Virtual Hidden in Plain Sight Exhibit from Winona County ASAP

August 17th

The Hidden in Plain Sight Virtual Exhibit from Winona County ASAP (Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention) is designed to help community members age 18 and older identify the warning signs of substance use by exploring a mock teenager’s bedroom. This virtual tour will allow parents/caregivers to learn about the different items their youth may be hiding and help create confidence in parents and guardians to talk about substance use with their teen.

To view this virtual tour, please register here. You will be emailed the link on August 17th. Once the tour is completed, there will be a short survey to fill-out. Please direct questions about this program to Winona County ASAP at

Craft ‘n Things

2nd Monday of the Month, 2 PM

Craft 'n Things will be a little different throughout Summer 2020.  This summer you will sign up to receive a craft kit.  The craft kit will contain necessary supplies, instructions, and a link to the YouTube Tutorial.  Once you sign up for a craft/date, staff will be in contact with you to schedule a pickup time on the date that Craft 'n Things would normally occur.  There will be a limit of ten craft kits per craft.

For questions, email staff at

Crafts: Registration Link (no later than 3PM on the Friday before the craft, AUGUST Craft Kits are spoken for)

Monday, July 13th: Vintage Book Page Star Shadowbox
Monday, August 10th: Colorful Paper Butterfly (video instructions) (The kits are spoken for, but you can refer to the video and instructions if you wish to use your own supplies to make a colorful paper butterfly.)

Supplies you will need for the August craft:
Cardstock or scrapbook paper in different colors and patterns
Black cardstock
Craft sticks (mini)
Paint brush
Black marker
Hot glue or glue dots

Stay tuned every second Monday of the month for Craft 'n Things on YouTube.

July Craft: Vintage Book Page Star Shadowbox
June Craft: Fairy Garden Picnic Tables
May Craft: Paper Blooms Video
Paper Blooms Instructions


Shoes & Elephants: An Exhibit by Kathy Schoen

Kathy Schoen is a local watercolorist, and she will have a virtual exhibit through the Winona Public Library from July 10th to August 10th.  Schoen’s exhibit is in three parts.

The first part of the exhibit features shoes as part of a series called Shoes in Our Lifetime.  The series features pictures of shoes and their corresponding story.  Schoen invites the public to share stories about their shoes, a friend’s shoes, or a family member’s shoes and submit a photo.  These stories and photos will go into an exhibit album.  She has taken several of these photographs and painted them as watercolors.  If you have a story about shoes to share, email Schoen at

In the second half of the exhibit, explore watercolors from Schoen’s children’s book, Miss Elephonse of Africa.  The book tells the story of an elephant named Lilly.  Lilly wants to be fancy and become the most beautiful elephant in the world.  Throughout the humorous, colorful tale, Lilly learns what she really wants.

The last portion of the exhibit features various other watercolors painted by Schoen. If you are interested in contacting her about her book or her watercolors, email

Craft ‘n Things: Paper Star

Rolled Paper Star created from pages taken from an old book

Instructions for creating a Paper Star:

1. Cut pages from a book.

2. Glue book pages onto the cardboard star templates. Cover star points first and cover the star center last. Set aside to allow the glue to dry.

3. Begin rolling a book page around a pencil, creating a long paper cylinder. Create approximately 100 paper rolls that are uniform in size. (I used a half sheet of the book page to decrease the bulk of the layered rolls.)

4. Glue the first layer of paper rolls onto the edges of the large star. You are creating the foundation for your star.

5. Glue a small paper roll to the first full paper roll and the star template. This acts as a reinforcement to the base (foundation row). Continue this pattern through five or six layers. It helps to lay out paper rolls to determine the best position on the star before gluing it down.

6. Glue smaller star template to the last row.

7. Begin gluing down the first layer on the small star. Repeat the pattern creating four more layers. 8. Glue book pages to cover the inside walls of the small star to create a shadow box effect to the star on all 5 points until the star is complete.

Homebuyer Education Class (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,

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 or contact Tressa at (651) 565-2638 ext. 204 or email  This program is an equal housing opportunity program.

Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will oversee the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program approved by the Minnesota State Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Walz on June 16, 2020.

This program will make available $10,000 grants to Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. A total of $60.3 million is available for grant awards which will be selected through a computer-generated, randomized selection process.

Applications for the Small Business Relief Grant Program are now open and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.

For more information and to apply, visit the MN Department of Economic Development.

One Book | One Minnesota

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin

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.

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin is a collection of sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers providing a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a Native person or a person of color in Minnesota. With unflinching generosity, these authors take readers into their lives, sharing experiences that we all must understand if we are to come together in real relationships.

Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation’s worst racial disparities. As its authors confront and consider the realities that lie beneath the numbers, this book provides an important tool for those who want to be part of closing those gaps.

As the book’s editor, Sun Yung Shin, writes in the introduction: “These essays…are intended to enlarge our understanding of, and deepen our connections to, one another. These writers are here to feed our spirits if we let them. As readers and listeners, we have an important job to do, a powerful and empowering attitude to assume: “Tell me the truth of the matter. When I don’t understand, I will not protest or judge or correct, I will simply listen harder. I am here to recognize you as my fellow human being with a story.” We can read their stories and leave each one with a deeper, more complex understanding of how race and culture are lived in Minnesota – and better prepared for the conversations and changes ahead.”

Reading Guide (PDF)
Reading for Racial Justice:  Additional titles available from Minnesota Historical Society Press

Ebook available for free here through One Book | One Minnesota.
Other availablity: reserve through our online catalog or Rochester Public Library's OverDrive collection.

Author Event Information:
A statewide author event will be held in August.  Details will be announced in July.

The Winona Public Library will host a book discussion on A Good Time for the Truth on Wednesday, September 2nd at 2 pm.  Location to be announced.