April 2020 Newsletter

The library is currently closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Minnesota's Stay at Home Order.  

We encourage patrons to use our website and online resources.  If you don't already have a library card, you can apply for one that allows access to our ebooks and e-audiobooks.

We will not be charging any late fines for materials that are due during the closure. Our book drop is closed so patrons are encouraged to keep materials that are due until we reopen. 

WPL Patron Survey

We at the Winona Public Library want to know how COVID-19 and the Governor’s “Safer at Home” order is impacting your life and what the library can do to help you in these times.

Knowing that we are limited in what we can offer you – no access to physical materials or spaces – are there services that might make things easier for you right now? Please answer a few of the questions on our survey to help us focus our services on what you really need and want.

WPL Patron Survey

COVID-19 Information

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Coronavirus Information
We've compiled a list of websites that contain information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak along with local pages that include business…

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Stay at Home Order for the State of MN
Governor Tim Walz issued a stay at home order for the State of Minnesota, effective March 27 - April 10. …

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Revised City Bus Schedule
Download the revised City bus schedule. In response to the Covid 19 virus, Winona Transit will begin running on an…

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Library Coronavirus Response
Winona Public Library will be closed, effective Tuesday, March 17. Based on the latest information from the Minnesota Department of…

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Virtual Programs & Free Online Resources

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Free Online Teen Resources
*Please note that some of these resources have been provided free of charge for a limited time only during the COVID-19 outbreak. 12 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online Authors…

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Free Online Resources for Kids
*Please note that some of these resources have been provided free of charge for a limited time only during the COVID-19 outbreak. ABC YA *Abdo Digital Bookshelf: Elementary *Abdo Digital…

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Minitex: Temporary Access to New Databases
Minitex has put out a list of resources that are available until June of 2020 to support libraries and schools in online teaching and learning. You’ll find preK-12 databases, large…

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T-Rex Storytime!
Ms. Tricia and Ms. Marcie are happy to bring you WPL's very first virtual storytime!  Kids, gather 'round!  Presenting... T-Rex Storytime!!! Make your own Dinosaur Mask (PDF)

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Online Book Clubs
Online book clubs are a great way to discuss books with others to open your mind up to new thoughts and ideas as well as share your own. You can…

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Great River Writes - Winona Writers Group
Meets monthly on the 2nd Friday, 3:30-5:30 PM Do you like to write fiction or non-fiction?  Check out the Great River Writes – Winona Writers Group that meets every second Friday…

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Classic Movie Mondays
1st Monday of the Month, 1PM Take a walk down memory lane with Winona Public Library’s Classic Movie Mondays the 1st Monday of the month at 1:00 PM in the…

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Craft 'n Things
2nd Monday of the Month, 2 PM Craft ‘n Things is every second Monday of the Month at 2 PM in the Library’s Bell Art Room. Registration is required. All craft programs are…

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Book Discussion - Beginning Remote Meetings April 1st
Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the Month, 2PM Book Discussion meets every first Wednesday of the month at 2 PM.  The next discussion is Wednesday, April 1st through Zoom…

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Memory Cafés
Virtual Meeting on April 1st at 2:30 PM A Memory Café is an activity for community members with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy.  Every Wednesday, except the 1st Wednesday of the…

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Youth Services

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Free Online Teen Resources
*Please note that some of these resources have been provided free of charge for a limited time only during the…

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Dance Party!
Who’s up for a dance party? I am! Woohoo! Dancing, jumping, stretching, and wiggling are all great ways to keep…

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Harry Potter @ Home!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is now available in ebook and audiobook with no waitlists or holds for the…

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Free Online Resources for Kids
*Please note that some of these resources have been provided free of charge for a limited time only during the…

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Engineering Indoors
Engineering is the science of building. We're going to build & test the strength of our creations by using household…

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Outdoor Observation
Have you seen or heard more birds in your neighborhood lately? Do you notice anything different about the trees? What…

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Indoor Games
Games are a great way to distract us from outside anxieties. They are a way for us to have fun…

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T-Rex Storytime!
Ms. Tricia and Ms. Marcie are happy to bring you WPL's very first virtual storytime!  Kids, gather 'round!  Presenting... T-Rex…

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Indoor Movement
With snow, rain, and wind, playing outside in springtime can be a bit of a mixed bag. But there are…

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Wacky Weather
We’ve been having some pretty wacky weather lately: fog, rain, snow! Try these activities at home to talk about what…

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Adult Services

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2020 U.S. Census
Have you completed the Census yet? You can do so by going to 2020Census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020. Due to COVID-19,…

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How to Tell if it's Fake News
Our Adult Services Librarian, Samantha, has put together a video of tips to help you separate trusted information from fake…

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Harry Potter @ Home!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is now available in ebook and audiobook with no waitlists or holds for the…

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Best Wishes from the Staff of WPL
The building may be closed, but we're all still working hard to bring you resources and support. While we won't…

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OverDrive/Libby Holds Checkout Procedure update
Do you use OverDrive/Libby? Starting in March, automatic hold checkout is going away & will be replaced by a hold…

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Ongoing Programs
Adults

Book Discussion: 1st Wednesday of the month, 2 PM - Virtual Meeting

Classic Movie Monday: 1st Monday of the month, 1 PM - Virtual Meeting

Craft 'n Things: 2nd Monday of the month, 2 PM - Online Instructional Video to be Posted


Youth

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: read 1000 books from age 1 to Kindergarten

Baby Book Bees
: read 100 books in your baby's 1st year

Storytime: New virtual storytimes are being created and posted to our website.

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