Winona Public Library patron programs


Invoke quartet virtual mini-concert

The “not classical ... but not not classical” string quartet Invoke will perform a virtual concert via the Winona Public Library’s Facebook Page ( on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch the concert.

The concert will be live streamed from Rochester’s historic Chateau Theatre to Southeast Minnesota schools and libraries the week of March 1-5; leading up to a free, full-length live streamed residency finale concert for the public on Saturday, March 6, at 7 p.m. This is part of Rochester Civic Music’s Artists-in-the-School music education school residency program and Regional Library Outreach program.

Invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band’s other “not-nots” encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. Invoke weaves all of these styles together to create truly individual music, written by and for the group. Equally at home in a collaborative setting, Invoke has performed with musicians from widely varying genres, from the Ensō Quartet, to chamber rock powerhouse San Fermin, to beatboxer/rapper/spoons virtuoso Christylez Bacon. Invoke’s two albums, “Souls in the Mud” and “Furious Creek,” both feature original works composed by and for the group, plus the quartet has also performed and recorded numerous world premieres. Invoke believes in championing diverse American voices, including their ongoing commissioning project American Postcards, which asks composers to pick a time and place in American history and tell its story through Invoke’s unique artistry.

The Regional Library Outreach Program is a five-day Southeastern Minnesota library tour providing live musical events for citizens of rural communities who might not otherwise have access to such opportunities. All library services will be free, un-ticketed events. Consequently, ticket price will be removed as a barrier that may prevent participation due to economics.

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support Grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


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 will run from now until March 5; all you will need to do is read or listen to five books (ebooks included) and record them in a reading log. A digital reading log will be available online, as well as a printable copy of the logs; these logs can be found on the Library’s Website at Printed logs will be available with the library’s curbside pick-up services. After completing your first log, the library will contact you about picking up your free Hot Reads for Cold Nights coffee mug and coupon for free small fries from McDonald’s. 

At the end of the program, reading logs will be entered into a drawing for one of our many grand prizes. Grand prizes include eleven $5 Comet Cash coupons to Erbert and Gerbert’s, 20 $5 gift cards to Kwik Trip, two $10 gift certificates to La Boutique, a $50 gift card to Midtown Foods, three $50 gift certificates to Ray’s Carpet Cleaning, three $10 gift certificates to River City Grill, and a pair of Darn Tough Socks from Yarnology.

Must be 18 or older and have a Winona Public Library Card to participate in Hot Reads for Cold Nights. Persons may reenter the grand prize drawing multiple times. Materials do not have to come from the library; just start reading! 

The Winona Public Library would like to thank our sponsors for making Hot Reads for Cold Nights Possible: Erbert and Gerbert’s, The Friends of the Winona Public Library, Kwik Trip (on Homer Road), La Boutique, McDonald’s, Midtown Foods, Ray’s Carpet Cleaning, River City Grill, and Yarnology.


Great River Writes – Winona writers group

Do you like to write fiction or non-fiction? Check out the Great River Writes – Winona Writers Group that meets every second Friday of the month at 3:30 p.m. through Zoom.

Participants receive a monthly reminder of the meeting along with writing prompts. Pick one of the three writing prompts or write your own. Stories must be one page, single-spaced. At the meeting, participants will share their stories and provide a critique to others.

The next meeting is Friday, March 12. Registration is required. To register, go to or call the library’s reference desk at 507-452-4860.


Friends of the Winona Public Library monthly meeting

The Friends of the Winona Public Library meet virtually every third Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. with the next meeting on Saturday, March 20. Friends and potential friends are invited to call in or Zoom in by contacting the Friends at or calling the library at 507-452-4860.


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