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 3-5. 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
July Menu

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

End of Summer Block Party

Friday, August 9th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Program with us!  Free food for children and adults, music, games, and free books for the kids!

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Video Game Series

August 15th and August 22nd

Why Gaming is Awesome: The Psychological Benefits of Video Games
Thursday, August 15th, 6 PM

Pop culture often focuses on the negative impact of video games, however, research also suggests that in the right context video games can inspire creativity, problem-solving, learning, and social relationships.  Dr. Elizabeth Russell breaks down all of the benefits of video games.

Oddity and Innovation: A Selective History of Video Game Hardware
Thursday, August 22nd, 6 PM

Ryan Russell does a show and tell on the biggest blunders of video game hardware and how those same systems became some of video game’s most innovative leaps forward in gaming technology.