NaNoWriMo Local Author Fair & Creative Writing Workshop Sign Up

This year, instead of holding the typical Local Author Fair, the Winona Public Library is hosting a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Local Author Fair and Creative Writing Workshop.  The Library is looking for local book authors to have a booth at the fair and/or hold a 15 minute to one-hour session for the creative writing workshop.

Space is limited, so local authors are encouraged to sign up soon for your chance to participate in the NaNoWriMo Local Author Fair and Creative Writing Workshop which will take place on Saturday, November 4th from 10AM-12PM at the Winona Public Library.  Authors are allowed to sell, sign, and visit with people about their books at the fair.  Authors doing workshops must get the workshop pre-approved by the library.

Further details:

  • All genre authors are invited but space and time is limited. (Only 12 available spots.)
  • Authors must live within a one-hour radius of Winona, MN.
  • This is a free event.  The library will not pay a fee to the author, and the author will not pay a fee to participate.
  • Authors may come set-up their area between 9-10AM on Saturday, November 4th. 
  • Each author will have a table.
  • Workshop proposals can range.  Examples of workshops include Poetry Writing, Memoir Writing, Short Stories, Fantasy and Sci-Fi Writing, etc.
  • Authors will not be allowed to submit a workshop proposal after 5PM on Monday, October 2nd.
  • Authors are mentioned in promotional items if applications are submitted by 5PM on Monday, October 2nd.  Authors signing up after this date will qualify under “And More” on all PR.

To participate in the round table, please use the following link and fill out necessary information: WPLAuthorRoundTable.   If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Department at the Winona Public Library at (507) 452-4860.

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)

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!