A Haunted Halloween in the Stacks

halloween-08-034On the eve of every Halloween, the third floor of the Historic Winona Public Library becomes creepier, crawlier, and scarier, and you never ever know what you are going to find!

Stop by the Winona Public Library on Friday, October 28th from 10AM-12PM and 3-4PM for a Haunted Halloween Scare in the 3rd Floor Stacks!

People of all ages, young and old, are invited to stop by the library and check out the library’s 3rd Floor.

The library will adjust scare level for age appropriateness.

Haunted Halloween Stories Competition

Halloween2The Winona Public Library’s Annual Haunted Halloween Stories Competition is back!

Read the stories and then vote for your favorite!  Online voting is open to the public from October 17-21st.

The winner of the Haunted Halloween Stories Competition will have their story published in the October 26th issue of the The Winona Post and receive a $25 gift card to Target.

If you have any questions about the competition, call the Winona Public Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

Fall 2016 Coloring Contest

Coloring is a relaxing, stress-free activity that can help deter memory loss and even bring back childhood memories. So in an effort to promote wellness in the Winona Area Community, the Winona Public Library is having a coloring contest.

Participants must be eighteen or older and hold a Winona Public Library Card. The contest coloring sheet can be picked up at the Check Out and Reference Desks of the Library. The sheet will also be available online at www.cityofwinona.com/library.

The coloring sheet must be turned in at Winona Public Library Reference Desk by 5pm on Friday, October 21st.

The entered coloring sheets will be on display at the library from Monday, October 24th to Saturday, October 29th. The public will be allowed to vote on their favorite coloring sheet at that time.

The contest winner will be announced on Monday, October 31st and will receive a $25 Gift Card to Target.

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

Get Your Receipts Emailed

Email-icon-squareThe Winona Public Library offers a 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!