Stop into Monona Library, sign up for a free library card, pick up a reading record, check out books, read. You could be a winner of prizes donated by local sponsors! Sign up online to download a reading record. Complete Overtime Tickets to win more prizes. Sponsors will be listed on our website and posted in the library.
Did we mention that there are fun events and games happening throughout the summer at the Monona Library!?
Select the appropriate links below (beginning May 26) for sign-up, rules & prizes, and to view upcoming
Summer Library Program events!
Read to Me (birth to Age 4)
Super Readers (entering K to grade 5)
Unmasked Readers (entering grades 6 to 8)
Caped Crusaders (high school and adults)
Thursdays, June 18 to July 16
9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Ready to Read Raccoons (geared to ages 2 to 5, however, all ages welcome)
10:45 to 11:30 a.m. WonderWorks (ages 4 to 6 years old)
TBA Bouncing Baby Bunnies & Little Squirrels (birth to age 30 months)
Tuesdays, June 2 to July 14, 6:15 p.m. Come and witness the crazy antics of Dr. Cletus Beaker, MD and his assistant Professor Choo Choo Peterson, PhD as the two of them put a unique twist on the world of science and experiments. Using their limited brain power and scientific training skills, watch as these two back-woods boys demonstrate their entries for the next upcoming science fair at their local elementary school (they are determined not to get beaten by the 4th graders again)! You will laugh, learn, and have a rootin tootin good old time as you learn a brand new meaning to the old term: “Weird Science!”
June 2: Meet & Greet! Meet some of our superhero library staff!
Staff will talk briefly about the roles they have and will take small groups on short tours of their personal work spaces! Children will get a chance to see parts of the library that are usually off-limits. Library staff are superheroes who help people and feel good about helping.
- Meet the new Children's Librarian, Karlyn Spevacek! Take a walk through the Children's Librarians office with Youth Services Coordinator, Karen, and enjoy a short storytime with Karlyn in the Story Room!
- Meet Penny. Penny works circulation, takes care of magazines and the library plants. She'll let you see the staff break room and will show you how to pot a Spider plant. Take the plant home!
- Meet Rob! Except you probably already know Rob! Rob works behind the circulation desk, helps with technology in the library and works in Children's Services. Rob will take you into the Staff Office! There might be a surprise for you there!
- Meet Sally! Sally is the Business and Facilities Coordinator and she has an exciting surprise for children up her sleeve! You won't want to miss this part of the tour.
- Meet Library Director, Erick Plumb!
- And More!
Rocks, animals, plants, water-- all are a part of Wisconsin's natural history and environment. With quizzes, games, and interactive activities, Wisconsin Master Naturalist, Deborah Proctor, will help you explore a part of our fascinating natural world.
June 16: Meet & Greet!
Public Works Department will bring a Bucket truck. Aerial display-watch Ms. Karen up in the air!! Climb in the driver's seat.
June 23: Meet & Greet!
Monona Police Department Officers, along with Detective Sgt. Ryan Losby!
June 30: The Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular! RSVP Here.
Come and witness the crazy antics of Dr. Cletus Beaker, MD and his assistant Professor Choo Choo Peterson, PhD as the two of them put a unique twist on the world of science and experiments. Using their limited brain power and scientific training skills, watch as these two back-woods boys demonstrate their entries for the next upcoming science fair at their local elementary school (they are determined not to get beaten by the 4th graders again)! You will laugh, learn, and have a rootin tootin good old time as you learn a brand new meaning to the old term: “Weird Science!”
July 7: Meet & Greet!
The Recycle Bug brings a recycling Artrageous Art project and activity and talks about what it is to be an artist.
Sonja Reichertz, City Planner & Assistant Economic Development Director, will build a LEGO bricks city with children.
July 14: Meet & Greet!
The Madison Audubon Society will talk about who they are and what they do. They will also bring a fun Bird Program to share.
July 21: Meet & Greet!
July 28: Meet & Greet!
August 11, 5 to 8p.m. Join us at Culver's on Monona Drive!
LOCAL CULVER’S PARTNERS WITH MONONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Restaurant and library join forces for one night to raise funds for the Monona Public Library Children’s Room
FAMILY FUN WEDNESDAY@ONE PERFORMANCES!
Click here for more information and to register to attend.
June 17, 1- 4 p.m. Suit Up Superhero Kickoff Party! Balloon Sculptures and Caricatures from Funny Faces Family Entertainment! First come, first served.
June 24, 1- 2 p.m. Mr. Billy. "Super Superhero Songs: Classic Rock for Kids and Families”
July 8, 1- 2 p.m. Tricksters, Travelers, and Heroes!
July 15, 1- 2 p.m. Every Hero Has a Story! Tom Kastle.
July 22, 1- 2 p.m. Costume Contest! So you think you’re a Super Hero?
WEDNESDAY@ONE SPECIAL EVENT! July 29
1pm Sadarri & Company presents HERO EXPO: Tales of Tricks, Trouble and Triumph! RSVP Here.
2 to 3:30pm Stations of Fun!
DISCOVERY DAY THURSDAYS
Thursdays, 1:00–2:15 p.m.
Hands-on enrichment programming for children ages 6 to 12. Sponsored by Monona State Bank.
Please click HERE to register for summer programs. Registration begins May 26.
July 9: Super Heroes Obstacle Course! Leap tall building, crawl through the mine, walk across Hot Lava, Rescue a kitty from the tree (jumping), Help the Old Lady/Man cross the street. Hula hoop. Spider Web crawl (red streamers; pinterest), CRAFT: Make your own armbands (toilet tubes) or word balloon, lollipop superhero (pinterest); photo booth
July 16: Duct Tape Costume Accessories!
July 23: Hero City Paper Craft
July 30: Stop-Motion Superhero Animation! Make your own movie.
August 6, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Family/All Ages. Hear a tale about hometown heroes who unearthed fossils from Wisconsin’s Ice Age. Come for the story time and stay for the hands-on fossils and prehistoric crafts! Sponsored by the American Girl Fund for Children and the Friends of the Geology Museum. Co-sponsored by The American Girl Fund for Children and The Friends of the Geology Museum.
LEGO BUILDING DAYS
Mondays, June 15 & July 13 at 4:00 p.m.
For children ages 6 to 12. The library will provide buckets of bricks to give your imagination something with which to work.
DISPLAY & PLAY! LEGO AT THE LIBRARY
Saturday, August 15, 1 to 4 p.m.
WISLUG creations and we will have a building area in the Children’s Room for visitors of all ages. This event is a chance for families to check out the work of the Wisconsin LEGO Users Group, meet WISLUG builders, and build your own creation! We will display the top judged creations and we will post pictures of all creations on FB.
READ TO A DOG
Wednesday, June 24
Wednesday, July 15
Independent readers may register to read for 20 minutes to a specially trained Reading Education Assistance Dog. Register in advance in person or by calling (608) 222-6127.
- Teen Volunteers Needed
- Summer Reading Program
- Parties & Programs
Teen volunteers are vital to the success of our summer program by helping children sign up for the Summer Reading Program and awarding reading prizes. Volunteers also help with activities, performances, storytimes, crafts, events, games, contests, and decorating. The teen volunteer program provides opportunities for teens to interact with young children, demonstrate skills such as cooperation and responsibility, and develop good work habits. Teen volunteers will be invited to special events, receive prizes, and a letter of reference at the end of the summer. Pick up a Teen Volunteer application at the Monona Public Library or download one from our website beginning May 1. The deadline for returning applications is Tuesday, May 26. For more information contact Karen Wendt at email@example.com.
- Friday, June 26 at 6 to 8p.m. Disc Golf in the Library! An exclusive after hours teen event. It's time again to have fun in the library after-hours and throw mini-Frisbees around at mini-disc golf baskets and other home-made obstacles. Space is limited to 30 teens so register early! Prizes for disc golf and Door Prizes!
- Thursday, July 16 at 3p.m. The Tips & Tricks of Writing. Do you love to write? Do you have a story just pestering you to be written? Have you always thought it would be fun to write a book? Join author Chrisa Thomas for a fun, interactive writing workshop about the tips and tricks of writing. Learn how to plan a story, create great characters, get through the big bad messy middle of the book, e
- Date TBA: Make Up Your Own SuperHero! Drawing, Writing, Talking about favorite superhero characters
- Monday, August 3 from 2 to 4p.m. Stop-Motion Superhero Animation!
- Summer Reading Program