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Free Coffee in Recognition of Library Card Sign-up Month

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monona Public Library
Cafe Area
In recognition of National Library Card Sign-up Month, enjoy a hot beverage on the house in our cafe space! Library staff will be there to talk with you about the library and the community. This is made possible by our wonderful Friends of the Monona Library! http://mymonona.com/168/Friends-of-the-Library. 
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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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Storytime: Ages 0 to 5

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Raccoon
Monona Public Library
Story Room

Children Birth to 5 are welcome. 

DROP-IN- First come, first served. No Registration Required. 

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


NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. First come, first served entry. 

Sign up here in order to receive news if the program needs to be cancelled for weather or illness.

PLEASE PICK UP A "COUNTER TICKET" OUTSIDE THE DOOR. Pick up one ticket per person from outside of the Story Room door, all ages, and drop tickets in the orange basket inside the Story Room. 

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!
Sensory Storytime is just like regular storytime, but with modifications that make storytime more comfortable for children with specific needs - autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. Our inclusive program incorporates a schedule board, visuals, and sensory (smell, hear, touch, taste) opportunities for participants, as well as socialization time for the entire family's enjoyment. 

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

Registration is recommended for this program.  
Monona Public Library Youth Services Coordinator, Karen Wendt in collaboration with Lindsey Rice, an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher from Winnequah Elementary School. 
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Arts and Crafts Club: Not Your Grandma's Cross Stitch

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

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


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.


September: Not Your Grandma’s Cross-Stitch!


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Eco-Action Tuesdays

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Monona Public Library
Municipal Room

Comfrey, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme: Preserving Fresh Herbs for Culinary and Medicinal Use


Jean Schneider, owner of Nativa Medica will give a hands-on demonstration, showing us how to preserve fresh herbs and create herb infused oils and honey. Jean will explain the use of preserved herbs for medicinal purposes, for example as teas and face steams during cold and flu season, or for digestive ailments that can happen anytime. Herb infused oils, which have both culinary and medicinal uses, will also be discussed. Participants will be provided with organic herbs and supplies to make and take home a jar of herb infused honey. Seating is limited so sign up soon! There will be free refreshments and a Door prize. Adults and teens welcome.

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Trending Now: Putin's Russia

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monona Public Library
Forum Room

In the newest Trending Now presentation, hear a historian’s perspective on Russia’s recent turn to an assertive foreign policy and more authoritarian rule at home, presented by David McDonald, a UW-Madison History Professor and expert on the history of the Russian Empire. The talk offers several perspectives on Russia's recent political and international posture and the challenges it presents to the West, to Putin's government, and to citizens of the Russian Federation.


Discussion and Q&A. Refreshments provided by Monona Starbucks.



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Storytime: Ages 0 to 5

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Raccoon
Monona Public Library
Story Room

Children Birth to 5 are welcome. 

DROP-IN- First come, first served. No Registration Required. 

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


NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. First come, first served entry. 

Sign up here in order to receive news if the program needs to be cancelled for weather or illness.

PLEASE PICK UP A "COUNTER TICKET" OUTSIDE THE DOOR. Pick up one ticket per person from outside of the Story Room door, all ages, and drop tickets in the orange basket inside the Story Room. 

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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Registration is open

BabyTime: birth to 15mo

11:00 AM - 11:30 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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Free Coffee in Recognition of Library Card Sign-up Month

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monona Public Library
Cafe Area
In recognition of National Library Card Sign-up Month, enjoy a hot beverage on the house in our cafe space! Library staff will be there to talk with you about the library and the community. This is made possible by our wonderful Friends of the Monona Library! http://mymonona.com/168/Friends-of-the-Library. 
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Nature Explorers! Bats! Ages 4 to 11

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

Nature Explorers: Kids Naturally Story & Activity Hour

"Let's Explore Bats of Wisconsin!
Ages 4 to 11. Younger and older siblings are welcome to tag along! Children will need to sit with their parents/chaperones.  


Presenter: Jennifer Redell, bat biologist, from the WDNR! 

Friendly live bat ambassadors will make an appearance at the end of the presentation when we will look at them with our eyes but not our hands. Little budding bat biologists will have a chance to make a craft at the back of the room as the presentation can get long for children 5K and younger. 


Did you know that bats account for 20% of earth’s mammal diversity?! Worldwide, these superheroes of the night sky are responsible for worldwide pest control, seed dispersal, and pollination among other benefits. Jennifer Redell, WDNR bat biologist, will teach about the importance of these amazing animals and unearth the mysteries of Wisconsin's bats. Join in to learn about the effects of white-nose syndrome on Wisconsin’s bats and learn how to encourage bats in your yard and neighborhood. Jennifer will be accompanied by live bat ambassadors, including a fruit bat native to Africa! 

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.”


Regarding the importance for children to learn about nature through books and hands on experiences,

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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School Bus Storytime!

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Monona Public Library
Story Room
A BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUS AT THE LIBRARY!
Registration is not required to attend, however, if you wish to receive notice of any possible changes to the event, sign up one adult's email for contact information. 

Enjoy a school bus storytime with Ms. Karen on a big, yellow, Nelson's school bus. Join us in the Children’s Room and we will go outside together to board the bus. We will enjoy meeting the bus driver, listen to a story, sing a song, take pictures, and then go back inside the library for playtime. The bus will be parked in the Staff Parking Lot on Schluter Road outside of the Children's Room emergency exit. The bus will not move during storytime.
Children ages birth to five years old and older siblings are welcome to attend with caregivers/parents. 

Check out - Don't forget your library card!

SCHOOL BUS STORYTIME SCHEDULE
9:30 to 9:50a.m.  Story and song on the bus, then stay to play in the Children's Room.  
10:00 to 10:20a.m.  Story and song on the bus, then stay to play in the Children's Room. 
10:30 to 11a.m. Sensory Storytime. Meet Karen in the Story Room. Go outside together to board the bus, sing a song, meet the driver. Finish storytime in the Story Room.

Free.
Host: Karen Wendt
Sponsor:  Nelson's Bus Service, Inc.

Follow us: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MononaPublicLibrary/
Instagram: @mononalibrary


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School Bus Storytime!

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Monona Public Library
Story Room
A BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUS AT THE LIBRARY!
Registration is not required to attend, however, if you wish to receive notice of any possible changes to the event, sign up one adult's email for contact information. 

Enjoy a school bus storytime with Ms. Karen on a big, yellow, Nelson's school bus. Join us in the Children’s Room and we will go outside together to board the bus. We will enjoy meeting the bus driver, listen to a story, sing a song, take pictures, and then go back inside the library for playtime. The bus will be parked in the Staff Parking Lot on Schluter Road outside of the Children's Room emergency exit. The bus will not move during storytime.
Children ages birth to five years old and older siblings are welcome to attend with caregivers/parents. 

Check out - Don't forget your library card!

SCHOOL BUS STORYTIME SCHEDULE
9:30 to 9:50a.m.  Story and song on the bus, then stay to play in the Children's Room.  
10:00 to 10:20a.m.  Story and song on the bus, then stay to play in the Children's Room. 
10:30 to 11a.m. Sensory Storytime. Meet Karen in the Story Room. Go outside together to board the bus, sing a song, meet the driver. Finish storytime in the Story Room.

Free.
Host: Karen Wendt
Sponsor:  Nelson's Bus Service, Inc.

Follow us: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MononaPublicLibrary/
Instagram: @mononalibrary


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Sensory Storytime: School Bus! Ages 2 to 4

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Monona Public Library
Story Room
Big Bear Sensory Storytime!
Sensory Storytime is just like regular storytime, but with modifications that make storytime more comfortable for children with specific needs - autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. Our inclusive program incorporates a schedule board, visuals, and sensory (smell, hear, touch, taste) opportunities for participants, as well as socialization time for the entire family's enjoyment. 

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

Registration is recommended for this program.  
Monona Public Library Youth Services Coordinator, Karen Wendt in collaboration with Lindsey Rice, an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher from Winnequah Elementary School. 
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BabyTime: birth to 15mo

11:00 AM - 11:30 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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Be the Best Babysitter!

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monona Public Library
Board Room
Do you want to feel better prepared to babysit younger children or even stay home with your brothers and sisters? A healthy snack will be provided. For grades 5 to 12.
  • Babysitting Basics: Should you take the job or not? What questions should you ask?
  • Safety Concerns
  • Behavior Basics: What do you do when a child isn't behaving? How do you keep children occupied?
  • Games to Play!
  • Top 10 Things to Know about Young Children
  • Door Prizes!

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Storytime: Ages 0 to 5

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Raccoon
Monona Public Library
Story Room

Children Birth to 5 are welcome. 

DROP-IN- First come, first served. No Registration Required. 

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


NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. First come, first served entry. 

Sign up here in order to receive news if the program needs to be cancelled for weather or illness.

PLEASE PICK UP A "COUNTER TICKET" OUTSIDE THE DOOR. Pick up one ticket per person from outside of the Story Room door, all ages, and drop tickets in the orange basket inside the Story Room. 

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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Registration is open

Sensory Storytime Sign up Ages 2 to 4

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Monona Public Library
Story Room
Big Bear Sensory Storytime!
Sensory Storytime is just like regular storytime, but with modifications that make storytime more comfortable for children with specific needs - autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. Our inclusive program incorporates a schedule board, visuals, and sensory (smell, hear, touch, taste) opportunities for participants, as well as socialization time for the entire family's enjoyment. 

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

Registration is recommended for this program.  
Monona Public Library Youth Services Coordinator, Karen Wendt in collaboration with Lindsey Rice, an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher from Winnequah Elementary School. 
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Teen Lit for Adults

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Monona Public Library
Quiet Reading Room
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Seasonal Chefs: Edible Treasures with Jonny Hunter from the Underground Food Collective!

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monona Public Library
Forum Room
Celebrated Chef Jonny Hunter from the acclaimed Underground Food Collective demonstrates some of their characteristic delicious and unique seasonal dishes to highlight your autumn table.   The Underground Food Collective has received numerous awards and nationwide accolades for it's customized menus that reflect the freshest local ingredients in innovative, delectable, presentations. Demo, Q&A, Recipes and Tips.  Adults and older teens.  Spaces are limited; preregistration a must. Please make sure you will be able to attend the program before you sign up, so that we can have room for everyone that wishes to attend. 
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Storytime: Ages 0 to 5

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Raccoon
Monona Public Library
Story Room

Children Birth to 5 are welcome. 

DROP-IN- First come, first served. No Registration Required. 

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


NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. First come, first served entry. 

Sign up here in order to receive news if the program needs to be cancelled for weather or illness.

PLEASE PICK UP A "COUNTER TICKET" OUTSIDE THE DOOR. Pick up one ticket per person from outside of the Story Room door, all ages, and drop tickets in the orange basket inside the Story Room. 

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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Registration is open

ToddlerTime

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Chipmunk
Monona Public Library
Story Room
Chatty Chipmunks ToddlerTime 
Children aged 10 to 36 months with an adult caregiver.

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 a 20-minute 
lapsit storytime which features stories, songs, and activities for toddlers and their caregivers. Playtime and a chance for adults to socialize follows each story time.

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 toddler learning? Your toddler learns nine new words a day! Hearing stories, songs, and rhymes helps develop your child's vocabulary.


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BabyTime: birth to 15mo

11:00 AM - 11:30 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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