Laird’s Library Legacy

LairdJoin us for a very special evening at the library on Saturday, September 12th beginning at 6:30 pm.  Last year, the library 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.  Gaut will present his findings at this evening celebration that will also include live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.

This is a free event but tickets are required.  A limited number of tickets are available at the library’s Checkout Desk.


Human Library Volunteers

The Winona Public Library (WPL) is looking for volunteers to participate in the 1st Annual Human Library Event. What is the Human Library? It is a library of human books telling their story of societal prejudices that they have encountered. This international phenomenon started in Denmark over 15 years ago.

human_libraryThe Winona event will take place on Thursday, November 12th at the public library from 11AM-6PM. Patrons of the library will be able to check out human books for no more than 30 minutes.

Here is what we are looking for in a human book:

•Must have faced prejudice or discrimination based on a social or cultural issue.

•Examples of issues include: race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability, or other aspects of your life.

• Person must be able to have respectful and meaningful conversation with others.

If you feel you meet these qualifications and would like to share your story, please fill out the form at All who meet the needs of WPL will be contacted for interviews on Friday, September 18th.

For more information about the event, call the Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

Adult Story Time @ the Library

Adult_StorytimeStory time is no longer just for the kids!  The Winona Public Library is offering story time for adults every first and third Wednesday of the month from 12:15-12:45PM starting September 2nd.  Enjoy your lunch while sitting back and listening to short stories.

Stories from One More Thing by B.J. Novak (actor from the television show The Office) will be read at the first event.

Registration is not necessary.  For questions about the event, call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

Winona Area Author Round Table – Call for Authors

The Winona Public Library is looking for authors to participate in the 1st Annual Winona Area Author Round Table.  The Round Table will take place on Saturday, October 24th from 10AM-12PM at the Winona Senior Friendship Center.  Authors will be allowed to sell, sign, and visit with people about their books at the event.

fountain-pen-inkFurther details:

  • All genre authors are invited but space is limited.
  • Authors must live within a one-hour radius of Winona, MN.
  • This is a free event.  The library will not pay a fee to the author, and the author will not pay a fee to participate.
  • Authors may come set-up their area between 9-10AM on Saturday, October 24th.
  • At the beginning of the program authors are given no more than two minutes to speak about themselves and their books.
  • There are tables available for your station.
  • Authors are mentioned in promotional items if applications are submitted by 5PM on Thursday, September 10th.  Authors signing up after this date will qualify under “And More” on all PR.

To participate in the round table, please use the following link and fill out necessary information: WPLAuthorRoundTable.   If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Department at the Winona Public Library at (507) 452-4860.

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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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!