Summer Reading Program

June 3rd - August 10th

Join the Winona Public Library staff for a summer of adventure that will help maintain and improve your reading skills! Our free program rewards children and young adults who read daily on their own time. Starting on June 3rd, come to the Youth Services Desk or go to our website to sign up. You will receive a reading log and sheet of stickers to track your minutes. 1 sticker = 10 minutes of completed reading time. For every 100 minutes of completed reading, bring your reading log to the Youth Services Desk to earn a prize. There are 5 prize levels total. It’s easy: read what you want, where you want, when you want. Read a book, magazine, or screen; be read to by an adult; listen to audiobooks—it all counts!

Prizes can be claimed from June 17 through August 10th.

A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program Registration

Registration for special and ticketed events:

July 17th, Star Lab: Inflatable planetarium free ticket registration
July 24th, Minnesota Zoomobile free ticket registration
Teen Tuesdays
After Hours Laser Tag Permission Forms

Download the full Calendar of Events!



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.

End of Summer Block Party

Friday, August 9th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Program with us!  Free food for children and adults, music, games, and free books for the kids!

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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.

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**

Rochester Public Library’s OverDrive Collection Now Available

You can now download ebooks and audiobooks and stream videos from Rochester Public Library's OverDrive collection using your library card.

This new service is being offered due to a reciprocal lending agreement between SELCO and RPL.

The first time you enter Rochester's collection you will need to select that you are a SELCO patron and enter your library card number.  After that, it will automatically remember your card number.  Below are instructions on how to do it if you are using it within the OverDriver/Libby App.

1.  Go to either SELCO's OverDrive or RPL's (see above for Links).
2.  Search for the items you want.
3.  When you either borrow or place a hold, you will need to login as a SELCO patron with your library card number.

OverDrive App:
1.  Tap the three lines in the upper left-hand corner.
2.  Select add a library and type in "Rochester Public Library."
3.  Select RPL. (Their logo is an open book with RPL in the center, and it's blue.)
4.  Sign in with a library card.  Select SELCO Patron and then type in your library card number.
5.  Use the three lines in the upper left-hand corner to navigate between each library's collection.

Libby App:
1.  Tap on Libby's face in the upper right-hand corner.
2.  Select add a library and type in "Rochester Public Library."
3.  Select RPL. (Their logo is an open book with RPL in the center, and it's blue.)
4.  Sign in with a library card.  Select SELCO Patron and then type in your library card number.
5.  To navigate between collections, click on Libby's Face in the upper left-hand corner and select the library you would like to search.

***Note:  Videos from RPL can only be viewed from a computer or in the OverDrive App.  Videos are not compatible in the Libby app as of current.***