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
Play, Grow & Read! E
Sunday, Jan. 22, 1:30 to 5PM
or call 608-222-6127.
Play, Grow & Read! 
Register for the party in advance online at www.mononalibrary.org, by calling the Monona Library at 608-222-6127, or at the circulation desk. Registration is appreciated, but not required. This program is free and open to all ages. Attendees do not have to be participants in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

1:30 to 5PM Play, Grow, Read Party. 
Drop-in for the games and activities. Sign up to reserve a seat in the Forum Room for CritterrrMan.
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 Ceremony. 
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. Graduates should RSVP.

4:00PM Performance by the popular CRITTERrrrMAN!
SPACE IS LIMITED: First 50 to register are guartanteed a seat. Day of event entry is first come, first served. Seating Capacity 130.
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. 


  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
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.
SATURDAY FAMILY STOR
Saturdays, January 7, 14,21; 10am
or call 608-222-6127.
Drop in on Saturdays for a fun family Storytime and Craft with Angelika!
10 am Story Time
10:30 am Craft Time
All Ages Welcome. 
Free!

 
Mending Days at the
Sundays, 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.
Hora de Cuentos/ Spa
January 17, 24, 31, February 7
or call 608-222-6127.
4:30PM Drop in.

¡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. Gratis.
Join us to spend a joyful time of classic stories, songs, rhymes and crafts that help develop vocabulary and recognition of the alphabet! This program will be in Spanish. Registration is not required, but space is limited. Free.
All ages are welcome, however, we share picture books. 

Monona Public Library, 1000 Nichols Road, Monona. 608-222-6127. www.mononalibrary.org Sponsored by Friends of Monona Public Library.
Saturday, Jan. 21, 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. 
1000 Books Before Ki
Monday, Jan. 23, A free year-round program.
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. Your child will receive, in the mail in early January, 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.
STORYTIME Ready to R
Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 24, 26, 31, February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23

Ready to Read Raccoons
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30AM
Children ages 3 to early 5 years old. 
Older and younger siblings are very welcome. 
A 30-minute multi-activity storytime.  

Open the world of books for your children by participating with them during the weekly storytime. Books, stories, puppets, songs, poems, fingerplays, action activities, and sometimes a craft help to ready your child for a future of reading! Don't forget your library card!

TO REGISTER OR NOT TO REGISTER?
We are trying something new! No pre-registration. If we do not get too many people for the space (Story Room is limited to 40 people), we will keep the program as a drop-in event.
Please Pick up a "Counter Ticket" for each person, all ages, when you enter the room. Drop the ticket in the basket by the nametag wall. This will help me count attendance and limit attendance to the seating capacity of the room.

 
STORYTIME Chatty Chi
Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 24, 26, 31, February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23

TODDLER STORYTIME
For children (newly walking to 30 months) accompanied by their caregivers.
Space is limited, first come, first served.

Enjoy 20 to 30 minutes of stories, songs, puppets, poems and action activities. Stay to play after the program.
Open the world of books for your children by participating with them during the weekly storytime. Books, stories, puppets, songs, poems, fingerplays, action activities, and sometimes a craft help to ready your child for a future of reading! Don't forget your library card!

TO REGISTER OR NOT TO REGISTER?
We are trying something new! No pre-registration. If we do not get too many people for the space, we will keep the program as a drop-in event. 
Please Pick up a "Counter Ticket" for each person, all ages, when you enter the room. Drop the ticket in the basket by the nametag wall. This will help me count attendance and limit attendance to the seating capacity of the room.
 
Eco-Action Tuesdays-
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6:30 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Feeling dim about your home lighting options?  
Come and learn some trend-setting new ideas for lighting up your life without lightening your wallet. Jonathan Beers from MG&E and Home Energy Magazine, and Gina Richardson from Brighter Concepts will present some of the cost-effective, dazzling and green new options available for home lighting. Jonathan and Gina will provide resources, information, and a lively discussion on how you can best integrate and utilize these exciting new energy technologies.  Bonus! LED light bulb giveaway to each attendee courtesy of Madison Gas & Electric! Delicious snacks from Whole Foods. Check out a book to be entered in a drawing for a Home Energy Conservation Kit from MG&E!
  Sponsored by MG&E, Dane County Environmental Council.
STORYTIME Bouncing B
January 26, February 1, 9, 16, 23
Babies with their caregivers are invited to join us for 20 minutes of stories, music, puppets, rhymes, fingerplays and toy time. Stay to play and talk after storytime.

Open the world of books for your children by participating with them during the weekly storytime. Don't forget your library card!


TO REGISTER OR NOT TO REGISTER?
We are trying something new! No pre-registration. If we do not get too many people for the space (Story Room is limited to 40 people), we will keep the program as a drop-in event. Please Pick up a TICKET for each person, all ages, when you enter the room. Drop the ticket in the basket by the nametag wall.
Construction Zone! (
Mondays: January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24
LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT 4PM
Free. Drop in. All ages. 
Put on your hard hats and let’s build with all types of blocks! Imaginative play enhances gross motor skills along with socialization. Bring your construction workers and build away! We provide 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.
The library provides LEGO® bricks, LEGO® DUPLO blocks, good old fashioned wood blocks, and Lincoln Logs!

"LEGO®is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this program."
SATURDAY FAMILY STOR
Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25; 10am
or call 608-222-6127.
Drop in on Saturdays for a fun family Storytime and Craft!
10 am Story Time
10:30 am Craft Time
All Ages Welcome. 
Free!

 
Saturday, Feb. 11, 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. 
 The Monona History
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
From Stagecoach stops to fast food restaurants, join Architectural Historian Jim Draeger, as he explores the architecture of eating.  This fascinating slide-illustrated lecture looks at lunch wagons, family restaurants, fast food restaurants and supper clubs, with examples from throughout Wisconsin.  Jim is a walking encyclopedia of Wisconsin architectural lore, and is one of our most entertaining and popular presenters!
  Sponsored by The Wisconsin Historical Society, The Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society, Starbucks of Monona, the Monona Public Library.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 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. 
Read with a Dog: own
Monday, Feb. 20, 4:30
or call 608-222-6127.
STORY ROOM or CHILDREN'S ROOM
The Monona Library "Read with Me" program is for beginning and independent readers. Independent readers may register to read for 20 minutes to a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog. Our Read with a Dog teams are volunteers. Rarely, emergencies do occur. Please call ahead to confirm your appointment.
 Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. For the child, the reading is about the dog. No pressure. No embarrassment. No humiliation. Animals are ideal reading companions because they:
  • help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure
  • listen attentively
  • do not judge, criticize, or laugh
  • allow children to read at their own pace
  • are less intimidating than parents or peers
Results are Significant
Children who participate in the Read with a Dog program make enormous strides in reading ability with measurable increases in vocabulary, comprehension, and general fluency as a reader. This increase in reading ability goes hand in hand with an improvement in communication skills which in turn foster self-esteem, confidence, and enhanced social skills.

ALLERGIES?
"Therapy animals are scrupulously clean and well-groomed before each sesson, which helps.  Many therapy dogs are treated with a dander remover product and body deodorizer before they volunteer.  If a child suffers from severe allergies or asthma, reading with a dog might not be appropriate or enjoyable."

ARTICLE
http://www.womansday.com/life/pet-care/a6397/literacy-dogs/
Saturday, Mar. 11, 1pm
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. 
Saturday, Mar. 18, 1pm
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. 
Read with a Dog: own
Monday, Mar. 20, 4:30pm
STORY ROOM or CHILDREN'S ROOM
The Monona Library "Read with Me" program is for beginning and independent readers. Independent readers may register to read for 20 minutes to a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog. Our Read with a Dog teams are volunteers. Rarely, emergencies do occur. Please call ahead to confirm your appointment.
 Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. For the child, the reading is about the dog. No pressure. No embarrassment. No humiliation. Animals are ideal reading companions because they:
  • help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure
  • listen attentively
  • do not judge, criticize, or laugh
  • allow children to read at their own pace
  • are less intimidating than parents or peers
Results are Significant
Children who participate in the Read with a Dog program make enormous strides in reading ability with measurable increases in vocabulary, comprehension, and general fluency as a reader. This increase in reading ability goes hand in hand with an improvement in communication skills which in turn foster self-esteem, confidence, and enhanced social skills.

ALLERGIES?
"Therapy animals are scrupulously clean and well-groomed before each sesson, which helps.  Many therapy dogs are treated with a dander remover product and body deodorizer before they volunteer.  If a child suffers from severe allergies or asthma, reading with a dog might not be appropriate or enjoyable."

ARTICLE
http://www.womansday.com/life/pet-care/a6397/literacy-dogs/