Sphero BOLT Lending Kits

Sphero BOLT is an educational robot ball designed for ages 8 and up. The robot works in conjunction with the free Sphero Edu app, where you can drive the robot, create programs, and even write your own code.

We’re excited to offer Sphero BOLT kits for checkout at Winona Public Library! Here’s what you’ll find in each kit:

♦  A quick-start guide
♦  A Sphero BOLT robot
♦  A charging cradle and USB charging cord -- USB wall adapter not included
♦  A protractor
♦  A silicone sleeve for the robot

Are you interested in checking out a BOLT kit? Fill out this request form, and we will contact you. Checkout time is four weeks, with no renewals allowed. Limit one kit per household.

These kits are available as part of Tecreation @ WPL, a new makerspace program made possible with funding from 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].

We are looking forward to hosting in-person Tecreation programs in the future, and we’re committed to bringing these experiences to youth across Winona. Stay tuned!

About Sphero Edu

♦  For more information about using Sphero BOLT at home, check out Sphero’s At-Home Guide.

♦  You can find examples of coding activities on the Sphero Edu website, or by downloading the Sphero Edu app on your device. There are activities for a wide range of skill levels, so if you’re at all interested, go ahead and request a kit!
♦  Check your device’s compatibility with Sphero Edu before requesting. The robot type is Sphero Bolt 2018.

Robot care tips

If you check out a kit, you are responsible for any lost or damaged parts. The robot is designed for use by kids, but be nice to it! Here are some dos and don’ts:

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

♦  Keep the robot in sight when you are using it. We don’t want it to get lost or damaged.

♦  Use the robot indoors only. It works best on surfaces that are mostly smooth and flat. If you’re using it on a shiny floor, you may want to use the silicone sleeve so the robot can get traction.

♦  If the robot gets dirty, wipe it clean with soapy water. Do not use harsh chemicals on the robot.

♦  When you are finished charging the robot, take it off the charger. Disconnect the charger when you are not using it.

♦  If the robot breaks, contact the library right away. Email us at winonapl@selco.info, or call youth services at 452-4592.

Over and Under the Snow Storytime with Miss Tricia

Snow Storytime

We all have fun playing in the snow, but did you know there's a whole bunch of activity going on underneath the snow, too? In this storytime, Miss Tricia tells us about what animals do over and under the snow in the winter.

Early literacy tip: Head outside & check out the animal tracks in the snow! Ask your child to identify what animal they believe it to be. This conversation is a great opportunity to use observational and narrative skills while exploring the world around you.

Over and Under the Snow Storytime with Miss Tricia

Six Skills of Early Literacy with Miss Tricia

Posted on our Social Media, every Wednesday morning in September at 10:30 AM

Skill #1: Letter Knowledge

Our first video in the series talks about letter knowledge and how to practice the skill at home! To view the resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/letter-knowledge/.

Letter knowledge is knowing that the same letter can look different, as well as knowing that each letter makes a sound. When putting the letter sounds together, children are able to “sound out” the full word. This is a foundational skill needed for reading full words and sentences.

Skill #2: Vocabulary

Our second video in the series talks about vocabulary and how to practice the skill at home! To view the resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/vocabulary/.

Vocabulary can be described in its most basic sense as “learning new words.” Words and their meanings are a foundation for literacy development and reading comprehension. It’s kind of like the old adage, “You have to learn to walk before you can run.”

Skill #3: Phonological Awareness

Our third video in the series talks about phonological awareness and how to practice the skill at home! To view the resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/phonological-awareness/.

Phonological awareness is the awareness of speech sounds, such as rhyming and syllables.

Skills #4 & 5: Print Motivation and Print Awareness

Our fourth video in the series talks about print motivation & print awareness, and how to practice these skills at home! To view resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/print-motivation-and-print-awareness.

Print motivation is a child's interest in and enjoyment of books and reading. Print awareness is the understanding that print and oral language carries meaning.

Skill #6: Narrative

Our fifth video in the series talks about narrative skills and how to practice them at home! To view resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/narrative-skills/.

Narrative skills are a child’s ability to tell a story and understand how they work.

Bilingual Storytime

Join us for special bilingual storytimes with students from Winona State University's Student International Literacy Association!

Wednesday, December 30: Los Tres Cerditos

La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Rachel Holm de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "Los Tres Cerditos."

This week's storytime comes to us from Rachel Holm of the WSU Student International Literacy Association. She is sharing the story "The Three Little Pigs."

Friday, December 11: El Pajaro y Ballena

La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Brooke Holloway de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "El Pajaro y Ballena" por Aletta.

This week's storytime comes to us from Brooke Holloway of the WSU Student International Literacy Association. She is sharing the story "The Bird and the Whale" by Aletta.

Friday, November 27: Tairon el Super Tramposo

La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Brooke Holloway de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "Tairon el Super Tramposo" por Hans Wilhelm.

This week's storytime comes to us from Brooke Holloway of the WSU Student International Literacy Association. She is sharing the story "Tyrone the Double Dirty Rotten Cheater" by Hans Wilhelm.

Friday, November 13: Buenas Noches Luna

La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Caityln Salinas de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "Buenas Noches Luna" por Margaret Wise Brown.

This week's storytime comes to us from Caityln Salinas of the WSU Student International Literacy Association. She is sharing the story "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown.

Friday, November 6: Mis Colores, Mi Mundo
La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Alli Moga de la @WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "Mis Colores, Mi Mundo" por Maya Christina Gonzalez.

This week's storytime comes to us from Alli Moga of the WSU Student International Literacy Association. She is sharing the story "My Colors, My World" by Maya Christina Gonzalez.

Friday, October 16: La Llama Llama Rojo Pijama
La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Emily Grenon de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "La Llama Llama Rojo Pijama" por Anna Dewdney.

Bilingual Storytime: La Llama Llama Rojo Pijama

La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Emily Grenon de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "La Llama Llama Rojo Pijama" por Anna Dewdney.This week's storytime comes to us from Emily Grenon of the WSU Student International Literacy Association. She is sharing the story "Llama Llama Red Pajama" by Anna Dewdney.

Posted by Winona Public Library on Monday, October 12, 2020

Friday, October 2nd: Pollito Tito
Rachel de WSU SILA tiene una historia para nosotros sobre una pequeña chica. Su nombre es Pollito Tito. Vive en un pequeño gallinero normal en un pequeño vecindario normal hasta que un día, todo cambia.

Bilingual Storytime: Pollito Tito

Rachel de WSU SILA tiene una historia para nosotros sobre una pequeña chica. Su nombre es Pollito Tito. Vive en un pequeño gallinero normal en un pequeño vecindario normal hasta que un día, todo cambia.Rachel from WSU's Student International Literacy Association has a story for us about a little chick. His name is Chicken Little. He lives in a normal little chicken coop in a normal little neighborhood until one day, everything changes.

Posted by Winona Public Library on Monday, September 28, 2020

 

Friday, Sept. 18th: Dragones y Tacos
La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Emily Grenon de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "Dragones y Tacos" por Adam Rubin.

Friday, Sept. 4th: Marisol McDonald No Combina
Marisol McDonald no le gusta combinar su ropa. Descubra por qué en la hora de cuentos bilingües de hoy con Kendra de la Winona State University's Student International Literacy Association.

Marisol McDonald does not like to match her clothes. Find out why in today's bilingual storytime with Kendra from Winona State University's Student International Literacy Association.

Bilingual Storytime: Marisol McDonald No Combina

Marisol McDonald no le gusta combinar su ropa. Descubra por qué en la hora de cuentos bilingües de hoy con Kendra de la Winona State University's Student International Literacy Association.Marisol McDonald does not like to match her clothes. Find out why in this bilingual storytime with Kendra from WSU SILA.

Posted by Winona Public Library on Friday, September 4, 2020

Friendship and Confidence Storytime with Miss Tricia

Friendship and Confidence Storytime

In this week's storytime, we learn from a little turtle and his crabby friend what it means to be proud of who you are AND how you can be a good friend to others.

Caregiver challenge: Ask your child to list at least three things they like about themselves. If they're struggling, be sure to talk with them about why that is. Take this time to highlight all the wonderful and unique things about your child. Join your child in the exercise by listing three things you love about yourself, too!

Friendship and Confidence Storytime with Miss Tricia

Family Foods Storytime with Miss Tricia

Family Food Storytime

Amy Wu is on a mission to make the perfect Bao! In this storytime, we learn how to make bao and talk about what food means to us.

Early literacy tip for caregivers: Try a new (or old) recipe with your little one and say all the directions out loud in order as you go. This helps your child learn that there is a beginning, middle, and end. This will help them with a ton of other processes in their lives, such as reading, school activities, and routine.

Amy's Family Bao recipe from the book.

Family Foods Storytime with Miss Tricia Video

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