Water Assistance Program

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is expanding the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program to pay water and sewer bills for Minnesotans who apply and qualify for energy assistance. Commerce is using $15 million in additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding designated for water assistance. Commerce has expanded income eligibility to help more Minnesotans than ever before pay costs to heat and cool their homes, power their lights and electricity, provide fuel delivery, and, if needed, repair or replace homeowners’ heating systems.

Water assistance applications are currently being accepted. For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Commerce website.

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.

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

Our Lobby is Open!

The library has re-opened for all services. Hours are 9 am-5 pm Mondays-Fridays, and from 9 am-12 pm on Saturdays.

Our Johnson St. entrance (under the awning) has been the "staging area" for curbside pickup since June 2020. Now that the building is fully reopened, we're excited to welcome you back in the lobby! You can drop in our lobby to pickup your holds any time during our open hours; no appointment needed! Elevator access is through these doors, too.

Library Open for All Services

The library is now open on Mondays-Fridays from 9 am-5 pm, and on Saturdays from 9 am-12 pm. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are appreciated.

Due to construction in Youth Services, all browsing and computer 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.

All items will be checked out on 2nd Floor at the self-check, Reference desk, or Youth Services desk in the Art Room. The Checkout Desk is currently closed to the public.

Schedule a Browsing Appointment

Schedule a Curbside Pickup Appointment (Last day 6/5/21...Lobby opens 6/7/21)

Masks are preferred. We ask that you use the hand sanitizer upon entering the building. High-touch surfaces will be sanitized frequently.

20-Minute Express Browsing Appointments

Winona Public Library offers 20-minute in-house, "grab & go" browsing appointments.

Schedule a Browsing Appointment

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

Hours:
M-F 9 am-5 pm
Sat. 9 am-12 pm

Masks are preferred. We ask that you use the hand sanitizer upon entering the building. High-touch surfaces will be sanitized frequently.

Hotspots Available for Checkout

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We are pleased to announce that we now have 20 hotspots available to checkout. The hotspots will allow you to access the internet through your personal device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.). Here are the details:

  • 28-day loan period.
  • Maximum of two renewals (renewals are allowed only if there are no other requests).
  • Must be 16 or older.
  • Limit of one per card.
  • No data limit (though it is likely the service will be throttled down by the provider after certain data thresholds are met).
  • The devices are on the Sprint network (to view coverage area, go to coverage.sprint.com).
  • By checking out the device, you automatically agree to our Wireless Internet Policy.
  • Hotspots that are not returned when they are due will be disabled remotely.
  • To place a request, go to our online catalog and search for: hotspot.

If our hotspots are all checked out, please place a request through our online catalog: hotspot. While you're waiting, here are some other City of Winona Hot Spot Locations.

Book Club in a Bag Kits

Did you know you can request a Book Club in a Bag in our online catalog? SELCO has a large collection of kits that contain 10 copies of a book, along with reader guides in a canvas bag.  These kits feature Minnesota Book Award-winning adult and youth titles in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as books that discuss gender equality and racism among other topics.