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.
 Limit by audience:
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Love Is an Art: Fear
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:00 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Had enough with Valentines day or need more pink hearts in your life?  Join us to create hand made Valentine/anti-Valentines day cards using up-cycled materials, including some retro slide holders, and get your point across!  You will be amazed at what you can come up with.  Fearless Crafter founder Jen Falkowski will inspire us all with her newest dezzling card creations Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Library.
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Monona History Club:
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2:00 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
The Monona Library’s History Club program presents the life of Frank J. Hess, a legendary barrel maker in the brewing industry. His Eastside family-owned Cooperage created Wisconsin’s white oak barrels for the last 60 years. This presentation is hosted by Gary Hess, author and grandson of Frank J. Hess. Gary will tell the story of how his grandfather, a Bohemian immigrant new to America, rose to the top of the barrel making industry and founded the largest independent cooperage in Wisconsin. At its height, Hess and Sons Cooperage of Madison, Wisconsin, supplied white oak barrels for breweries in over 35 Wisconsin communities and in five states. With the recent upsurge in popularity of small craft beer and microbreweries, the fascinating history of barrel making is very relevant today. Hess will showcase photos and historical points from the 2014 book he wrote, Roll Out the Barrels, to explain how this craft was passed down through the generations in his family. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free refreshments and snacks will be provided. Sponsored by Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society, Friends of the Monona Public Library, Starbucks in Monona, .
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Digital Device App-s
Saturday, Feb. 20, 10:00 AM
or call 608-222-6127.
This informative session will show how to make the most of your smartphone, tablet, or e-reader by loading it with a variety of useful apps. All makes and models welcome - questions are encouraged!
Storytimes Feb 2 to
Tuesday, Feb. 2,
READY TO READ RACCOONS FAMILY STORYTIME
(Ages birth to 5 welcome)
February 2 to March 10
Tues. 9:30 AM  (RSVP)
Thurs. 10:15 AM  (RSVP)
CHATTY CHIPMUNK TODDLERTIME
(Ages 12 to 35 months welcome with an adult)
February 2 to March 10
Tues. 10:15 AM  (RSVP)
Thurs. 9:30 AM  (RSVP)
BOUNCING BABY BUNNIES STORYTIME
(Birth to 15 months)
February 2 to February 25
Thurs. 11 AM (RSVP)
SATURDAY STORYTIME
(Birth to age 7) Family Program with Miss Karlyn
Saturdays, Feb 13 & 27 at 11 AM (DROP IN)

REGISTRATION BEGINS January 2
 FAMILY Storytime, R
February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8
or call 608-222-6127.
A 30-minute multi-activity storytime which helps preschool children develop ready to read skills such as print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. For children aged 2 to 5 years.Younger siblings are welcome to sit on an adult lap. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music!
IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Register every person, the children from infants up AND the adult.
  • Please type AD when prompted for age for Adult caregivers.
  • If you are not able to attend, please let us know. If you do not check in for 2 or more weeks, we may give away your space to someone on the waiting list.
  • Walk-ins as space is available.
Chatty Chipmunks Tod
February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8
or call 608-222-6127.
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. Stay to play after storytime.
IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Register the Toddler name and age only. Add the name of the caregiver to the Special needs box.
  • If you are not able to attend, please let us know. If you do not check in for 2 or more weeks, we may give away your space to someone on the waiting list.
  • Walk-ins as space is available.

 
Bouncing Baby Bunnie
February 4, 11, 18, 25
or call 608-222-6127.
Stories, songs & movement activities for about 15 minutes.
For children ages birth to 15 months (one adult per child is recommended).
Stay to play after storytime.
Class size is limited to 10 babies. Please register, however, walk-ins are welcome if we have space.

 
Chatty Chipmunks Tod
February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10
or call 608-222-6127.
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. Stay to play after storytime.
IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Register the Toddler name and age only. Add the name of the caregiver to the Special needs box.
  • If you are not able to attend, please let us know. If you do not check in for 2 or more weeks, we may give away your space to someone on the waiting list.
  • Walk-ins as space is available.

 
 FAMILY Storytime, R
February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10
or call 608-222-6127.
A 30-minute multi-activity storytime which helps preschool children develop ready to read skills such as print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. For children aged 2 to 5 years.Younger siblings are welcome to sit on an adult lap. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music!
IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Register every person, the children from infants up AND the adult.
  • Please type AD when prompted for age for Adult caregivers.
  • If you are not able to attend, please let us know. If you do not check in for 2 or more weeks, we may give away your space to someone on the waiting list.
  • Walk-ins as space is available.
Family Evening Pajam
Wednesdays, February 10th, 17th, and 24th, 6:00PM
or call 608-222-6127.
Wear your pajamas and come to an evening storytime at Monona Library! This program will be a 30-minute multi-activity storytime for the whole family, geared for ages birth to 6 years. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music with Miss Karlyn! Register or Drop-in.
Saturday Family Stor
Saturdays, February 13th, and February 27th, 11 AM
or call 608-222-6127.
Join us for Special Saturday Family Storytime! This program will include books and activities for toddlers and books of interest for children 2 to 5 years old. All ages are welcome, bring the whole family! Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, poetry and movement activities with Miss Karlyn. Stay to play and socialize in our Children's Room "Play, Grow, Read!" area after the program. Register or Drop-in!

Saturdays:
January 9th
January 23rd
February 13th
February 27th
 
1000 Books Before Ki
Monday, Feb. 15, 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
Monday, Feb. 15, 4:30pm
or call 608-222-6127.
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. Parents may call 608-222-6127 to sign up their child to read aloud to a dog for 20 minutes.

Monona Library's readers enjoy the visits with Wilson! Wilson has been certified as a Delta Society Pet Partner dog and registered as a R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog). Pat’s four-year-old Springer Spaniel, Wilson, is an “import” to Wisconsin, from a line of champions in Michigan. They have a busy therapy dog schedule, with visits at Colonial Club Adult Daycare in Sun Prairie, Meadowmere Assisted Living in Madison, Meriter and UW Hospitals, occasional trips to the Ronald McDonald House, as well as R.E.A.D. sessions at the Pinney, Monona, and Monroe Street Libraries.
Teen Open Mic Night,
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6:30 P.M.
or call 608-222-6127.
The Open Mic is returning to Monona Library! You've got 8 minutes to show us what you've got. Music, poetry, rap, spoken word, comedy, and all other acts welcome! Ages 10 and up; in the Forum Room. Sponsored by The Friends of Monona Public Library.
Library Style Baby S
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30PM
or call 608-222-6127.
Parents of children ages birth to age 18 months and expecting parents are invited to join us for this fun event!
  • Storytime for parents/children (reading, literacy tips, movement activities, music)
  • Display of great books for babies, toddlers and a display of our parenting collection
  • A traditional baby shower game such as Bingo with small prizes
  • Cupcakes and a fun gift for the first 30 participants who sign in beginning at 6:15PM, including a board book from The Friends of the Library, and a crayon & bib from 4C.
  • Door Prizes! Books, stuffed animals, and The First Years “Squeeze and Teethe Pal” and a Fisher-Price “Baby’s 1st Bear” sponsored by 
  • 4-C-VYT
Sponsored by The Friends of the Monona Public Library.
Monona Library Mendi
The third Sunday of the month (Oct-May): Feb 21, March 20, April 17, May 15
The Monona Public Library is proud to present a new Mending Day program beginning Sunday, October 18. This free hands-on sewing/mending program will be held on the third Sunday of the month (Oct through May) at the Monona Library.  The first 30 minutes of each Mending Day will be devoted to sewing lessons, which will focus on a new skill every session. After the sewing lesson, from 2:30-4:00 PM. volunteers will hem, mend, and patch items for people on a first come basis (some restrictions apply). Participants will learn new skills and receive friendly help with mending items. We are also seeking additional volunteers with strong sewing skills who would like to help out.  Sponsored by The Sewing Machine Project.
Eco-Action Tuesdays:
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:30 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Why are more and more people becoming interested in bees and beekeeping? Some have gardens in need of pollinators, some want to harvest the honey, and others are alarmed at the decline in bee populations and want to help them recover. Join us to learn why and how people are busy as bees getting ready for the upcoming beekeeping season. 
Presented by Stacy and Richard Schneider of Capital Bee
Sponsored by The Natural Step, Monona; MG&E, Whole Foods Market.
Ha Ha Ha! Funny Pict
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4:45 p.m.
or call 608-222-6127.

For children ages 3 to 9 years old. 
Join Karen for a story reading of some of her favorite, funny picture books.  Laughter is the best medicine- Humorous books for children are funny enough that even adults can enjoy!

Drop in. Stay afterward to play board games.

Talk With Your Hands
Sunday, Mar. 6, 3:30 - 4:45pm
or call 608-222-6127.

Celebrate Teen Tech Week at Monona Library! 
Learn a few phrases in sign language you can use to talk with your friends in school. We will also discuss some of the technology that may impact communication with the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Our presenters will be:
Autumn Saskill, Sign Language Interpreter
Matt Heindel, Monona Library Tech Services Coordinator

Please bring your library card to check out books and enter a drawing for Door Prizes.

Free. For ages 9 to 17.
 

Sponsored by The Friends of Monona Public Library.
Saturday, Mar. 12, 1pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Twice a month Dan volunteers his time to help you learn tech. SIgn up for one half hour time slot and master your device.