Monona Public Library

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CHILDREN’S BOO
Monday, May 2, 00
 Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. We have several events and activities at Monona Library to celebrate.

CELEBRATE May 2 to 8!
Stop in all week and check out the DIY coloring sheets and activities set up in the library, including a children's book illustrations scavenger hunt.


CRITTER ADVENTURE 
Tuesday, May 3, 6:15 PM

PJ PARTY: Stories Off the Shelf
Wednesday, May 4, 6:15 PM


FAMILY STORYTIMES
Tuesday, May 3. 9:30 AM
Thursday, May 5, 10:15 AM  

WIN A PRIZE!
Check out some great books during Book Week, May 2 to 8, & enter a Random Drawing for a chance to win a book, "Fancy Nancy Saturday Night Sleepover" or An I Can Read Book "Adventures of Stuart Little" or a $5 Gift Certificate from Ella's Deli.

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Stories Off the Shel
Wednesday, May 4, 6:15p.m.
or call 608-222-6127.
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Children's Book Week originated in the belief that children's books and literacy are life-changers. Join us for this special celebration of books for children!

Youth Services Coordinator and local Storytelling Club storytellers will share interactive, thought-provoking, exciting, laughter-inducing, down-right-fun stories for the whole family! Enjoy folktales, fables, and stories from children's literature. Stories will be engaging for ages 2 to 10 and grownups will have fun, too! Some of the stories will be acted out using children from the audience and puppets! Please join us in the Children's Room for this fun storytelling evening. Come in your PJs for some fun storytelling. Don't forget your library card!
Featured Tellers: Coral Conant Gilles, Deborah Proctor, Kathryn Mingione, Amy Soderman, Karen Wendt.

All ages welcome.
Free.
Register Online or call 608-222-6127 or Drop-in.
Location: Children's Room


 

Sponsored by The Friends of Monona Public Library.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Seasonal Chefs Prese
Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Join Chef Matt Pace and Taylor Anderson for some spring and summer samplings from the Avenue Club & Bubble Up Bar, a trend-setting Food Fight restaurant. Known for its innovative interpretation of seasonal classics, this Avenue Club/Monona Library program will give you a taste of what diners are raving about. Enjoy demos, free samples, recipes and Q&A from the chefs. This amazing program is free, but space is limited; so preregistration is a must.  For adults and older teens.  Please do not sign up unless you can come, so there will be room for all who want to attend


  Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Public Library.
Storytimes March 29
Tuesdays & Thursdays
READY TO READ RACCOONS FAMILY STORYTIME
(Ages birth to 5 welcome)
Tues. 9:30 AM  (RSVP)
Thurs. 10:15 AM  (RSVP)
CHATTY CHIPMUNK TODDLERTIME
(Ages 12 to 35 months welcome with an adult)
Tues. 10:15 AM  (RSVP)
Thurs. 9:30 AM  (RSVP)
BOUNCING BABY BUNNIES STORYTIME
(Birth to 15 months)
Thurs. 11 AM (RSVP)
SATURDAY STORYTIME
(Birth to age 7) Family Program
Dates To Be Announced
Chatty Chipmunks Tod
Thursday, Mar. 31, 9:30AM
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
Thursday, Mar. 31, 10:15AM
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.
BOUNCING BABY BUNNIE
Thursdays, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
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.
Monona Library Mendi
The third Sunday of the month (Oct-May): 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.
Saturday, May 14, 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. 
Teen Open Mic Night
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 to 7:45PM
or call 608-222-6127.

Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their talent!

You've got 8 minutes to show us what you've got. Singer songwriters, musicians, poets, rappers, spoken word artists, acoustic groups, rock band, actors, comediens, are all welcome! Ages 11 and up; in the Forum Room.

Sign up for an Open Mic slot here or when you arrive. Bring your own equipment. Sound system is provided. Audience members may decide at the last minute if they want to participate. "Everyone is very supportive" says librarian Karlyn. "It's a very casual, positive environment for showcasing your talent."
Audience members welcome to drop-in to cheer on the artists, no need to register. Free.
Call Karen 608-216-7456 for more information. Sponsored by The Friends of Monona Public Library.
Saturday, May 21, 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. 
1000 Books Before Ki
Monday, May 23, 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. .
Eco-Action Tuesdays
Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Learn how herbs, flowers, fruits, vinegar and foods can be combined to make your own products for cleaning your body...and your home!  Aromatherapist Day Host-Jablonski is our presenter.  Ms Host-Jablonski has 15 years of herbal study and has taught previous workshops on DIY bodycare, women's health, and environmental sensitivities. In this free hands-on workshop you will receive much helpful information about creating your own green products and you will also create a cleansing item to take home with you.  Space is limited, so sign up now.  For adults and older teens. Sponsored by MG&E Energy 2030, Whole Foods .
Hora del Cuento! Spa
May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28
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.Yes! Children, teens AND adults can all sign up!

 READING ADVENTURE GUIDELINES
  1. SIGN UP at the Summer Reading Desk or sign up online. Receive or download a Reading Log.
  2. RECORD YOUR READING: Parents*please see note below about the Reading Records for children.
  3. COLLECT PRIZES: By reading books you enjoy, you could be a winner of great prizes donated by many local sponsors! Return your completed Reading Log to the Monona Public Library between June 15 and August 15 to collect reading incentive prizes for each level of reading on your Reading.  Log that you complete.
  4. MORE PRIZES! Keep reading and complete Overtime Tickets to earn a chance to win even more prizes. Winners of Overtime prizes will be notified by phone or email early in September.

PRIZES (June 15 to August 15)
Reading Motivators available June 15 through August 15 while supplies last.
Please remember to check expiration dates on gift certificates.
Read to Me (birth to Age 4)
Readers entering K to grade 5
Readers entering grades 6 to 8
Readers entering grade 9 to 12
Readers ages 17+
OVERTIME READING! When readers complete their Reading Log, they can continue to read to earn a chance at even more prizes in a Random Drawing at the end of the summer.
Library LEGO Fun! 4P
Mondays, June 7, July 11, July 25, August 8
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.
Saturday, Jun. 11, 1pm

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.
Teen Book Trailer Wo
Thursday, Jun. 16, 10AM
or call 608-222-6127.
The Teen Book Trailer Contest challenges teens ages 12 to 18 to create a stop motion animation book trailer. Teens should choose a book that has made an impact on their lives and has contributed to the growth and influence of teen literature on society.

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 the storyboarding to prepare for creation of the stop motion video. There will be several open labs scheduled during the week of July 18 to 23 for teens to work on their projects. Space is limited so register early.

As part of Teen Read Week in October, the Monona Library, along with other partner libraries, will host a Book Trailer Fest to show trailers from all participants at participating libraries. Family members and friends of teens, as well as anyone from the community, is welcome to the Book Trailer Fest to celebrate the creativity of teens and the books that inspired them. The celebration will include a viewing of Teen Book Trailers, treats, and prizes.


If you are interested in participating in the Book Trailer Contest, or if you are simply interested in learning about Stop Motion animation, please register to attend this instructor based informational workshop. Teens participating in the contest will have the opportunity to book lab time to work on their creation for time slots on July 18 to 22 following the June 16th workshop. Teens may also use their own personal devices to create Book Trailers for the contest. Additional lab times may become available.
Sponsored by Beyond the Page and the Friends of Monona Library. Sponsored by Beyond the Page. .
Saturday, Jun. 18, 1pm

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.