Tecreation in the park

Join WPL Youth Services for three coding challenges at Sobieski Park this summer! These outdoor programs are open to ages 9-15, no prior experience necessary. Registration is required. To sign up, visit the links below.

July 21, 1:30-2:30p - littleBits circuit challenge
August 4, 1:30-2:30p - Cubelets robot challenge
August 18, 1:30-2:30p - Sphero Bolt water challenge

littleBits, Cubelets, and Sphero Bolt kits are all available to Winona Public Library cardholders for checkout as well. To learn more and request a kit, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/tecreation/.

These programs are 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].

Summer Reading Prize Program

June 7th-August 13th

Beginning on June 7, join the Winona Public Library for a summer of adventure to maintain your excellent reading skills over the summer months! Our free program rewards children and young adults who read daily on their own time. For every 100 minutes of reading completed, you earn a prize! There are 5 prize levels total.

Readers have a choice to track their time on a traditional paper log OR the Reader Zone digital log. If picking up a paper log, you can pre-register at https://winona.readingrecord.net/ and pick up your log at the Youth Services desk in the Art Room on the second floor. Prizes will be distributed during scheduled browsing appointments or during the week of August 9 through 13. If you’d like to use the Reader Zone software, please follow the instructions below.

Reader Zone – Reading Log Software

While paper logs are available this summer, we are also offering the option to use a digital log instead. We will again be using a website called Reader Zone. It is very simple to use, and includes a lot of great features, such as a reading timer and badges for each completed level. Caregivers can register more than one child on one account so the family can track together. Anything logged prior to June 7th does not count towards the program. Our unique summer reading code is c3f8f.

How to start using Reader Zone on your phone or tablet (mobile app instructions and tutorial). Getting Started Flyer

If you do not have a tablet, you can still use this software. Simply visit ReaderZone.com and click “Sign Up.”

Virtual Creative Writing Club

June 10, July 8, and August 12 at 11 AM

Share your writing, talk ideas, and play storytelling games on Zoom with WPL Youth staff. This group meets monthly on the second Thursday at 11 AM via Zoom. This group is open to teens entering grades 5 and up. Registration is required. Sign up using our online form.

Young Adult Book Club in the Park

Every Other Wednesday at 11 AM in Windom Park

Read and discuss a book while enjoying activities with your friends and WPL Youth staff! Book club meets every other Wednesday at 11 AM in Windom Park. This book club is open to youth entering grades 6 and up. Registration is required and limited. Please only register if you are sure your child will be able to attend in-person on the dates listed below.

Because we'll be discussing together, attendees should please plan to wear a mask until seated in their space, if they’re able. Water and some light snacks will be provided, but feel free to send along whatever your child may need to sit outside for 45 minutes. While we will find a shady place to sit, it is still smart to wear sunscreen. That Minnesota sun can get pretty strong!

Book 1: Strange Birds by Celia Perez—June 16 & 30 at 11 AM. Register here for book 1.

Book 2: The Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hicks—July 14 & 28 at 11 AM. Register here for book 2.

Teen Pride in the Park–Tie-Dye!!

Thursday, June 17th at 3 PM at Windom Park

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June with a special tie-dye day at Windom Park on Thursday, June 17th at 3 PM. This program is open to teens entering grades 6+. Registration is required. Sign up using our online form.

Mask-wearing is preferred. Please respect distancing boundaries of others in attendance so we can all enjoy the afternoon together.

Winona Public Library celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all.

Junior Book Club in the Park

Every Other Wednesday at 11 AM in Windom Park

Read and discuss a book while enjoying activities with your friends and WPL Youth staff! Book club meets every other Wednesday at 11 AM in Windom Park. This book club is open to youth entering grades 4 through 6, strong 3rd grade readers welcome. Registration is required and limited. Please only register if you are sure your child will be able to attend in-person on the dates listed below.

Because we'll be discussing together, children should please plan to wear a mask until seated in their space, if they’re able. Water and some light snacks will be provided, but feel free to send along whatever your child may need to sit outside for 45 minutes. While we will find a shady place to sit, it is still smart to wear sunscreen. That Minnesota sun can get pretty strong!

Book 1: The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang—June 16 & 30 at 11 AM. Register here for book 1.

Book 2: The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson—July 14 & 28 at 11 AM. Register here for book 2.

Family Programs in the Park

Pretend play
Pretend play

Select Dates at the Jaycee Shelter at Lake Park

Join us at the Jaycee Shelter at Lake Park to make and tinker with a different craft or activity each month. This series is great for ages 6+ with an adult caregiver. Registration is required so we can accurately plan supplies and distance work spaces.

We ask that large childcare groups please reach out to us directly at winonapl@selco.info, as we only have a limited amount of supplies.

Mask-wearing is preferred. Please respect distancing boundaries of others in attendance so we can all enjoy the morning together.

June 22 at 11 AM: Make and test-fly a foam glider. Register online.

July 20 at 11 AM: Make your own pinball game. Register online.

August 10 at 11 AM: Make a grass-head friend. Register online.

Storytime in the Park

Every Other Friday at 10:30 AM at a Park Near You

We’re bringing storytime outside this summer! Join our Youth Services staff every other Friday at 10:30 AM at a park near you. We’ll have plenty of space to distance, and we’ll enjoy stories, songs, and activities together. Locations change each week; see below for details.

Mask-wearing is preferred until you’re in your seated space. Please respect distancing boundaries of others in attendance so we can all enjoy the morning together. Because these events are outdoors, dates are subject to change depending on weather (check our social media for details).

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

June 11: Windom Park

June 25: Hiawatha Valley Marines Shelter at Lake Park

July 9: Sobieski Park Lodge Patio

July 16: Windom Park

July 23: Knopp Valley Park

August 6: Sinclair Park

August 13: Windom Park

August 20: Valley Oaks Park