Winona Public Library Presents Winona Reads!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the thriving City of Winona, MN in 1861? What about a teenager during that time? A time when young Minnesota men lined up to volunteer in Minnesota’s First Volunteer Infantry in the American Civil War. Soldier’s Heart is Gary Paulsen’s telling of fifteen year old Winonan, Charley Goddard.

Join the Winona Public Library bring the story of the young Winona teenager to the community through Winona Reads. Free copies of the book will be made available at the following businesses: Acoustic Café, Blooming Grounds Coffee House, Kwik Trip on Broadway & Mankato, Timbers Restaurant, Winona Family YMCA, and Winona Friendship Center. Read the novel, share the story, and pass it on to a friend. Copies of the book will also be available at Winona Public Library for book clubs.

charley_goddard_History_PlayerThe library will be hosting three events in conjunction to the book. On Tuesday, April 7th, the Minnesota History Center’s History Players will present Charley Goddard to Winona Middle School’s 6th Grade Class. That evening the History Players’ presentation of Charley Goddard will be open to the public at 6PM in the Library’s Bell Art Room. Learn about what it would have been like to live as a child before the Civil War; what lead up the beginning of the war; what life was like for Charley Goddard on and off the battlefield; and how the war impacted both Minnesota and the nation.

Then on Tuesday, April 14th the Library will be showing Gettysburg, a movie based on Michael Shaara’s novel The Killer Angels, at 6PM. Gettysburg tells the story of the tremendous battle in 1863 from the perspectives of many of the major key players.

The third and final event in conjunction to Soldier’s Heart is a book talk on Thursday, April 30th at 6PM. The Hiawatha Valley Civil War Round Table will compare and contrast Gary Paulsen’s book and the life of the real Charley Goddard of Winona, MN.


Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Exhibit

MetroBuildThe era of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has come to an end as Minnesota build’s a new Vikings Football Stadium; however, the Metrodome will forever live on in the photographs by Mark Jensen. Watch all over again as the Metrodome comes to life in its construction and then falls to demolition in these black and white photographs by Jensen on exhibit on at the Winona Public Library from April 2nd to April 29th, 2015.

As a fine art photographer Jensen’s tendency is to follow an idea, often subject related, over an extended period of time. For the original fine art photographs, Jensen used a 5 x 7 inch field camera patented in 1898 and, as a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board 2014 Artist Initiative Grant, he used a medium format film camera for the demolition photographs of the multipurpose sports stadium.

Jensen will be speaking about his Metrodome photographs at the Winona Public Library on Thursday, April 9th at 6PM.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


2015 Bill Klinger Baseball Essay Contest for Grades 2-6

baseballEnter to win 2 tickets to a June Twins v. Brewers game plus a $100 Visa gift card to offset travel costs.

To enter, write a short essay on one of the following themes:

  • Who is your favorite baseball player and why do you appreciate this player so much?
  • What is your favorite memory of the game? Please explain how it positively affected you.

Submit your completed essay (typed or handwritten) to WPL’s Youth Services desk by 5pm on Friday, April 10th.

Two winners (one from grades 2-4, one from grades 5-6) will be chosen & contacted during National Library Week, April 12-19.

This essay contest is in memory of Bill Klinger, a local man who played baseball on the WSHS team, the Rollingstone town team and then spent many years coaching softball. Winona resident Ben Klinger says, “Growing up, Dad taught me about baseball and took me to many games. Through this, I developed a love for the game & it brought us closer as a family.”

The Klinger family raises money each year to provide opportunities for youth to attend a Major League Baseball game.

Friends of the Library Participating in March Millions

TMarchMillionsLogohe Friends of the Winona Public Library are excited to be participating in the Otto Bremer Foundation’s March Millions campaign.

What is it? The Otto Bremer Foundation is expanding its work to Southeastern Minnesota. It is providing up to $1 million in matching funds to local nonprofit organizations through March Millions with the help of

How does it work? Find the link on the Winona Public Library’s home page or go to to donate to the Friends of the Library anytime. For donations between March 1st and March 31st, the Otto Bremer Foundation will match your donation. Donate $50 and you’re actually donating $100.

Every day in March will have a Bremer Boost. Every organization that receives a donation on the day of the drawing will be entered in a boost drawing. The organization that receives the Bremer Boost will be awarded an additional $1,000. That means 30 opportunities for the Friends to receive an extra $1,000. On March 31st, the Bremer Boost will be $10,000.

Help the Friends of the Winona Public Library reach their minimum goal of $1,000 and continue to enrich the Winona community with multiple library resources.

All donations must be made through to be eligible for the matching grants.


Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Beginners

Microsoft_PowerPoint_2013_logo_svgNOTE: CLASS IS FULL. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

Did you know that you can use Microsoft Office PowerPoint to create slideshows for weddings and graduations? You can also use PowerPoint to create photo albums and quizzes.

The Winona Public is offering a beginner’s class at the Friendship Center starting Tuesday, January 13th. Classes will run from 3-4PM every other Tuesday through April.  Please view our library event calendar for specific class dates.

Participants must attend all eight sessions to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

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)

Receive Library Notices via Text Messages

text-message_2459303bThe library now offers notice delivery via text message.  To sign up for this new service, please call the Checkout Desk at 507-452-4582.  You may also sign up by logging into My Account, then select the text messaging tab and enter your cell phone number.

Zinio Digital Magazines

Download Magazines to your Portable Device or Computer

The library’s subscription to Zinio offers digital copies of popular magazines that library users can view online and/or download to compatible computers and devices (iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, and more). The library currently subscribes to 44 titles

With your Library Zinio Account:


  • Read entire magazines online cover-to-cover as if you were reading the print version
  • You can check out as many magazines as you want for as long as you want
  • You never need to return digital magazines
  • You never have overdue fees for digital magazines
  • Every magazine in the library’s Zinio digital magazine collection is always available
  • Create virtual subscriptions to magazines to be delivered to you as the latest issue is published

Try out this new service at our Zinio site!