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Tricia Wehrenberg: Thanks to all who made Flippin’ for Books a smashing success

November 24, 2018

Winona Public Library’s 13th Annual Flippin’ for Books Literacy and Wellness Fair was a success this year thanks to all of the families and community members who braved the snow and cold to spend the morning with us. We had a great day filled with storytelling, a free pancake breakfast, music, crafting, and a myriad of literacy and health-related activities from community organizations.

Thanks to support from Matthew Kopyar and the Friends of the Winona Public Library, we were able to gift a free book to each child who attended. Midtown Foods, Target, Bluff Country Co-op, Ziebell’s Hiawatha Foods Inc, Wal-Mart, Hy-Vee, Rochester Wholesale Fruit, and Kwik Trip graciously donated all items needed for the free pancake breakfast. WSHS nutrition staff and National Honor Society student volunteers prepared and served breakfast to over 600 people.

Winona State University Children’s Literature students volunteered their time at the craft and activity tables. Individuals from a wealth of community organizations and businesses in Winona showcased their programs at resource booths, providing information to families on a variety of educational and wellness topics. Local musician Amanda Grace kept kids moving and dancing in the gym. Winona’s Fire Department and Police Department provided kids a peek into their lives (and vehicles) as community helpers. It was a fun, full morning to remember!

Winona Public Library is proud to be part of a community that comes together each year to support the early learning and health of its youngest citizens. Thank you for another fabulous year! Be sure to save the date for next year’s event: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.

Tricia Wehrenberg, Winona Public Library

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