Family Nature Walks with Happy Dancing Turtle

Nature Walk Photo

Select Dates, April-May

Need to get out and stretch your legs? Get some fresh air? Unplug for a while? Join Nora from Happy Dancing Turtle out on the trails for an informal hour of family fun each month! Meet other nature-loving families as you take a slow and leisurely walk in the Trempealeau Refuge. Learn about what's happening in the natural world that month and receive resources/activities to take home.

Download the event flyer.

Due to the spike in COVID cases in our region, space for upcoming walks will be limited to the first 10 people. Those wanting to attend must RSVP by sending a message to Happy Dancing Turtle -- Driftless Region on Facebook, emailing, or by calling or texting 603-682-7050.

Thursday 5/6, 4-5 pm
Saturday 5/8, 10-11am and 11:30-12:30
Tuesday 5/11, 4-5 pm

Please note: You will be outside the entire time - dress appropriately and in layers. The group will be practicing social distancing. Children must be with, and are the responsibility of, a parent/guardian.

Summer Reading Program

June 7 - August 14

The Summer Reading Program is almost here! Registration for the reading incentive program begins on June 7 and runs through August 14. Participants will be able to pick up a paper log OR use Reader Zone, a digital tracking software.

Programs will be a hybrid of outreach events at the beautiful parks around town, take-home kits, and virtual programming. There will be something for all ages, toddlers through teens! Keep an eye on the website for specific programming information towards the end of May.

WPL Makerspace Series: Come Code with Us!

Join WPL Youth Services for four coding challenges in May! Programs are open to youth ages 9-15. You’ll learn how to program a Sphero BOLT robot and create original music with Osmo Coding Jam.

This program occurs over four sessions. You will build your skills at each session, and you’re encouraged to attend all four if possible. Programs will be held at the library.

Program dates are as follows:

♦  Tuesdays and Fridays May 4, 7, 18, and 21 5-6 p.m. (after the library closes)

Youth can attend alone or with an adult. Masks and distancing are required so everyone stays safe, and registration will be limited to ensure there is ample space to spread out.

Ready to sign up? You can register at the link below:

♦  Register for the May program set

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].

Spring Bingo Scavenger Hunt

April 17 through May 15

From April 17 through May 15, join Winona Public Library and Happy Dancing Turtle for a scavenger hunt in Nature! Can you find all 24 items on the Spring Bingo Card for a chance to win the grand prize? To dive deeper into the fun, use resources from the library to help you identify the things you find. All ages welcome! To register, visit
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. The more Bingos you find, the more chances you'll get to win a bigger prize! Photos must be submitted by May 15.

Spring Bingo Rules and Card (PDF download)

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, or call youth services at 452-4592.

Making History: Celebrate Black Artists

Black History Month is a celebration in which we recognize important historical events, Black leaders, and steps towards collective change. Each week, this series will highlight a Black artist and changemaker and provide an accompanying activity to complete at home.

Week 1: Alma Thomas: Teacher and Painter

Week 2: Nicolas Brothers: Dancers and Innovators

Week 3: Alexander Miles: Inventor

Week 4: Christian Robinson: Author and Illustrator

Celebrating Black Stories: More than a Month
This booklist contains books for children and teens in our collection. It is not comprehensive. If you’d like more title suggestions, please feel free to reach out to or 507-452-4582.

Celebrating Black Stories: More than a Month

A Booklist for Children & Teens

Black History Month is a celebration in which we recognize important historical events, honorable leaders, and steps towards collective change. We believe this celebration should be continuous. Inspired by the San Francisco Public Library, this booklist is titled “More Than a Month” in an effort to emphasize that reflection, open dialogue, and shared advocacy needs to take place in our community during Black History Month, as well as year-round.

This booklist contains books for children and teens in our collection. It is not comprehensive. If you’d like more title suggestions, please feel free to reach out to or 507-452-4582.

Black Freedom Struggle Website: Free Primary Source Documents

ProQuest invites you to explore the new Black Freedom Struggle website, featuring expertly selected open primary source documents. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

This resource supports a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle. These reliable, easily discoverable materials may be used for homework assignments, personal inquiry, research papers and National History Day type-projects focused on African American history in the U.S.

Educators may use this material to teach a specific topic or person, such as Frederick Douglass or the Abolitionist Movement, to introduce students to using primary sources and to help novice researchers develop essential critical thinking and information literary skills.

Available at no cost, the content is curated around six time periods:
♦  Resistance to Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
♦  The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
♦  Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
♦  The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
♦  The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
♦  The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

Reading Recommendations

We know many of you like coming to the desk to ask our librarians what you or your child should read next. Good news! We're still more than happy to do that for you! Just fill out the information in the form and one of our librarians will respond to you with a few title suggestions. If you have questions, feel free to email

Ask a Librarian for Help (form)

We also have compiled several lists of recommended reads below:

Picture Books

Beginner Chapter Books

Intermediate Chapter Books

Middle School Reads

High School Reads

Books to Lead a Conversation About Racism

Books Written by Indigenous Authors

Celebrating Black Stories: More than a Month

LGBTQ History Month Booklist

Read with PRIDE

Remembering Congressman John Lewis

Women's Suffrage