Monona Public Library
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Ready to Read Raccoo
March 24, 31, April 7, 14
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Please Note
The Tuesday, March 31st Storytime will be held in the Forum Room in the lower level and will be part of the LEGO Bricks Party, a special Spring Break event.

Storytime
A 30-minute multi-activity storytime. Geared specifically for children aged 3 to 6 years old, however, siblings are welcome. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays and music!
Register every person, the children from infants up AND the adult. Please use AD in the space for age for Adult caregivers. Walk-ins are welcome.
Story Room.
(This program is a repeat of the Wednesday/Thursday morning storytimes.)



 
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Spring Break at the
See scheduled for details.
Spring Break Events @ the Library!
DIY Activities: "I Spy Spring" Scavenger Hunt, Culver's Coloring Contest,
and a Guessing Contest! Adult required to supervise children age 8 and younger.
Register to attend unless noted otherwise.

Friday 3/27, 2p.m. to 3p.m. Mystery Program! Friday, 3/27 from 2 to 3 p.m. It might be Bingo, books, LEGOs, a scavenger hunt, a math activity, or something else. What will it be? Drop into the Children's Room to see what's going on for children ages 3 to 9! Drop-in.
Monday 3/30, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Origami & Paper Airplanes for ages 7 to 14. RSVP
Monday 3/30, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Marble Run Fun for ages 6 to 14. RSVP
Tuesday 3/31, 4 p.m. LEGO Bricks Party! Special event. All ages welcome. RSVP!
Wednesday 4/1, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Origami & Paper Airplanes for ages 7 to 14. RSVP
Wednesday 4/1, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Spring Break Storytime & Craft. RSVP
Wednesday 4/1, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Family Game Night! All ages invited. Drop in.
Thursday 4/2, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Spring Break Storytime & Craft. RSVP
Thursday 4/2, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. LEGO in the Library! Just build. RSVP

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LEGO BRICKS PARTY
Tuesday, Mar. 31, 4:00p.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Join us for a LEGO Bricks Party at the Library!
Games! Relay Race, Community Sculpture, Color Stack, Guessing Contest, and more!
Books! On display to browse during the event, also for checking out... so bring your library card.
Booktalks! We tell you about some of our favorites. You bring your favorite LEGO book and tell us all about it!
Pendants! One for everyone to take home to remember the fun!

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.
Thanks to http://amomwithalessonplan.com/lego-party-games/ for the LEGO Party ideas.
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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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National Library Wee
Saturday April 11 through Saturday April 18
One of our favorite weeks is here!  Since 1958, National Library Week has been an annual April event observed by libraries across the country. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and staff to promote access of information, library use, and community support.  This year, at the Monona Library, we have some very special promotions, programs, and events planned.  Read on!

What's on the Menu?  Information, Entertainment, and...Great Giveaways!  During National Library Week, from April 11 to April 18, we will be turning some our adult, teen and children's displays into the visual equivalents of a multi-course meal .  Each display area will feature a menu course, from appetizers to greens to main courses to dessert to express foods.  Along with these bright and tasty displays comes an opportunity to check out some delicious and informative materials (books, DVDs, and CDs) and to get a chance at winning a random drawing of a gift certificate from one of our wonderful local restaurants and business library supporters.  We have a yummy lineup: our local "library menu" certificate gift donors include Gail Ambrosius, the Eldorado Grill, the Willy Street Co-op, Sprechers Restaurant & Pub, Culvers, Pizza Oven, and the Mystery to Me Bookstore.  Come in, bring you library card, and get ready for a chance to dine! 

April 11, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friends of Monona Public Library Benefit Event for Children and their Families!
Creepy Crawly Bugs & Friends Picnic. Registration required  Click here for more information.

April 15, 6 p.m. Killer Women in Fiction: Why Are They So Popular?  A panel discussion, short readings and Q&A from 5 fantastic female Midwestern authors: Christene DeSmet, Kathleen Ernst, Lori Rader-Day, Annelise Ryan, and T.E. Woods.  This exciting event is co-presented by Joanne Berg, owner of Madison's Mystery to Me bookstore.  Please register
Click here for more information.

April 18, 2 p.m. Impressions on a Dream Canvas - Artist Reception & Presentation  
Inspired by a dream, this art exhibit is based on the 29 chapter illustrations in Ann E. Aswegan's book, Awakening to the Song of Your Self: Revelations by Day & Dreams by Night.  On Saturday, April 18, at 2:00  we will host a reception and presentation by Ann and Cindy, who will discuss the inspiration and process behind this unique exhibit. Light refreshments will be served and copies of Ann's book will be available for purchase.
(The art exhibit will be on display from April 7 to May 31)
 Click here for more information.
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Creepy Crawly Bugs &
Saturday, Apr. 11, 2:30 to 4:30p.m.

A Friends of the Monona Public Library Special Benefit Event
Saturday, April 11, 2:30 to 4:30p.m.

Boys and girls! The Friends of the Monona Public Library presents a Benefit picnic!
Dress up in your best, your fanciest, finest creepy crawly, buggy, froggy, slithering costume and join us!  Children will enjoy a craft, bug jokes, games & trivia, “I Spy Ugly Bugs”, picnic treats, and door prizes. Watch out for snakes & frogs!

TICKETS

Children: $7.00
Accompanying Family Members: $7 suggested donation
Children under 1: Free
Tickets must be purchased in advance beginning March 23 at the Monona Library circulation desk.

SPONSORS
Thanks to the following businesses for their generous donations!
Whole Foods Market for picnic treats
Funny Faces Family Entertainment, LLC for the fantastical decorations!
Felly's Flowers for the flower arrangements!
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More sponsors to be announced! If you are interested, please contact Karen@mononalibrary.org.

Proceeds go toward the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy program.

 

Sponsored by The Friends of the Monona Public Library.
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Killer Women in Fict
Wednesday, Apr. 15, 6:00 pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
KILLER WOMEN IN FICTION:  WHY ARE THEY SO POPULAR?
Join us for an exciting panel discussion and some thrilling short readings with five fantastic female Midwestern mystery and crime fiction writers.  They will be discussing sleuths and suspense and the current popularity of "killer women" in our culture.  We will examine what makes these stories and characters so interesting, and open the discussion for a Q&A session too.  On our panel: authors Christine DeSmet (Fudge Shop Mystery series),  Kathleen Ernst (Chloe Ellefson series), Lori Rader-Day (The Black Hour), Annelise Ryan (Mattie Winston series), and T. E. Woods (Justice series). This event is co-presented by Joanne Berg, owner of the Mystery to Me bookstore, and books will be available for sale and signing.  A National Library Week  not to be missed program, targeted for an adult audience. 
  Sponsored by Mystery to Me Bookstore.
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Dream a Little Dream
Wednesday, Apr. 29, 6:00 pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.

Many composers have written songs that came to them in dreams. Ann Aswegan, author and dream consultant, will offer insight on dreams with a musical theme. Musician Andy Nath will provide a live musical tour of dreamy songs, featuring old standards, modern classics and some of his own original work.  But wait there's more!  We will be using Ann's insights and information, and Andy's inspiration to render our own dreamscapes using paper, collage, sound-rich imagery and a variety of Fearless Crafter's materials and techniques.  Try something new and create your own visual sound landscape in this very unique and multisensory original program.  For adults and older teens.  The program and supplies are free but space is limited so registration is a must!    

Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Public 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.

Monday, Mar. 30, 10am
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Join Rob for one and a half hours of paper folding fun. Learn how to craft an origami cube. Learn to fold the best paper airplanes. For ages 7 and up.

Paper will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own square paper for creating additional awesome designs!
Monday, Mar. 30, 12:30pm
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Create a Marble run out of recycled materials and let the fun times roll! Materials will be provided. For ages 7 and up.
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.

 
Wednesday, Apr. 1, 10am
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Join Rob for one and a half hours of paper folding fun. Learn how to craft an origami cube. Learn to fold the best paper airplanes. For ages 7 and up.

Paper will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own square paper for creating additional awesome designs!
Spring Fling Family
Wednesday, Apr. 1, 5:30 to 6:15p.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Wednesday 4/1, 5:30 to 6:15p.m.
Stories, a flannelboard game, movement activities, and books to get you ready to celebrate spring and all it brings!
Family Program: All welcome. Stories will be geared for ages 3 to 6 but all ages are welcome to attend.
Location: Children's Story Room.
Spring Fling Family
Thursday, Apr. 2, 9:30 a.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Thursday, April 2, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Stories, a flannelboard game, movement activities, and books to get you ready to celebrate spring and all it brings!
Family Program: All welcome. Stories will be geared for ages 3 to 6 but all ages are welcome to attend.
Location: Children's Story Room.
LEGO BRICKS PARTY. T
Thursday, Apr. 2, 10:30 a.m.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127.
Join us for a LEGO Bricks Party at the Library!
Games! Relay Race, Community Sculpture Building, and more!
Books! On display to browse during the event, also for checking out... so bring your library card.
Booktalks! We tell you about some of our favorites. You bring your favorite LEGO book and tell us all about it!
Pendants! One for everyone to take home to remember the fun!
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.
Thanks to http://amomwithalessonplan.com/lego-party-games/ for the LEGO Party ideas.
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.