Craft ‘n Things

2nd Monday of the Month for Ages 18 and Older

Craft ‘n Things

Craft ‘n Things is moving to a grab-and-go model.  Beginning June 14th, you can pick up a craft kit for ages 18 and older on the second Monday of the Month from 12 PM-3 PM or the second Tuesday of the month from 9 AM-12 PM while supplies last.  The Craft ‘n Things kits will be located at the Johnson Street entrance.

June: DIY Pocket Fans (PDF instructions)

Upcoming crafts include:

July 12 & 13:  Paper Ball Decorations
August 9 & 10: Fluffy Paper Flowers

For questions, email staff at

Craft 'n Things on YouTube.

Past Crafts
June: DIY Pocket Fans (PDF Instructions)
May: Decoupage Drawer Organizers
April:  Pine Cone Felt Owls (Owl Template)
March: Paper Leprechaun Top Hats
February: Heart-Shaped Suncatcher
January: Paper Bag Snowflake
December: Scrabble Ornament
November: Mini Turkey Candy Pots
October: Pumpkin Lanterns
September:  Macramé Hanging Planters
August: Colorful Paper Butterfly (video instructions)
July: Vintage Book Page Star Shadowbox
June: Fairy Garden Picnic Tables
May: Paper Blooms Video
Paper Blooms Instructions


Great River Writes – Winona Writers Group

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Meets monthly on the 2nd Friday, 3:30 PM

Do you like to write fiction or non-fiction?  Check out the Great River Writes – Winona Writers Group that meets every second Friday of the Month.

Participants receive a monthly reminder of the meeting along with writing prompts.  Pick a writing prompt or write your own.  Stories must be one page, single-spaced.  At the meeting, participants will share their stories and provide a critique to others.

Registration is required. Please register using this online form.

Upcoming meeting:
July 9th in the Library Learning Plaza (please share your location suggestion here for the Winona Public Library/River Arts Alliance sponsored event)
(inclement weather, the meeting will be held virtually through Zoom)

We'll meet from 3:30-5:30, though we may end early depending on the number of participants.

Masks are preferred and social distancing is encouraged. Everyone attending will need to sign a liability waiver.

Bring your own chair if possible. There are two benches available, and the library can bring out a chair if necessary.

Bring a copy of your writing that you wish to share (up to 2000 words) and the library staff will make copies for the group.

As always, feel free to use the prompts below, change them, or ignore them and write your own idea. We will read aloud, then share verbal comments and suggestions. We hope to see you at the meeting.

July prompts:

To Be Announced

For other Great River Writes programs, go to the Facebook page.

Pumpkin Lanterns

Pumpkin Lanterns

October 2020

Instructions for Making Pumpkin Lanterns

Create pumpkin lanterns to have around your house for Halloween during the Winona Public Library's Craft 'n Things.

 Foam Brush
 Mod Podge
 Cup/Small Bowl
 Balloon
 Tealight Candle (Batter Operated or Lit)
 Permanent Marker
 Orange Tissue Paper

1. Blow your balloon up so that it is about 3.5 inches in diameter. (This is about the same width as a hand in a fist.) When finished, tie it closed.
2. Put the balloon in your cup with the knot on the balloon in the cup.
3. Take the orange tissue paper and rip it into small pieces. (Pieces should be about one to two inches but this does not need to be exact.)
4. You will need the foam brush and mod podge for this step. Dip your brush into the mod podge and cover a small section of the balloon with it. Cover the section with the tissue paper pieces. Repeat this step until the balloon is covered. (The tissue paper will not totally stick down and edges will be sticking up. This is okay.)
5. Using your foam brush, cover the tissue paper that is on the balloon with mod podge.
(This is your second layer of mod podge.) Do this in sections until all of the tissue paper on the balloon is covered. (The mod podge goes on white but will dry clear. Wrinkles in the tissue paper are okay during this process.)
6. Let mod podge dry for 24 hours.
7. The next day remove the balloon from the cup and turn balloon so the knot is facing up.
Take your permanent marker and draw a pumpkin face on the tissue paper. (The mouth of the pumpkin should be toward the center of tissue paper.)
8. Using a pointed edge (pin, paper clip, pen, etc), pop the balloon. The tissue paper mold will deflate with the balloon. This is okay.
9. When the balloon finishes deflating, remove it from the inside of your mold and reshape the mold so it appears round again.
10. Put your tealight candle in the now pumpkin-shaped mold. You now have a pumpkin lantern!

Magazines Now Available in OverDrive/Libby

We now have 10 magazine titles available on Libby & Overdrive—all with availability for unlimited simultaneous use, which means no waiting!

To view how to get the Libby or Overdrive app on your device, visit

Magazines that are available include:

Car and Driver
The Economist
Food Network
Good Housekeeping
Men's Health
O The Oprah Magazine
Women's Health

Book Discussion

Usually meets on the 1st Wednesday of the Month, 2PM

The next discussion is Wednesday, July 7th at Jaycee Shelter (340 Lake Park Drive, rain location through Zoom).  You will need to register online for the discussion, please Contact Us by 3 PM the day before to be provided the link to the meeting.  We will be discussing The Gown by Jennifer Robson.

Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces listeners to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout.

Memory Cafés

Virtual Meetings offered every Wednesday 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 month, at 2:30 PM, local organizations host a Memory Café at Beno’s Deli (78 E 4th Street) -- IN-PERSON MEETINGS CANCELLED until further notice.

For more information on how to attend the Memory Cafes, contact Library Staff at

The Winona Public Library hosts the café every 4th Wednesday of the Month at usually at  Beno's but held virtually until further notice.