Local Author Walter Bennick at Friends of the Winona Public Library Annual Meeting

Local author Walter Bennick has written two books as part of the Images of America: Minnesota Series – one on Winona and another on the Upper Mississippi River at Winona. While the Winona book features photos of the City of Winona, Upper Mississippi at Winona features photographs and aerial views of life along the Mississippi River specifically in Winona.

The Friends of the Winona Public Library invited Bennick to their Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 27th at 6PM. Bennick will discuss his latest book in the Images of America Series, Upper Mississippi at Winona.

Light refreshments and snacks are available at the event. The Friends of the Winona Public Library Annual Meeting is open to members of the public.

How to Buy a Bike

The Winona Area Community is a very outdoorsy place featuring bike paths around the lake and trails at Bluffside Park, Prairie Island, and more.  With all these places to bike, it is important to have the right kind of bike that is comfortable and fits your body.

The Winona Public Library invites you to learn about what to look for when purchasing a bike during the How to Buy a Bike Class hosted by Tim and Lincoln of Kolter Bike on Thursday, April 20th at 6PM in the Library’s Bell Art Room.  

Registration is required for this event.  To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/wplbike.

National Library Week: April 9 – April 15th

Many things are happening during National Library Week (April 9 – April 15th) at the Winona Public Library.  See below for all the exciting events.

Food for Fines

First, Food for Fines is back!  What is Food for Fines?  For every non-perishable item you bring to the library, you will have $1.00 removed from your fines.  For example, if you have $5.00 in library fines, bring five non-perishable items in and have your fines totally removed from your account.  The Food for Fines program will not work toward future fines or items that are lost or damaged but will work on all fines.  All food items will be donated to the Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf.

In addition to Food for Fines, the Winona Public Library has a special announcement to make – Children and Youth items will no longer have fines!  Any item in our Youth Services Department is fine free.  This policy begins National Library Week and will stay in place from here on out.  Note:  Any item not returned 30 days after the due date would still acquire a lost fee.

Spirit Week at WPL

Staff at the Winona Public Library will celebrate every day of National Library Week with a little spirit!  Throughout the week, staff will dressed to the nines in different, sometimes crazy outfits.  On Monday, April 10th, staff will kick off the week by twinning.  Look for staff around the building wearing the same outfits appearing to look like one another.  Tuesday is National Library Workers Day, so staff will dress in their WPL apparel.  On Wednesday, things get a little crazy at the library as we celebrate Wacky Wednesday.  Everyone has a favorite sports team, so on Thursday, April 13th learn which sports teams are the staff’s favorite.  Then on the last day of National Library Week, find staff in their fanciest plaid during Flannel Friday.

Ongoing Program Specials

Several of our recurring programs taking place during National Library Week will have a bookish/library theme.  For example, Color Me Calm, on Tuesday, April 11th from 5-7PM, will feature coloring sheets of libraries, books, and pages from coloring books published by libraries.  (Note:  Color Me Calm is every second and fourth Tuesday of the Month from 5-7PM.  April dates are April 11th and April 25th.)

Then there is Book Bingo on Wednesday, April 12th at 2PM in the Library’s Bell Art Room. All of the prizes are books about books, librarians, or libraries.  The prizes are: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover’s Adventures by Josh Hanagarne; The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman; and This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson.

Library Resources Class

The library will, also, have a library resources class on Thursday, April 13th at 6PM in the Library’s Bell Art Room.  This class will focus on the ins and outs of interlibrary loan; giving tips and tricks on how to get books from other libraries in the SELCO system and how to use the state system, MnLink, to receive items from anywhere in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

Registration is required for this class.  To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/wplresources

Special Movie Showing

To end National Library Week, the Winona Public Library will show a movie featuring everyone’s favorite Librarian, Noah Wyle!  The library will show the first movie in The Librarian Trilogy, The Librarian:  Quest for the Spear, on Friday, April 14th at 4PM. 

The Librarian:  Quest for the Spear tells the story of Flynn, who is hired by a mysterious library.  Soon he finds himself chasing after lost and stolen artifacts.


April 10, 4-5 PM:   Stop Motion Animation. Learn how to make your own stop motion animation movies! This class has limited space available, and registration is required. Sign up at the YS desk today! Ages 8+.

April 11, 10:30 AM: Special Storytime: Libraries! Interactive stories that relate to our favorite thing: libraries! Then, get a special behind the scenes tour of the library and become an official junior librarian!

April 12, 4-5:30 PM: Read with Rover—Duffy! Sign up at the Youth Services desk for a 15-minute slot to read one-on-one to Duffy, the therapy dog!

April 13, 2:30-4 PM: Early Release Day: Lego Free Play!
April 13, 6 PM: Bilingual Storytime (English/Spanish) with Madison SLIP!

April 14, 10:30 AM: Musical performance by Amanda Grace!
April 14, 5-6 PM: Teen Fandom Trivia Night. Join us for Jeopardy-style trivia about all your favorite fandoms: Star Wars, Harry Potter, comics, and more!
No registration required. For grades 6 through 12.


March Madness Movie Winner Showing

For the last month, the Winona Public Library has had their own March Madness Bracket going with movies.  The bracket began with sixteen of the bestselling movies of 2016 and ended with Captain America: Civil War and Finding Dory facing off.  

Find out who won the March Madness Bracket on Wednesday, March 29th.  Then the winning movie will be shown on Friday, April 7th at 3:30PM in the Library’s Bell
 Art Room. 

A light beverage and snacks provided.

Lin Bruce – “Yes, I Think I Can”

Lin Bruce is a late-blooming against-the-odds cross-country cyclist whose first transcontinental ride was in honor of her 60th birthday in 1999. Since then, she has crossed the U.S. four times and has transformed her inner and outer sense of possibility, forever shifting the scope of her dreams.

The Winona Public Library and Friendship Center will host Bruce on Wednesday, April 5th at 2PM at the Winona Friendship Center (Corner of 5th and Main Streets).  The event will, also, feature bicycle registration and safety information from the Winona Police Department and bicycle maintenance tips and coupons from Kolter Bicycle.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights 2017

Winona Public Library extends a thank you to our sponsors and all who participated in the annual Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult winter reading program this year.

The program ran from January 9th to March 10th.

Prizes after the first reading log included a library coffee mug and a Hardees coupon. Grand prizes at the end of the program included: three $10 Gift Cards to Acoustic Café, a $20 Gift Card to Bluff Country Co-op, five $5 Comet Cash Gift Certificates to Erbert & Gerbert’s, three $10 Gift Certificates to Fantastic Sams, ten free orders of Breadsticks from Godfather’s Pizza, ten free orders of Monkey Bread from Godfather’s Pizza, ten free mini-pizzas from Godfather’s Pizza, five $10 Gift Certificates to the Green Mill, five $5 Gift Certificates to Ground Round, $25 Gift Card to Hy-Vee, three $20 Gift Cards to Kwik Trip, a $25 Gift Card to Midtown Foods, $100 Gift Certificate to Ray’s Carpet Cleaning, a $50 Gift Card to Walmart and more…

The Winona Public Library would like to thank our sponsors for making Hot Reads for Cold Nights Possible!


Laird’s Legacy: A History of the Winona Public Library

The Friends of Winona Public Library announces the release of a new book: Laird’s Legacy: A History of the Winona Public Library by Greg Gaut. The book is now for sale for $23 at the Winona Public Library’s Checkout Desk.  Credit cards, cash and checks are accepted.

This library history project began in 2014, when Chad Ubl, Winona’s Community Service Director, discovered a trove of historic material in Winona Public Library’s vault. It convinced him that the library’s history should be told. What started as discovery, turned into a collaborative project between the library, the Friends of the Winona Public Library, and Greg Gaut, a historian specializing in historic preservation.

In 1897, two years before the first Carnegie library in Minnesota, Winona lumberman William Harris Laird donated the public library building to Winona with the stipulation that the city maintain it as a public institution.  His gift is an impressive Neo-classical building sheathed in white limestone and capped by a central dome.  It is the oldest library building still in use in Minnesota. The book tells the story of Winona’s public library from its origins in 1886 to the present time, focusing on the legacy of Laird’s philanthropy.

The Friends of Winona Public Library is a 501c3 nonprofit that maintains an interested membership, focuses attention on the library, stimulates the use of library resources, receives gifts and endowments to the library, and cooperates with the library in developing services and facilities for the community. Book sale proceeds will serve as a perpetual fundraiser for the Friends.

Grant monies that made this book possible came from the Winona Foundation, Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

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)