Booktoberfest 2019

It’s October, and you know what that means… 



The Winsted Public Library is kicking off its 2nd annual Booktoberfest celebration by hosting Minnesota author, Mindy Mejia on Saturday, October 5th at 1:30pm in the Vollmer Room at the Winsted City Hall.

Mejia will speak about her writing process, read selections from her books, and answer audience questions. Her latest book, Leave No Trace, was a 2019 Minnesota Book Awards finalist, and her upcoming book, Strike Me Down, is due to be published in April of 2020.

Have you always wanted to join a book club, but you just don’t have the time?

You’re in luck with the Winsted Library’s

Booktoberfest World’s Easiest Bookclub!

Choose between Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia, or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb. Read one or both, then come into the library to put a sticker by your rating.

 No meetings, no discussion, no hassle. 


We’ll round off the month with Minnesota author Wendy Webb coming to the Winsted Arts Center on Saturday, October 28th to talk about her writing process–from coming up with that first idea to setting a writing schedule to get it done. 

Webb is the author of 5 Gothic mystery novels about long-buried family secrets, set in big, old haunted houses on the Great Lakes. Her fourth book, The End of Temperance Dare, won the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction in 2017. 

No pre-registration is needed for any of these events.

The author visits are made possible by a grant from the
Minnesota Clean Air Land & Legacy fund.


It’s Showtime @ Your Library 2019 Winsted Library Summer Reading Program


It’s SHOWTIME @ the Winsted Library this summer! 

Are you ready for Storytime in the Park on Fridays?
How about the Summer Reading Club for ages 5-12?
Maybe you’d like to try the
Teen/Adult Reading Program?

There’s something for all ages during this year’s Winsted Library Summer Reading Program!

In June, we’re bringing back fan-favorite Flashlight Storytime, and we can’t wait for our 7th Annual Princess Storytime!

World-Famous Comedy Magician Charley Hagen promises to amaze and entertain us in July, as he brings his comedy magic show to Winsted for two performances on Wednesday, July 10th. The morning show will be at Mill Reserve Park (the one by the lake), and the 7pm show will be at St Mary’s Care Center Chapel.

The Teen/Adult Reading program goes from May 20th-July 31st, and the Summer Reading Club starts June 9th. To sign up, please come in to the Winsted Library during library hours.

*The 2019 Winsted Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the
Pioneerland Library System & the Winsted Library Commission.


Just Craftin’ Around @ the Winsted Library

Come join local cardmakers Sandy Foss and Phyllis Dukhorn as they show us how to make handmade cards and crafts for Mother’s and Father’s Day!

Open to ages 10+.

Please register by stopping in during normal library hours, or by calling 320-485-3909.





Winter Reads 2019: Snow is Falling, & Books Are Calling!

The holidays have come and gone, and you know what that means…

It’s time for our annual


Winsted Library 2019 Winter Reading Program

Participating is easy–just sign up at the Winsted Library, and get your reading log to keep track of what you read from January 1st-March 15th. There are monthly challenges for you to try, or you can read what you want, in any format.

Just remember, the more you read, the more points you’ll earn; the more points you earn, the more prize drawings you’ll be able to enter!

Rules of Play

*Program runs January 1-March 15, 2019*

*1 book per line/category

*Audiobooks, eBooks, and Non-Fiction books are fine

*Double Points for Books 450+ pages

*Sheets must be turned in no later than Monday March 18th 2019

*Get 2 Points for participating in our “Spread the Love” Food Drive

Help Us Spread the Love in 2019!

March is Minnesota Foodshare Month,
and the time for their largest food and funds drive of the year.

This year, we’re joining in with our first
Spread the Love Food Drive
from March 1-15, 2019.

To participate (and earn 2 points for your Winter Reading Log), simply bring in a jar of non-perishable food that can be spread, like peanut butter, jelly, honey, mayonnaise, mustard, relish, ketchup, barbeque sauce, or whatever you find.

And, if you’re like us and have library fines,
bring in up to 3 more items, and we’ll take up to $3 off your fines!

*Unfortunately, no home-canned items can be accepted.
*All items will be donated to the McLeod County Foodshelf.
*Winsted 2019 Winter Reading Program is open to ages 16+.
*Turn in your reading log by 5pm on Friday, March 15th to be eligible for the prize drawings.
*The 2019 Winsted Winter Reading Program is sponsored by the
Pioneerland Library System & the Winsted Library Commission.


Library After Hours Winter 2019

Come make 2 valentines for your Valentines at this Library After Hours session! We’ll also learn how to make small gift boxes that are the perfect size to fill with some sweets for your Sweetie.

Space is limited to 15 participants, so register by stopping in at the Winsted Library, or by calling                       320-485-3909 to reserve your spot today!


Want to explore more reading challenges on your own in 2019?

Two of our favorite year-long reading challenges are from POPSUGAR and Book Riot.

For their reading challenge records, click on the pictures below.

POPSUGAR 2019 Reading Challenge


Book Riot’s Read Harder 2019 Challenge

 Happy Reading in 2019!



National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2018

Have people ever told you, “You should write a book”?

Here’s your chance! Join millions of other people this month for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) as they put pen to paper in the attempt to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. The Winsted and Hutchinson Libraries will be hosting writing nights throughout the month to help you meet your goal, and who knows? Your book might even end up on our shelves someday!

50,000 Words. 
30 Days.
1 Life-Changing Experience.

Are you ready to Come Write In?



Booktoberfest 2018

It’s October, and it’s time for our first annual BOOKTOBERFEST!



We’re starting off the celebration  with local author, Christine Husom, who is coming to talk with us on Saturday, October 6th in the Vollmer Room at 1:30pm about her writing life, and her two great book series.


Then, you can come join in the World’s Easiest Book Club at the Winsted Library. Choose between ‘The Death of Mrs Westaway’ by Ruth Ware, or ‘The Woman in the Window’ by AJ Finn. Read one or both, then come into the library to put a sticker by your rating. No meetings, no discussion, no hassle. 


We’ll round off the month with a Twin Cities Sisters in Crime author panel coming to the Winsted Arts Center to talk about how the writing process–from coming up with that first idea to setting a writing schedule to get it done, in their “It’s a Mystery to Me” presentation.


No registration is needed for any of these events, and best of all? They’re FREE!

Happy Booktoberfest 2018!



Happy Fall!

The air is getting crisper, and the leaves are starting to turn fabulous colors. What better way to enjoy Mother Nature’s show than to go on a riverboat cruise to Harriet Island?

There are SEVEN seats that are for Winsted Library Patrons, so if you want to go, call the Hutchinson Library at 320-587-2368 to reserve your place today!



MN Writes MN Reads

Local authors – indie, self-published, aspiring, and mainstream – can now create ebooks and share them with readers across the state and potentially across the country using free tools provided by Minnesota libraries.

For helpful hints click here