2019 Bill Klinger Baseball Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to Owen and Megan! They submitted winning entries for 2  tickets to a Twins game at Target Field this summer plus a $50 Visa gift card to offset travel costs.

They each submitted a short essay on one of the following themes:

1. Who is your favorite baseball player, and why do you appreciate this player so much?

2. What is your favorite memory from a baseball game, and how did it positively affect you?

The Klinger Family raises money each year to provide opportunities for youth to attend major league baseball games.  


Summer Reading Program

June 3rd - August 10th

Join the Winona Public Library staff for a summer of adventure that will help maintain and improve your reading skills! Our free program rewards children and young adults who read daily on their own time. Starting on June 3rd, come to the Youth Services Desk or go to our website to sign up. You will receive a reading log and sheet of stickers to track your minutes. 1 sticker = 10 minutes of completed reading time. For every 100 minutes of completed reading, bring your reading log to the Youth Services Desk to earn a prize. There are 5 prize levels total. It’s easy: read what you want, where you want, when you want. Read a book, magazine, or screen; be read to by an adult; listen to audiobooks—it all counts!

Prizes can be claimed from June 17 through August 10th.

A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program Registration

Registration for special and ticketed events:

July 17th, Star Lab: Inflatable planetarium free ticket registration
July 24th, Minnesota Zoomobile free ticket registration
Teen Tuesdays
After Hours Laser Tag Permission Forms

Download the full Calendar of Events!



Lunch at the Library

June 10th - August 9th, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Winona Area Public Schools will again be sponsoring a FREE lunch program at the library for youth ages 18 and under. Dates are Monday thru Friday, June 10- August 9, from 11:30 AM-12:45 PM. Note: There will be no lunch program July 1-5. Look for the “lunch bus” parked on 5th St. in front of the original library entrance.

Also, enjoy the End of Summer Block Party on Friday, August 9th from 11:30 - 1 pm! Music, games, free books!

June Menu

Maker Mondays

10:30 - 11:30 AM, Grades 1-5

Join us for weekly STEAM-based fun incorporating art, science, engineering, and theatre.  Programs take place on Mondays from June 10th - July 29th.

This program is held in the library's Bell Art Room on the Second Floor.


Storytime on Tuesdays and Fridays

Tuesdays at 10:30 or 11:15 AM; Fridays at 10:30 AM

Intended for ages 1-5 and a caregiver, but all ages welcome!  Sessions are 30 minutes in length and take place from June 7th to July 30th.

Stories, songs, crafts, and movement will entertain your little one and you!

Tuesday storytimes are held in library's Bell Art Room on the Second Floor.

Friday storytime is held in the Youth Services Storytime Room.


Wednesday Performance Series @ Winona County History Center

Wednesdays at 10:00 AM, All Ages

Come every week for fun presentations on an array of topics! This year’s lineup includes magic, snakes, and theatre.

Due to space constraints, two of this year’s performances will require FREE advanced ticketing.


All programs are held at the Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson Street.

**This program series is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Wednesday Book Clubs

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Share your opinions with peers about what you have read! Snacks and activities are included. Sessions take place at 2:00 - 3:00 PM on Wednesdays from June 12th - July 24th.  Registration required.

Junior Book Club with Tina meets in the Storytime Room in Youth Services.
This summer’s books:

Out of Left Field by E. Klages
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass

YA Book Club with Tricia meets in the Bell Art Room.
This summer’s books:

Endurance by Scott Kelly
Mark of the Thief by J. Nielsen

Read With Rover Thursdays


10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, All Ages

Sign up at the Youth Services desk for a 15-minute slot to read 1-on-1
to a therapy dog. Dogs are wonderful listeners who do not judge your reading

Reading sessions take place on Thursdays from June 13th - July 25th and are held in the Youth Services Storytime Room.

*Please note: there will be no Read with Rover session on Thursday, July 4th.



Early Explorers

Thursdays from 10:30 - 11:00 am

For ages 2-5. Explore a new topic each week, from engineering to nature and everything in between! Programs take place from June 13th - July 25th.

Location: Library's Bell Art Room