News from Monona Public Library — January 27, 2021
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In this very unusual year, we present to you Loud in the Library 2021: Dine to Donate! 

It is not loud, nor in the library, but this is a great way to support both the library and your favorite Monona (or anywhere) eatery! 
The idea is simple. On January 30, our usual Loud in the Library day, your family and all of your friends can order food to be delivered by EatStreet and EatStreet will donate 15% back to the Monona Public Library. All Day Long! It’s that easy! Just use the code LOUD2021
Not nearly the party we wanted to have, but please look forward to January 29, 2022- Loud in the Library 2022! And make plans to order and enjoy a lovely breakfast, lunch or dinner (Or all 3!) on January 30, 2021. To make a direct donation to the Monona Public Library Foundation, please use this PayPal link. Big thanks to our event partners, EatStreet, MESBA, and the Monona Public LibraryFoundation. 
Online event:

1964’s Freedom Summer was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, when more than 900 northern volunteers, 120 activists, and thousands of local Mississippi residents faced Ku Klux Klan firebombs and police shotguns to secure voting rights and challenge segregation. In this free online program, presenter Michael Edmonds, will describe how America changed forever during the summer of 1964.
Outdoor Exhibit: More information here
The corresponding exhibit “Freedom Summer: Risking Everything” will be on display on the lower level outside the Monona Public Library during curbside hours from February 15 - 27. Service Hours: M/W/F 2-6pm, Tu/Th/Sa 10am - 2pm.
Online event:

Michael Johnson's presentation will cover history, current topics regarding social justice, and steps you can take to get involved. There will also be time for questions from registered participants via chat, moderated by library staff. This program will be an excellent resource for community members, as well as serving as a fantastic professional development opportunity for local organizations and businesses.
Take a look at some of the fantastic books we have in our special Black History Month digital book display! Click on a book and place a hold to pick up some of these, or others by the same author or on the same subject. Need help placing holds? Email or call the library for assistance.
Online event:

Let’s make some Zines! They can be about anything or nothing at all; they can be complex or simple and anything in between. Join Jennifer Falkowski for some Zine inspiration and ideas. 

If you have a subject in mind, great! If you don’t, that’s great too. Using drawing, collage, and other art forms, we will create and swap Zines through the Monona Library.
Online event:

In our February edition, YOU are the guest chef! As we gather online, you're invited to "bring a dish to share!"

Before we meet, you are encouraged to prepare a recipe that has been part of your family tradition. Then show your culinary creation and share a short story about the recipe, or a memory that it holds for you.
Friday Morning Book Group
The Friday Morning Book Group is back! The program focuses on thought-provoking and enjoyable reads in a variety of genres, including both fiction and non-fiction. This is a casual, drop-in group, so please join us when you can! This book discussion will take place on Zoom. Regular print, large print, and book on CD copies will be available at the library one month before the book discussion. 

Every Third Friday, 10-11:30 am
Tax Forms
The Monona Public Library will begin having tax forms available for the public via curbside pickup starting Monday, February 1. Forms available are listed below. Those forms that are listed without “print” next to them will be available on a cart under the overhang during the library’s curbside hours. Forms with “print” next to them are available but you will need to call the library and ask staff to put them out on the table for you when you arrive. 

Not all forms are available for order. Forms that are not generally used will not be made immediately available. Please contact the library to see when you can receive one of those forms for pick-up. This will take time to do, so please call ahead before leaving your home to make these requests. 

Please note: We will put out the forms that have shipped and we have received starting February 1, but some forms will arrive later. We ask that you call ahead and see if we have the forms you need available ahead of time. 

The forms available:
  • Federal
  • Federal Packet 1040 and 1040-SR
  • Instructions for above
  • Spanish version Packet 1040 and 1040-SR
  • Instructions for Spanish version
  • Reproducible copies binder (This will include the supplemental forms that we will print ahead of time)
  • Schedule 1 (Print)
  • Schedule 2 (Print)
  • Schedule 3 (Print)
  • Schedule 8812 (Print)
  • Schedule A (Print)
  • Schedule B (Print)
  • Schedule C 
  • Schedule D (Print)
  • Schedule E (Print)
  • Schedule EIC (Print)
  • Schedule F
  • Schedule H  
  • Schedule R (Print) 
  • Schedule SE  (Print) 
  • State
  • Form 1 - Form - Resident Income Tax
  • Form 1 - Instructions - Resident Income Tax
  • Schedule AD - Additions to Income
  • Schedule AD - Instr - Additions to Income
  • Schedule SB - Subtractions from Income
  • Schedule SB - Instr - Subtractions from Income
  • Schedule H/H-EZ - Booklet - Homestead Credit (incl Rent Certificate)
  • Rent Certificate for Homestead Credit Claims
  • Schedule WD - Schedule - Capital Gains and Losses
  • Schedule WD - Instructions - Capital Gains and Losses
Winter Food Drive
The City of Monona, in collaboration with the Monona Fire Department and the Monona East Side Business Alliance, has announced a food drive to benefit St. Stephen's Food Pantry in Monona. This initiative, organized by Mayor Mary O'Connor and Alder Kathy Thomas, is to help food pantries meet the demand for supplies for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributions of non-perishable food, personal items, paper products, baby food and diapers are appreciated and will be accepted until January 31st.

Donation barrels are located at:
Cozy Home--6330 Monona Drive
Hoey Apothecary--4002 Monona Drive
Monona Yoga--5734 Monona Drive
Tabby & Jacks--Lake Edge Shopping center
True Coffee--The Current, 800 W. Broadway, Ste 900
Monona City Hall--5211 Schluter Road
Monona Public Library--1000 Nichols Road (under the overhang on the Nichols Road side during daytime hours)
Online event:
Feb. 13th 1-3pm

Join our Virtual Roblox Club to bring your friends to a virtual space to play, or meet new friends during the program!

Roblox is a free, online game that teaches kids STEM skills and also encourages collaboration among friends.
Online event:
Feb. 16th

Make your very own paracord bracelet! Learn more about how you can use your paracord bracelet in the great outdoors!

Registration for this program will include a curbside pickup kit with all supplies needed for the project, as well as a link to instructions for making your bracelet!
Online event:
Feb. 27th 1-3pm

Freeplay of Minecraft with fellow library-goers! Our server already has a lot of really cool creations--join us to build your own!
Teen Virtual Hangout - Every Tuesday @ 3:30 - 4:30
Connect to Discord and hang out with Tiffany, the Teen Librarian. Need help finding your next read or want to get pointed in the right direction for resources related to a project you’re working on? Never fear, Tiffany is here!

And even if you don’t have a library-related question, just stop in to hang out, find out what programs are coming up, or let’s just play a game online together (I've got a few up my sleeve...) If you don't have access to our Discord channel, please email Tiffany at:

Spanish English Storytime
Tuesdays, to February 9, 2021 at 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM Señorita Vanessa, from Mexico, will share fun language games and books in Spanish and English. Facebook Live; no FB account is needed for you to access them.

Storytime Online with Ms. Karen
Thursdays, January 7 - February 4 at 10:30AM

Special Guest Presenters!
Jan. 28: Author Mistofer Christopher
Feb 4: Geri Cupery, acting out "Duckling Gets a Cookie" by Mo Willems.

On the Kids Facebook Group a closed group for which you will need a FB account and membership to the group in order to access the storytimes.

Find additional storytimes and book readings on YouTube. Find details about specific storytimes, registration information, etc on the Calendar of Events.

Online event:
Feb. 1st 5:45pm

This month we will have ideas for self-directed activities about wild animals from Wisconsin. There will be a handout you can download for fun and games at the

Kids Naturally Newsletter Here!  tips and ideas on how to get children into the great outdoors where they can learn naturally.
March 8th 10:30am

Join us for Storytime with Sharee Miller, author of Princess Hair, Don't Touch My Hair!, and now, Michelle's Garden.
Monday, February 15
Read with Me!
Read out loud to a real dog. One to one reading experience. Register here for a
15 minute slot, 4:30 - 5:30PM
Kits for Kids! Ask for a craft kit, first come, first served when you drive up for Curbside Pickup. There are Math and Art Kits that you can check out on your library card. Ask for help.
Kids Naturally Newsletter Deborah Proctor, Wisconsin Master Naturalist, shares tips and ideas in a monthly newsletter on how to unplug your children and grandchildren and get them into the great outdoors where they can learn naturally. Check "Kids Naturally" on the Children's webpage.
Take a look at our Digital Story Room! There are lots of treasures. Click on some of the things in the room and see what you can find!
You'll Get Mail!
Write a Letter for Ms. Karen
Kids, write a letter or draw a picture for Ms. Karen before February 15 and she will write you a letter, draw you a picture, and mail her letter to you!
Send your letters to:
Monona Public Library Attn: Karen Wendt
1000 Nichols Road,
Monona WI 53716
Ms. Karen Retires February 15
When I walked up to Monona Library’s doors in 1984, I didn’t know then that I would be spending the next 35 years walking through those doors. I am retiring on February 15, 2021. When I leave, I’ll carry with me countless memories of my time at this very special place and already have several stand-out moments captured in my mind’s eye.

I’m proud of the programs I brought to Monona Public Library such as Read to a Dog, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, Kids Naturally events, and the TellabrationInternational Storytelling event. I’ve enjoyed writing and recording Literacy Tips aired on WVMO, public service announcements that not only air locally but stream worldwide on the web. And I am very proud of the StoryWalk® partnership developed between the Lussier Family Heritage Center and the Children’s Department of the library and the Math Kits developed with Monona Bank.

I will truly miss the children, the families, and the library that I have happily served for 3-½ decades! Thank you for this awesome opportunity.”
Adults, Children, Tweens, Teens, and Families! Our service model has shifted to provide virtual programming for all ages. Here are ways to connect with us online:

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