Library Card Sign-Up Month @ Winona Public Library

Month of September

For Current Library Card Holders…

The Winona Public Library wants to see your library card out and about anytime in the month of September during Library Card Sign-Up Month!  Take a selfie with your library card anywhere.  Maybe you are at home… Maybe you are at Mugby Junction… Or may you took a trip over to Every Child’s Dream Park…  Take a selfie with your card wherever you are, post it to social media with #WPLCardTravels and tag the library, then you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Target. The winner of the drawing will be announced on Monday, September 27th.

For New Library Card Holders…

Have you gotten your Winona Public Library Card yet?  If not, stop into the library and get yours today!  During the month of September, all new library cardholders will be asked if they would like their picture taken with one of our giant library cards.  The photos will be posted to the library’s social media and anyone who poses with a giant card will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Target.  The winner of the drawing will be announced on Monday, September 27th.

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.  

Family Program in the Park: Robots!

Saturday, September 25 at 11 AM–12 PM at Windom Park (260 Harriet St.)

There are the park!? Well, there will be when we’re finished crafting and spending the morning together! On Saturday, September 25 at 11 AM–12 PM, drop by Windom Park (260 Harriet St.) for a morning of robot family fun. We will craft our own paper robots, search for robot parts in the park, and we’ll even get to play with Cubetto, a friendly wooden robot that we can code to move around. No registration required. This program is drop-in and runs from 11 AM-12 PM.

Those who attend are asked to please respect distancing boundaries of others so we can all enjoy the morning together. Because this event is outdoors, it is dependent upon the weather. Please check our social media pages for any updates.

All participants who attend agree to the City of Winona's Waiver of Liability Policy.

Free Flu Vaccinations

Beginning October 4th at Winona Health

Winona Health will again offer free flu vaccination starting October 4. Winona Health’s Flu Vaccination Clinic will be on the first floor of the Parkview Office Building, 825 Mankato Avenue, in Winona. No appointment is necessary as this is a walk-in vaccination clinic.

Winona Health Flu Vaccination Clinic beginning Monday, October 4, 2021:
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 9: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 30: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please note that some waiting may be required and vaccinations are given on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Please dress in clothing that will let you and your children quickly expose your upper arms.

Those who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 have the option of getting that vaccination, too. It has been determined that it is safe to receive both vaccines at the same time. Winona Health’s COVID Vaccine Clinic is also located in the Parkview Office Building with the same hours of operation.

Free flu vaccination is also available at Main Street Clinic in October beginning October 4. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (COVID-19 vaccine is not available at Main Street Clinic.)

Answers to frequently asked questions related to flu can be found at Answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination can also be found on the Winona Health website.

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

Book Launch for “Junkyard Tough”

Saturday, October 16 at 10:30 AM at the Library

Join local author and publisher, Jenny Baertsch, and illustrator and designer, Sara Pientok, for the first book signings and sales of the new children's chapter book, “Junkyard Tough: A ‘Tail’ of Bravery.” Enjoy a reading from Chapter 1 and a Q&A session with Jenny and Sara after. Kids can also complete coloring sheets of the book's illustrations! Visit Baertsch Books on Facebook for more details about Junkyard Tough. After the book launch event, visit the Friends of the Winona Public Library's used book sale from 11:00-1:00.

All participants who attend agree to the City of Winona's Waiver of Liability Policy.

How to Spot Nature’s Alien Invaders

Friday, October 22 at 11 AM at Windom Park

Join Whitewater State Park naturalist, Sara Holger, to make your very own walking stick. Learn about invasive species and how you and your family can help slow the spread of these alien invaders when you are out hiking and exploring area parks and trails. At the end of our program, we will make walking sticks from European buckthorn, an invasive shrub found throughout Winona County.

Registration is required.

Flippin’ for Books

November 8-13 at the Library

Please join the Winona Public Library for the 16th Annual Flippin' for Books event! Families are invited to drop in the Youth Services Department of the Library any day during the week of November 8 through 13 to pick up a take-home bag full of community resource information, early learning crafts, and a free book. Information and crafts are geared towards children ages birth through 6. Stay tuned on our Facebook or website for any updated information.

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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