The documentary “The Year We Thought About Love” follows LGBTQ students producing a play about love. The library will host a screening and question and answer session with the filmmakers and two members of the play’s cast.

Winona Public Library patron news and programs


Starting on Monday, April 12, the library will again be offering browsing and computer appointments in addition to the continuation of curbside pickup. To view a full listing of hours and to make an appointment, visit or call 507-452-4582. 


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 3:30pm through Zoom.

Participants receive a monthly reminder of the meeting along with writing prompts. Prompts include:

1. Write about a place or a time special to you.

2. Try starting a scene with the following phrase: He/She/They should have known ...

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.

Registration is required. To register, go to or call the Library’s Reference Desk at 507-452-4860.


Friends of the WPL host children’s author Trisha Speed Shaskan

The Friends of the Winona Public Library will host their annual meeting on Thursday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. There will be a brief meeting followed by children’s book author, Trisha Speed Shaskan. Shaskan is a native of Winona and has achieved success with books like the “Q & Ray Graphic Novel Series,” “Punk Skunks,” and farces on fairy tales like “Truly, We Both Loved Beauty Dearly!: The Story of Sleeping Beauty as Told by the Good and Bad Fairies” and “Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf.” 

Both friends members and potential friends are invited to attend. Friends members will receive an email with link information. If you are not a friend’s member but would like to attend the Zoom event, please register online at


‘The Year We Thought About Love’ film showings & discussion

“The Year We Thought About Love” is a film featuring LGBTQ youth of color exploring love — within families, friendships, spiritually, and romantically. The film goes behind the scenes of the oldest queer youth theater in America. In a twist on the common image of LGBTQ youth as victims, the film reveals the troupe members as artists and activists, celebrating the joy and fullness of their lives in thoughtful and hilarious ways.

Watch the film on Thursday, April 22, at 5 p.m. or Friday, April 23, the Day of Silence, at 2 p.m. A lively discussion with the filmmaker and two of the youth will take place after Friday’s showing.

Registration is required. To sign up, go to

The event is hosted by the Winona Public Library with special sponsorship from Winona State University’s Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellence and is being promoted with the help of the city of Winona’s Human Rights Commission.


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