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
Play, Grow & Read! E
Sunday, Jan. 22, 1:30 to 5PM
or call 608-222-6127.
Play, Grow & Read! 
1:30 to 5PM Play, Grow, Read Celebration Party. 
Drop in for fun activities for the whole family. Activities include a woodland animals photo booth, science station, literacy station, and an indoor StoryWalk®!

2:30 to 3PM The 2nd Annual 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Graduation Party. 
Join us to honor children who have accomplished reading 1,000 books before kindergarten. The Cat in the Hat & Mother Goose will be there to hand out 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Certificates & Awards. We’ll also enjoy our featured speaker from Monona Grove School District, Anne McRoberts.

4:00PM Performance by the popular CRITTERrrrMAN! Chris is a favorite entertainer for our Family Fun programs at the Monona Library. Children are engaged and enthusiastic. They say "CritterrrMan is funny!" "The puppets are like real animals!" and the parents love the educational aspect of his program and the way he really listens to the children. He is professional, fun, and the content is appropriate for the children in the audience.

Free! Register all who will attend, all ages. Adults may type in AD when prompted for age.

  Sponsored by Friends of Monona Public Library and the Monona Library Foundation.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Saturday, Jan. 28, 7-10pm
or call 608-222-6127.
The Friends of Monona Library presents
Loud in the Library: Mardi Gras!
Saturday, January 28, 7-10 pm

Tickets are $20 in person ($21 online) and must be purchased prior to completing your registration. Please note: this is an adults only event.
Please pay here.


Venue: Monona Public Library, 1000 Nichols Road, Monona, WI 53716

Music provided by The Dixie Sizzlers (Listen to some samples of their music here.)

Walking Jambalaya provided by New Orleans Take Out (Fordem Avenue)
Cupcakes
Cash bar with hurricanes, beer and wine
50:50 raffle

Wait, there's more!
Evening Master of Ceremonies will be Mayor Bob Miller
Photo booth
Tarot card reader
Wandering magician
Mardi Gras beads provided

Tickets may be picked up at the Monona Library or at the event.
STORYTIME Preschool
November 29, December 6, 13
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.
If you are not able to attend at least half of the session, please use the drop-in method. 
STORYTIME Toddlers,
November 29, December 6, 13
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.
If you are not able to attend at least 3 of the 6 storytimes in this session, please use a drop in method of attendance.
CONSTRUCTION ZONE /
November 28, December 19

CONSTRUCTION ZONE! BUILD AND PLAY
LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT 4PM

Free.  All ages welcome. Drop in, no registration required.
Put on your hard hats and get ready to build with all sorts of bricks and blocks!
Bring your construction workers and build! We provide bricks, blocks, and books to inspire your imagination.
Imaginative play enhances gross motor skills along with socialization.

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

"LEGO®is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this program."        



 
STORYTIME Preschoole
December 1, 8, 15
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.
If you are not able to attend at least half of the storytimes in this session, please consider using drop in attendance.
STORYTIME Toddlers,
December 1, 8, 15
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.
If you are not able to attend at least half of the storytimes in this session, please consider dropping in on the weeks you are available.
Seasonal Chef Presen
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6:00 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Free up your calendar on Wednesday Dec 7 at 6pm because you will be getting a taste of France...and maybe by way of New Orleans.  Renowned local baking whiz, Chef Coz, owner of Rosie's Coffee Bar & Bakery, will demonstrate how you can whip up  an amazing French-influenced dessert that will wow your holiday guests. Demo, free samples, and Q&A make this a bon-bon of an evening out.   And a bonus!  The French baking theme is to perk up your palate for our upcoming New Orleans-influenced Monona Library fundraiser in January, Loud in the Library! Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Public Library.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 1pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Join Dan on the Second and Third Saturdays of the Month for one 30 minute session.
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. 
Mending Days at the
Sundays, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, 2-4 pm
 It's back!  The Monona Library Mending Day, developed by The Sewing Machine Project returns for a second year. It will be held on the second Sunday of the month (Sept to May) from 2-4 pm.  Bring in your loved but worn clothes for mending ...or get a head start on freshening up your wardrobe with some trim and buttons. It's free! Our wonderful volunteers will hem, mend, and patch items for people.  Some restrictions apply and mending is done on a first come basis for individual 30 minute sessions.  Or do you like to sew and mend and want to give back to the community?  We can use you!   Contact Mending Day Coordinator Jen for more details:  jennifer@mononalibrary.org or call the library at 608 222-6127.
  Sponsored by The Sewing Machine Project, Friends of the Monona Public Library.
Wisconsin’s Jo
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
The Wisconsin Historical Society and Monona History Club are proud to present a special talk and exhibit celebrating the Wisconsin roots of John Muir, one of our country's most important and influential environmental pioneers.  Muir led the movement for the creation of national parks and was also one of the founders of the Sierra Club.  Join the Wisconsin Historical Society's Outreach Director Michael Edmonds, as he discusses John Muir's Wisconsin background and experiences and how they were pivotal in shaping Muir's ideas and thinking.  Edmonds will also relate the fascinating story of Muir's major conservation campaigns and explore the connection of these historical events to current environmental concerns. In conjunction with this presentation, the Monona Library will also be cohosting a traveling exhibit of John Muir's life and legacy, celebrating Muir's youth in Wisconsin, his advocacy for national parks, and his views on environmental issues such as logging, hunting, and climate change.  Please join us for a wonderful afternoon exploring the life and legacy and ongoing relevance of one of our most beloved environmental thinkers and activists.
  Sponsored by The Wisconsin Historical Society, The Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society, Starbucks of Monona, the Monona Public Library.
Fearless Crafters Pr
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6:00 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
A very special Fearless Crafters salutes the holiday season with award-winning Guest Artist Jaroslava Sobiskova who will demonstrate how to create astoundingly cool hanging ornaments that can decorate your house or garden year round.  Use them for great gifts, great decoratations and great tabletop accessories.  Jarka, who is a painter, mixed media, and fiber artist and will show you how to work creative magic using wire wrapped shapes and upcycled beads and other treasures.  This amazing workshop is free but space and supplies are limited so sign up now.   For adults and older teens.   Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Library.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 1pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Join Dan on the Second and Third Saturdays of the Month for one 30 minute session.
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. 
Mustache Mayhem Stor
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 to 3PM
or call 608-222-6127.

MUSTACHE PROP
DROP IN Story time and craft.  
Great mustache stories. 
Make your own mustache.
Take funny pictures!


2:00 Story, 2:30 Craft
ALL AGES. 
Discovery Days for a
Monday, Dec. 19, 3 to 7pm
or call 608-222-6127.

Come learn, explore, discover!
Play at the library!  
We will have board games, building blocks, craft supplies, and book displays.
CONSTRUCTION ZONE (LEGO) WILL BE FROM 4 TO 5PM

No registration necessary. For ages 5+.
Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Free.
Drop-in.
HORA DEL CUENTO / SP
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 4:15 pm
or call 608-222-6127.

Spanish Storytime con Vanessa!
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.
Free. Drop In!

Sponsored by Friends of Monona Public Library.
Winter Break Events
December 27, 28, 29, 30

TUESDAY 12/27
2 - 4PM BOOKTALK/ RADIO TALK (AGES 8 TO 13) Register here.
4:15PM HORA DEL CUENTO / SPANISH STORYTIME (ALL)
6:15PM FAMILY pjSTORYTIME W/ MS KAREN & VANESSA Info here. Drop-ins welcome.

WEDNESDAY 12/28
9:30 – 11:30AM DISCOVERY DAYS GAMES (DROP IN) Info here.
4:30-6PM READ WITH A DOG Register here.

THURSDAY 12/29
9:30 – 11:30AM ART OF ORIGAMI (Register here AGES 8-13)

FRIDAY 12/30
10 – 11 AM YARN CRAFTS (ALL AGES DROP IN)
Book Talk/ Radio Tal
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2 to 4PM
or call 608-222-6127.
This will be an informal book discussion program for readers ages 8 to 13. 

Play a game, enjoy a snack, listen to book trailers about some great book choices, and talk about your book choices. Then, write a short book trailer that you or someone else can read on WVMO radio! 

Register to attend. Walk-ins will be welcome if space is available. Space is limted to 15.
List at least two books choices you would like to discuss/record and we will pick one and let you know. We will do our best to have multiple copies of your choices at the event for others to check out. Don't forget to bring your library card!
PJ Storytime for Fam
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 6:15 PM
or call 608-222-6127.
6:15PM
Put the children into PJs and visit the Monona Library! Ms. Karen will present an Outdoor Adventure Storytime
inside the library by sharing books and more for Whoo Whoo, Whoo Goes There?

The 30 minute Storytime will be geared for ages 3 to 6 years old, however, all ages are welcome to attend. Don't forget your library card! Walk-ins welcome.

Register each person who will attend. Adults may type in AD when prompted for age.
Read with a Dog: own
Wednesday, Dec. 28
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 with Me" program is for beginning and independent readers.