Book Launch for “Junkyard Tough”

Saturday, October 16 at 10:30 AM at the Library

Join local author and publisher, Jenny Baertsch, and illustrator and designer, Sara Pientok, for the first book signings and sales of the new children's chapter book, “Junkyard Tough: A ‘Tail’ of Bravery.” Enjoy a reading from Chapter 1 and a Q&A session with Jenny and Sara after. Kids can also complete coloring sheets of the book's illustrations! Visit Baertsch Books on Facebook for more details about Junkyard Tough. After the book launch event, visit the Friends of the Winona Public Library's used book sale from 11:00-1:00.

All participants who attend agree to the City of Winona's Waiver of Liability Policy.

No-School-Day Activity Kit

October 21 beginning at 10 AM

Looking for something to do on the kids’ day off from school? Drop by the library to get a take-home activity kit! Each kit includes materials and instructions needed to complete a craft. These are intended for ages 6 through 12. It is a drop-in, take-home kit pickup at the library. No registration is required. Kits available while supplies last.

October 21 beginning at 10 AM: Stamping–Create a unique stamp using styrofoam and markers! Bonus activity: Air dry clay to stamp with things at home or craft a new masterpiece!

How to Spot Nature’s Alien Invaders

Friday, October 22 at 11 AM at Windom Park

Join Whitewater State Park naturalist, Sara Holger, to make your very own walking stick. Learn about invasive species and how you and your family can help slow the spread of these alien invaders when you are out hiking and exploring area parks and trails. At the end of our program, we will make walking sticks from European buckthorn, an invasive shrub found throughout Winona County.

Registration is required.

Flippin’ for Books

November 8-13 at the Library

Please join the Winona Public Library for the 16th Annual Flippin' for Books event! Families are invited to drop in the Youth Services Department of the Library any day during the week of November 8 through 13 to pick up a take-home bag full of community resource information, early learning crafts, and a free book. Information and crafts are geared towards children ages birth through 6. Stay tuned on our Facebook or website for any updated information.

Cubetto Playset Kits

We’re excited to offer Cubetto Playset Kits for checkout at Winona Public Library! Cubetto is an educational robot best for ages 3-9. Cubetto activities are self-guided with the included adventure book, so you can teach yourself to code and play with the robot. You do not need a device.

Here’s what you’ll find in each kit:

♦  This quick-start guide
♦  1 robot with 3 AA batteries inside
♦  1 play board with 3 AA batteries inside
♦  16 play tiles in a cloth bag
♦  1 cloth map
♦  1 story book
♦  1 instruction book

Interested in checking out a Cubetto Playset Kit? Fill out this request form, and we will contact you. Checkout time is four weeks, with no renewals allowed. To make sure kits are available to lots of patrons, there is a limit of one kit at a time per household.

These kits are available as part of Tecreation @ WPL, a new makerspace program made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services and Technology Act [LS 00-20-0024-20].

The library also hosts in-person Tecreation programs at the library and other community locations, and we’re committed to bringing these experiences to youth across Winona.

About Cubetto

For more information about using Cubetto at home, check out Cubetto’s User Manual and Cubetto’s Playroom. You can also read a guide for caregivers all about exploring computational thinking with young children.

Cubetto Playset Kit care tips

This kit is designed for use by kids, but be nice to it! Here are some dos and don’ts:

♦  Take care of the kit for the next person. Don’t throw, drop, or kick the pieces, and don’t try to take individual pieces apart.

♦  Keep the Cubetto in sight when you are using it. Use the Cubetto indoors only.

♦  If Cubetto gets dirty, wipe clean with a damp cloth. No chemical cleaners, please! Leave that to us.

♦  The included batteries are good for 5 hours of continuous play, so be sure to turn off Cubetto when you're not using the coding tiles. You can still play with it when it's off. If you have additional batteries, you may use them, but be sure to return the Cubetto with the original batteries.

♦  If any part of the kit breaks, contact the library. Email us at winonapl@selco.info, or call youth services at 452-4592.

Cubelets Robot Kits

We’re excited to offer Cubelets Robot Kits for checkout at Winona Public Library! Cubelets is an educational robot building kit best for ages 4 and up. Younger children will need supervision.

Cubelets activities are self-guided with the included instruction booklet, so you can teach yourself to make and play with the robot blocks. A device is not necessary for beginner and intermediate activities, but some of the more advanced coding functions only work in conjunction with Cubelets Console, which you can access at https://console.modrobotics.com/. To use Cubelets Console, you will need a desktop, laptop, or tablet with Bluetooth and internet.

Here’s what you’ll find in each kit:

♦  9 cubelets
♦  3 square plastic pieces
♦  21 activity cards
♦  1 flashlight
♦  1 charging cable
♦  1 instructional booklet

Interested in checking out a Cubelets Robot Kit? Fill out this request form, and we will contact you. Checkout time is four weeks, with no renewals allowed. To make sure kits are available to lots of patrons, there is a limit of one kit at a time per household.

These kits are available as part of Tecreation @ WPL, a new makerspace program made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services and Technology Act [LS 00-20-0024-20].

The library also hosts in-person Tecreation programs at the library and other community locations, and we’re committed to bringing these experiences to youth across Winona.

About Cubelets

For more information about using Cubelets at home, check out Cubelets’ Getting Started Guide. You can also read free starter lesson plans all about exploring Cubelets, tailored to different age groups.

Cubelets Robot Kit care tips

This kit is designed for use by kids, but be nice to it! Here are some dos and don’ts:

♦  Take care of the kit for the next person. Don’t throw, drop, or kick the pieces, and don’t try to take individual pieces apart.

♦  Keep the Cubelets in sight when you are using them. Use the Cubelets indoors only. A hard surface, like a table, is best.

♦  When you are finished charging the battery Cubelet, take it off the charger.

♦  If any part of the kit breaks, contact the library. Email us at winonapl@selco.info, or call youth services at 452-4592.