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Minnesota Author Tour

MN Author Tour: Jess Lourey & Sarah Stonich

The Winona Public Library will host authors Jess Lourey and Sarah Stonich on Monday, April 15th at 5:30 PM in the Library’s Central Exchange Room as part of SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) Minnesota Author Tour.  This event is free and open to the public.

Jess Lourey is an award-winning author of an array of books everything from children’s books to crime fiction.  Some of her books include the Mira James Mystery Series as well as the Steinbeck and Reed Series.

Sarah Stonich is also an award-winning author as well as a book reviewer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  She has written several books including the popular title, Vacationland.

Both authors will have their books for sale at the event and will be available for signings.

The SELCO’s Minnesota Author Tour is funded in part or whole with funds from the Arts, Cultural, and Heritage Amendment. To learn more about the tour, go to https://legacy.selco.info/.

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Stories of Winona’s Past

The Winona Public Library welcomes Merle Hanson and Joe Hughes every third Thursday of the month at 5pm from January to April to read and talk about stories of Winona’s past. Themes include bars, wars, the East End, and downtown.

Crafting Gifts and Building Community

On Saturday, April 20th at 10am in the Winona Public Library, join Taliesin Nyala, a local artist who breathes life into wood, on an exploration where craftsmanship meets community. Taliesin has created eight items in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity serving Winona County as gifts for new homeowners. She will share stories about the evolution and process of crafting unique, handmade welcome gifts that embody the Habitat motto of creating “homes, community, and hope.”

Taliesin is a woodworker, writer, and artist living in Winona. She designs and builds heirloom-quality wood furniture and decor out of sustainably harvested Minnesota hardwoods. Alongside this, she writes a bimonthly newsletter on her experiences working in this craft and becoming an artist.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

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Memory Café

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 Public Library’s Meeting Room

The first Wednesday of the month session is hosted at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

For more information on how to attend the Memory Cafés, call the library Reference Desk at 507-452-4860.

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Testify Exhibit

April 30th to May 24th

Winona Public Library presents the “Testify: Americana Slavery Today” photo gallery exhibit from April 30th to May 24th. This event is free and open to the public.

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and NFL Hall of Famer Justice Alan Page and his family are again presenting their exhibit “TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today.” This impactful exhibit of the Diane and Alan Page Collection of African-American art and artifacts was originally presented at the Hennepin County Library in 2018. Following the overwhelmingly positive response from the public, the exhibit has returned in 2023 with a renewed call to action and a wider reach. It is now accessible to the public in Southeast Minnesota as a large-format, high resolution photo gallery. The family hopes the exhibit will help bridge divides, deepen dialogue and encourage action on justice. “The objects in the exhibit… juxtapose artifacts from our often-painful shared history with inspiring imagery and works of art that help us rise above it,” the late Diane Sims Page said of the collection she started. She hoped that “by coming to grips with our past, we can come together in the future.” Please join us to learn and reflect on the power we each have to act for causes of justice.

The Pages produced the traveling exhibit in collaboration with local artist and designer Kurt Mueller and with the support of SELCO, Great River Regional Library, the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, and The McKnight Foundation.

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Book Discussion

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If you would like to borrow a copy of any of the upcoming books, please click the link above or call the Reference Desk at (507) 452-4860.

Upcoming Book Selections

April 3rd — Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens
May 1st — Violeta by Isabel Allende
June 5th — Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
July 3rd — What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris
August 7th — The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones

If you cannot make the meeting but would like to share your thoughts on the book, go to our GoodReads page.

 

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Booked: True Crime Book Club

Calling all self-proclaimed true crime junkies! Booked: True Crime Book Club will meet the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 pm in the Bell Art Room. Bring your detective brain as we learn about some of the most unnerving serial killers and their victims.

May 2nd – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

​June 6th – Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson by William Swanson

August 1st – Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

September 5th – A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Please use the registration link below to select the discussions that you would like to attend. The Library will order you a copy of the book for that month.

click here to register

 

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I’m With the Banned: a Banned Books Book Club

Join us for our newly created book club, I’m With the Banned held monthly on the first Monday, at 4:30 pm in the library’s Bell Art Room. If you would like a copy of the banned book ordered for you, please click the button below to register.

January – April 2024, I’m With the Banned: a Banned Books Book Club, to be facilitated by ROAR (Residents Organizing Against Racism)

January 8th: Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Note Date Change)
February 5th: The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph
March 4th: Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
April 1st: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
May 6th: When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
June 3rd: To Be Determined
July 1st: To Be Determined
August 5th: The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson

click here to register

testify exhibit

Testify Exhibit

April 30th to May 24th

Winona Public Library presents the “Testify: Americana Slavery Today” photo gallery exhibit from April 30th to May 24th. This event is free and open to the public.

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and NFL Hall of Famer Justice Alan Page and his family are again presenting their exhibit “TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today.” This impactful exhibit of the Diane and Alan Page Collection of African-American art and artifacts was originally presented at the Hennepin County Library in 2018. Following the overwhelmingly positive response from the public, the exhibit has returned in 2023 with a renewed call to action and a wider reach. It is now accessible to the public in Southeast Minnesota as a large-format, high resolution photo gallery. The family hopes the exhibit will help bridge divides, deepen dialogue and encourage action on justice. “The objects in the exhibit… juxtapose artifacts from our often-painful shared history with inspiring imagery and works of art that help us rise above it,” the late Diane Sims Page said of the collection she started. She hoped that “by coming to grips with our past, we can come together in the future.” Please join us to learn and reflect on the power we each have to act for causes of justice.

The Pages produced the traveling exhibit in collaboration with local artist and designer Kurt Mueller and with the support of SELCO, Great River Regional Library, the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, and The McKnight Foundation.

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Minnesota Author Tour

MN Author Tour: Kao Kalia Yang

The Winona Public Library and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) will host author Kao Kalia Yang on Tuesday, May 7th at 5 PM in the Across a Wide Ocean Gallery as part of SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) Minnesota Author Tour.  This event is free but registration is required.  To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/mmamkalia.

Yang’s work crosses audiences and genres to center the Hmong experience in America. Her books have won multiple awards and include The Late HomecomerThe Song PoetThe Most Beautiful Thing, and more.

The Most Beautiful Thing, illustrated by Khoa Le, is one of two books featured in the current book arts exhibition, Across a Wide Ocean: Remarkable Stories about the Origins of Identity, at MMAM.

A book signing will follow in the museum’s atrium. The author’s books for sale in the MMAM Shoppe.

The SELCO’s Minnesota Author Tour is funded in part or whole with funds from the Arts, Cultural, and Heritage Amendment. To learn more about the tour, go to https://legacy.selco.info/.