Library eBook Mobile App Class

OverDriveAre you interested in reading eBooks or listening to audiobooks on your mobile device? Learn how to borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

The class will be held Thursday, May 7th at 6PM in the Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room and is ONLY for mobile devices that allow for Apps. This includes the following devices: Apple or Android Devices, any of the Kindle Fire Varieties, and the Nook Color or Tablet.

Participants must register for the class at or by calling Winona Public Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

Participants must bring their mobile devices to the class.

Free Comic Book Day

116109_456783_12Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 2nd and the Winona Public Library will be celebrating at Jimmy Jam’s Comics, Cards and Gaming. The store opens at 11AM and will be chalk full of activities. First thing first, you can get three free comics! Any additional comics will be $0.50 and the proceeds will go to the Winona Public Library’s Graphic Novel Collection. Don’t have $0.50? Bring in a perishable food item for extra comics. For a full list of the available comics go to:

Many special guests are, also, slated in the lineup for the event including independent artist Dan Voltz and independent writer Brian Bastian and artist Bob Lipski. Bastian and Lipski will be giving away a brand new comic book! And finally, Sean E. Williams writer of Artful Daggers, The Vampire Diaries, Fairest, and Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Women will be at the event!

Ten percent of Jimmy Jam’s comic sales will be donated to the public library’s graphic novel collection.

Digital Magazine Downloading Class

zinio_highlightDid you know that you can checkout eMagazines from the Winona Public Library? The library has over 45 titles in 13 genres and new titles were added including Dogs Life, Dr. Oz: The Good Life, Food Network Magazine, Good Housekeeping, GQ, and more! All you need is a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

If you would like to learn about how you can get these items on your device, the public library is holding a digital magazine downloading class on Monday, May 4th at 5PM in the Bell Art Room.

Participants should bring their mobile device to the class. The following technology will work in borrowing eMagazines: iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 8, Mac, PC, and Kindle Fire/HD/HDX.

Registration is required. You can register at or call the Winona Public Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

Composting with Worms

vermicompostingHave you ever thought about composting? What about composting with worms? Using compost can promote vigorous, healthy indoor and outdoor plant growth, and it helps reduce landfill waste.

Learn how to set up and maintain an indoor worm composting system with University of Minnesota – Winona County Extension Office Master Gardener Jim Worthley. The class will focus on how to use inexpensive equipment and effective procedures to successfully turn kitchen vegetable waste into a rich organic soil amendment.

Attend the class at the Winona Public Library on Monday, May 11th at 5PM. Registration is required. To register, go to or call the library at (507) 452-4860.

40 Beach Reads in 60 Minutes

beachreadwithsunglassesSummer is vastly approaching and with summer comes vacations. What’s the best thing to do on vacation? Read! And the Winona Public Library is here to help.

We will give you the top forty beach reads of the summer and we will do it in one hour. That’s right! Learn about 40 of the summer’s best books in one hour.

Find out more about these must-read beach reads on Thursday, May 14th at 6PM in the Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room.

Registration is not required for this event. For more information, call the Winona Public Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

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.

WPL_WinonaReadsEvent_GettysburgThen on Tuesday, April 14th (Part 1) and April 21st (Part 2) the Library will be showing Gettysburg, a movie based on Michael Shaara’s novel The Killer Angels, at 5PM. 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.


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)

2015 Bill Klinger Baseball Essay Contest Winners Announced


Thank you to all the children who took the time to write wonderful essays. The Klinger family had a difficult time judging the many entries and, due to the great response, would like to see the contest continue annually.

The selected winners of the Twins tickets:

Grades 2-4

Jazmin Sabotta, 4th grader at Madison Elementary,
daughter of Jeff & Rhonda.

Grades 5-6
Hailey Biesanz, 5th grader at Winona Middle School,
daughter of Matt & Allison.

Jazmin and Hailey each won 2 tickets to a June Twins v. Brewers game plus a $100 Visa gift card to offset travel costs.

If anyone would like their entry back, they are available for pickup at the Winona Public Library Youth Services desk. Please pick up by May 15th.

The essay contest involoved writing 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.

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.

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.


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)