Friends of the Library Participating in March Millions

TMarchMillionsLogohe Friends of the Winona Public Library are excited to be participating in the Otto Bremer Foundation’s March Millions campaign.

What is it? The Otto Bremer Foundation is expanding its work to Southeastern Minnesota. It is providing up to $1 million in matching funds to local nonprofit organizations through March Millions with the help of

How does it work? Find the link on the Winona Public Library’s home page or go to to donate to the Friends of the Library anytime. For donations between March 1st and March 31st, the Otto Bremer Foundation will match your donation. Donate $50 and you’re actually donating $100.

Every day in March will have a Bremer Boost. Every organization that receives a donation on the day of the drawing will be entered in a boost drawing. The organization that receives the Bremer Boost will be awarded an additional $1,000. That means 30 opportunities for the Friends to receive an extra $1,000. On March 31st, the Bremer Boost will be $10,000.

Help the Friends of the Winona Public Library reach their minimum goal of $1,000 and continue to enrich the Winona community with multiple library resources.

All donations must be made through to be eligible for the matching grants.


Friends of the Winona Public Library Book Sale

Stack_BooksThe Friends of the Winona Public Library’s Annual Book Sale will be held at the Winona Friendship Center (corner of 5th and Main) March 19th – March 21st!

Members Only Night will kick off the sale on Thursday, March 19th from 6p.m. to 8p.m. Not a member? Sign up to become a Friend of the Library before Thursday night and you too will get the first look. Memberships start as low as $15 a year.

The book sale will be open to the public on Friday, March 20th from 7:30a.m. to 6p.m. and Saturday, March 21st from 8a.m to 2p.m. There will be a $20 charge to use scanners at the sale.

If you are interested in volunteering at the sale, please fill out the online form. Thank you!

All proceeds benefit the patrons of Winona Public Library.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

January 5 – March 6, 2015

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  1. Must be 16 or older to participate.
  2. Must read or listen to five books and record them on the reading log.  (Logs are available at the Circulation and Reference Desks.)
  3. You may only count books towards the program if they are from the library. (OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks count.)
  4. After you return your first reading log to the library, you will receive a Hardee’s Coupon for a Regular Hot Ham ‘N’ Cheese Sandwich or Regular Roast Beef Sandwich (while supplies last).
  5. Your slip(s) will go into a drawing for several different grand prizes.
  6. You may reenter the drawing multiple times but only qualify for one coffee mug and Hardee’s Coupon.
  7. You cannot count books that you finished before the program.
  8. You may count books that were started before the program but did not finish until after the program began.

Grand Prizes include:

$10 Gift Card to Acoustic Cafe
5 Gift Certificate to Bloedow Bakery (4)
$10 Gift Certificate to Bub’s Brewing Co. (2)
$5 Comet Cash to Erbert & Gerberts’s (4)
Fantastic Sams Gift Basket (Valued at $42.97)
$10 Gift Certificate to Green Mill (2)
$5 Gift Certificate to Ground Round (4)
$25 Gift Card to Hy-Vee
$10 Gift Card to Kwik Trip (5)
Free Karuba Drink & Cheese Mountain Pizza from Kwik Trip (5)
$20 Gift Certificate to La Boutique
$20 Gift Card to Walmart
$20 Gift Card to Yarnology
$50 Gift Card to Midtown Foods

Thank You Sponsors!

Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Beginners

Microsoft_PowerPoint_2013_logo_svgNOTE: CLASS IS FULL. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

Did you know that you can use Microsoft Office PowerPoint to create slideshows for weddings and graduations? You can also use PowerPoint to create photo albums and quizzes.

The Winona Public is offering a beginner’s class at the Friendship Center starting Tuesday, January 13th. Classes will run from 3-4PM every other Tuesday through April.  Please view our library event calendar for specific class dates.

Participants must attend all eight sessions to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

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:


  • 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!