My Favorite Thing I Did This Summer Essay Contest

For youth up to age 18 (due by August 27)

Submit an entry in our essay contest and be entered for a chance to win a $10 gift card to Paperbacks & Pieces! We are able to offer this exciting chance to our younger patrons because of a generous donation from longtime library supporter and local author, Kathryn Sullivan. Any child up to age 18 is eligible to enter. Tell us your favorite thing you did this summer, and you could win a chance to browse for books with your own money!

Visit the Youth Desk on the second floor to pick up an entry form. All entry forms must be returned to the library by August 27th. Late entries will not be eligible.

Summer End Challenge

August 2-27

The Summer End Challenge (August 2nd-27th) is for all high school students, ages 14-18, in the Winona area. The goal is to acquaint teens with all the amazing things Winona has to offer, such as climbing boulders, disc golf, kayaking, and our beautiful library. Small prizes are awarded for completing each activity on the list, and one large prize is awarded each week through a random drawing. There is no cost to participate and free equipment rentals are available, but registration is required (https://www.winonacountyasap.org/summer-end-challenge/).

The Summer End Challenge is hosted by the Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) in partnership with the Winona Parks & Recreation Department and the Winona Public Library.

Summer Bingo Scavenger Hunt

July 17 through August 15

Join Happy Dancing Turtle for a scavenger hunt in nature! Can you find all 24 items on the Summer Bingo Card for a chance to win the grand prize? All ages welcome, free to participate, join from anywhere! When you find something in nature that's on the card, snap a pic. When you get a bingo, submit your pics for a prize to info@happydancingturtle.org. The more Bingos you find, the more chances you'll get to win a bigger prize!

You must register (for FREE) in order to receive prizes. We hope you have fun out there!

Summer Bingo Rules and Card (PDF download)
Bingo de Verano-Busquedo del Tesoro

Photos must be submitted by August 15!

Want to take your hunting up a notch? Identify what you've found by using resources from Winona Public Library!

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].

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.

littleBits Circuit Kits

We’re excited to offer littleBits Circuit Kits for checkout at Winona Public Library! littleBits is an educational circuit-building kit best for ages 8 and up. littleBits activities are self-guided with the included instruction booklet, so you can teach yourself to make and play with the circuit pieces. You do not need a device.

Here’s what you’ll find in each kit:

♦  5 circuit pieces
♦  11 accessories
♦  1 9V battery
♦  1 instructional booklet

Interested in checking out a littleBits Circuit 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 littleBits

For more information about using littleBits at home, check out littleBits’ At-Home Guide. You can also see a curriculum of different lessons you can try with this kit.

littleBits 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. Don't twist or crimp the wire bits.

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

♦  Don't try to clean the littleBits. Leave that to us!

♦  Keep littleBits away from children under 3.

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

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.

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.