through the familiar sense of self and movement.
July 21 Up and Down and All Around! Children will explore the natural world through their senses.
STORY HOUR FOR WISE
Thursdays, June 23 to July 21
or call 608-222-6127.
10:15AM
Register for the series online beginning May 15 or sooner or call 222-6127. Free.
For children ages 4 to 7 years old.

This 30 to 45 minute storytime will include books and activities. Together with Ms. Karen, you'll read, rhyme, sing, do an activity and play! Activities may include sports, games, bubbles, crafts, science, and Reader's Theater storytelling. Parents and caregivers will be encouraged to abandon formality and play with their child.
MOTHER’S HELPE
Thursday, Jun. 23, 1:00PM
or call 608-222-6127.
This Mother’s Helper Workshop is geared towards children between the ages of 7 and 12, and will give insight and information about how to become a successful mother’s helper.

Babysitters in Training will provide participants with helpful tips and ideas about how to entertain young children through games, songs, and books.  Mother’s helpers can offer assistance in many ways, including meal preparation, keeping older children occupied while mom tends to the younger ones, and providing energetic relief for busy moms.

Mother's Helper is a free workshop, but registration is required.  For more information on this and other summer program events, please contact karen@mononalibrary.org or call 608-222-6127.
Monday, Jun. 27, 11:00 AM
or call 608-222-6127.
June 27: Marble 'Ski' Jump Mania
Children ages 5 through 15 and their adults.

PRESENTED BY THE MONONA STATE BANK
These programs will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Children are invited to participate in these fun, hands-on, interactive programs which will promote exciting learning opportunities and health and physical fitness through the theme of "On Your Mark, Get Set... Read!"  Free. Register for each individual event.