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Simply STEAM

Join us every other Wednesday for a short virtual lesson on all things S.T.E.A.M. Our Youth staff will walk you through instructions on how to complete a new activity or experiment using materials you likely already have in your home. This program series is great for ages 5 through 12.

Baking Soda + Vinegar Balloon
We're going classic with this week's STEAM experiment: baking soda and vinegar. This video highlights how the reaction between baking soda and vinegar can inflate a balloon without anyone ever blowing air into it.

Baking Soda + Vinegar Balloon Video

Penny Chemistry
Got a few old pennies lying around with nothing to do? In this experiment, you'll learn how to shine old pennies, and then you'll turn them blue-green like the Statue of Liberty!

Penny Chemistry Video

Red Cabbage Chemistry
To make your own chemistry set, all you need is a cup of red cabbage leaves and some common household ingredients. See acids and bases in action with this colorful chemistry activity!

Red Cabbage Chemistry Video

Balloon Barometer
Did you know there's always 14.7 pounds of atmospheric pressure pressing down on all of us, all the time? In this episode, learn how to make your own barometer to track changes in pressure and predict when there's a storm coming!

STEAM with WPL: Balloon Barometer

Did you know there's always 14.7 pounds of atmospheric pressure pressing down on all of us, all the time? In this episode, learn how to make your own barometer to track changes in pressure and predict when there's a storm coming!

Posted by Winona Public Library on Monday, October 19, 2020

Stalactites
Grow your own stalactites at home, and learn how real stalactites form in caves!

S.T.E.A.M with WPL: Stalactites!

Grow your own stalactites at home, and learn how real stalactites form in caves!

Posted by Winona Public Library on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Balloon Vacuum
In this video, we are learning about hot & cold air pressure. Using just hot water, we're going to make a balloon vacuum strong enough to swing a mason jar in the air!

S.T.E.A.M. with WPL: Balloon Vacuum!

In this video, we are learning about hot & cold air pressure. Using just hot water, we're going to make a balloon vacuum strong enough to swing a mason jar in the air!

Posted by Winona Public Library on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Heron's Fountain
Can water flow upwards? Find out by recreating an ancient (and super-cool) water fountain, and learn about hydraulics and pneumatics along the way.

S.T.E.A.M. with WPL: Heron's Fountain

Can water flow upwards? Find out by recreating an ancient (and super-cool) water fountain, and learn about hydraulics and pneumatics along the way.

Posted by Winona Public Library on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Early Explorers Grab-and-Go Kits

Sept. 10th - Dec. 17th

Starting on September 10th, grab-and-go kits will be available on a table outside the library’s front entrance every other Thursday morning at 10 AM. Each kit includes a short lesson and materials needed to complete an activity that is best for ages 3 through 6. There is no registration required.

If you would like a kit but are unable to make the 10 AM time frame, please fill out this form, and we are happy to connect with you.

Family Foods Storytime with Miss Tricia

Family Food Storytime

Amy Wu is on a mission to make the perfect Bao! In this storytime, we learn how to make bao and talk about what food means to us.

Early literacy tip for caregivers: Try a new (or old) recipe with your little one and say all the directions out loud in order as you go. This helps your child learn that there is a beginning, middle, and end. This will help them with a ton of other processes in their lives, such as reading, school activities, and routine.

Amy's Family Bao recipe from the book.

Family Foods Storytime with Miss Tricia Video

Pumpkin Lanterns

Pumpkin Lanterns

October 2020

Instructions for Making Pumpkin Lanterns

Create pumpkin lanterns to have around your house for Halloween during the Winona Public Library's Craft 'n Things.

Supplies:
 Foam Brush
 Mod Podge
 Cup/Small Bowl
 Balloon
 Tealight Candle (Batter Operated or Lit)
 Permanent Marker
 Orange Tissue Paper

Instructions:
1. Blow your balloon up so that it is about 3.5 inches in diameter. (This is about the same width as a hand in a fist.) When finished, tie it closed.
2. Put the balloon in your cup with the knot on the balloon in the cup.
3. Take the orange tissue paper and rip it into small pieces. (Pieces should be about one to two inches but this does not need to be exact.)
4. You will need the foam brush and mod podge for this step. Dip your brush into the mod podge and cover a small section of the balloon with it. Cover the section with the tissue paper pieces. Repeat this step until the balloon is covered. (The tissue paper will not totally stick down and edges will be sticking up. This is okay.)
5. Using your foam brush, cover the tissue paper that is on the balloon with mod podge.
(This is your second layer of mod podge.) Do this in sections until all of the tissue paper on the balloon is covered. (The mod podge goes on white but will dry clear. Wrinkles in the tissue paper are okay during this process.)
6. Let mod podge dry for 24 hours.
7. The next day remove the balloon from the cup and turn balloon so the knot is facing up.
Take your permanent marker and draw a pumpkin face on the tissue paper. (The mouth of the pumpkin should be toward the center of tissue paper.)
8. Using a pointed edge (pin, paper clip, pen, etc), pop the balloon. The tissue paper mold will deflate with the balloon. This is okay.
9. When the balloon finishes deflating, remove it from the inside of your mold and reshape the mold so it appears round again.
10. Put your tealight candle in the now pumpkin-shaped mold. You now have a pumpkin lantern!

Firefly Storytime with Miss Tricia

In this week's storytime, we're learning about a firefly's stages of life, why they glow, and helping a little firefly find her home.

Early literacy caregiver tip: Sing songs everyday! You can even make them up about what you’re currently doing, such as “This is the way we tie your shoes…” It helps children recognize the sounds that words make in a fun and memorable way.

Firefly Storytime with Miss Tricia

In this week's storytime, we're learning about a firefly's stages of life, why they glow, and helping a little firefly find her home.Early literacy caregiver tip: Sing songs everyday! You can even make them up about what you’re currently doing, such as “This is the way we tie your shoes…” It helps children recognize the sounds that words make in a fun and memorable way.

Posted by Winona Public Library on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Craft ‘n Things: Macrame Hanging Planters

September 2020

Instructions for Making Macrame Hanging Planters

Supplies:

  • Glass jar
  • Twine
  • Air plants, succulents or cactus
  • Small rocks or pebbles
  • Soil or other plant needs for chosen plant

Instructions:

1. Cut four pieces of twine to the same length, loop in half, and tie a knot to create a handle.

2. Split twine into four sections of two strings, tie knots between each section three inches from the handle. Repeat, tying knots to adjacent strings.

3. Measure twine to preferred height and secure around the tops of your pots with knots. Leave room on both sides of the twine so that the pot stays balanced. End in one final knot.