Memory Cafés

Hybrid (Virtual & In-Person) Meetings offered every Wednesday at 2:30 PM

Join us for a stigma-free one-hour program. It’s a time to socialize and engage with others, exchange experiences, support one another and learn something new. From the Suez Canal to Dolly Parton, we explore a new topic every week!

Meeting Location: Winona Friendship Center (251 Main Street)

For more information on how to attend the Memory Cafes, contact Library Staff at winonapl@selco.info.

Winona County ASAP Hybrid Book Club

The Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) is hosting a Hybrid Book Club in partnership with the Winona Public Library during 2022. The new format book club was created to be a very flexible option for community and coalition members with time constraints to learn together in a fun, efficient way. Participants simply sign-up online to read any of the four book options available. Participants then share and discuss highlights at a quarterly scheduled ASAP Coalition Meeting. There is no cost to participate, and participants will be entered into a random selection drawing for a $25 gift card after each meeting.

The Hybrid Book Club spotlights four book titles related to addiction, prevention, and treatment. ASAP recently donated multiple copies of these books as well as 18 other titles to the Winona Public Library that community members are encouraged to check out.

Download the full book list (PDF).

Addiction, Treatment, Prevention Book Display at Winona Public Library (YouTube video)

About the ASAP Hybrid Book Club 2022 (YouTube Video)

Sign up using the online form or view full details at www.winonacountyasap.org. You may also call 507-474-9825 for assistance.

Once registered, participants will be sent an email with the discussion guide and meeting details, including a Zoom link. The list of books and meeting schedules are below.  Book copies are available through the Winona Public Library as well as Audible.

Books and Meeting Schedule

February 23, 2022, 10:30am
Chasing the Scream: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection, Johann Hari

June 22, 2022, 10:30am
Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change, Stacey Abrams

September 28, 2022, 10:30am
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, Priya Parker

December 21, 2022, 10:30am
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, Daniel Coyle

Book Discussion

Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the Month, 2PM

The next discussion on Wednesday, July 6th will meet in the Bell Art Room at 2 pm. We will be discussing The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict.

If you would like to borrow a copy of the book, please fill out this form or call the Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860

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, https://www.semmchra.org/home-ownership/homebuyer-education-classes/.

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 www.semmchra.org or contact Tressa at (651) 565-2638 ext. 204 or email tsauke@semmchra.org.  This program is an equal housing opportunity program.

Friendship and Confidence Storytime with Miss Tricia

Friendship and Confidence Storytime

In this week's storytime, we learn from a little turtle and his crabby friend what it means to be proud of who you are AND how you can be a good friend to others.

Caregiver challenge: Ask your child to list at least three things they like about themselves. If they're struggling, be sure to talk with them about why that is. Take this time to highlight all the wonderful and unique things about your child. Join your child in the exercise by listing three things you love about yourself, too!

Friendship and Confidence Storytime with Miss Tricia

Simply S.T.E.A.M.

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Simply STEAM

Short Virtual Lessons 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 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

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