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 of the Month at the Winona Public Library.

Each month you will receive writing prompts to work on and bring to the next meeting.  Don't like the prompts then make your own.  Bring a page of your work, to be critiqued at the meeting.

The next meeting is Friday, May 10th from 3:30-5:30pm in the Youth Programming Room.

Job Opening: Part-Time Library Administrative Assistant

Join Our Team!

We have an opening for a part-time administrative assistant at the library.

The full job posting, application, and supplemental forms can be found on the City of Winona Human Resources page.

Application Deadline 

April 29, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Starting Wage

$17.35 per hour

Hours Per Week

20 hours per week

Anticipated Start Date

June 3, 2019

Job Summary

This part-time clerical office position performs clerical and receptionist work such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, and providing information to callers.

Job Requirements


  • One year of technical training with one year of experience; or
  • High school diploma with two years of equivalent experience.


  • Associate’s degree with focus on administrative support
  • Two years of experience
  • Data entry and bookkeeping skills or training
  • Microsoft Certified Professional certificate or similar training

Required Application Documents

The following documents are required to apply for this position. Please note that the City of Winona does not accept resumes in lieu of a completed application and supplemental questionnaire. The City hiring process is based on a merit point system and failure to complete information and provide documents listed below may result in loss of examination points.

  1.  City of Winona employment application
  2.  Completed Supplemental Questionnaire
  3.  Veterans only: Veteran’s preference form and member copy four of the DD214, or other documentation verifying service to substantiate the services information requested on the form. Points will only be awarded if documentation is submitted.
  4.  Cover letter
  5.  Resume’

All application materials can be found here.

Basic Vegetable Gardening: a Six-Week Series

Every Thursday at 6 PM from April 25th - May 30th

Learn about how to plant a vegetable garden and maintain it through the regular and extended growing season. Topics covered will include a discussion of the various techniques for different types of vegetable gardens, when to plant vegetables here in the north, what to plant for a productive, successful garden, and how to handle the more common challenges of weeds, insects, diseases, and critters.

Sessions will be led by the Winona County Master Gardeners.

This series is FULL. Please watch for this program in the Fall. It is free and open to the public, however, participants must register.  To register, go to or call the Winona Public Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

Spoken Word Workshop

Tuesday, April 30th at 6 PM

Spoken Word is “performance art that is word-based and is a catchall term for any kind of poetry recited aloud, including poetry readings, poetry slams, jazz poetry, and hip hop, and can include comedy routines and prose monologues.”-Wikipedia.

Joe Davis, a Minneapolis based spoken word artist, will be on hand to explain the ins and outs of spoken word -- what it is, how it works, along with tips and tricks on sound projections. It’s the perfect workshop to get you ready for open mic nights at the Laureate Reading Series or Black Sheep Poetry events.

This event is free and open to the public; however, participants must register for the event.  To register, go to or call the Reference Desk at 507-452-4860.

Spoken Word Performance by Joe Davis

Tuesday, April 30th at 7 PM

April is National Poetry Month.  Spoken Word is “performance art that is word-based and is a catchall term for any kind of poetry recited aloud, including poetry readings, poetry slams, jazz poetry, and hip hop, and can include comedy routines and prose monologues.” - Wikipedia

Joe Davis is a Minneapolis-based spoken word artist and the frontman of emerging soul, funk, and spoken word ensemble, The Poetic Diaspora.  Davis’ poetry through spoken word is eloquent and beautiful.

Listen to him perform at the Winona Public Library on Tuesday, April 30th at 7PM in the Bell Art Room.  This event is free and open to the public.

This event is presented by Great River Writes and sponsored by the Winona Public Library.

WALC Art Exhibition

Exhibiting April 2019, Reception April 10th, 5-6PM

Enjoy art from Winona Area Learning Center (WALC) students in the library's Bell Art Room throughout the month of April. The exhibit showcases art worked on throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

Reception: Friday, April 12th from 5:00-6PM in the library's Bell Art Room.

Reducing Plastics in Your Everyday Life

Monday, April 22nd, at 4 PM

Discover the impacts of plastic pollution on the environment, discuss plastic product health concerns, and learn a variety of tips & tricks for reducing plastic in your home & life.  This workshop is free and open to the public and is presented by Happy Dancing Turtle.

Happy Dancing Turtle’s mission is to build, demonstrate, and promote sustainable living solutions that are economically and ecologically practical.

Brainstorm by Dan Siegel: Online Book Discussion

Month of April

The Winona Public Library will hold a four-week online book discussion of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel.  Those wanting to participate should join the Library’s Facebook Group, Winona Public Library - Brainstorm by Daniel J. Siegel, and can pop in and out of the discussion at any point; the program is self-paced.

Neuropsychiatrist, Daniel J. Siegel, author of The Whole-Brain Child, is back again with Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of theTeenage Brain, the follow-up book on the adolescent brain from ages 12-24.  Siegel explains how brain development can affect teenage behavior and relationships.  Using important new research in interpersonal neurobiology, “he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is, in fact, an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.” –From the Publisher

Discussion Schedule:

April 1st - April 8th: Read Part 1

April 8th – April 15th: Read Part 2

April 15th – April 22nd: Read Part 3

April 22nd – April 29th: Read Part 4 & Conclusion

Copies of the book will be available at the library's Reference Desk.