MMAM Art Kits

December 16th. Kits will be put outside the library front doors starting at 9 AM. While supplies last!

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum's Virtual Second Saturdays: Home Edition will offer components of the traditional on-site program that you can do at home, plus some interactive elements that are offered online! The theme for December is “Storytelling through Art.”

Storytelling Art Kits

You can pick up the kit of activity materials on Wednesday, December 16th outside the library’s front doors starting at 9 AM. They are available while supplies last. We also invite you to explore your story with online activities you can enjoy in your home.  These activities will go live at mmam.org/secondsaturdays on December 12th.

This storytelling art kit has all of the supplies and instructions to help you imagine a great story.  What story will you tell?

There are two different art kits — one designed for ages 7 and younger and one designed for children ages 8 and older.  Please note that with some accommodations and help from a grown-up, both kits can be fun for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages.

Additionally, all of the art kits include a special admission pass for $1 admission per person (for up to five people)!  Admission passes must be used before May 31, 2021.  Please check www.mmam.org for hours.

 

Simply S.T.E.A.M.

Simply STEAM logo
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

Bilingual Storytime

Join us for special bilingual storytimes with students from Winona State University's Student International Literacy Association!

Friday, November 27: Tairon el Super Tramposo

La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Brooke Holloway de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "Tairon el Super Tramposo" por Hans Wilhelm.

This week's storytime comes to us from Brooke Holloway of the WSU Student International Literacy Association. She is sharing the story "Tyrone the Double Dirty Rotten Cheater" by Hans Wilhelm.

Friday, November 13: Buenas Noches Luna

La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Caityln Salinas de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "Buenas Noches Luna" por Margaret Wise Brown.

This week's storytime comes to us from Caityln Salinas of the WSU Student International Literacy Association. She is sharing the story "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown.

Friday, November 6: Mis Colores, Mi Mundo
La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Alli Moga de la @WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "Mis Colores, Mi Mundo" por Maya Christina Gonzalez.

This week's storytime comes to us from Alli Moga of the WSU Student International Literacy Association. She is sharing the story "My Colors, My World" by Maya Christina Gonzalez.

Friday, October 16: La Llama Llama Rojo Pijama
La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Emily Grenon de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "La Llama Llama Rojo Pijama" por Anna Dewdney.

Bilingual Storytime: La Llama Llama Rojo Pijama

La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Emily Grenon de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "La Llama Llama Rojo Pijama" por Anna Dewdney.This week's storytime comes to us from Emily Grenon of the WSU Student International Literacy Association. She is sharing the story "Llama Llama Red Pajama" by Anna Dewdney.

Posted by Winona Public Library on Monday, October 12, 2020

Friday, October 2nd: Pollito Tito
Rachel de WSU SILA tiene una historia para nosotros sobre una pequeña chica. Su nombre es Pollito Tito. Vive en un pequeño gallinero normal en un pequeño vecindario normal hasta que un día, todo cambia.

Bilingual Storytime: Pollito Tito

Rachel de WSU SILA tiene una historia para nosotros sobre una pequeña chica. Su nombre es Pollito Tito. Vive en un pequeño gallinero normal en un pequeño vecindario normal hasta que un día, todo cambia.Rachel from WSU's Student International Literacy Association has a story for us about a little chick. His name is Chicken Little. He lives in a normal little chicken coop in a normal little neighborhood until one day, everything changes.

Posted by Winona Public Library on Monday, September 28, 2020

 

Friday, Sept. 18th: Dragones y Tacos
La hora del cuento de esta semana nos llega de Emily Grenon de la WSU SILA. Ella está compartiendo la historia "Dragones y Tacos" por Adam Rubin.

Friday, Sept. 4th: Marisol McDonald No Combina
Marisol McDonald no le gusta combinar su ropa. Descubra por qué en la hora de cuentos bilingües de hoy con Kendra de la Winona State University's Student International Literacy Association.

Marisol McDonald does not like to match her clothes. Find out why in today's bilingual storytime with Kendra from Winona State University's Student International Literacy Association.

Bilingual Storytime: Marisol McDonald No Combina

Marisol McDonald no le gusta combinar su ropa. Descubra por qué en la hora de cuentos bilingües de hoy con Kendra de la Winona State University's Student International Literacy Association.Marisol McDonald does not like to match her clothes. Find out why in this bilingual storytime with Kendra from WSU SILA.

Posted by Winona Public Library on Friday, September 4, 2020

Letters to Santa

November 30 to December 11

Santa’s mailbox is back! From November 30 to December 11, write a letter to Santa and drop it off in his special mailbox during any of the library’s curbside hours. You can use this template or write on any paper you have at home. Once your child is finished writing down their Christmas wishes, return the letter to Santa's mailbox, making sure your address is included in the letter. A handwritten response will arrive in the mail from Santa himself. While all letters are personalized, none of the responses will contain any promises of gifts or anything else. They will be more focused on the joy of the season. The library’s curbside hours are MWF 9 AM-2 PM, T & TH 12-6 PM, and Saturday 9 AM-12 PM. If those hours don’t work for you or you have any questions, please reach out to winonapl@selco.info.

Storytime 2 Go

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.

Only one can be requested at a time. If you have questions, feel free to email winonapl@selco.info or call 507-452-4592.

D.I.Y. Science Take-Home Kits

December 1, 8 and 15 at 2 PM while supplies last

Grab-and-go kits will be available on a table outside the library’s front entrance on select Tuesdays in December starting at 2 PM. Each kit includes a short science activity that can be completed using materials we provide, as well as materials found at home. Topics include growing crystals, a Cartesian diver, and straw rockets. These kits are great for ages 6 and up. There is no registration required and materials are available while supplies last.

If you would like a kit but are unable to make the 2 PM time frame, please fill out this form, and we are happy to connect with you.

Borax Crystals (PDF)

Cartesian Diver (PDF)

Straw Rockets (PDF)

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 Nature Walks with Happy Dancing Turtle

Nature Walk Photo
Nature Walk Photo

December 8 - February 13

Need to get out and stretch your legs? Get some fresh air? Unplug for a while? Join Nora from Happy Dancing Turtle out on the trails for an informal hour of family fun each month! Meet other nature-loving families as you take a slow and leisurely walk in the Trempealeau Refuge. Learn about what's happening in the natural world that month and receive resources/activities to take home. Please RSVP to driftless@happydancingturtle.org.

December 8, 4-5 PM
December 12, 10-11 AM
January 12, 4-5 PM
January 16, 10-11 AM
February 9, 4-5 PM
February 13, 10-11 AM

Please note: You will be outside the entire time - dress appropriately and in layers. The Tuesday afternoon group may want to bring a flashlight, as it will be getting dark as we get further into winter. The group will be practicing social distancing. Children must be with, and are the responsibility of, a parent/guardian.

Meeting Location: To Be Announced

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