Our goal is to provide parents an opportunity to introduce their children to reading and language in a fun way. Storytime sparks a child's desire for good literature and can help stretch their attention span, improve listening skills, and promote the public library as an enjoyable place where learning is fun. Talk, Play, Sing, Read, Write!
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.
What is your child learning? Hearing stories and rhymes helps your baby develop language skills.
Chatty Chipmunks Toddler Storytimes - Ages 10mo. to 36mo.
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.
What is your toddler learning? Your toddler learns nine new words a day! Hearing stories, songs, and rhymes helps develop your child's vocabulary.
Ready to Read Raccoons - Ages Birth to 5 years
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!
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.
Friday Friendly Foxes Family Storytimes - Ages Birth to 5 years
A multi-activity storytime to engage children and promote early literacy skills. Picture books, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and music! This storytime is designed with content for children aged 2 to 4 years, however, siblings are very welcome. Friday Foxes only happens during the year when we have a library school intern or additional youth staff.
Special Butterfly Storytimes - Ages Birth to 6 years
Flutter in and flutter out for special event storytimes for children ages birth to 6. These storytimes are not part of a series and no registration is required.
S.T.E.A.M. Saturday Storytiimes - Ages 5 to 9 years
Fun science, technology, engineering, art, & math tailored activities! Each month we will explore a new topic. Join us and see what we can create together.
Big Bear Sensory Storytime! - Ages 2 to 4 years
Registration is recommended for this program.
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 offers educational, literacy, and social opportunities for children of all ages and abilities.
Presented by Monona Public Library Youth Services Coordinator, Karen Wendt in collaboration with Lindsey Rice, an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher from Winnequah Elementary School.
Go, Go Great Horned Owls! Wise Owls Explore and Discover! - Ages vary according to program.
Who? Who? You! This storytime for children and their adults will encourage parents and caregivers to play with their child. Ms. Karen will start the program with books, rhymes, songs, and other activities and then will open it up for playtime.
Read, Explore, Discover! Play = Learning! Through play, your child develops literacy and social skills.
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Through storytimes, we hope to:
- Encourage children to become lifelong readers
- Introduce the library and its services to children and families
- Promote language development and provide verbal learning experiences
- Promote reading aloud at home by parents and caregivers
- Provide children with group activities and experiences
- Share the best of children's literature and illustrations
- Teach children that the library is a helpful, friendly place where they can find materials to enrich their lives
Guidelines for Parents
In order to make storytime a happy, learning time for all, we encourage parents to use this opportunity to teach children listening and cooperative skills.
- Please bring your library card with you to storytime each week.
- Arrive on time.
- Be attentive and participate in the program; help your child get the most from the sessions. Visit with friends after storytime is over.
- Discuss proper behavior with your child.
- We do not expect silent, rapt attention, however, if your storytime child wanders or becomes too restless, please leave the room with him / her so that others can enjoy the storytime.
- Be an active listener as your child shares the stories and activities they heard in storytime. If your child is particularly interested in a book that was read at storytime, we suggest you check it out to read at home.