The Friends of the Winona Public Library value, support, and champion the public library. The purpose of this organization is to:
- Maintain an association of persons interested in libraries
- Focus public attention on the Winona Public Library
- Stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services
- Receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library
- Support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the community
- Support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights
Beginning June 21st, meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Bell Art Room of the library. All Friends and potential Friends are welcome to attend.
The next Friends of the Library Meeting will be held Tuesday, July 19th 6:00 p.m. in the Bell Art Room.
Annual Meeting Updates
Thank you to Kari Yearous for presenting at the Annual Meeting and showing the wonderful photographs that she has taken of the library! Her photography will be featured in the upcoming library history book.
Please, welcome the 2016 Friends of the Library Board Members:
President: Vernon Leighton
Vice President : Julie Johnson
Treasurer: Mackenzie Morning
Secretary: Mary Farrell
Membership Chair: Naomi Theye
Director: Annie McLoone
Director: Blandine Berthelot
Board Members whose terms have ended include: Carol Daul-Elhindi, Carol has served as both Vice President and President on the board; Sue Eckerson, Sue has served four years as Secretary; and Blandine Bethelot, Blandine has served as treasurer on the board for fifteen years and is currently serving as a Director.
Please, take time to welcome our new board members and thank our past members for their service.
Meeting Minutes (posted after formal meeting approval)
Winona Public Library
Friends of the Library Board
Friends Special Events
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Have fun with the Friends of the Library on Thursday, July 21st from 4-8pm during the Sweet Stroll Downtown. Activities will be held outside the library and include Tom Dukich and his accordion styling from 4-6pm and singer Greg Taylor from 6-8pm. A light snack and beverage will also be served.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Please consider showing off your baking talents with a sweet or savory baked donation.
Donations can be dropped off at the Winona Public Library on Friday, August 26th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or at the bake sale on Saturday morning.
Please have your donations separated, priced, and include ingredient information, e.g. contains nuts or is gluten-free.
All proceeds from the bake sale benefit the Winona Public Library.
Give to the Max Day
(Annual event held the 2nd Thursday in November)
What is Give to the Max Day? It is a day of Giving in Minnesota. You can give an online donation to any nonprofit or school of your choice.
The Friends of the Winona Public Library will be participating in the event again this year, and every dollar you donate will help your library.
Please note: giveMN.org is available for online donations to the Friends throughout the year. Thank you for your generosity.
The Friends of the Winona Public Library’s Annual Book Sale was held at the Winona Friendship Center (corner of 5th and Main) March 17th – March 19th, 2016.
Thank you to all our volunteers and customers. Your support is greatly appreciated.
All proceeds from the Book Sale benefit the patrons of Winona Public Library.
If you missed it, please be sure to visit our daily book sale cart found in the Winona Public Library lobby.
Kids Concert in the Park
Friday June 17th, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thank you to Winona National Bank and to all who attended and volunteered for the June 17th Concert in the Park.
Volunteer & Membership
If you are interested in supporting the library, please consider joining the Friends. We are always looking for new members who would like to get involved and find new ways to advocate and raise funds for your library. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please complete the membership form or send an email to [email protected].
Book Sale Cart
Need a gift idea? Looking for a good deal on a book? Stop by the Friends Book Sale Cart across from the Checkout Desk in the main entrance area of the library. The cart is stocked with hardcover books, paperbacks, compact discs, videos and DVDs.
Hardcover books: $1.00 ea.
Paperback books: $0.50 ea. or 3 for $1.00
Media items: $2.00 ea. or 3 for $5.00
Media sets: $5.00 ea.
Stop by often as items on the cart vary daily. All proceeds benefit your Winona Public Library.
Projects of the Friends of the Library
- Donate time and funds to help with children’s programs.
- Encourage community awareness by representing the library in our community.
- Advocate for strong library support.
- Manage the Deborah Miller Kanabar Trust Fund.
- Encourage Memorial and Honor Book Programs.
- Volunteer for the annual Concert in the Park sponsored by Winona National Bank (all proceeds from the event benefit the library).
- Provide funds to purchase equipment, materials, and for other special projects or programs.