Events at the Winona Public Library


Tales on Tap: A Storytime for Adults

Sometimes adulting is tough. The Winona Public Library is here to help you reminisce on your golden years as a child with Tales on Tap: A Story Time for Adults at Island City Brewing Company. The series starts on Wednesday, February 6, at 6:30 p.m. and will continue on the first Wednesday of every other month. February’s event will feature the popular “Llama Llama” books by Anna Dewdney. Come dressed in your jammies and feel free to bring a pillow, blanket or even your favorite Teddy bear. Activities include coloring, mazes, word searches, and a contest for best pajamas. The winner will take home a $10 Target gift card.

If you are interested in becoming a reader at this series for adults, please email Samantha, adult services librarian, at, or call 507-452-4860.

The Portrait Project: Photographs of People & a Cat

The Portrait Project: Photographs of People & a Cat will be on exhibit throughout the month of February in the Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room.

Local photographer and documentary filmmaker, Mary Farrell, will display a collection of color photographs that are mostly of people and a few of her cats. Farrell is captivated by both people and natural light and combines them together to create a portrait that has a visual and personal impact.

During the Frozen River Film Festival, Farrell will also have a free talk and reception for her photography on Frozen Friday, February 8, at 2 p.m. in the library’s Bell Art Room.

Galentine’s Day

Bring your gal pals and celebrate Galentine’s Day at Winona Public Library on Wednesday, February 13, from 6-8 p.m.

The evening will feature several free 10-minute demos, including Satin Hands by Mary Kay, Midwifery & Women’s Health by Winona Health, Oracle Readings by Goddess Virtue, Making a Chemical-Free Cleaning Paste by Young Living Essential Oils and Creating Your Own Safe Haven by Norwex.

Make your very own take-home crafts including bath bombs (supplies donated by Bluff Country Co-op), sugar scrubs, marbled glassware and painted wine glasses.


Visit several vendors: get your makeup and beauty supplies with Mary Kay, learn about Winona Health’s services in the Women’s Health department, color your nails with a Color Street stylist, stay up-to-date with the latest cookery from Pampered Chef, have your oracle or tarot cards read by Goddess Virtue, get your knitted wear from Chevron Sheep, try some aromatherapy with Young Living Essential Oils, learn about services offered by Semcac Clinic, get the latest fragrances from Scentsy, and see the latest and greatest handbags from River City Bling. Try a neck, shoulder, or hand massage by Mary Jo McKenna Massage, and find out how to keep your home chemical-free with Norwex.

Food and beverage will also be available at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Galentine’s Day originated from an episode of “Parks and Recreation,” all about ladies celebrating ladies and getting together with the gals for a relaxing night of fun. Ever since the episode aired, Galentine’s Day has become a national sensation celebrated on February 13.

Author Kent Nerburn

Minnesota Book Award winning author, Kent Nerburn, best known for his books “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” “The Wolf at Twilight,” and his newest, “Dancing with the Gods,” will be visiting the Winona Public Library on Tuesday, February 26, at 6 p.m.

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder,” was recently announced as the One Book One South Dakota Read for 2019, and according to its publisher, “tells the story of two men, one white and one Indian, locked in their own understandings yet struggling to find a common voice.”

Nerburn was born and raised near Minneapolis, Minn., later residing in Northern Minnesota. He currently lives in Portland, Ore. He has written several nonfiction books and the book “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” is now a movie.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult winter reading program

Winona Public Library’s annual Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult winter reading program is back!

The program runs now through March 8, and all you have to do is read or listen to five books (eBooks included) and record them in a reading log. After you return the first reading log to the library, you will receive a free library coffee mug.

At the end of the program, your reading logs will be entered into a drawing for one of many grand prizes from the following sponsors: Blue Heron Coffeehouse, Bluff Country Co-op., the Friends of the Winona Public Library, Ground Round, Hy-Vee, Kwik Trip, McDonald’s, Midtown Foods, and Sullivan’s Supper Club.

You must be 18 or older and have a Winona Public Library card to participate in Hot Reads for Cold Nights. All materials read or listened to must come from the library or through interlibrary loan. People may re-enter the grand prize drawing multiple times.
The Winona Public Library would like to thank its sponsors for making Hot Reads for Cold Nights possible!


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