Haunted Halloween Writing Competition — WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Halloween1The votes have been counted and the winner of the 2014 Haunted Halloween Writing Competition is Thomas Nyberg!  His story, The Fallen, will be published in the Winona Post.  Watch for it in the October 29th issue.

Thanks to all who submitted stories for the contest!

Rednecks of the Dead, Local Author Visit

WPL_Rednecks_Oct30Have you ever wondered what it would be like after a zombie apocalypse? We all could take a guess after watching The Walking Dead, right?  Many of us, even, enjoy the beloved redneck character, Daryl Dixon, but what would it be like to join a convoy of rednecks during a zombie apocalypse?  That’s right – a convoy of Daryl Dixons!

That’s exactly what happens when Doc and his daughter, Kate, join a group of rednecks in a zombie infested world in Rednecks of the Dead by Nick Nichols.

Nichols, originally from Winona, will be at the Winona Public Library on Thursday, October 30th at 6PM to talk about zombies, zombie apocalypses, and, of course, his book Rednecks of the Dead.

Books will be for sale after the program, and Nichols will be available for signing. 

You Can’t Catch a Ghost: Artist Display


Winona, MN is known for the trains.  We see them everyday traveling through the city.  There is even an Amtrak Station where people can ride the rails to and from other cities.  But what would it be like to ride the rails not from the Amtrak but a boxcar?  Photographer David Eberhardt does just that in his display at the Winona Public Library called You Can’t Catch a Ghost.

Eberhardt began taking photographs of people riding in train boxcars in the early 1990’s.  Travel along with his photographs and view the world from the eyes of the train and the people from now until October 31st.

In addition to the display at the Winona Public Library, Eberhardt has created a book with the help of an Artist Initiative Grant through the Arts and Cultural Legacy Fund called You Can’t Catch a Ghost: Portraits and Landscapes from the Rails.

A reception was held on October 23rd, Eberhardt talked about his photographs and book.

This project is funded in part or in whole with money from the Arts and Cultural Legacy Fund.

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!

Did 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 is 30 days!  Think you have what it takes to write a novel in one month?  The Winona Public Library thinks you do!

That is why the Library is holding three write-ins.  A write-in is where you and several others can sit and write for two or more hours straight.  The write-ins will be in the Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room on these dates and times:

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November 15, 2014

November 18, 2014

The Winona Public Library is also celebrating the end of NaNoWriMo with a Thank God It’s Over (TGIO) Party!  On Thursday, December 11th, the library will be holding a self-publishing workshop from 6-7PM.  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.


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)

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.