From: Samantha TerBeest
Adult services librarian Winona Public Library
The week of April 9-15 was a week most libraries celebrate called National Library Week. The Winona Public Library celebrated in many ways. First, we made a huge announcement: There are no more fines on the library’s youth services items! We also hosted a phenomenal amount of events for both children and adults. Children got to become Junior Librarians and even create stop-motion videos. Adults played bingo and crafted. The library’s staff even got involved during a Spirit Week (every day we had a different theme). Spirit Week created a fun, morale boosting activity for our staff; we also had a lot of fun, especially during Wacky Wednesday. Finally, we wanted to help our community in a huge way by having a program called Food for Fines. During the program, we asked patrons with fines to bring in non-perishable items for the food shelf. We then waived $1 from their fines for every item donated. This allowed several people to use their library card again. The most important part of this program, however, was that we collected 118 pounds of food for Winona Volunteer Services.
We live in an amazing supportive community, one that is both supportive of the library and fellow community members. Thank you for attending our programs and donating to the food shelf, and thank you staff for creating a fun and loving workplace.