Winona Reads – Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

being-mortalWinona Reads is back! Throughout the month of November, the Winona Public Library is encouraging the community to read Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. In Being Mortal, Gawande argues “quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. He offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.” -From the Publisher

The Friends of the Winona Public Library along with Winona Health Hospice have made copies of the book available at various business including: Benchmark Electronics, the Blue Heron, Kwik Trip (Broadway & Mankato), Merchants Bank (Downtown), Miller Ingenuity, RTP, Watlow Electric Manufacturing, and the Winona Friendship Center.

In addition to reading the book, the Winona Public Library, in conjunction with Winona Health Hospice, are offering the following programming: On Thursday, November 10th at 1PM, the PBS Frontline Special, Being Mortal, will be shown at the Public Library in the Bell Art Room. Discussion and dialogue will follow the video.

Then on Thursday, November 17th at 6pm, Hospice Social Worker, Sheila Skeels, stops by the library to talk about planning for end of life care.

For the final program in the Winona Reads Series, the University of Minnesota Extension Office is hosting a Health Care Directive Workshop at the Winona Public Library on Tuesday, November 22nd at 10AM. Registration is required for this workshop. To register, go to or call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

Genealogy Workshop: The Basics

Are you interested in learning about your family history?  Do you know where you need to begin your search?  If not, the Winona Public Library is here to help.  The library is hosting a genealogy basics workshop (same workshop available on three different days and times).forest-153594_960_720

Dates and times of the workshop:

Monday, November 14 from 10-11:30AM (Registration Full)
Wednesday, November 16 from 2-3:30PM (Registration Full)
Friday, November 18th from 10-11:30AM (Registration Full)

Learn about the different tools that you can use to research your family tree (including and then put them to practice.  Registration is required for this workshop.  To register, go to or call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

Note:  Participants will need to bring the following to the workshop: At least one parent or grandparent’s name, their birth date and/or death date, and location.

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!