Book Discussion

Usually meets on the 1st Wednesday of the Month, 2PM

The next discussion on Wednesday, November 3rd will meet at Sobieski Lodge (965 E 7th Street).  If you would like to borrow a copy of the book, please use this form: Book Discussion Registration or call
the Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.
We will be discussing Anxious People by Frederick Backman.

Waking Up White: Regional Read

The Waking Up White Regional Read invites the community to read Waking Up White, attend public presentations, and engage in book chat conversations about ways to create a more welcoming and inclusive multicultural community.

Waking Up White is the book Debby Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As she unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. She also explains why and how she’s changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the racial justice movement as a whole.

The book is available to request via our online catalog or, starting the week of Sept. 27, pick up a free copy in Little Free Libraries in Goodview, Minnesota City, Rollingstone, or Winona.

Winona Public Library Events

Friday, October 22, 3 pm. Diversity and Inclusion in Theatre Panel with Aaron Young, Melissa Maxwell, Eileen Moeller, and Jaclyn Johnson. Zoom* Register

Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 am. "Why Being Color-Blind" is Not a Good Approach" Book Chat (90 minutes) Register

To view the full schedule of events at other locations in the area, visit the Waking Up White Regional Read website.

Homebuyer Education Classes (SE MN Housing and Redevelopment Authority)

Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) is continuing to offer its in-person homebuyer education class, Home Stretch, online.  Participants can get all the benefits of the in-person class without leaving home.  Participants will be emailed a link to join an online video conference where they will be able to listen to presentations by homebuyer counselors, lenders, real estate agents, & home inspectors.  Participants will also be able to ask the presenters questions during these presentations as they learn about the entire home buying process.

Participants can choose from classes held on two weeknights from 5:30-10 PM or on two consecutive Saturdays from 8:30 AM-1 PM.  Participants must attend both 4.5-hour class sessions to earn a certificate.  The cost of the class is $25 and pre-registration is required.

Participants must have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone and have a reliable internet connection (Need to borrow a hotspot? Checkout a hotspot from Winona Public Library, check availability here).  Our full class schedule is available on our website,

Whether you are trying to buy a home or just want to better understand the process, SEMMCHRA’s Home Stretch class can help!

For more information on, or to register for the virtual Home Stretch class visit or contact Tressa at (651) 565-2638 ext. 204 or email  This program is an equal housing opportunity program.

Craft ‘n Things

2nd Monday or Tuesday of the Month for Ages 18 and Older

Craft ‘n Things

Craft ‘n Things, grab-and-go, you can pick up a craft kit for ages 18 and older on the second Monday of the Month from 12 PM - While Supplies Last or the second Tuesday of the month from 9 AM - While Supplies Last.  The Craft ‘n Things kits will be located at the Johnson Street entrance.

Upcoming crafts include:

November 8 & 9: Calico Corn
December 13 & 14:  Melted Snowman Tealights

For questions, email staff at

Craft 'n Things on YouTube.

Past Crafts
October: Scarecrow Magnet (PDF Instructions)
September: Paper Pencil Stand (PDF Instructions)
August: Fluffy Paper Flowers
June: DIY Pocket Fans (PDF Instructions)
May: Decoupage Drawer Organizers
April:  Pine Cone Felt Owls (Owl Template)
March: Paper Leprechaun Top Hats
February: Heart-Shaped Suncatcher
January: Paper Bag Snowflake
December: Scrabble Ornament
November: Mini Turkey Candy Pots
October: Pumpkin Lanterns
September:  Macramé Hanging Planters
August: Colorful Paper Butterfly (video instructions)
July: Vintage Book Page Star Shadowbox
June: Fairy Garden Picnic Tables
May: Paper Blooms Video
Paper Blooms Instructions


Nature Storytime with Nora from Happy Dancing Turtle

You Are Home Storytime

Did you know that it's National Parks Week?!

Join Nora for a storytime about the treasures of our National Park System! Stay for the author's note which has an important message about how these lands need to be welcoming to EVERYONE, and historically, they haven't been.

Learn more about the Park System, Ancestral Lands, Earth Day, & History in the Making with this week's resources & activities!