News & Announcements


Introducing the Winnebago Public Library’s newest online database: Gale! Gale is a virtual reference library. It is great for research whether you are writing a paper or simply want to know more on a subject. The database provides thousands of full text eBooks covering numerous topics including: law, medicine, education, history, and much more. With this database, you are able to use the search function within publications making research easy.
For more information on using the database, simply watch this online video:

To access this database, follow this link:
You will need to use your library card number as your password when logging in.

Discontinuing Zinio/Digital Magazines

The Winnebago Public Library will be discontinuing its use of Zinio/digital magazines. Zinio/digital magazines will no longer be available after July 1, 2017.

National Library Week: Libraries Transform!

National Library Week (April 9 - 15, 2017) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.

The theme for 2017 National Library Week is "Libraries Transform." Olympic soccer gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy will serve as this year's National Library Week Honorary Chair.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate every year in National Library Week.

Please join us this week:

Discovery Center: Engineering Adventure: April 11th @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Culver's Princess and Superhero, Winnebago Public Library will be at Culver's for a special Story Time event--April 11th @ 5-8 p.m.

Story Time: April 12th @ 10:30 a.m.

Winnebago Lions Club Leader Dog Program: April 15th @ 11:00 a.m.

April Friends of Library Minutes

Friends of the Winnebago Public Library
Business Meeting Minutes
April 25, 2017

Mission Statement: Our association aspires to help stimulate the child, motivate the adolescent, educate the adult and sustain the elderly in our community within the world of books and ever-changing information technology.

The April 25th business meeting, with an attendance of 10 members, the library director, and 1 Board Member was called to order by Norma at 6:35pm.

Secretary’s Report: A motion to accept the minutes for the March 28th meeting as written was made by Judy, seconded by Rosemary, and the motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Marian provided a copy of the financial report :
Savings: $787.76 (as of 03-31-17) Checking Account: $8176.58 (as of 04-25-17)**
Cash on Hand: $38.02 Total Balance: $9,002.36 (as of 04-25-17)
**Includes $207.00 for the Fidder Memorial Garden and $400.00 for Not-for-Profit Expenses.
This report will be filed for audit.

Board Liaison, Irv Koning: He congratulated Katie and her staff on the library’s being chosen as a “2016 Business of the Year” award winner and shared that there are still some vacancies on the Library Board.

Director of the Library, Katie Schmoyer: Katie provided a written report about
• the Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award Night,
• various programs that have been provided at the library in April,
• new databases that have been posted on the library’s website,
• updates on the new table recently purchased for the children’s storytime use,
• possible plans for updating the staff work room,
• information about the next fiscal budget and objectives meeting,
• and a “Thank You” to the Friends for the gift certificates given to all library staff members during National Library Week.

Committee Reports: April’s Bloomin’ Book and Bake Sale: Paula reported that most work shifts for the book, bake, and bloom sale are filled. Several volunteers helped her on Monday and Tuesday to sort new books so that the set-up day (tomorrow, April 26th) would run more quickly and smoothly.

New Business: Steve asked when decisions would be made concerning needed purchases for the library. He asked if there are priority items that were requested from the funds of the Friends group on the wishlists we were given earlier this year. Katie will bring the librarians’ wishlist to our next meeting so that the Friends can consider funding some of the requests.
Old Business: Scholarships: Several Friends’ members met with Norma and Marian to read over the scholarship applications. They decided to approve five $200 scholarships. Judy wlll attend the Honors Night at WHS and will present the checks to the scholarship award winners.

Steve moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:55pm, seconded by Cindy, and the motion carried. The next meeting is scheduled for May 30, 2017, starting at 6:30pm.

Respectfully Submitted by: Paula Black, Secretary

Crafting Paper Flowers Presentation

Did you miss our Crafting Paper Flowers Program? Perhaps you attended and want to try making another flower. Below is a link to the presentation used for the program. Go ahead and give this craft a shot. Happy Crafting!

EBSCO MasterFile Database

Check out our newest database, EBSCO MasterFile! MasterFile is an excellent research database. It contains full text journals, magazines, and trade publications. It covers topics such as business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

Access the database using this link:

Use your library card number as your patron ID when accessing the database.

Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award Winner

We are proud to announce that Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award Night the Winnebago Public Library was announced the winner of the 2016 Business of the Year Award. Special thanks to the businesses who partnered with the Library and to the staff for all of their hard work!

Friends of the Winnebago Public Library offer a Scholarship

Each year the Friends of the Library offer a $200.00 scholarship to help further a young persons education. You can pick up your application at the service desk in the library. Applications are to be filled out and dropped off at the library by Friday, April 14, 2017.


Introducing ComicsPlus! ComicsPlus is an online comics database. Now available online through our library. Access thousands of different comics and graphic novels.

To access ComicsPlus simply click the link below. You will need to use your library card to create an account to login from.


Discover your ancestry with our new database, HeritageQuest. HeritageQuest is an online database that allows you to search and find more information about your ancestors. The database utilizes census data, maps, books, as well as many other archived materials. Look at original handwritten documents!

To access HeritageQuest simply click the link below and you will be taken to a login screen that will ask you to enter a barcode. Enter your library card number as the barcode and click connect. This should take you directly to the database.