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Construction Zone! Drop in

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Construction Zone LEGO
Monona Public Library
Story Room
Drop in. Free. For all ages. Children 8 years old and younger need a caregiver present. The library will provide buckets of LEGO® bricks to give your imagination something with which to work.
The library will also have MagnaTiles, Code-a-Pillar, Board Games, and more. Volunteers available to supervise Construction Days on Mondays at 3pm are invited to contact Karen@mononalibrary.org
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Closed 9am to 2pm; Open 2pm to 8pm

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monona Public Library
We are going to have a staff training day on Tuesday, December 18 from 9:00am - 1:45pm. The library will be open to the public from 2:00 - 8:00pm

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Arts and Crafts Club: Paint Along with Me

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Monona Public Library
Story Room

Teen and tweens (grades 5-12), come to Arts and Crafts Club!

"Come join the painting party! We'll provide the materials for you to create your very own winter landscape."


We will give you materials and guidance to get started on a different project each month.  


Registration is highly recommended; supplies are limited. Walk-ins are welcome to come and learn, but may not get all materials.


December: Paint Along with Me! - Painting party time!

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Friday Morning Book Group

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monona Public Library
Board Room
We focus on thought-provoking reads in a variety of genres. Come for discussion, stay for coffee and treats.
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Closed

9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monona Public Library
The library is closed all day today.
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Closed

9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monona Public Library
The library is closed all day today.
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Star Wars Force Academy III: Revenge of the Jedi

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Monona Public Library
Forum Room
From a galaxy far, far away.... Join Jedi Master Rob for Star Wars themed crafts and activities! Design your own R2 unit, test your skills with the Death Star toss, build your own lightsaber and more! Come in costume, you may! This program is for school age children. Ages 8 and under must have a parent present in the room.
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Geometric Origami

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Monona Public Library
Forum Room

Join Rob for a morning of fun origami folding. Learn the Jewel Unit fold and create a cube. If time allows other cool geometric origami designs can be tried. Supplies will be provided, or bring your own origami squares! For ages 6+; ages 8 and under must have a parent present in the room.


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Cooking with Kids: Food Faces! ages 5 to 8

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Monona Public Library
Forum Room
Cooking with Kids: Food Faces!
10am to 11am for ages 5 to 8. Limit: 15

Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids. Heads made from bread? How about edamame for eyes, cauliflower florets for ears, or a red pepper strip for a super smile? Chef Lily can't wait to see what the kids will come up with! Participants in this class will create edible faces using a variety of foods. Vegetarian and nut-free.

Register online www.mononalibrary.org or call 608-222-6127 to register. These events are funded in part by The Friends of the Monona Public Library.
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Cooking with Kids: Food Art! ages 9 to 12

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Monona Public Library
Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids. Fish and flowers made from fruit? Butterflies and bears made from bread? How about critters or cars crafted from cheese and crackers? Chef Lily can't wait to see what the kids will come up with! Participants in this class will create edible and artful images using a variety of foods. Vegetarian and nut-free.

Registration begins 11/29. Register online www.mononalibrary.org or call 608-222-6127 to register. These events are funded in part by The Friends of the Monona Public Library.

Forum Room, Lower Level
Space is Limited: Registration is Required.
For ages 9 to 12 only.
Limit: 15
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Build Bridges: Construction Zone!

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Monona Public Library
Story Room
Engineering in the Library!
Ages 5 to 11. 
Watch a presentation about basic bridge facts and forces acting on a bridge and then get building!
CHALLENGE! Build a bridge that can support the weight of as many books as possible! 
STEM programs help build visual thinking and problem solving skills in new ways!

Things to consider: 
You will be invited to use materials that the library has available such as newspaper, yarn, popsicle sticks, scissors, rulers, etc. 
Your bridge should span 16" 
What type of supports will you use?
Will your bridge hold the weight of one book? two? or 10?
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Nature Explorers! Furry Critters of WI. Ages 4 to 11

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monona Public Library
Forum Room

Nature Explorers: Kids Naturally Story & Activity Hour

"Let's Explore Furry Critters of Wisconsin!"

Ages 4 to 11. Younger and older siblings are welcome to tag along! Children will need to sit with their parents/chaperones.  


Title: Furbearers of Wisconsin

Presenter: Shawn Rossler – Furbearer Specialist for the WDNR

Description: We will talk about the life history of Wisconsin’s more elusive critters, the furbearers. A study skin collection will be available to see and feel some of Wisconsin’s most interesting and seldom seen critters.


Regarding the importance for children to learn about nature through books and hands on experiences, Shawn Rossler states “The stories that occur in the natural landscapes of Wisconsin are more spectacular than any story watched on a screen”


A free nature education program. Youth Services Coordinator, Karen Wendt along with Wisconsin Master Naturalist, Deborah Proctor and various guest presenters will entertain families with children's books about nature and wildlife at a special event that is part of a monthly series “Nature Explorers! Kids Naturally.”


Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing for indoor/outdoor exploration.

Registration of one contact person is encouraged, so we can alert you if there are any changes to our plans. For ages 4 to 11. Siblings are invited to attend. Walk-ins are welcome.


Why? “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder… he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

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Teen Lit for Adults

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monona Public Library
Quiet Reading Room
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Memory Cafe

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Memory Cafe
Monona Public Library
Board Room
Monona Area Memory Cafe meets on the 2nd Wednesday morning of each month from 10-11:30 in the Monona Library Board Room. The Memory Cafe is a supportive environment to do an activity, socialize, and enjoy a snack. For individuals who experience memory loss and their caregivers. Sponsored by Heritage Monona. 
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Community Oral History Workshop Training with Troy Reeves

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monona Public Library
Municipal Room
Troy Reeves, Head of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Oral History Program will go over the best practices in capturing stories through interviews for historical purposes. This training is part of the library's One Community, Many Voices initiative as the library goes out into the community to collect personal stories. This event is for those who are interested in learning how to start an oral history project, and for those who would like to join our volunteer team to collect stories from Mononans. 
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Storytime for 0-5

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Monona Public Library
Story Room
Ready to Read Raccoons - Children Birth to 5 are welcome. 

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

On Arrival at the event: Pick up one ticket per person (all ages) from outside of the Story Room door when you arrive.  


A 30-minute multi-activity storytime to engage children primarily ages 2 to 4. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and music will be shared to promote early literacy skills. Open the world of books for your children by participating with them during the storytime. Don't forget your library card!


OPTIONAL: Sign up one adult contact here in order to receive news if the program needs to be cancelled for weather or illness. 


What is your preschooler learning? If your preschooler loves books and stories, your child will be a more successful reader! Help your child get ready to read by following along with the things you learn in storytime.
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BabyTime: birth to 15mo

11:15 AM - 11:40 AM
Bunny
Monona Public Library
Story Room
Bouncing Baby Bunnies ages birth to 15 months with their caregivers. 

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

On Arrival at the event: Pick up one ticket per person (all ages) from outside of the Story Room door when you arrive.  


Enjoy 20 minutes of stories, music, puppets, rhymes, fingerplays and toy time. Feel free to bring a small blanket for baby. Sit on the floor, however, chairs are available. Stay to play and talk after storytime.

OPTIONAL: Sign up one adult contact here in order to receive news if the program needs to be cancelled for weather or illness.  


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


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Play, Grow, Read! 1000 Books Graduation

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Monona Public Library
Forum Room


10AM The 4th Annual 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Graduation Celebration

Join us to honor children who have accomplished reading 1,000 books before kindergarten.


2019 Graduation Party! 
Readers who have completed the program within the 2018 calendar year, are invited and should have received a mailed invitation. Graduates - Please RSVP to karen@mononalibrary.org so that we can plan a small gift to be given to you at the Graduation Ceremony. 

Public is Welcome to Attend the Graduation.


For more information about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Early Literacy program, go to http://mymonona.com/878/1000-Books-Program   

Raise a reader! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide reading program which encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by daily reading aloud to their children ages birth to five. Reading to children builds vocabulary, language skills, and equips them with the skills they need for Kindergarten. We invite you to participate in this exciting, free program. 




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Duke Otherwise: SignUp

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Monona Public Library
Duke Otherwise:  Clever Songs, Tap Dancing, and Outrageous Fun!

Clever lyrics, superb music, outrageous fun.

Entertainment for families with children 0 to 5, all ages welcome.


With his guitar, tap shoes, and distinct baritone, Duke Otherwise performs a hilarious, charming and interactive musical program for all ages. From Madison, Wisconsin, Duke's original songs are bursting with clever wordplay and fun ideas relatable to both kids and adults. Be ready to dance, laugh, volunteer, and to have your spontaneous suggestion be added to the show!  


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Tech Tutoring with Dan

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Monona Public Library
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. 

Ready to book your appointment? Click Here!

Tech Tutoring does not replace professional technical support.  As such, we are unable to diagnose, repair, or advise on broken or nonfunctional hardware.  Any assistance offered must be done in one session, or additional sessions, Dan is unavailable outside of this program. We are not liable for problems arising during a tech tutoring session. Recording of Dan with electronic devices is prohibited. 
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Mending Day

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monona Public Library
Cafe Area
Get your wardrobe in tip-top shape! Our bold and brilliant community volunteers will hem, mend, and patch your well-worn clothes. This service is free, but on a first-come basis & some restrictions apply. Drop by the cafe area with your mending projects! No registration required. 

Every second Sunday from 2:00-4:00 PM, October - May. 

Interested in volunteering your mending skills? Contact Toni at tonis@mononalibrary.org
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Monona History Club: Up a Tree - Discovering Your Family History

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Monona Public Library
Municipal Room
Dig into your own family history with the skills you learn at this Monona History Club presentation! Researching family  history has become easier and quite popular with websites like Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. Lori Bessler or the Wisconsin Historical Society will provide instructions on how to use these sites, how to find resources in all types of institutions, and how to put the stories together to share with family. This program is designed for beginners and advanced researchers.

Registration required. Refreshments provided by Monona Starbucks.
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Storytime: Ages 0 to 5

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Raccoon
Monona Public Library
Story Room
Ready to Read Raccoons - Children Birth to 5 are welcome. 

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

On Arrival at the event: Pick up one ticket per person (all ages) from outside of the Story Room door when you arrive.  


A 30-minute multi-activity storytime to engage children primarily ages 2 to 4. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and music will be shared to promote early literacy skills. Open the world of books for your children by participating with them during the storytime. Don't forget your library card!


OPTIONAL: Sign up one adult contact here in order to receive news if the program needs to be cancelled for weather or illness. 


What is your preschooler learning? If your preschooler loves books and stories, your child will be a more successful reader! Help your child get ready to read by following along with the things you learn in storytime.
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Sensory Storytime Sign up. Ages 2 to 4

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Monona Public Library
Story Room
Big Bear Sensory Storytime!
Children ages 2 to 4 with an adult are welcome. Registration is Required.

Sensory Storytime modifies regular storytime to make it more comfortable for children with specific needs - autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, and other developmental disabilities, along with their typically developing peers. 

This inclusive program incorporates a schedule board, visuals, and sensory opportunities for participants, as well as socialization time for the entire family's enjoyment. 

Sensory Storytime is a deliberate, sensory-enhanced storytime offering educational, literacy, and social opportunities for children of all ages and abilities. 

Monona Public Library Youth Services Coordinator, Karen Wendt in collaboration with Lindsey Rice, an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher from Winnequah Elementary School. An event host may contact you to follow up your registration with information that will help your child benefit from the storytime.
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Storytime: Ages 0 to 5

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Raccoon
Monona Public Library
Story Room
Ready to Read Raccoons - Children Birth to 5 are welcome. 

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

On Arrival at the event: Pick up one ticket per person (all ages) from outside of the Story Room door when you arrive.  


A 30-minute multi-activity storytime to engage children primarily ages 2 to 4. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and music will be shared to promote early literacy skills. Open the world of books for your children by participating with them during the storytime. Don't forget your library card!


OPTIONAL: Sign up one adult contact here in order to receive news if the program needs to be cancelled for weather or illness. 


What is your preschooler learning? If your preschooler loves books and stories, your child will be a more successful reader! Help your child get ready to read by following along with the things you learn in storytime.
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