Invoke Quartet: Virtual Mini-Concert

Live-Streamed on Wednesday, March 3rd at 7 PM

Southeastern Minnesota Library Tour | Online Event | INVOKE | FREE | Wed March 3 @ 7 PM | Live Streamed from the Historic Chateau Theatre to the Winona Public Library

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The “not classical...but not not classical” string quartet INVOKE to be artist in residency for a week-long series of virtual and interactive music education and outstate outreach services, live-streamed from Rochester's historic Chateau Theatre to Southeast Minnesota schools and libraries the week of March 1-5; leading up to a free full-length live-streamed residency finale concert for the public on Saturday, March 6 at 7 PM. Part of Rochester Civic Music’s Artists-in-the-School music education school residency program, and Regional Library Outreach program.

Invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band’s other not-nots encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. Invoke weaves all of these styles together to create truly individual music, written by and for the group. Equally at home in a collaborative setting, Invoke has performed with musicians from widely varying genres, from the Ensō Quartet, to chamber rock powerhouse San Fermin, to beatboxer/rapper/spoons virtuoso Christylez Bacon. Invoke’s two albums Souls in the Mud and Furious Creek both feature original works composed by and for the group, plus the quartet has also performed and recorded numerous world premieres. Invoke believes in championing diverse American voices, including their ongoing commissioning project American Postcards, which asks composers to pick a time and place in American history and tell its story through Invoke’s unique artistry.

REGIONAL LIBRARY OUTREACH PROGRAM: 5-day Southeastern Minnesota library tour providing live musical events for citizens of rural communities who might not otherwise have access to such opportunities. All library services will be free, un-ticketed events. Consequently, ticket price will be removed as a barrier that may prevent participation due to economics.

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support Grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

Monday, January 4th, through Friday, March 5th, 2021

Winona Public Library’s annual Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult winter reading program is back!

The program will run from January 4th to March 5th; all you will need to do is read or listen to five books (ebooks included) and record them in a reading log.  A digital reading log is available online as well as a printable copy of the log; these logs can be found on the Library’s Website at  Printed logs will be available with the Library’s curbside pick-up services.  After completing your first log, the library will contact you about picking up your free Hot Reads for Cold Nights coffee mug and a coupon for free small fries from McDonald’s.

At the end of the program, reading logs will be entered into a drawing for one of our many grand prizes.  Grand prizes include eleven $5 Comet Cash to Erbert & Gerbert's, a $25 gift card to HyVee, twenty $5 gift cards to Kwik Trip, two $10 gift certificates to La Boutique, a $50 gift card to Midtown Foods, three $50 gift certificates to Ray's Carpet Cleaning, three $10 gift certificates to River City Grill, a $25 gift certificate to Sullivan's Supper Club, and a pair of Darn Tough Socks from Yarnology.

Must be 18 or older and have a Winona Public Library Card to participate in Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  Persons may reenter the grand prize drawing multiple times.  Materials do not have to come from the library; just start reading!

The Winona Public Library would like to thank our sponsors for making Hot Reads for Cold Nights possible: Erbert & Gerbert's, The Friends of the Winona Public Library, HyVee, Kwik Trip (on Homer Rd), La Boutique, McDonald’s, Midtown Foods, Ray's Carpet Cleaning, River City Grill, Sullivan's Supper Club, and Yarnology. 

Hot Reads for Cold Nights Brochure

Vounteer Income Tax Assistance

Appointments can be Scheduled Starting Monday, January 25th

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

VITA provides free tax assistance for low-moderate income individuals and families.  Appointments are required due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Beginning Monday, January 25th, you can schedule an appointment by calling VITA at 507-474-7202.

Please see the VITA handout for more information and the flyer that lists all documentation that you should bring to your appointment.

The library has a limited number of tax forms available in our vestibule. Please visit our Tax Form Information page for more information.

Tax Form Information

Tax Form Information

Tax Forms are here and are located in the library's vestibule on Johnson Street. We have Federal Forms 1040 & 1040-SR and instructions. We also have Minnesota's M1, M1PR, and CRP (Certificate of Rent Paid).

The Minnesota Income Tax and Property Tax Refund instruction booklets are available for a seven-day checkout.

You can call the Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860 or email us at if you need a form that we do not have.

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 (  Minnesota Income and Property Tax Forms are currently available on the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s Website (

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

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Free tax assistance for low-moderate income individuals and families.  Appointments are required. Beginning Monday, January 25th, you can schedule an appointment by calling VITA at 507-474-7202. Please see the VITA handout for more information and the flyer that lists all documentation you should bring to your appointment.

The IRS continues to encourage taxpayers to use the IRS Withholding Calculator to see if they need to make tax withholding changes.

News releases and tax tips are available on the IRS Tax Reform News and Tax Reform Resources page.

Other resources and general information

Ways of Being Home: the Immigrant Experience

Wednesday, March 3rd from 9:30-10:30 AM

"Ways of Being Home ~ Between Northfield and Maltrata" explores the immigrant experience from the perspective of the Mexican community living in Northfield, a college town in southern Minnesota.  Most members of this immigrant community trace their roots back to Maltrata, a small agricultural municipality nestled in the mountains of the state of Veracruz. Filmed between 2016 and 2019, "Ways of Being Home" moves between both towns to draw attention to the geographical and emotional displacement experienced by members of this community as well as their resilience, ingenuity, and fierce determination. Made in close and constant collaboration with film participants, "Ways of Being Home" offers a nuanced portrayal of the ways displaced people craft a life and a home away from home.

This workshop will be held online. Registration is required.

Presented by Cecilia Cornejo, a Chilean-American documentary filmmaker, artist, and educator based in Northfield, MN.

Registration closes on 3/2/21.

Craft n’ Things: Heart-Shaped Suncatcher

Heart-shaped Sun Catcher

February 2021

Instructions for Making a Heart-Shaped Suncatcher

● 2 Pieces of Red Construction Paper
● 2 Pieces of 12 Inch Contact Paper
● Multiple Pieces of Colorful Tissue Paper
● 12 Inch Piece of String
● Scissor
● Pencil/Pen
● Paper Whole Punch (Optional)
1. Take the two pieces of construction paper and fold them in
half, hamburger style, then place one on top of the other
and draw a big half heart on the top piece of construction
2. Draw a smaller half heart on the inside of the big heart.
Leaving an inch or so between the two.
3. Using the scissor, cut along the outline of the bigger half heart. Make sure you are cutting through both pieces of construction paper.
4. Cut along the outline of the smaller heart. Cutting through both pieces of the construction paper. You should now have two hearts with empty space in the middle.
5. Take one piece of contact paper and peel off the backing. Lay it flat on a surface with the sticky side facing up.
6. Take one of your hearts (with the empty space in the middle) and place it on the contact paper. If you have any pencil or pen marks on the heart, place that on the contact paper facing up. You will want to press and hold the heart to the contact paper.
7. Next, take your tissue paper and begin to rip pieces of it. The pieces do not need to be any particular shape or size.
8. Once you have the desired amount of ripped tissue paper, begin placing it randomly on the contact paper in the center of the heart. You will not want to leave any gaps on the contact paper. It is okay if tissue paper overlaps one another or the construction paper.
9. After you apply the tissue paper, take the second construction paper heart without a middle and place it on top of the tissue paper and first construction paper heart. Line it up as much as possible.
10. Take the second piece of contact paper, remove the backing, and apply it to the first piece of contact paper on top of the hearts and tissue paper. Press and seal as much as possible.
11. Cut around the outer edges of your heart. Leaving a clear outline of it. This will help remove excess contact paper.
12. Almost there! You now have your suncatcher, you just need a way to hang it. If you have a paper whole punch, punch a hole in the top point in the heart. If not, fold your suncatcher in half. At the top point of the heart, cut a small puncture. Thread your string through the hole and hang.

YouTube Tutorial:

Winona Poetry Walk: Call for Submissions

February 1-April 1

The Winona Fine Arts Commission, with the support of the City Staff and Council, is launching the second phase of The Winona Poetry Walk, consisting of original poetry stamped into sidewalks.

The FAC requests submissions of original short poems (or parts of poems), to be selected to be placed as new sidewalk panels are installed downtown.

Applicants must be at least one of the following:

- Full-time residents of Winona

- Full-time students in Winona

- Posthumous submissions from relatives of the poet who lived in Winona

- First Nations/Peoples who claim this as their ancestral home

Submissions will be accepted from February 1st, 2021 through April 5th, with decisions to be made during the National Poetry Month of April. The concrete sidewalk stamping will begin in late Spring and Summer and will be completed for a celebration sometime in early Fall.

To submit poems for consideration in 2021, please use our online form.

Poems may be composed in either a vertical format (up to 11 lines; no line having more than 26 characters including spaces and punctuation), or horizontal format (up to 8 lines; no line having more than 36 characters including spaces and punctuation). If a title is included, it will count as two lines (title line plus a line space between the title and the poem). These size restrictions are strictly enforced. Each entrant may submit up to 2 poems for consideration.

All inquiries can be directed to Lee Gundersheimer, Arts and Culture Coordinator for the City of Winona at or at (507) 457-8255.

For more information, visit the Winona Poetry Walk page on the City of Winona website.

Minnesota Energy Assistance

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

EAP is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grants are:

  • For renters or homeowners
  • For households with income at or below 50 percent of the state median income
  • Based on energy cost, household size, and income


Applications must be received or postmarked by May 31, 2021 for EAP benefits for the 2020-2021 program year benefits. Applicants received after May 31 may be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program, local funds, referrals, advocacy, etc. Applications denied due to the end of program year will automatically receive an application for the next program year.

MN Energy Assistance Flyer - English (PDF)

MN Energy Assistance Flyer - Spanish (PDF)

MN Energy Assistance Flyer - Somali (PDF)

MN Energy Assistance Flyer - Hmong (PDF)

Craft n’ Things: Paper Bag Snowflakes

Paper Bag Snowflakes

January 2021

Instructions for Making Paper Bag Snowflakes

• Six Small Lunch Paper Bags
• 12 Glue Dots
• 12 Inches of Twine
• Scissors
1. Take one small lunch bag and place it upside-down and flat in front of you. Take a glue dot and place on what would normally be the bottom of the bag. Place another glue dot about two inches below the first. Place a second bag on top of the first and press down to secure the glue dots. Repeat this process
until all of the bags are attached. (Do not put glue dots on the last bag.)
2. Cut a portion of the bags off on the side where the bags open. This could be about two inches or wherever you would like to cut. You may find it slightly difficult to cut through all six bags at once. (Do not cut the glue dots off.)
3. Cut a pattern on the bags where they open. This could be one big triangle or multiple small ones or one big wave/squiggles or several small waves/squiggles.
4. Cut a pattern into both sides of the bag. Again, this could be multiple small triangles or small waves squiggles.
5. Expand your bags like an accordion without fully unfolding the bags. Put the last two glue dots on the outside of one of the bags on the end. Attach the two end bags by press and hold them together.
6. Pinch the two bags that you just attached together about an inch from the top. Cut a small hole in that spot so you can thread your twine through both bags.
7. Thread the twine through both bags and tie the twine together.
8. Hang your snowflake up.

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Great River Writes – Winona Writers Group

Great River Writes Logo

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 through Zoom.

Participants receive a monthly reminder of the meeting along with writing prompts.  Pick one of the three writing prompts 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 dates:
February 12th

February Prompts:
1. At the beginning of February, some cultures celebrate the return of light, but February remains a fairly dark, snowy month here in Minnesota. For this prompt, write about color--maybe your favorite color, a memory of colors, or even lack of color in a winter world.

2.  Try starting a scene with the following  sentence:
I saw a message in a bottle.

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