Memory Cafés

Virtual Meetings offered every Wednesday at 2:30 PM

A Memory Café is an activity for community members with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy.  Every Wednesday, except the 1st Wednesday of the month, at 2:30 PM, local organizations host a Memory Café at Beno’s Deli (78 E 4th Street) -- IN-PERSON MEETINGS CANCELLED until further notice.

For more information on how to attend the Memory Cafes, contact Library Staff at

The Winona Public Library hosts the café every 4th Wednesday of the Month at usually at  Beno's but held virtually until further notice.

Friends Monthly Meeting

Third Saturday of the Month from 9:30 - 10:30 AM

The Friends of the Winona Public Library usually meet every third Saturday of the month in the library's Bell Art Room to discuss fundraising and funding the library. Be part of the discussion. All Friends and potential friends are invited.

Please note: Next meeting is during the  Friends Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:30 PM the meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Members will receive a link to the meeting in their email.  Non-members will have to register by 3 PM the day before for a link, please register using our online form to receive the Zoom meeting link.

Friends email address:

Art Room Display

Winona Public Library Art Exhibit Openings

Whether your artwork hangs or sits, the Winona Public Library has exhibit space open in the Bell Art Room for you.

Artists are allowed to display and sell their work for up to one month.  An artist talk is appreciated while the work is on display but not required.  All exhibitions and talks are marketed to the public by the library.

To view our exhibition policy and paper application, click here. To submit an online exhibition application, click here.

**For all upcoming adult programs, go to the Events Calendar**

Laird’s Legacy: A History of WPL

Book for Sale @ Library

The Friends of Winona Public Library announces the release of Laird’s Legacy: A History of the Winona Public Library by Greg Gaut. The book is now for sale for $23 at the Winona Public Library’s Checkout Desk. Credit cards, cash and checks are accepted.

This library history project began in 2014, when Chad Ubl, Winona’s Community Service Director, discovered a trove of historic material in Winona Public Library’s vault. It convinced him that the library’s history should be told. What started as discovery, turned into a collaborative project between the library, the Friends of the Winona Public Library, and Greg Gaut, a historian specializing in historic preservation.

In 1897, two years before the first Carnegie library in Minnesota, Winona lumberman William Harris Laird donated the public library building to Winona with the stipulation that the city maintain it as a public institution. His gift is an impressive Neo-classical building sheathed in white limestone and capped by a central dome. It is the oldest library building still in use in Minnesota. The book tells the story of Winona’s public library from its origins in 1886 to the present time, focusing on the legacy of Laird’s philanthropy.

The Friends of Winona Public Library is a 501c3 nonprofit that maintains an interested membership, focuses attention on the library, stimulates the use of library resources, receives gifts and endowments to the library, and cooperates with the library in developing services and facilities for the community. Book sale proceeds will serve as a perpetual fundraiser for the Friends.

Grant monies that made this book possible came from the Winona Foundation, Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.