Living Mulch Workshop


Why buy mulch at the store every few years at the store when you can have living mulch with the same beautiful color year after year. Living mulch or ground covers cycle nutrients, reduce mulching, watering and weeding chores, and provide habitat for beneficial insects and soil organisms.
Master Gardener, Sue Ann Mullen, will be at the Winona Public Library on Thursday, July 21st at 6pm to explain the types of plants, shrubs, grasses and much more that are used as ground covers.

Sweet Stroll Downtown @ the Library

SweetStrollHave fun with the Friends of the Library on Thursday, July 21st from 4-8pm during the Sweet Stroll Downtown. Activities will be held outside the library and include Tom Dukich and his accordion styling from 4-6pm and singer Greg Taylor from 6-8pm. A light snack and beverage will also be served.

Flowering Trees of WSU

treesHave you ever wondered about the flowering trees at Winona State? Where did they come from? Which one would look great in your yard? On Thursday, July 28th at 6pm in the Bell Art Room of the Winona Public Library, join Master Gardener, Nancy Reynolds, to learn about the different needs and siting of the trees at Winona State University. Then after the class, make sure to plan a visit to Winona State’s Landscape Arboretum.
Reynolds has extensive history and knowledge of trees. She is a Tree Care Advocate, Invasive Species First Detector, member of the All University Arboretum and Land Stewardship Committee at WSU, and chair of the Trees, Shrubs, and Plants subcommittee.

Have Brush, Will Travel Exhibit at the Library

WPL_JULY_ArtExhibit_LighthouseGoodThursday, July 14th at 6PM
Bell Art Room

Recent Winona Resident, Kathy Kovala, is holding her exhibit Have Brush, Will Travel at the Winona Public Library during the month of July. The exhibit will feature water colors from her many travels. Kovala has a reputation of using “rock and roll” or “gravitational” techniques in her watercolors.

She will be speaking about her art at the library on Thursday, July 14th at 6pm in the Bell Art Room. All are welcome to attend.

New @ the Library – Get Your Receipts Emailed

Email-icon-squareStarting Monday, June 6th, the Winona Public Library will be offering a new receipt option – email.  Now when you check out and pay your fines library staff will ask you if you want your receipt printed, emailed, or both.

Signup for this option is done at the Checkout Desk.  If you have questions, call the Winona Public Library at 507-452-4582.

BookMyne @ Your Library

BookMyneLooking for an app that allows you to search the Winona Public Library’s catalog in a smooth, easy manner?  The Library is now on BookMyne, available in the iTunes App and Google Play Stores for free.

BookMyne allows you to search for books in the Library’s catalog; put a hold on an item; and renew items on your account.

For questions about the app, call the Library’s Reference Desk at 507-452-4860.

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!