In case of heavy rain or weather advisory, the event will move to Zoom only, with a recording available after the event. Please check this page the day of the event for details.
How to Wake Up Your Inner Creative Muse
with Dr. Lara Salyer, DO, IFMCP
Friday, May 14 at 12:00 noon
Join us for a talk with Dr. Lara Salyer! Learn how one physician prescribes creativity to elevate happiness and eradicate burnout.
Dr. Lara Salyer, DO, IFMCP, is a functional medicine practitioner who helps patients and medical professionals tap into creative flow so they can optimize neurochemistry and eradicate burnout. She lives in Monroe, Wisconsin with her husband, their three children, a manic dog, and infinite piles of laundry. You can learn more about her at www.DrLaraSalyer.com.
The event will take place on the library's front lawn and will be simulcast over Zoom (http://bit.ly/MPLDrLara). Please join us in whichever way you are comfortable.
Visiting the library: You are welcome to bring picnic blankets or chairs. Face masks are encouraged at our outdoor events. The building is still closed, but restrooms will be available. Face masks must be worn indoors, including when using the library's restrooms.
Events and Programs
at the Monroe Public Library
Winter/Spring 2021 • January 4 - May 14
for all ages
This winter and spring, you can find events and programs for all ages—kids, teens, and adults—on this page. Many of our programs will take place online, but we also have several offline options. There's something for everyone!
You can find links at the bottom of the page for access to online programs.
All events with a specific date and time can still be found on our Events Calendar.
Storytime on Location
Stories, songs, and more, coming to you from spots around Monroe. 2nd and 4th Mondays on Facebook and YouTube. For preschoolers and their families. Storytime Crafts are available for pickup.
Project kits themed to Storytime videos. Available on 2nd and 4th Mondays while supplies last. For preschoolers.
Online, head-to-head matchups and chat. 2nd Tuesdays at 6:00 on Discord. For teens and adults. Get an invite to our Discord server: https://bit.ly/MPLdiscord
Lunchtime Book Club
Casual book discussion group, with titles and dates to be announced. Wednesdays at 11:00 AM on Zoom. For adults.
Events and Programs
at the Monroe Public Library
Summer 2021 • June 7 - July 31
for all ages
This summer, you can find events and programs for all ages—kids, teens, and adults—on this page. We're returning to in-person programs, which will take place on our front lawn and at other outdoor locations. Plus, we'll still have online events, take and make project kits, and other favorites like Storyline. There's something for everyone!
All events with a specific date and time can be found on our Events Calendar.
At the Library
Storytime on the Lawn
Stories, songs, and more, at an in-person, socially distanced, outdoor storytime. Mondays at 10:00 AM. For ages 0-6 with a caregiver. (No event July 5.) Storytime Crafts are available for pickup.
Music + Movement on the Lawn
Movement, songs, and more on the library’s front lawn. Wednesdays at 10:00 AM. For ages 0-6 with a caregiver.
Projects and activities for school-age kids on the library’s front lawn. At 2:00 PM. Tuesdays, June 15-July 27; Wednesdays June 9-June 30. For kids entering grades K-5.
Monarchs in Monroe
Help our monarchs and other pollinators! Start your own Monarch Waystation at home with a little help from the library—we’ll have plants, dirt, education, seeds and journals. Bring your own container (large flower pot or pail) and drop by anytime between 10-12 on Saturday, June 12 on the library’s front lawn. Activities for all ages.
Read to a Dog
We will have dogs to read to on the front lawn! Bring a favorite book, or we’ll have some available. Call ahead to get on the list. Thursday, July 1 at 6:00 PM. For kids and families.
Dress up your pet or plush friend and bring them to our front lawn for a fun fashion show! Thursday, July 29 at 6:00 PM. For kids and families.
Tales Around Town
A series of talks on historical people and places in Monroe. All events will take place outdoors.
Murders of Monroe
with Tom Mitchell
Tuesday, June 15 at 6:00 PM
Historic Courthouse, south side lawn
Local author and historian Tom Mitchell will share the tragedies and trials of the seven murders committed in the history of Monroe.
The Fascinating History of Colony Brands
with Jim Glessner
Saturday, June 19 at 1:00 PM
Historic Cheesemaking Center, behind the building
Colony Brands historian and former employee, Jim Glessner, shares interesting artifacts from the Swiss Colony and the history surrounding them.
The Ever-Changing Responsibilities of Rural Schoolteachers with Matt Figi
Tuesday, July 13 at 7:00 PM
Monroe Public Library, front lawn
Local historian and author Matt Figi will share the realities of one-room school education from the 1840s to the 1960s in Green County.
Twining Family Tales
with Suzann Holland
Tuesday, July 20 at 6:30 PM
Twining Park, South Shelter
Suzann Holland, library director and avid admirer of the Twining Family, will share the amazing and colorful history of this prominent Monroe family who became well-known national figures.
Tales Around Town Walking Tour
This self-guided walking tour takes you to related points of interest around Monroe. Download the map here, or get one at the library!
Online When You Can
New Book Tuesday: Youth Edition
See what’s new on our shelves for kids and teens! 2nd Tuesdays on Facebook and YouTube. For kids and families.
New Book Tuesday: Original Flavor
See what’s new on our shelves for adults! 3rd Tuesdays on Facebook and YouTube. For adults.
Join Ms Andrea for the first chapter of a new children’s fiction book. If you like it, you can check it out! 2nd Thursdays on Instagram. For kids and families.
Summer Reading Challenge
Live Interactive Virtual Events
Are You Ready for Summer?
Join us for a LIVE intro to Summer at the Library! Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 PM on Facebook. For all ages.
Lunchtime Book Club
Our casual book discussion group will continue to meet online, 2nd Wednesdays at 11:00 AM on Zoom. For adults.
We’re building animals with LEGO live on Facebook! Grab some bricks and build along with us. Thursdays, June 17 and July 15 at 6:00 PM. For all ages.
Summer Tales Trivia
Join us for Zoom and Kahoot trivia about summer-related topics and stories! Wednesday, July 28 at 6:00 PM. For adults. Two devices are needed.
Zoom link will be posted here.
Just for Teens
Dungeons and Dragons
Take on a campaign with an experienced Dungeon Master. Mondays at 6 PM on Discord. Registration is required. (No event July 5.)
Party Games Live!
Online game play and voice chat on Discord. Tuesdays, June 8, June 22, July 6 and July 20 at 6:00 PM.
Online chess matchups and voice chat. Tuesdays, June 15 and July 13 at 6:00 PM.
Teen Craft Night
Pick up a kit at the library, then craft along with us online! Tuesdays, June 29 and July 27 at 6:00 PM.
Hey teens, get an invite to our Discord server:
Our dedicated phone line with a new story every two weeks. Call 608-328-7024.
Library Updates on “To The Point”
The latest library news and spotlights on services. Monthly during the 12:00 PM hour on WEKZ AM 1260 and FM 95.5.
At Your Own Pace
Letter of the Week
Letter-focused craft kits available on 1st and 3rd Mondays while supplies last. For preschoolers.
Take & Make Projects
Hands-on project kits available on 1st Mondays while supplies last. For adults and teens.
Hands-on experiment kits available on 3rd Mondays while supplies last. For elementary schoolers and up.
Art for All
Art project kits available on 4th Mondays while supplies last; videos available on 4th Tuesdays on Facebook and YouTube. For adults and teens.
Chalk Obstacle Course
Keep an eye out for fun activities painted on our sidewalk! For kids and families.
We’re spending time outside this summer!
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