Lezlea Dahlke Appointed Library Director

LezleaLezlea Dahlke has been appointed the Director of the Winona Public Library. She has been with the Library serving as its Youth Services Librarian for 12 years and more recently as the Interim Library Coordinator.

Lezlea is excited for the opportunity to lead the Winona Public Library and to provide service to Winona and the surrounding community. She will build on the excellent reputation the Library has, explore new opportunities and expand the Library’s connections with the community.

Please join us in congratulating Lezlea on her new position!

Winona Daily News Article: Turning the Page: Lezlea Dahlke Named Winona Library Director

Color Me Calm ~ Adult Coloring Club

Color_Me_CalmDo you need to relax in a stress free setting? If your answer is yes, have you tried coloring? The latest relaxation, stress relieving craze has hit Winona, MN – Adult Coloring Clubs!

Color Me Calm, Winona Public Library’s Adult Coloring Club, will make its debut Tuesday, February 9th at 6PM in the Library’s Bell Art Room. (Color Me Calm will take place every second Tuesday of the Month at 6PM in the Public Library.)

All supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own.

Historical Romance Author Julie Klassen @ WPL

Klassen_PembrookeHistorical romance author, Julie Klassen, will be visiting the Winona Public Library on Saturday, February 20th at 10AM to discuss the 2015 Minnesota Book Award Winning title, The Secret of Pembrooke Park.

Here’s what the the Minneapolis Star Tribune had to say about the The Secret of Pembrooke Park, “An abandoned estate with a secret, anonymous letters warning of danger and a handsome vicar next door make Julie Klassen’s novel a deliciously fun read.”

Klassen is the author ten titles including the recently released Painter’s Daughter. She worked in publishing for sixteen years (first in advertising, then as a fiction editor) and now writes full time. Klassen graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoys travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with her friends. She and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.

This program is funded with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Legacy Fund.

Frozen River Film Festival Events

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Library Bell Art Room

2:30 – Seeking Standing Stones ~ On the Path to Kinstone
Speaker: Kristine Beck, founder of Kinstone

A photographic tale of personal visits to stone places around the world leading up to the construction of a modern stone circle less than 10 miles from Winona! Dare to dream! How my love of these monoliths went from a crazy idea to a contemplative megalithic garden with over 75 standing stones and much, much more!

3:30 – Plants and Personal Farming
Speaker: Wayne Weiseman, founder of The Permaculture Project, author of Integrated Forest Gardening, and director of education at Kinstone

PLANTS! What is a plant? How do you define farming? Discover how growing plants for food, medicine and utility make us personal farmers. Indoors, outdoors, in our kitchens, in our gardens, on our window sills, in our fields and forests, on our desks – everywhere! Hear how plants are integral to our lives and how we can become personal farmers for our own health and happiness. Food, medicine, utility – all of these from plants! You too, can be a personal farmer

Hot Reads for Cold Nights: Adult Winter Reading Program

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Winona Public Library’s annual Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult winter reading program is back!

The program runs from January 11th to March 11th, and all you have to do is read or listen to five books (eBooks included) and record them on a reading log. After you return the first reading log to the library, you will receive a free library coffee mug and Hardee’s Coupon.

At the end of the program, your reading logs will be entered into a drawing for one of our many grand prizes. Grand prizes include: two $10 gift cards to Acoustic Café, a $5 gift certificate to Bub’s Brewing Co., two $10 gift certificates to Bub’s Brewing Co., five $5 Comet Cash gift certificates to Erbert & Gerberts’s, a Great Clips gift basket, five $10 gift certificates to Green Mill, four $5 gift certificates to Ground Round, Specialty Chocolates from La Boutique, one month of sunless spray tanning from Sun Tan City, two $10 gift cards to Fleet Farm, three $20 gift cards and six free coffees and pizzas from Kwik Trip, a $25 gift certificate to La Boutique, a $25 gift card to HyVee, a $50 gift card to Midtown Foods, and a $50 gift card to Walmart.

Must be a Winona Public Library cardholder and 16 or older to participate in Hot Reads for Nights. All materials read or listened to must come from the library. Persons may reenter the grand prize drawing multiple times.

The Winona Public Library would like to thank our sponsors for making Hot Reads for Cold Nights Possible!

Acoustic Café, Bub’s Brewing Co., Erbert & Gerberts’s, Friends of Winona Public Library, Great Clips, Green Mill, Ground Round, Hardee’s, Kwik Trip, La Boutique, Wal-Mart, Mills Fleet Farm, HyVee and Midtown Foods

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!