Introduction to Comics Workshop

comicsSeptember 27th to October 3rd marks the celebration of all books that have been challenged or banned in the United States. Some of those books are classics but many of them are graphic novels otherwise known as comic books.

Many believe that comic books are just for kids. They, in fact, are not just for kids. Comic books are for everyone — boys, girls, men, women, everyone! Sometimes it’s not about the pictures in the book but the story. The story in a comic book makes us think more than just reading the words in a novel, and comic books aren’t just about superheroes some contain history and some are about real people.

On Saturday, October 3rd at 12PM, Jimmy Jams Comics will hold an Introduction to Comics Workshop at the Winona Public Library. Learn the history of comics, how to read them, and get recommendations based on what you like to read and watch on TV. All ages are welcome to attend. Registration is required. Go to to register for this event.

Haunted Halloween Stories Competition

Halloween2The Winona Public Library’s Annual Haunted Halloween Stories Competition is happening again this year!

Participants must be sixteen-years-old or older and live in Winona County. Stories must be 300 words or less and contain no vulgar language. Go to to submit your story anytime from October 1st to October 15th.

Voting for the winning story will be open to the public and online at from October 19th to October 22nd.

The winner of the Haunted Halloween Stories Competition will have their story published in the October 28th issue of the The Winona Post.

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

Book-a-Lunch @ the Library

Book_a_lunch_graphicBook-a-Lunch (Adult Story Time) is back at the Winona Public Library with two new short story collections this October.

On Wednesday, October 7th, join us for a day of mystery and murder as we read stories from Fifteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Malice from the Land of Minnesota Nice. Each author from this collection is from Minnesota and all the suspense takes place in the state as well.

On Wednesday, October 21st, we get in the Halloween Spirit and read stories from Minnesota Hauntings: Ghost Stories from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. This collection contains ghost stories from cities all across the state – from Winona to Thief River Falls.

Bring a lunch, listen, and relax as we read short stories every first and third Wednesday of the Month for a half hour from 12:15-12:45PM.

Winona Area Author Round Table

fountain-pen-inkCelebrate area authors and their writing with the Winona Public Library on Saturday, October 24th from 10AM-12PM at the Winona Friendship Center.

Local authors will participate in a brief book discussion followed by meet and greets. Also, enter for your chance to win one of the authors’ select books. If you miss your chance at winning, authors’ books will be for sale.

Participating authors include: Barbara Armitage, Dennis Challeen, Emilio DeGrazia, Merle Hanson, Mike Kalmbach, Terri Karsten, Richard Kowles, Ken McCullough, Vickie McGillis, Anne Pellowski, C. William Perkins, Dorothy Ruppert, JoAnn Schultz Tamke, Adrian Torbenson, and more.

Friends to Publish Book on History of WPL

scan0021 [1024x768]The Friends of Winona Public Library group is publishing its first book.  Winona Public Library has an interesting history with an intriguing story of vision, philanthropy and creative work.  The book’s publication is possible due to a 2015 grant from The Winona Foundation.  It will be about 100 pages with photos and be written, edited and printed in Winona.  The Friends plan to have the book available before the end of 2016.

Last year, the library itself received a Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) Community Collaboration grant for historian, Greg Gaut, to research, write a manuscript and publicly present the history of the Winona Public Library.  His presentations will be June 15th to the Winona City Council, September 12 at a Winona Public Library event and late 2016 at the Winona History Center (date TBA).

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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!