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 redelivery option. You will be sent a notification/email regarding your hold item & will have three (3) days to borrow, deliver later, or remove the hold. If you choose to deliver later, you will be put at the top of the holds list and the person after you will receive the hold. Here are some things you will want to do:

OverDrive Users: Make sure your email is up-to-date. You will receive emails when your item is ready.

Libby Users: Turn on your notifications in Libby. To do this, go into Libby tap on her face in the upper right-hand corner. Select Manage Notifications. Make sure all of your notifications are on.

For more information, go to Managing Available Holds in OverDrive Help.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening – CANCELLED until further notice

Tuesdays in April at 5 PM

This class is for beginning and experienced gardeners presented in four sessions.  Session One will provide definitions and techniques for location, equipment, soil, and systems of gardening.  Health concerns of the gardener will also be incorporated.  Sessions Two and Three will cover the use of Integrated Pest Management to deal with plant diseases and good/bad bugs respectively.  Session Four covers maintenance of the vegetable garden to include weed control, watering, amending the soil and critter control for growing a healthy garden.

Those interested in participating must register.  To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/wplvegetables or call the library at (507) 452-4860.  

Tax Form Information

Tax Form Information

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the IRS and Minnesota Department of Revenue have extended the tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020.

The following Federal forms and instructions are available at the library: 1040. (The 1040A and 1040EZ are no longer used.)

Minnesota Income and Property Tax forms, as well as IRS Schedules, can be printed for $0.10/page.  The Minnesota Income and Property Tax instructions are available for a seven-day checkout.

Note:  The IRS does not allow our tax hub to order anything beyond the main 1040 form and instructions, and the State of Minnesota no longer reproduces print forms for tax hubs.

Federal Tax Forms are available on the IRS Website (www.irs.gov).  Minnesota Income and Property Tax Forms are currently available on the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s Website (http://www.revenue.state.mn.us).

If you do not have access to the Internet, you can order Federal forms by calling this phone number: 1-800-829-1010.  Minnesota forms can be ordered by calling this phone number 1-800-652-9094.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Free tax assistance for low-moderate income individuals and families.  Appointments are discontinued until further notice. For a recorded message about the VITA site status please call: 507-474-7202. Please see the VITA handout for more information.

The IRS continues to urge taxpayers who haven't yet done a "Paycheck Checkup" to do one as soon as possible to see if they're having their employer withhold the right amount of tax after major changes in the tax law. The IRS Withholding Calculator can help taxpayers learn if they need to make changes soon to avoid an unwelcome surprise come tax time.

Please help us reach taxpayers by sharing the information below through your website, emails, newsletters or other channels:

A new one-page flier. Available in English and Spanish, Publication 5303, Paycheck Checkup, explains the importance of checking your federal income tax now. It's available on our Resources page.

News releases, Tax Reform Tax Tips, and drop-in articles. News releases are available on our Tax Reform News page. Tax tips and drop-ins are on the Tax Reform Resources page.

Social media. Retweet #PaycheckCheckup info and more from the IRS's Twitter accounts:

Other resources and general information

Raising Hell: The Restoration of the Masonic Drops, a Film by Mary Farrell – CANCELLED

at the Friends Annual Meeting, Thursday, April 23rd from 6-7:30 PM

The Friends of the Winona Public Library will conduct a short meeting and elections followed by the documentary, Raising Hell: The Restoration of the Masonic Drops. After the film, Kim Lawler will speak about the process behind restoring the drops.

The historic Winona Masonic Theatre was home to a collection of 98 hand-painted scenic drops dating back to the early 1900s and used by the Winona Masons for their Scottish Rite initiation ceremonies. Due to water damage and safety concerns, the City of Winona decided to remove the drops from the rigging system and encapsulate them in 2017 and store them temporarily. The city council later approved a plan to save 13 of the drops, including a scene from Hades. Kim Lawler, a professional scenery painter, was hired to restore the drops in 2018 and filmmaker Mary Farrell documented the unique restoration process.

Friends of the Library Spring Mini Book Sale

Saturday, May 2nd from 10 AM - 1:30 PM

Are you going to be out and about enjoying all of the sales during the 100 Mile Garage Sale?  Stop by the Friends of the Winona Public Library's Spring Mini-Book Sale on Saturday, May 2nd from 10AM-1:30PM outside in the Library's Learning Plaza (151 W. 5th Street). Rain Location: Bell Art Room.

Prices on the items are:
Hardcover Books - $1.00 each
Paperback Books - $0.50 each or three for a $1.00
Media items (DVDs/Music CDs) - $2.00 each or three for $5.00
Media sets (Television Seasons/Audiobooks) - $5.00 each
Children's Books -  $1.00 an inch

National Library Week

April 20th-25th

Find your place at the library during National Library Week at the Winona Public Library, April 20th to April 25th.


Fine Amnesty Week
Did you find a book from the library that you thought you lost?  Is the item so overdue that it's racking up late fees?  Is your book a few days late?  No worries!  National Library Week is also Fine Amnesty Week.  What does this mean?  All week there will be no fines on any Winona Public Library material.  That means that your Library DVD that is a couple of days late - no fines!  The book you are afraid to return, because it has a large fee - no charge.  Dig through your house, find those items, because all throughout the week nothing will have a late charge!


Special Programs
Library themed Storytime
Tuesday, April 21st at 10:30 AM
Bring your little ones to the library for a library/book themed storyhour.


Friends Annual Meeting: featuring the new Mary Farrell Documentary Raising Hell: The Restoration of the Masonic Drops
Thursday, April 23rd at 6 PM
It's a great time for civic engagement as the Friends are looking for a Vice President, Membership Coordinator, and an At-Large Board Memeber.  You'll also learn what they've been up to in the last year.
The documentary, Raising Hell: The Restoration of the Masonic Drops, filmed by Mary Farrell and featuring Kim Lawler, professional scenery painter will also be shown during the meeting.


Movie Showing: The Public
Friday, April 24th at 2 PM
The Public, starring and directed by Emilio Estevez, is about a Cincinnati librarian that helps a group of homeless people take refuge at the free public library in order to survive a brutal winter night.

WALC Art Show

Month of April

Art from Winona Area Learning Center (WALC) students will be on display in the library Bell Art Room. Join us for a special exhibit reception on Thursday, April 9th from 4-6 PM.

People and Places: An Exhibit by Sonja Romine

Exhibiting the Month of May

Sonja Romine is a local photographer who enjoys taking photos of people, places, and things.  Her camera is always with her from home to work to wherever she travels.  Photography has always been a part of her life, observing her surroundings and human nature. Romine's photography will be on display throughout the month of May, and she will be giving a talk on her work on Tuesday, May 5th at 6 PM in the Library's Bell Art Room.