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.
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CONSTRUCTION ZONE (L
Monday, Feb. 27, 4PM
LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT 4PMFree. 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."
My Fair Lakes: Keepi
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Join us for an informative evening on how property owners can manage stormwater runoff in their own yards using techniques such as mulching, composting, rain gardens and rain barrels. Our presenter, Brad Bruun, Sustainability Committee (Monona), will also show you how to apply for stormwater fee reductions. The Plant Dane program will  be discussed;  find out how perennial plants can be purchased, at greatly reduced prices, from this special once-a-year program. Door prize, free refreshments, and a take-home item for each attendee!   Sponsored by MGE and the Dane County Environmental Council.
1000 Books Before Ki
Wednesday, Mar. 1, 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.
Go Go Great Horned O
Tuesday, Mar. 7, 4 to 5 PM
Go, Go, Great Horned Owls!  Explore, create and discover!
A free, drop in, library program for children K through grade 4. 
Get the wiggles out with a puppet animals activity, a game, a snippet of video of owls in the nest, and owl books. Be creative with crafts, construct with LEGO bricks, and more. 
Space is limited so arrive early to sign in at the Story Room Door, first come, first served. 
Seasonal Chef: Find
Wednesday, Mar. 8, 6:00 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Showcasing the diversity of spring, Chef Myers from the beautiful Fresco restaurant, will reveal the trick to crafting the perfect seasonal risotto, while discussing some of his favorite spring produce to be on the lookout for in the coming months. Food Fight’s Fresco Is famous for it’s uniquely fresh, creative and elegant dining, and spectacular views on top of one of the most beautiful landmarks in the city. Come and get a taste of what diners are raving about! For adults and older teens only. Sponsored by Friends of the Monona Public Library.
Saturday, Mar. 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. 
Monona History Club
Sunday, Mar. 12, 2 pm
or call 608-222-6127.
Coming attraction: an unforgettable afternoon and a mini film fest with some of the best kept secrets of Wisconsin history!  Join award-winning Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Producer and Reporter Joel Waldinger as he explores the character of our state.  Joel will screen and discuss the behind the scenes stories for the following WPT Wisconsin Life shorts.:  Rock Island Lighthouse -built in 1858, with no running water, no electricity, bats in the attic and snakes in the basement, learn the background of the Pottawatomie Lighthouse located in one of our state’s most remote parks; History of the Badger Ferry- take a ride inside this historic ship and discover the past and present of a Lake Michigan icon; Holocaust Dresses- In 1939, a desperate letter was sent from Prague to Milwaukee in hopes that a relative could help a family emigrate  after the Nazi invasion. The letter contained eight dress designs.  In a twist of fate, 75-years later those historic dresses are back in the news. Crane Migration-experience the dramatic comeback of the Sandhill Crane as they pass through the Gallagher Marsh in a ritual as old as the millennia.   Mail Boat Jumpers-come onboard for a trip on one of the oldest ways to deliver mail and a major tourist attraction in Lake Geneva.
You’ll learn something new, or meet someone unexpected as Joel travels the state in search of our hidden historical treasures.  And there are free beverages, compliments of our generous Monona Starbucks!

  Sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television, The Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society, Starbucks of Monona, Friends of the Monona Public Library.
STORYTIMES
Tuesday, Mar. 14, 0

Storytimes
Tuesdays, March 14 to April 18
Thursdays, March 16 to April 20
Drop in.
Pick up a ticket outside the door for every person, all ages, birth through adults. Drop the ticket in the orange basket inside the storyroom door.


Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:30am Family Storytime, Ready to Read Raccoons.

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:15am Toddler Storytime, Chatty Chipmunks.

Thursdays at 11:15am Bouncing Baby Bunnies Storytime.

 
Saturday, Mar. 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, Mar. 20, 4:30pm
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/
SPRING BREAK EVENTS
Monday, Mar. 27, 0
Looking for something to do during Spring Break?
Sign Up Soon to Attend these great events. Some events are drop-in. All Free.

Monday, 3/2710:30AM Star Wars program, ages 6+, (Register in advance)
2:30PM LEGO Building, Grades 2 to 5 (drop-in)
4PM Construction Zone, All ages (under 8 w/ an adult)

Tuesday, 3/28
9:30AM Storytime, all ages (drop-in)
10:15 Storytime, toddlers (register)

Wednesday, 3/29
10AM Origami, ages 8+ (register)
6:15PM Family PJ Storytime & Activities (drop-in)

Thursday, 3/30
9:30AM Storytime, all ages (drop-in)
10:15AM Storytime, toddlers (register)
11:15AM Baby Storytime (drop-in)
2PM Games Galore, for tweens, teens (Grades 5+) (drop-in)

Friday, 3/31
11AM to 1PM Yarn Fun & Crafts (drop-in)
CONSTRUCTION ZONE (L
Monday, Mar. 27, 4PM
LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT 4PMFree. 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, Apr. 8, 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, Apr. 15, 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, Apr. 17, 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/
Sunday, Apr. 23, 0
Money Smart Week April 23 -30. Special events presented by Monona State Bank.
Monday, April 24 at 4pm Special math focused Construction Zone.
Wednesday, April 26 at 6pm Bedtime Math Pajama Party. Wear your PJs and join us for Pajama Party with Dominoes and Terrifically Twisted Tangrams!  Bedtime Math resources are particularly valuable to elementary school-age students. All ages are welcome as we will set up a variety of games at various stations for parents and children to play together.  
CONSTRUCTION ZONE (L
Monday, Apr. 24, 4PM
LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT 4PMFree. 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."
Wednesday, May. 3, 6 pm

Wednesday, May 3 at 6pm Stories Off the Shelf!

Enjoy local storytellers sharing stories and making them come alive, as if the story was jumping right off of the page and into your imagination! One young boy exclaimed, “The stories were like a movie in my brain!”
Saturday, May. 13, 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, May. 15, 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/