While our storytimes are still happening virtually, we know there's a certain something about a storytime in-person. That's why we've decided to create a storytime to-go kit so you can host in your home. Each themed kit includes 3 books, a sheet of songs & activities, and craft supplies. You will need basic supplies at home to complete some crafts: crayons, glue or tape, and scissors. Register via tinyurl.com/WPLStorytime2Go.
Have you ever taken the time to find each color of the rainbow outside? This book helps us to spot those colors while teaching us all about how bees pollinate flowers AND the foods we eat!
*Note: We are taking a brief storytime break. We will be back on June 8! We have all of our past storytimes on our Facebook page and YouTube channel (youtube.com/WinonaPL).
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.
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:
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].
April 17 through May 15
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! http://bit.ly/HDTNationalParks
April 22 is Earth Day, a day we celebrate this special planet we call home. In this storytime, we talk about 10 things we can do to help the earth be healthy and beautiful for everyone!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call youth services at 452-4592.
Have you ever taken a trip to the beach? It might have been by a lake or river or even the ocean! This story follows a child and her mother as they enjoy a day at the beach together.
The child in this story uses sign language to communicate, and we're going to learn the signs together as we read-along.
Where can you find a poem? Join Ms. Marcie for a story that follows a curious boy as he looks for inspiration in nature. Then go find your own inspiration!