Collections at the Monona Public Library
The Library’s Fiction Collection focuses on current popular literature with a secondary emphasis on other twentieth century fiction including classics, diverse genres, and special interests. This collection includes both hardcover and paperbacks. Literary genres include: General Fiction, Mysteries, Horror, Westerns, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, and Graphic Novels.
The nonfiction collection emphasizes timely, accurate, and useful informational materials to support individual, business, government, and community interests. This collection emphasizes materials that are current and high-demand. Materials are available for all ages and reading levels and in a variety of formats.
The Children’s Collection contains a wide variety of materials for children of all ages and their families. The book collection includes Board Books, Picture Books, Easy Readers, fictional Chapter books, and nonfiction. The Children’s Collection also contains DVDs, Videocassettes, audio books, computer software, and LeapPad education toys. A small collection of toys and simple puzzles is also available for patrons to borrow.
The EXPRESS collection consists of high-demand adult books (both nonfiction and fiction) and DVDs. These materials are intended for Monona Library patrons visiting the Library building. Unlike regular materials, these books cannot be placed on hold or renewed.
The Library subscribes to over 100 magazines and newspapers in print. Titles include a wide variety of current events, general interest titles, as well as periodicals covering specific interests and hobbies for all ages.
Reference works provide quick, concise, up-to-date information. Reference materials include such items as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, almanacs, directories, bibliographies, etc., as well as more specialized materials that directly support the information needs of Library users.
The Library owns both feature films and non-theatrical titles in a growing DVD collection as well as videocassette (VHS). Feature films include popular works, foreign films, classics, and children’s features. Non-theatrical titles include general non-fiction and short fiction works produced for the educational and home markets including documentaries, how-to, self-paced learning and instruction, sports, music, health, and more! The Library no longer acquires videocassettes.
The Library offers fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, young adults and children on both CD and audiocassette. The Library no longer orders books on cassette. The Library also provides access to downloadable audiobooks through OverDrive.
The Library offers musical CDs in a number of genres, such as pop, rock, country, classical, folk, blues, opera, world music, music for children, and musical and film soundtracks.
The Español Collection provides a limited collection of Spanish-language books of all types for patrons of all ages from picture books for children, to nonfiction for adults.
The Sustainability Section provides informational materials about environmental sustainability. The Sustainability Section covers local, regional, and global topics in a variety of formats including books, DVDs, and informational handouts. Developed in association with The Natural Step Monona, the Sustainability Section is located adjacent to the Main Desk.