Summer Reading Prize Program

June 6th-August 13th

Beginning on June 6, 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 and pick up your log at the Youth Services desk on the ground floor of the Library. Prizes distribution begins on June 27. Prizes must be claimed by August 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 6th does not count towards the program. Our unique summer reading code is 4df1a.

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 and click “Sign Up.”

Young Adult Book Club in the Park

Every Other Wednesday in June & July at 11 AM in Windom Park

**June 15th location changed to library Art Room due to rain**

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.

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 False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen—June 15 & 29 at 11 AM
Register for this book.

Book 2: York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby—July 13 & 27 at 11 AM
Register for this book.

Maker Monday in the Park

Select Mondays at 10:30 AM

Start your week with Monday morning exploration! On select Mondays at 10:30 AM, we’ll meet in the park to explore nature and tinker with engineering. This series is great for ages 6 and up. Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

June 20: Fish Printing with Whitewater State Park at Winona Public Library in the Bell Art Room on the 2nd floor (instead of Windom Park) – Join a naturalist from Whitewater State Park to learn about the fish of Minnesota. We’ll paint rubber fish to make fish prints you can keep.

July 11: Make and fly your own kite at Jaycee’s Shelter in Lake Park

July 25: Snakes with Whitewater State Park at Windom Park


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

June 22 at 2 PM: littleBits circuit challenge. Register.

July 6 at 2 PM: Cubelets robot challenge. Register.

July 20 at 2 PM: Sphero Bolt robot challenge. Register.

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

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].


Mural Painting at the ERC!

Tuesdays at 1:30 PM, June 28–August 23

Do you want to help create public art? We have the perfect project for you! The Library, in collaboration with Winona Parks & Recreation and The Joy Labs, invite youth under age 18 to help create a mural at the East End Recreation Center (210 Zumbro St.). This program also includes an opportunity to build mindfulness skills and resilience while we create. No registration required; just drop in the ERC!

Teen Crafting Programs

June 16th, July 7th, and 18th

Join us for both in-person and take-home kit crafting challenges this summer! These programs are open to ages 11-18, no prior experience necessary. Registration is required. To sign-up, visit the links below.

June 16: Fairy, Gnome and Toad Homes.
Build a cozy home that fairies, gnomes, or toads will want to live in. The items in your kit will create a lovely house, a bed, a flickering campfire & more! This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. Registration required.

July 7: Wind sock/chime take-home kit. Registration form.

July 18 at 2 PM: Leatherworking with Double Tree Leatherworks. Registration form.
Learn to create designs in leather by compressing the fibers using special tools to create a pattern that is your own style. Each student will get one leather shape to stamp that is theirs to keep. Class will be about 1 ½ hours. Round leather shape could be a coaster, ornament or magnet; you decide. Small round or diamond shape could be a key ring, bag charm, pendant or magnet; you decide. Cross shape can be turned into an ornament, bookmark, bag charm or magnet; you decide. This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.


Fishing/Casting with Whitewater State Park for Kids

July 21 at 10 AM at the Hiawatha Valley Marines Shelter in Lake Park

Join a naturalist from Whitewater State Park to learn some basic fishing skills including fish identification, knot tying and casting. We’ll even get to fish in Lake Winona after we learn how to cast. While this program is free of charge, registration is required and space is very limited. This program is for ages 8 and older, with a parent or caregiver who must be present.


Youth Services Mural Unveiling

Video of December 9th, 2021 Program

What a night! It was so incredible to see the love and support that filled the room as we unveiled the mental health mural panels. The talent these young people possess is admirable. Thank you to Our Voices, the Winona Senior High GSA, and the art classes at the Winona Area Learning Center for sharing their talents with us. We feel so lucky to get to walk by these canvases every day! And thank you to Sarah Johnson of the Joy Labs for facilitating this project with Tricia Wehrenberg, our Youth Librarian.

The mural project was made possible by a generous donation from Solomon's Song.

Please note: the original link to YouTube video changed since it was first posted. It is now (as linked to above).

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.

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