Monona Library Children & Families

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WELCOME!
The Youth Services Department staff wants to help you find materials and answer questions.  Click on the Register for Events button to learn more about upcoming events.
YOUTH SERVICES STAFF
(608)-216-7453
Karen <karen@mononalibrary.org
Rob <rssmithson@mononalibrary.org
Angela <angela@mononalibrary.org>
Angelika <angelika@mononalibrary.org

HELPFUL TOOL FOR PARENTS

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.

365 TIPS FOR RAISING A READER!


The Early Literacy Calendar is available here! This project is brought to you by the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association.

EARLY LITERACY
1000 Books Before Kindergarten 

Reading Program for children birth to age 5.



EARLY LEARNING 


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.

ALLERGIES?

"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.
  
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