Holiday Open House: Light Up the Library

IMG_3030 (Large)Tuesday, December 2nd, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Join us for a special Holiday Open House as we turn on our Christmas lights for the season!  We will be serving up refreshments and live music.

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!

Shield-Nano-Side-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResDid you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? Otherwise, known as NaNoWriMo?  What’s the point of NaNoWriMo?  To write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days!  Think you have what it takes to write a novel in one month?  The Winona Public Library thinks you do!

The Winona Public Library is celebrating the end of NaNoWriMo with a Thank God It’s Over (TGIO) Party!  On Thursday, December 11th, from 6-7 pm, the library will be holding a self-publishing workshop with instructor Andy Schoepp.  Schoepp is a self-published author of four books.  Learn all the tips and tricks to getting that 50,000 word novel out to the masses. To register for this event, go to http://tinyurl.com/ns529ym.

To sign-up or learn more about NaNoWrimo, go to www.nanowrimo.org.

 

Poetic Strokes Regional Poetry Anthology

PS-Graphic-300x150The Southeast Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) is once again creating a regional poetry anthology. All poets ages 19 and over residing in the SELCO Region (Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona Counties) are encouraged to submit no more than two original unpublished poems for consideration from now until December 16th.

Other submission guidelines include:
· All styles are welcome.

· May be up to three (3) pages each not including the cover page.

· Must be typed.

· Poems may not include any identifying marks. No author’s name, town, etc., only the title and the poem.

· Paper copies must include a Cover Page with the poets first and last name, full mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, and age.

· Prefer submissions to be sent electronically but will accept paper copies.

To submit your poems, go online to poetry.selco.info or mail them to:
SELCO
Attn: Poetry
2600 19th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901

For more information about Poetic Strokes, go online to poetry.selco.info or call (507) 452-4860.

Word Flow Regional Poetry Anthology

WF-Graphic-300x151The Southeast Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) is once again creating a regional poetry anthology. All poets ages 14-18 residing in the SELCO Region (Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona Counties) are encouraged to submit an original unpublished poem for consideration from now until December 16th.

Other submission guidelines include:
· All styles are welcome.
· May be up to three (3) pages.
· Must be typed.
· Poem may not include any identifying marks. No author’s name, town, etc., only the title and the poem.
To submit your poem, go online to poetry.selco.info. For more information about Poetic Strokes, go online to poetry.selco.info or call (507) 452-4860.

Give Amazon & the Friends of the Winona Public Library a Smile

Hsmile_fb_logo_sparkle2___V322799138_UY80_FMpng_ave you heard of Amazon Smile?  It’s shopping on Amazon and then when you purchase your items, half of a percent is donated to your favorite nonprofit.

Here’s how it works:

Go to http://tinyurl.com/wplfriendssmile.  Log into your Amazon account, start shopping, and then purchase your items.  There is no additional fee, no tricks.  Amazon will then donate half a percent of what you purchased to the Friends of the Winona Public Library.  To keep donating to the Friends, go to smile.amazon.com and enter your account information; the Friends of the Library will automatically be remembered as your charity.

All proceeds will benefit your library.

The Friends of the Winona Public Library value, support, and champion the public library.  If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Friends, go to www.winona.lib.mn.us/friends-of-the-library or email us at [email protected].

Microsoft Office Word 2007 for Beginners

word-logoInterested in learning how to use Microsoft Office Word? This is the beginner’s class for you. The Winona Public Library is hosting a class at the Friendship Center starting September 9th from 2PM-3PM that will run every other Tuesday through December. Participants must attend all eight sessions to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

To register for this class, go to http://tinyurl.com/wplword or call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

OverDrive Updates effective August 4th

Overdrive App

Updates coming to the OverDrive eBook and Audiobook Service

Suspend a Hold — Don’t need a book/audiobook right away? Do you want it for vacation, a lesson plan, or something else at a later date? Suspend a hold and have the item ready when you are.

Hold Auto-Check Out — Have a book on hold? Don’t check you’re email very often? Have OverDrive automatically checkout your item when it becomes available.

Maturity Settings — Are children books coming up when you search for items? Don’t want adult titles in your children’s search results? You will now be able to select these options in Account Settings.

Recommended for You — Browsing for something good to read/listen to? OverDrive will now recommend titles for you based on what you have checkedout or on hold.

Improved Search Results — Searching will now be more accurate with fewer results.

 

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 45 titles

With your Library Zinio Account:

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  • 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!