Summer Reading Prize Program

June 6th-August 13th

Beginning on June 6, join the Winona Public Library for a summer of adventure to maintain your excellent reading skills over the summer months! Our free program rewards children and young adults who read daily on their own time. For every 100 minutes of reading completed, you earn a prize! There are 5 prize levels total.

Readers have a choice to track their time on a traditional paper log OR the Reader Zone digital log. If picking up a paper log, you can pre-register at and pick up your log at the Youth Services desk on the ground floor of the Library. Prizes distribution begins on June 27. Prizes must be claimed by August 13.

If you’d like to use the Reader Zone software, please follow the instructions below.

Reader Zone – Reading Log Software

While paper logs are available this summer, we are also offering the option to use a digital log instead. We will again be using a website called Reader Zone. It is very simple to use, and includes a lot of great features, such as a reading timer and badges for each completed level. Caregivers can register more than one child on one account so the family can track together. Anything logged prior to June 6th does not count towards the program. Our unique summer reading code is c3f8f.

How to start using Reader Zone on your phone or tablet (mobile app instructions and tutorial). Getting Started Flyer

If you do not have a tablet, you can still use this software. Simply visit and click “Sign Up.”

Youth Author Visit: Dawn Quigley

Tuesday, May 24 at 3:30 PM

Join us at the Library on Tuesday, May 24 at 3:30 PM for an afternoon with award-winning author, Dawn Quigley! This program is a great opportunity for elementary and middle-grade youth to meet a published author, hear about her process, and listen to some stories. All ages are welcome to attend. No registration required.

Dawn Quigley, Ph.D. and citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, ND, is an award-winning author of the 2022 American Indian Youth Award Honor, Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend. Some of her other books include Apple in the Middle, “Joey Reads the Sky” in Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for KidsRed Bird Danced (forthcoming novel-in-verse), and Native American Heroes.

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.


Join us for three coding challenges at the Library this summer! These programs are open to ages 9-15, no prior experience necessary. Registration is required. To sign up, visit the links below.

June 22 at 2 PM: littleBits circuit challenge. Register.

July 6 at 2 PM: Cubelets robot challenge. Register.

July 20 at 2 PM: Sphero Bolt robot challenge. Register.

littleBits, Cubelets, and Sphero Bolt kits are all available to Winona Public Library cardholders for checkout as well. To learn more and request a kit, visit

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].


Maker Monday in the Park

Select Mondays at 10:30 AM

Start your week with Monday morning exploration! On select Mondays at 10:30 AM, we’ll meet in the park to explore nature and tinker with engineering. This series is great for ages 6 and up. Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

June 20: Fish Printing with Whitewater State Park at Windom Park– Join a naturalist from Whitewater State Park to learn about the fish of Minnesota. We’ll paint rubber fish to make fish prints you can keep.

July 11: Make and fly your own kite at Jaycee’s Shelter in Lake Park

July 25: Snakes with Whitewater State Park at Windom Park

Junior Book Club in the Park

Every Other Wednesday in June & July at 11 AM in Windom Park

Read and discuss a book while enjoying activities with your friends and WPL Youth staff! Book club meets every other Wednesday at 11 AM in Windom Park. This book club is open to youth entering grades 4 through 6, strong 3rd grade readers welcome. Registration is required and limited. Please only register if you are sure your child will be able to attend in-person on the dates listed below.

Light snacks will be provided, but feel free to send along whatever your child may need to sit outside for 45 minutes. While we will find a shady place to sit, it is still smart to wear sunscreen. That Minnesota sun can get pretty strong!

Book 1: Forever Neverland by Susan Adrian—June 15 & 29 at 11 AM
Register for this book.

Book 2: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown—July 13 & 27 at 11 AM
Register for this book.

Maker-Monday Take-Home Kits

June 27th and July 18th Beginning at 10 AM

Take-home kits will be available on a table in the Library’s lobby beginning at 10 AM on select Monday mornings throughout June and July. Each kit includes a short lesson and materials needed to complete an activity which is best for ages 6 through 12. There is no registration required, but these are available as supplies last. The dates of kit distribution are:

June 27: Make Your Own Bobblehead
July 18: Waterbead Stress Ball

Chione Storytime Concert

Friday, June 10 at 11 AM, Exchange Room on the second floor of the Library

Join us at the Library for a storytime concert with the Chione Quintet. This concert features a telling of “Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon,” written by Ka Vang, alongside music of a woodwind quintet. This family-focused program will introduce audiences to the instruments of the wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon) in an exciting, up-close environment. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Storytime with Jenny Baertsch

Friday, July 8 at 10:30 AM in Sinclair Park

On July 8 at 10:30 AM, join local author Jenny Baertsch in Sinclair Park for a special summer storytime with her children's chapter book Junkyard Tough: A "Tail" of Bravery. Jenny will discuss how a chapter book works and read Chapter 1 of Junkyard Tough. She'll also explain what it means to be an author, what it means to be an illustrator, and what it means to be brave. After storytime, Jenny will be available for book signings and sales, and every book purchased will receive a FREE magnetic kitten bookmark! Coloring sheets of Junkyard Tough illustrations will also be available at storytime.

Early Explorers in the Park

Select Thursdays in June and July at 10:30 AM at Windom Park

Best for ages 2 through 5

On select Thursdays in June and July (see below) at 10:30 AM, we will gather our youngest learners at Windom Park to make a mess and build early learning skills. Our Youth Services staff has activities planned that will not only be fun for your child but also help them to build early literacy and fine motor skills. No registration required.

June 30: Messy Art Projects

July 14: Bird Watching with Whitewater State Park

July 28: Yoga for littles and caregivers with Muddy Waters Yoga

© 2022 Winona Public Library | 151 W 5th St, Winona, MN 55987 | 507-452-4582
Apply for Library Card
Contact Us