Youth Book Discussion & Workshop with GRSF Staff

federleJoin us Monday, July 6th at 4:30 pm in WPL’s Bell Art Room to discuss Tim Federle’s book Better Nate Than Ever.

This workshop for middle and high school students will provide an introduction to Federle’s books, insight on being a Broadway star, and explore storytelling of each participant’s own dreams.

For fans of theatre, Broadway, writing, and fun!

Federle will be in Winona for a Great River Shakespeare Festival program on July 18th.

Experiments in Structure: A Bookbinding Exhibition

books-pvDid you know that binding a book is more than assembling paper to a cover? There are several forms of bookbinding including long stitch which is a form of medieval binding used to hold vellum together and Coptic binding which gives the appearance of a caterpillar or centipede crawling across the book. Bookbinders will also create bindings that have unique shapes, landscapes, or images.

Jill Krase is one such binder. Her exhibition, Experiments in Structure, will be on display at the Winona Public Library from July 2nd to July 30th. Krase will also give a talk about the exhibition on Thursday, July 9th at 6PM in Bell Art Room of the public library. All are invited to attend.

Dancing & Shakespeare Workshop

GRSF_headerMonday, July 20th at 4:30 pm
Library Bell Art Room

Come and learn an Elizabethan dance with a modern twist. Explore how Shakespeare uses dance to tell the story of Much Ado About Nothing.

Library Legacy Listening Session

SELCO invites you to a Library Legacy Listening Session. These sessions will be held in all 11 counties in the region, and will offer an opportunity for you to tell us what types of community partnerships are taking place as a result of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Library Legacy funding and ideas for possible future partnerships and activities. SELCO staff will be at Winona Public Library on Tuesday, July 21 from 6-7:30 PM. Please join us to share your experiences with Library Legacy funding and to tell us what you would like to see in the future.


GRSF Ticket Voucher Giveaway

All vouchers for the 2015 season have been claimed.


Friends to Publish Book on History of WPL

scan0021 [1024x768]The Friends of Winona Public Library group is publishing its first book.  Winona Public Library has an interesting history with an intriguing story of vision, philanthropy and creative work.  The book’s publication is possible due to a 2015 grant from The Winona Foundation.  It will be about 100 pages with photos and be written, edited and printed in Winona.  The Friends plan to have the book available before the end of 2016.

Last year, the library itself received a Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) Community Collaboration grant for historian, Greg Gaut, to research, write a manuscript and publicly present the history of the Winona Public Library.  His presentations will be June 15th to the Winona City Council, September 12 at a Winona Public Library event and late 2016 at the Winona History Center (date TBA).

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Magazine & Newspaper Survey

To help better serve your magazine and newspaper needs, please fill out the short survey linked below.  The survey will be available through June 2015.  Your help is appreciated.


WPL_WhereWPLReadsWhere is your favorite place to read?  On a porch swing?  On a plane?  In your favorite recliner?  Do you listen to audiobooks on road trips?

Let Winona Public Library know where you like to read your library book, audiobook, or eBook by snapping a selfie with your item between June 1st and July 24th and posting it to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #WhereWPLReads.

Summer Reading Program

MercerMayer_Little Critter_EnglishJune 1st – July 24th, 2015

Join the Winona Public Library Staff for a summer of adventure that will help keep your reading skills up! Our free program rewards children and young adults who read daily on their own time. All you need to do is come to the Youth Services Desk or register online starting June 1st and sign up. You will receive a reading log and sheet of stickers to track your minutes. 1 sticker = 10 minutes of completed reading time. For every 100 minutes of completed reading, bring your reading log to the Youth Services Desk to earn a prize.  There are 5 prize levels total. It’s easy: read what you want, where you want, when you want. Read a book, magazine or screen, be read to by an adult, listen to audiobooks— it all counts!  Prizes can be claimed from June 15 through July 24th.

Download the full CALENDAR OF EVENTS!  Check out our variety of programming spread over 7 weeks this summer, including the Wednesday Performance Series held at the Winona County History Center.

Mondays: Crafts (ages 6-11)
Tuesdays: Storytime (Toddler Time, Preschool Power & Family Night)
Wednesdays: Performance Series (all ages) & Book Clubs (3rd-4th grade & YA)
Thursdays: Read with Rover (all ages)
Fridays: Storytime (all ages)

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library was recently added to the list of online resources available within the Electronic Library of Minnesota (ELM).  It offers free courses, practice tests, and resources on:

  • High School equivalency (GED)
  • College preparation exams, including the ACT and SAT
  • Graduate admission exams (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, and more)
  •  Entrance exams (Allied Health programs and Nursing School)
  • Occupational exams (Civil Service, CDL, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Emergency Medical Services, Firefighting, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Postal Worker, Nursing, Plumbing, Teaching, and more)
  • Military tests (ASVAB, Flight Aptitude, and Officer Candidate tests)
  • Career information
  • U.S. Citizenship information and test prepLearningExpressLib
  • Computer skills training (Windows and Mac Operating Systems, Microsoft Office, Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop)
  • Resume building, interview prep and job searching
  • Elementary, Middle, and High School skills improvement
  • Resources in Spanish (Recursos in Espanol)