Monona Public Library

by Hailey Alfred, age 18

There are hundreds of libraries in Wisconsin, but the one closest to my heart is the Monona Public Library.

I have been going to this library since before I could even walk. The Monona Public Library started off with only one floor, with books squeezed into every crevice. But, as the book selection expanded and membership grew, the building matured as well.

Today, this library is two stories and much more expansive. Downstairs there are meeting rooms and a theatre, which can be used for various functions such as knitting club, book talks, and musical performances.

Upstairs is the actual library portion. One of my favorite parts of the Monona Public Library is the huge window that stretches around three fourths of the building, giving a nice view of the Dream Park across the way. Despite its growth, the library maintains its original coziness.

As with most libraries, it has a large selection of books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes. While a large section of the library is devoted exclusively to children’s books, there is also a Teenscape, which caters to young people in my age bracket. They even have a “quiet room” with a fireplace where the new magazines are displayed.

The Monona Public Library is my favorite library because I can pull up a chair in a little nook facing the window, and just read. It is incredibly relaxing. The Monona Public Library will always be a special place for me. It was the first place I read a chapter book, and where I began my love of reading.

The Monona Public Library is my refuge, my haven. I hope that you, too, can find a special library: one that quickly captures a place in your heart.

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