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Winter Reads

January – February 2024:

Follow the call of the loon to the library and settle into winter with a good book! Participate in our adult winter reading program in January and February. From good reads to informative classes, we have a plan to keep you active and engaged as the weather gets colder. Tap into your inner artist with a painting class, learn new skills with a 1:1 tech session, explore musical genres with guest presenters, or try an introduction to guided Tai Chi.

Winter Reads Challenge

Back by popular demand is the Winter Reads Reading Challenge. This year, there are two challenges to enjoy.

  • BINGO: Settle into your armchair and embark on a reading journey this winter. Explore different genres with our Winter Reads bingo game. Enjoy a mystery set in the Northwoods, warm up with a romance in a tropical location, or go deep into space with a sci-fi adventure. Win a prize with four in a row.
  • READ. REVIEW. REPEAT.: Your book reviews and ratings are wanted! Help us find the next great read … or tell us what books to avoid. Read or listen to a book and provide us with a short review and rating. Then read the next book and repeat.

Stop by the library to pick up a bingo card (or download here), submit a book review, or both. You can also join in online at With your first book review or bingo square, earn a participation prize while supplies last. All entries will be placed in a drawing for book bundles at the end of February. The more entries you submit, the better your chances of winning!

For some winter-themed reading picks to help get you started, check out these titles. Click on the image to open up the book list pdf, and then click on a cover to go to the catalog to learn more about the book or place a hold.

Book covers of wintery nonfiction titles

Book covers of adult winter-themed fiction

Tiny Art Competition

Four tiny art canvases

We’re currently accepting submissions for our tiny art competition. Let your creativity soar but keep your work smaller than five inches by five inches. Pick up your art supply kit at the information desk (while supplies last) or use your own to create something in a different medium.

Submissions are due by Friday, February 23, 2024. Entries will be judged during the last week in February and entered works will be displayed in the library. The competition is for adult patrons.


Winter Reads Programs for Adults

Programs are free. Classes with an * require registration. 

Tech Help*
Fridays, 2 PM
Sign up for a half-hour session on Fridays at 2 PM to work individually with a staff member to receive tech help for a specific need or question.

Tai Chi Introduction & Practice*
Thursday, Jan. 18 & Feb. 15, 10:15 AM
Join us monthly for Tai Chi. Learn to enjoy flowing motion in a relaxed, fun, and safe space through an introduction and guided practice. No prior experience is needed, but experienced Tai Chi practitioners are also welcome!

Romance Book Club (Online)*
Tuesday, Jan. 9 & Feb. 13, 6:30 PM
Join us on Zoom for a book club of all things romance! This book club meets on the second Tuesday every month. A monthly theme is selected for the book discussion. All ages, genders, and reading interests are welcome!

Mystery Book Club
Wednesday, Jan. 17 & Feb. 28, 6 PM
The Mystery Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month for about an hour, and everyone is welcome (no registration required). For each meeting, members read a book that falls within the theme for the month.  At the meeting each member has a turn to discuss their book and gives the book a star rating out of five.

Art Class with Karen Chan (Online)*
Thursday, Jan. 25 & Feb. 22, 5:30 PM
Learn to paint and build your skills in online guided classes with artist Karen Chan. Materials will be available for pickup two weeks prior to class.

Unwrapping Film Music*
Monday, Jan. 29, 6:30 PM
Join us as we explore how film music changes the narrative in movies and the techniques that film composers use to amplify or contradict the visual story. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Minnesota from the Road: St. Paul*
Thursday, Feb. 8, 10:30 AM
Join Minnesota photographer Doug Ohman for a presentation about St. Paul. Our capital is just waiting to be explored. “Ride” along as Doug Ohman brings the city’s rich history to life through images and information about St. Paul’s many landmarks. As a special bonus, Doug will feature local “stops” in Stillwater, Taylors Falls, and the Chisago Lakes area.

Folk, Roots, & Blues with Julie Johnson and the No-Accounts
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 PM
Join Julie Johnson and the No-Accounts for the Midwest’s equivalent to the South’s rich tradition. Hear logging and voyageur songs, and unusual arrangements of folk, country, and blues tunes. This program is funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Jigsaw Puzzle Competition*
Saturday, Feb. 24, 10:30 AM
Are you ready for a challenge? Come be a part of the Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament! Teams of 2 to 4 people compete to finish a 500 piece puzzle. Prizes are awarded to the first two teams to finish the puzzle!

Needle-Felted Toadstool (Online)*
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6 PM
Add color and whimsy to your home! Learn how to use a felting needle to form loose wool roving into an adorable mushroom. Materials will be available for pickup two weeks prior to class.