Warbler Walk: with Richie Swanson

Wednesday, May 19th from 9-11 am

Enjoy a morning of birding in Aghaming Park with the Winona Public Library on Wednesday, May 19th from 9-11 am.  Naturalist and fellow library employee, Richie Swanson, will take you on a nature walk that will ensure some of the greatest sites and loveliest birds like orioles, warblers, and maybe even scarlet tanagers.

Registration for this program is required as space is limited.   To register for the program, fill out our online form or call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

It is recommended that you bring binoculars and a camera.  Wear clothes that can get dirty and meant for rugged terrain.  Masks and physical distancing are required.  Participants will meet in Aghaming Park where the boulders block motorize traffic from the Flyway Trail.

Tarot Card Readings

Wednesday, May 26th from 10-12pm or 1-3pm

May 25th is World Tarot Day!  In celebration of the day, the Winona Public Library will offer a limited number of tarot readings with our resident reader and employee, Francesca.   Francesca has been doing readings for several years and is known for her accuracy.  Several of you may, also, recognize her from our Galentine’s Day event in early 2020.

Readings will take place on the Library’s Learning Plaza located outside of the library on Johnson Street.  Each reading will be twenty minutes.  Participants may receive a reading on Tuesday, May 25th from 12-2 pm or 4-6 pm or Wednesday, May 26th from 10-12 pm or 1-3 pm.  Appointments are required. To register, fill out our online form or call the Library’s Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

All participants must wear a mask and will remain distanced from others and the reader.

*May 25th times have been completely booked.*

Craft n’ Things: Pine Cone Felt Owls

Pine Cone Felt Owls Craft

April 2021

Instructions for Making Pine Cone Felt Owls

● Felt (At Least Four Colors)
● Glue Dots (At Least 24 minis)
● Pine Cone
● Scissors
● Pen
Owl Pattern (Pick One of Three)

1. Select an owl pattern. (Note: The belly of each owl is optional. These instructions do not include the belly.)
2. Decide what colors will be used for the different parts of the owl. The owl on the left has suggestions on what parts of the owl should have matching colors. (i.e. The small wings and the large part of the eyes match.) Because we are using four colors, the pupils should match the eyebrows.
3. Cut out your pattern pieces and trace them on the felt. It is best to cut out the pieces based on their color. For example, the big wing, wing accents, and eyes should match in color. Cut those pieces out and then trace them on the felt color.
4. Cut out all the felt pieces that go on the face of the owl. Use the glue dots to put together the face. Use the picture on the pattern as a guide as to how to put the face together.
5. Cut out all of the pieces for the wings. Use the glue dots to put together the wings using the picture on the pattern as a guide. Use two glue dots to hold the small wing and big wings together.
6. Next, attach the face to the pinecone. The pine cone has a small stem on the very top of it. Place a glue dot on the stem then center the head on the glue dot.
7. The wings are next. Put two glue dots each vertically on the back of the wings. Attach the wings to the sides of the pine cone.
8. Your owl is finished.

YouTube Tutorial: https://youtu.be/6ZIVOZMOwKQ

Show us your work! Send your final product to winonapl@selco.info or direct message us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and we will share your work on social media.

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 

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.

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 winonapl@selco.info 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 (www.irs.gov).  Minnesota Income and Property Tax Forms are currently available on the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s Website (http://www.revenue.state.mn.us).

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)

*CLOSED: No longer offering tax assistance for the remainder of the year*

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

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)

Homebuyer Education Classes (SE MN Housing and Redevelopment Authority)

Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) is continuing to offer its in-person homebuyer education class, Home Stretch, online.  Participants can get all the benefits of the in-person class without leaving home.  Participants will be emailed a link to join an online video conference where they will be able to listen to presentations by homebuyer counselors, lenders, real estate agents, & home inspectors.  Participants will also be able to ask the presenters questions during these presentations as they learn about the entire home buying process.

Participants can choose from classes held on two weeknights from 5:30-10 PM or on two consecutive Saturdays from 8:30 AM-1 PM.  Participants must attend both 4.5-hour class sessions to earn a certificate.  The cost of the class is $25 and pre-registration is required.

Participants must have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone and have a reliable internet connection.  Our full class schedule is available on our website, https://www.semmchra.org/home-ownership/homebuyer-education-classes/.

Whether you are trying to buy a home or just want to better understand the process, SEMMCHRA’s Home Stretch class can help!

For more information on, or to register for the virtual Home Stretch class visit www.semmchra.org or contact Tressa at (651) 565-2638 ext. 204 or email tsauke@semmchra.org.  This program is an equal housing opportunity program.

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.

YouTube Tutorial: https://youtu.be/hBR9BEOgylQ