News from Monona Public Library — May 28, 2021
Monona Public Library
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT MONONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
It's that MAGICAL time of year again, when our Summer Reading Program is about to blast off! You can bet we are bursting with enthusiasm, especially since we not only have a new virtual summer reading program (Beanstack) but also have our doors open to the public and will be hosting a wealth of outdoor summer programs!

We have made our reading program virtual with all the same benefits: that good feeling as you reach your literacy goals, while also earning fabulous prizes! Participants will earn tickets to enter into random drawings for prizes as they complete reading and activity badges. Sign up June 1 to July 31 at: mononalibrary.beanstack.org. If you prefer a paper tracking system, download the Reading Log here or pick up a copy at Monona Public Library during open hours. Visit mononalibrary.org for more information and join us Saturday, June 5th for a free outdoor event to kick off a summer full of reading and fun!
June is Pride Month! Here are some excellent titles that serve as wonderful mirrors and windows of the LGBTQ+ experience. 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.
Join us for a storytime and festival celebration of Pride across the street from Monona Public Library at the Monona Dream Park! We are so excited to celebrate LGBTQ+ youth and families in our community and we invite you, no matter how you identify, to attend.

Our storytime festival will be led by Our Queen Cass Marie Domino, a wonderful and empowering drag performer who inspires children, teens, and adults to be exactly who they are! At our event you'll also find: Miniature Horses from Trident Farm, Dancing, Games, Chalk Art, Crafts!

We encourage families attending our event as allies to begin talking with their children regarding personal pronouns, orientation, gender, and identity. Here is a great resource guide for parents and caregivers to utilize!

Come as you are, or dress for the occasion in your brightest colors! Adults must be accompanied by at least one child that is 17 or under. Drop-in event--registration not required! Masks recommended.
CHILDREN & FAMILIES
June 24th @ 10:30am

Enjoy storytimes with Angelika as she reads books, sings songs, and shares early literacy tips. Ages 2-5 but younger and older siblings/friends are always welcome.

Ask for a craft bag, first come, first served, during Curbside Hours. Free! No checkout needed. Craft Bags also available in the library during our new open to the public browsing hours!

Don't forget to send a picture of your craft to youth@mononalibrary.org. We can't wait to see what you create!
Play outdoors with Tiffany through different types of construction materials! Blocks, Lego, Duplo, giant boxes, and pool noodles galore! The goal of Construction Zone is for children to work together to create magnificent things out of simple materials! Drop-in event on library green space off Schluter Rd.
Read to a Dog - June 21, 4:30 - 6:00pm
(Outdoor event): Register Here
Beginning and independent readers are invited to register for a 15 minute time slot with a Dogs on Call volunteer and their canine! Registration Required. Masks recommended.
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 things in the room and see what you can find! Click on Big Bear for a book read by a young person!
TWEENS & TEENS
Online event: Register here
Join us this summer for an awesome Graphic Novel reading adventure! Each participant will get a book club bag two weeks before each gathering, filled with our selected book as well as some goodies! Registration required for each session.
Online event: Register here
Join our Virtual Roblox Club to bring your friends to a virtual space to play, or meet new friends during the program! A Roblox and Discord account is needed to play.
Registration Required.
Gaming Hangout every Wednesday @ 1:00pm!
Every Wednesday we will play Jackbox games, Among Us, Spaceteam, and other free-to-play games that are available on multiple devices! Discord (free voice chat service) is required to participate. If you're interested in joining, email Tiffany for a link to the Discord server: tiffany@mononalibrary.org.
Online event: Register here
Outdoor/Online event: Register here
Celebrate Pride Month by making macrame mini rainbow keychains! This program will be held both indoors and virtually depending upon your preference with the pandemic. Registration Required.
ADULTS
Online event: Register here
Join local artist Jen Falkowski, and learn about mono printing while playing with a gel plate you make yourself!
Eco-Action Tuesdays: Click for Details
Have you thought about replacing your old gas-powered lawnmower, leaf blower, trimmer or chain saw with battery-powered versions? Join Ross DePaola, energy consultant and owner of Integrated Energy Services, as he explains how gas-powered equipment is unsustainable and offers earth-friendly alternatives.
Friday Morning Book Group
The Friday Morning Book Group is online! 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
EVENTS
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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