Driftless Regional Read 2022

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The Winona Public Library along with the La Crescent and La Crosse Public Libraries and several other partners are, again, participating in a regional read, the Driftless Regional Read.

Community members are tasked with reading Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. In Flight Behavior, Dellarobia Turnbow stumbles upon millions of butterflies whose migratory pattern has been disrupted. This discovery ignites a firestorm that changes her life forever. Flight Behavior will be available at a Little Free Library near you and the Winona Public Library beginning August 20th. Winona Public Library's Regional Read book discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 5th from 2-3 PM.

For information on various events happening in conjunction with the book, see the Driftless Regional Read Website.


Monarchs and Milkweed
September 15th, 2022, 5 PM
Winona Public Library - 151 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987

Monarch migration in the Coulee Region typically peaks in September. Join Nora from Happy Dancing Turtle to learn about monarchs, multiple types of Minnesota milkweeds, and what you can do to help! We'll learn about several organizations working to conserve monarch populations. You'll make your own milkweed soil bombs to bring home and throw into the wild!

Sustainable Living
September 17th, 2022, 10:30 AM
Winona Public Library - 151 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987

The Winona boathouses have made magazines, articles, and newspapers. They are even a popular attraction among those visiting Winona. Many boathouse owners on Latsch Island live there full-time. Find out how members of the Winona Boathouse Association manage a sustainable lifestyle, and how you can too on Saturday, September 17th at 10:30 AM in the Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room.

Wildwood Trail Hike
September 20th, 2022, 10:30 AM
Wildwood Trail - Upper Loop of Holzinger Trail off of Wincrest Drive

The Bluffside Trail is often known for its lower loop (Holzinger Trail), but what about the upper loop, the Wildwood Trail beginning at Wincrest Drive? Join the Winona Public Library on Tuesday, September 20th at 10:30 am for a guided hike of the Wildwood Trail led by Alicia, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for the City of Winona. Along the way, participants will learn about invasive species that Bluffside Park is battling and Bluffs Traverse Project, a Legacy Amendment Funded project that would interconnect the three trail systems along the bluff (Sugarloaf, Bluffside, and Garvin Heights Parks).

Pollinator Gardens
September 27th, 2022, 5 PM
Winona Public Library - 151 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987

Did you know that several pollinators are endangered species? These are butterflies, bees, birds, and more. University of Minnesota Extension Office Master Gardener, Deb Martin, will talk about the tips and tricks of creating pollinator gardens to attract and feed many types of pollinators on Tuesday, September 27th at 5 PM in the Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room.

National Solar Tour
October 1st, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location is TBD. Check back soon for updates.

Winona County Open House - National Solar Tour is October 1st. National Solar Tour is a day where you can tour businesses or residential areas that are solar-powered. On Saturday, October 1st, the Winona Public Library, and Winona Renewable Energy will host open houses from 10 AM-12 PM at two Winona County Farmsteads. There you will be able to see each setup and have all your solar power questions answered.

Driftless Regional Read Book Discussion
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
October 5th, 2-3 PM
Winona Public Library - 151 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987

Phenology and Climate Change
October 18th, 2022, 5 PM
Winona Public Library - 151 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987

Phenology is the study of the timing of recurring biological events (i.e. animal migrations, bloom times, breeding times, etc.). Scientists all over the world use phenology to study the effects of climate change, but they need your help! Join Nora from Happy Dancing Turtle to learn a brief history of phenology, examples of what we can learn from it, and how you can get involved by collecting data through a variety of citizen science programs. You'll have an opportunity to try apps for various programs, so bring a smart phone or tablet if you have one.

Pollinator Identification
October 27th, 2022, 5 PM
Winona Public Library Bell Art Room - 151 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987

Have you ever wondered about the pollinators in your flowerbeds? Which ones do you want in your garden or don’t want? What’s the difference between a bee and a wasp? What kind of butterflies will you find in your garden? These are some questions that University of Minnesota Extension Office Master Gardener, Laura Armstrong will answer on Thursday, October 27th at 5 PM in the Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room.

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