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 or call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

Lunch with Librarians​: The Floating Library’s Sarah Peters

WPL_Floating_LibraryWhen: Friday, September 12th @ 12PM
Where: Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room
RSVP: Samantha, [email protected]
(507) 452-4860

*Lunch Provided*
*Space is Limited*

Sarah Peters wrote a Legacy Project Grant currently known as the Floating Library. For the past few weekends in August, Peters and the Floating Library have been on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis allowing many to check out books, chapbooks, and even a book you can feed to the fish. On Saturday, September 13th, the Floating Library will be on Lake Winona in Winona.

At the Lunch with Librarians, Peters will chat about the concept behind the Floating Library, how it works, and answer any questions.

For more information about Peters and the Floating Library, go to

Read about it in this Star Tribune article:,
or in this Book Riot article:

Graphic Novel Workshop


Saturday, Sept. 6th @ 12:30 pm
Library Bell Art Room

Learn about Story Line Art Flow History

Lead by SMU faculty and world renowned graphic artist, Preston Lawing.

Tickets to Intergalactic Nemesis at the Page Theatre, Sept. 12 will be given away.

Support for the SMU Page Theatre Gatherings at the Winona Public Library are provided, in part, by the Xcel Energy Foundation, Winona Community Foundation and the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.

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)

June Concert Raises Over $1800 for Friends of the Library

Check presentationWinona National Bank held its first of three summer concerts on June 13, drawing a crowd of over 2,500. The concert featured Bob & The Beachcombers as well as the famous $1 lunch and $1 root beer floats, raising $1,813.15 for The Friends of the Winona Public Library. The purpose of Friends of the Library is to support and promote the Winona Public Library, offer volunteer services, and stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services.

Thanks to Winona National Bank for your generous support of the library!

Graphic Novels Online!

A brand new selection of graphic novels are available to read online through Tumblebooks!


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:


  • 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!