Book Discussion

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

The next discussion on Wednesday, October 6th will meet at Sobieski Lodge.  If you would like to borrow a copy of the book, please use this form: Book Discussion Registration or call
the Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.
We will be discussing The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline.

Banned Books Week Scavenger Hunt

September 27-October 2

How well do you know the banned or challenged books in the United States?  Test your knowledge with a scavenger hunt during Banned Books Week (September 27-October 2) at the Winona Public Library.  If you can locate at least three of the five books in the library, you will receive a banned books bracelet, button, and sticker.  Pick up the scavenger hunt sheet beginning Tuesday, September 27th at the Library’s Reference Desk.

Waking Up White: Regional Read

The Waking Up White Regional Read invites the community to read Waking Up White, attend public presentations, and engage in book chat conversations about ways to create a more welcoming and inclusive multicultural community.

Waking Up White is the book Debby Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As she unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. She also explains why and how she’s changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the racial justice movement as a whole.

The book is available to request via our online catalog or, starting Sept. 27, pick up a free copy in Little Free Libraries in Goodview, Minnesota City, Rollingstone, or Winona.

Winona Public Library Events

Friday, October 22, 3 pm. Diversity and Inclusion in Theatre Panel with Aaron Young, Melissa Maxwell, Eileen Moeller, and Jaclyn Johnson. Zoom* Register

Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 am. "Why Being Color-Blind" is Not a Good Approach" Book Chat (90 minutes) Register

To view the full schedule of events at other locations in the area, visit the Waking Up White Regional Read website.

Water Assistance Program

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is expanding the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program to pay water and sewer bills for Minnesotans who apply and qualify for energy assistance. Commerce is using $15 million in additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding designated for water assistance. Commerce has expanded income eligibility to help more Minnesotans than ever before pay costs to heat and cool their homes, power their lights and electricity, provide fuel delivery, and, if needed, repair or replace homeowners’ heating systems.

Water assistance applications are currently being accepted. For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Commerce website.

Minnesota State Park Pass Program

June 4, 2021 through June 30, 2022

The Winona Public Library has three State Park Passes available for checkout to Winona Public Library cardholders. These passes cannot be reserved, interlibrary loaned, or renewed. Passes will be given to patrons on a first-come, first-serve basis. (You cannot call ahead of time to reserve a pass, but you can check availability here.)

♦ Passes can be used at any State Park in Minnesota for no more than seven days from the checkout date.
♦ Passes must be returned to the library after use.
♦ At the time of check out, you will be given these park pass instructions. If you have an email address please, fill out the top part. Your email address will be used to send you a survey regarding your State Park Pass experience. If you do not have an email address, we will give you a paper copy of the survey at the time of check out. Please, return the survey when you return the Park Pass to the Library.
♦ Staff will place an expiration date sticker on the park pass before handing it over. They will also give you a due date receipt.
♦ When you are using the pass at a park, leave it on the dashboard of your vehicle. This will indicate to State Park Staff that you have a seven-day park pass from the library. Keep the due date receipt handy in case State Park Staff ask to see it.
♦ When you are done with the pass, return it in our book drop. If you have a paper survey to return, tuck it in the pocket of the pass upon return.

One Book, One Minnesota: Murder on the Red River by Marcie Rendon

Minnesota, let's read together.

One Book | One Minnesota is a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss.

Libraries are essential for connection, and through One Book | One Minnesota, libraries across the state will connect their communities through stories. The program aims to bring Minnesotans closer together during this time of distance and adversity.

Resources and information for the current chapter selection are below.

The Fifth Chapter will run from August 2 through September 26, 2021.

  • Download the ebook for free on Ebooks Minnesota here.
  • Request a copy in our library catalog here.
  • Register for the statewide virtual author discussion on August 31 here.
  • Find resources and learn more about the program here

One Book | One Minnesota is presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services and sponsored by Spire Credit Union. Program partners also include Blackstone Audio; Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators; Mackin VIAMinitex; the Minnesota Department of Education; and Soho Press. This program is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, as well as through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Fall 2021 Coloring Contest (for Adults 18+)

Begins Monday, September 27th

Coloring is a relaxing, stress-free activity that can help deter memory loss and even bring back childhood memories.  In an effort to promote wellness in the Winona Area Community, the Winona Public Library is having its Fall Coloring Contest.

Participants must be eighteen or older and hold an active Winona Public Library Card.  You can download the coloring sheet or pick one up at the Check Out and Reference Desks starting Monday, September 27th.  The coloring sheet must be turned in at the Winona Public Library Reference Desk by 5 pm on Friday, October 22nd.

The entered coloring sheets will be on display at the library from Monday, October 25th to Friday, October 29th.   The public is allowed to vote on their favorite coloring sheet at that time.

The contest winner will be announced on Monday, November 1st, and will receive a $25 Gift Card to Target.

Gravestone Rubbing & Cleaning Kit

Thursday, October 14th

Gravestone rubbings and cleanings have been very popular in recent years.  Rubbings are the practice of inscribing/creating the image of a headstone onto paper.  Cleaning the stone helps preserve it for years to come.

The Winona Public Library is offering a kit for gravestone rubbings and cleanings on Thursday, October 14th.  Prior to use of the kit, participants must contact cemeteries or owners of headstones before using them.

Registration is required.

Friends of the Library Mini Book Sale

Saturday, October 16 from 11 AM - 1:00 PM

The next Friends of the Winona Public Library Mini Book Sale will be held in our Learning Plaza from 11 AM-1 PM on Saturday, October 16th stop by and check out all of the items.

All proceeds from the Book Sale benefit the patrons of Winona Public Library.

Interested in volunteering at the sale?  Shifts are from 10-11 AM for setup, 11 AM-1 PM for Sales, and 1-2 PM for cleanup.  Please, sign up here or call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

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

Minnesota Energy Assistance

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay for home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households.

Request an application or find your local service provider:
Call 800-657-3710 and press 1
OR search online for “Minnesota energy assistance”
OR go online:

• Homeowners and renters can qualify for energy assistance.

• Commerce has raised the income level for households to qualify, so more Minnesota households than ever before qualify for energy assistance. For example, a household with four people can have annual income of up to $65,228 to qualify.

• You could receive up to $1,600 for energy bills and may qualify for an additional $1,200 to cover past-due bills.

• By applying for energy assistance, Minnesota households can qualify for Minnesota’s Weatherization Assistance Program to pay for free home improvements to conserve energy and permanently reduce that home’s energy costs.

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