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:
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Wednesday at One Fam
June 15, June 22, June 29, July 13, July 20, July 27
Fun, free entertainment!
June 22: Madison Contemporary Vision Dance
June 29: Hop, Wiggle, Dream, storytelling
July 13: Healthy Beats, music with Laura Doherty
July 20: Meet & Greet the Athletes
July 27: Bouncy House

Be sure to register. Watch for drop in space on the day of the show.  Sponsored by Friends of Monona Library, the Weinberger Family, and South Central Library System..
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Fearless Crafters Pr
Wednesday, Jul. 13, 6:00 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
The return of Zentangles and more!  Learn new hand-lettering tricks to amaze your friends, which can be used to gorgeously decorate cards, letters, wrapping paper, or journals.  Keep the creativity train going and learn how to design your own coloring books.  We will provide paper and pens (or bring your own if you have a favorite media).  Jen Falkowski ruler of all things crafty will preside.  For adults and older teens
  Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Public Library.
Hora del Cuento! Spa
May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12 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.
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. Sign up for the Reading Program here.

 
BABY & ME volunteer
Thursdays 11:30, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 4, 11, 18, 25
or call 608-222-6127.
11AM Special event run by mom's group. 
A 20 minute program of books, music, rhymes, tickles and bounces following by 30 minutes of socializing time. 
For babies ages 2 months to 22 months old and their adult caregivers. Program is run by volunteer moms; dads and caregivers welcome. Have fun with baby on the floor (chairs available), bring a blanket.
Register baby only.
Library LEGO Fun! 4P
Mondays, June 7, June 27, 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.
Monday, Jun. 20, 11 am
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, 4:30 to 6:10 PM
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. 
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.
WISE OWLS READ, EXPL
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.
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.
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.

 
Frisbee Games! The S
Tuesday, Jun. 28, 6 PM
or call 608-222-6127.
Flying Disc (Frisbee) athlete Brad Wendt will share his collection of unique and odd Frisbees, teach disc handling skills, and will demonstrate various competitive and recreational disc games. Be ready for lots of audience participation!
For the whole family. Highly recommended for ages 6+
If the weather is nice, this will be an outdoor event at Winnequah Park in front of the Gazebo. Bring a chair or blanket and dress appropriately.
Check before you come to learn the location - library or park.
  Sponsored by The Monona State Bank.
MUSIC & STORIES! Hop
Wednesday, Jun. 29, 1PM
or call 608-222-6127.
Sing, dance, clap, and tell along to these high-energy stories and songs with Karen telling stories and Brett Wilfrid jamming along on guitar or banjo. Brett (guitars, mandolin, vocals, banjo) of the Americana outfit ‘The Whiskey Farm’ out of Madison, will join your very own Ms. Karen.

Karen draws her listeners in with her dramatic storytelling abilities. Her high energy and enthusiasm encourages children to help tell the stories. Karen enjoys sharing high energy folktales, stories from history, personal tales, audience participation stories and songs, and puppet skits. What will she share with you for "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read?"

Register every person, infants to seniors, who plan to attend. Adults may type in AD when prompted for age.
Saturday, Jul. 9, 1pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Sign up for a 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 free 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, Jul. 11, 11 AM
or call 608-222-6127.
July 11: Obstacle Course (possible outdoor event)
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.
 
Tuesday, Jul. 12, 6 to 7:30 PM
or call 608-222-6127.
Join us for a fun obstacle course at the library, walk the line, hula hoop, beanbag toss, number stack, build a tower and other fun challenges. Designed for children ages 3 and older. 
We are currently working with the Monona Grove High School Cross Country Team to design and run the Obstacle Course. Their goal is to create a course that will be exciting for older children as well as younger children. Check back here for details before the event.

The Registration Time is for the start time for the obstacle course. Once you are here, you are welcome to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities! Come early, stay late.
Family Fun Day! Laur
Wednesday, Jul. 13, 1 to 2PM
or call 608-222-6127.
This upbeat, interactive concert will have kids singing and dancing along to Laura's catchy folk-pop tunes that focus on being active and eating healthy. Laura's original songs like "Breakfast Gives me Energy", and "Vegetable Party" explore healthy foods to get your day started, and to grow in your own backyard! Get movin' and groovin' with Laura's "Bicycle" and "Hula Hoop" song, along with lots of other danceable originals.
FIT2GO Van at Monona
Friday, Jul. 15, 3:00 to 5:55PM
or call 608-222-6127.
The MSCR FIT2GO Van is a mobile source of physical activity and education that provides fitness programs throughout Madison. FIT2GO began in 2013 with funding from Friends of MSCR, Madison Metropolitan School District and the Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative.

FIT2GO will bring opportunities for play, fitness and fun to families through the use of equipment such as: hula hoops, jump ropes, sports equipment, Imagination Playground, obstacle courses and more. 

Our drop-in program is free and we encourage the whole family to play!
Please note:

  • Parents/caretakers must stay to play with their children (this is not a drop-off or day care)
  • We do not operate in poor weather, including rain, high winds, storms, etc.
  • Please dress appropriately for active play. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
Sponsored by Friends of Monona Public Library.
Saturday, Jul. 16, 1pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Sign up for a 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 free 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.