Friends of the Winona Public Library Sidewalk Sale

Thursday, July 18th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM

For one day only, the Friends of the Winona Public Library will have a mini-book sale outside in the Library’s Learning Plaza on Thursday, July 18th from 4-8PM.

You’ll find fiction items, nonfiction, children’s books, DVDs, Audiobooks, and Music CDs.  Hardcover books are $1.00 each; paperback books are $0.50 each or three for a $1.00; media items (DVDs/Music CDs) are $2.00 each or three for $5.00; and media sets (Television Seasons/Audiobooks) are $5.00 each.  You can even grab a sweet treat (mini-cupcakes) and lemonade on your way out of the library! (rain location, the library's Exchange Room).

Capture the Flag Laser Tag for Adults

Friday, July 19th, and August 16th from 5:45 - 7:00 PM

Enjoy an evening in the library after-hours with a few games of Capture the Flag where you get zapped out instead of tagged out. The entire 2nd and 3rd floor are your playing field.

Space is limited and participants must register. To register, go to or call the Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

Friday, July 19th, from 5:45 - 7:00 PM
Friday, August 16th, from 5:45 - 7:00 PM

Minnesota Home: an Exhibit by Caroline Garman

Exhibiting July 2019, Reception Thursday, July 18th at 6 PM

Local artist, Caroline Garman, weaves the elements of her beautiful watercolor paintings throughout the Library's Bell Art Room this July.

Garman will give a talk on her work on Thursday, July 18th at 6 PM in the Library's Bell Art Room.

Video Game Series

August 15th and August 22nd

Why Gaming is Awesome: The Psychological Benefits of Video Games
Thursday, August 15th, 6 PM

Pop culture often focuses on the negative impact of video games, however, research also suggests that in the right context video games can inspire creativity, problem-solving, learning, and social relationships.  Dr. Elizabeth Russell breaks down all of the benefits of video games.

Oddity and Innovation: A Selective History of Video Game Hardware
Thursday, August 22nd, 6 PM

Ryan Russell does a show and tell on the biggest blunders of video game hardware and how those same systems became some of video game’s most innovative leaps forward in gaming technology.

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 writing prompts for July 12th:

1. Summer Fun: Write about a summer activity. This could be a fictional short story, a descriptive poem, or a non-fiction memoir.

2. Weather: Some people think talking about the weather is boring. Write about a specific weather event in a way that is not boring.

3. Character sketch: Observe a stranger for 10 minutes or so. Take notes. Then write a character sketch based on what you observed, and what you might add from your own imagination.

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 Bell Art Room.

August 5th: Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) (IMDB), 2 Hours 18 Minutes

Thoroughly Modern Millie is the story of an innocent country girl who comes to the big city in search of a husband. Along the way she becomes the secretary of the rich and famous Trevor Graydon, befriends the sweet Miss Dorothy, fights off white slaver Mrs. Meers and hooks up with a lively paper clip salesman, Jimmy. In the end, it takes a rich and nutty jazz baby like Muzzy to unravel all these complications, give a great party, and match up lovers.

Popcorn and refreshments are served at the event.

Upcoming Classic Movie
  August 5, 2019
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), 2 Hours, 18 Minutes


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. The next Craft ‘n Things is Monday, August 12th.

Participants must register to participate.  Add your name to the wait list or call (507) 452-4860. 

Upcoming Craft 'n Things
Register:  The session is full, please add your name to the WAIT LIST
Monday, August 12th at 2 PM (SESSION FULL:
put your name on the wait list)
Tie-Dye Canvas Bags

Book Discussion

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, August 7th in the Bell Art Room.

The Winona Public Library’s July Book Discussion will discuss Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan Henry.

If you cannot make the meeting but would like to share your thoughts on the book, go to

Upcoming Book Selections
  Date Title Author
  August 7, 2019 Becoming Mrs. Lewis Patti Callahan Henry

Book Bingo

2nd Wednesday of the Month, 2PM

Play five rounds of different variations of bingo and win books!

Book Bingo meets every second Wednesday of the month at 2 PM in the Library’s Bell Art Room.

Don't miss our special Book Bingo: Evening Edition that meets at Island City Brewing Company.