Monona Library Children & Families

Play Grow Read

Summer Reading and Activity Program
June 1 to August 31

Reading challenge for all ages from birth through adults.
Storytimes. Read with a Dog. Construction Zone.
Music Makers for young children. Teen Parties.
Comedy Juggling, Dance, Zoo to You and MORE!
Family Fun Night and Family Fun Day events.
Book Displays, I Spy games, Do It Yourself activities.

All for one low price! FREE! Don't miss it! It won't last long.


The first five years of life can set the stage for success in school and later in life. It is important to ensure that every child is supported during this critical time of development.

4-C, in collaboration with United Way of Dane County, is happy to offer you a unique opportunity to learn more about your child’s development. Click here.


Early Literacy Calendar  brought to you by the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association.
Activity Calendar brought to you by Reading is Fundamental.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten 

Reading Program for children birth to age 5.


The AWE Early Literacy Station is a dynamic computer for children ages 2-8. Learn more.
PAWS AND PAGES: Reading with a Dog
The program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a therapy animal. But not just any animal. Dogs on Call teams are registered therapy animals that volunteer with their handler going to schools, libraries, and many other settings as reading companions for children.
    Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. Animals are ideal reading companions because they:
  • Help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure.
  • Listen attentively.
  • Do not laugh, judge, or criticize.
  • Allow children to proceed at their own pace.
  • Are less intimidating than peers.
Learn more here.


"Therapy animals are scrupulously clean and well-groomed before each session, 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."
Reading is Important
This video is a celebration of reading, and emphasizes the importance of helping children develop early literacy skills.