Spring Bingo Scavenger Hunt

April 17 through May 15

From April 17 through May 15, join Winona Public Library and Happy Dancing Turtle for a scavenger hunt in Nature! Can you find all 24 items on the Spring Bingo Card for a chance to win the grand prize? To dive deeper into the fun, use resources from the library to help you identify the things you find. All ages welcome! To register, visit bit.ly/BingoSHReg.
When you find something in nature that's on the card, snap a pic. When you get a bingo, submit your pics for a prize. The more Bingos you find, the more chances you'll get to win a bigger prize! Photos must be submitted by May 15.

Spring Bingo Rules and Card (PDF download)

Family Nature Walks with Happy Dancing Turtle

Nature Walk Photo

Select Dates, April-May

Need to get out and stretch your legs? Get some fresh air? Unplug for a while? Join Nora from Happy Dancing Turtle out on the trails for an informal hour of family fun each month! Meet other nature-loving families as you take a slow and leisurely walk in the Trempealeau Refuge. Learn about what's happening in the natural world that month and receive resources/activities to take home.

Download the event flyer.

Due to the spike in COVID cases in our region, space for upcoming walks will be limited to the first 10 people. Those wanting to attend must RSVP by sending a message to Happy Dancing Turtle -- Driftless Region on Facebook, emailing driftless@happydancingturtle.org, or by calling or texting 603-682-7050.

Saturday 4/10, 10-11am and 11:30-12:30
Tuesday 4/13, 4-5 pm

Thursday 5/6, 4-5 pm
Saturday 5/8, 10-11am and 11:30-12:30
Tuesday 5/11, 4-5 pm

Please note: You will be outside the entire time - dress appropriately and in layers. The group will be practicing social distancing. Children must be with, and are the responsibility of, a parent/guardian.

Virtual Minnesota Author Tour

Streamed Live During the Month of May

SELCO's Minnesota Author Tour is virtual again this year!  Each author event will be live-streamed Zoom and on SELCO's Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 4th at 6:30 PM: Brian Freeman
Brian Freeman: Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83795089919
Meeting ID: 837 9508 9919

Tuesday, May 11th at 6:30 PM: David Housewright
David Housewright Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81849592790
Meeting ID: 818 4959 2790

Thursday, May 20th at 6:30 PM: Alison McGhee
Alison McGhee Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88493066054
Meeting ID: 884 9306 6054 

Tuesday, May 25th at 6:30 PM: Margi Preus
Margi Preus Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88279369154
Meeting ID: 882 7936 9154 

Friends Annual Meeting: Featuring Children’s Author Trisha Speed Shaskan

Thursday, April 22nd at 6:30 PM via Zoom

The Friends of the Winona Public Library will host their annual meeting on Thursday, April 22nd at 6:30 PM. There will be a brief meeting followed by children's book author, Trisha Speed Shaskan.  Shaskan is a native of Winona and has achieved success with books like the Q & Ray Graphic Novel Series, Punk Skunks, and farces on fairy tales like Truly, We Both Loved Beauty Dearly!: The Story of Sleeping Beauty as Told by the Good and Bad Fairies and Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf.

Both friends members and potential friends are invited to attend.  If you are not a friend's member but would like to attend the Zoom event, please register using our online form.

WPL is Fine-Free!

Winona Public Library is proud to announce that ALL materials in our collection, Youth and Adult, are now fine-free...for good!

We are thrilled to offer this positive change to services at our library, but please note that the policy does not extend to fines and fees on materials borrowed through the SELCO system. In addition, patrons of all ages will still be responsible for returning library materials within 30 days of the due date or a replacement fee for that item will be charged.

20-Minute Express Browsing Appointments


Winona Public Library moves to the next phase of our re-opening plan with 20-minute in-house, "grab & go" browsing appointments. Curbside pickup and computer appointments will continue unchanged.

Schedule a Browsing Appointment

Due to construction in the Children's Department, all browsing appointments will enter through the library's 5th Street entrance. The Youth materials have been temporarily relocated upstairs. The elevator will remain available for those with mobility needs.

Schedule a 20-minute browsing appointment online at https://www.picktime.com/WPLbrowsing  or call 507-452-4582. Walk-ins welcome as capacity limits allow.

M-W-F  2 pm - 5 pm
T-Th  9 am - 12 pm
Sat.  9 am - 12 pm

Masks are required for visitors and staff. We ask that you use the hand sanitizer upon entering the building. High-touch surfaces will be sanitized frequently.

One Book, One Minnesota: Slider by Peter Hautman

Spring 2021, Virtual Author Discussion April 21st

One Book One Minnesota is back! We are proud to announce the featured title in our spring season of this statewide book club: Slider by Minnesota author Pete Hautman. Minnesotans are encouraged to read together and participate in virtual events through their local libraries.

  • 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 April 21 here.
  • Find resources and learn more about the program here

Presented by The Friends as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, and sponsored by Spire Credit Union, the program aims to bring Minnesotans together during a time of distance and adversity and highlight the role of libraries as community connectors.

Fourth Chapter Statewide Author Discussion

Featuring Pete Hautman, author of Slider
Wednesday, April 21, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. | Virtual
Click here to register

Pete Hautman will take part in a statewide discussion about his book, Slider, the fourth featured title in our statewide bookclub One Book | One Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public.

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.  The program aims to bring Minnesotans closer together during this time of distance and adversity.

Making History: Celebrate Black Artists

Black History Month is a celebration in which we recognize important historical events, Black leaders, and steps towards collective change. Each week, this series will highlight a Black artist and changemaker and provide an accompanying activity to complete at home.

Week 1: Alma Thomas: Teacher and Painter

Week 2: Nicolas Brothers: Dancers and Innovators

Week 3: Alexander Miles: Inventor

Week 4: Christian Robinson: Author and Illustrator

Celebrating Black Stories: More than a Month
This booklist contains books for children and teens in our collection. It is not comprehensive. If you’d like more title suggestions, please feel free to reach out to winonapl@selco.info or 507-452-4582.

Celebrating Black Stories: More than a Month

A Booklist for Children & Teens

Black History Month is a celebration in which we recognize important historical events, honorable leaders, and steps towards collective change. We believe this celebration should be continuous. Inspired by the San Francisco Public Library, this booklist is titled “More Than a Month” in an effort to emphasize that reflection, open dialogue, and shared advocacy needs to take place in our community during Black History Month, as well as year-round.

This booklist contains books for children and teens in our collection. It is not comprehensive. If you’d like more title suggestions, please feel free to reach out to winonapl@selco.info or 507-452-4582.

Black Freedom Struggle Website: Free Primary Source Documents

ProQuest invites you to explore the new Black Freedom Struggle website, featuring expertly selected open primary source documents. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

This resource supports a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle. These reliable, easily discoverable materials may be used for homework assignments, personal inquiry, research papers and National History Day type-projects focused on African American history in the U.S.

Educators may use this material to teach a specific topic or person, such as Frederick Douglass or the Abolitionist Movement, to introduce students to using primary sources and to help novice researchers develop essential critical thinking and information literary skills.

Available at no cost, the content is curated around six time periods:
♦  Resistance to Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
♦  The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
♦  Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
♦  The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
♦  The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
♦  The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)