Friends of the Library

Friends of the Winona Public Library

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

Friends Meetings

Meetings are usually held on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 – 10:00 am in the Bell Art Room of the library. All Friends and potential Friends are welcome to attend.

Next meeting will be Saturday, November 21st, 2015 in the Bell Art Room.

Do you like planning events? Raising Money?  Are you wanting to be more involved with the community?  The Friends are looking for new members and executive board members.


Friends Newsletter
Friends Brochure & Membership Form
National Friends of the Library Week October 18-24, 2015 Bookmarks

Meeting Minutes (posted after formal meeting approval)

September 19, 2015
August 15, 2015
July 18, 2015
June 20, 2015

Contact Us:

[email protected]
or send mail to:

Winona Public Library
Attn: Friends of the Library
151 West 5th St
P.O. Box 1247
Winona, MN 55987

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Friends of the Library Board

Interim President Carol Daul-Elhindi
Vice President Tammi Owens
Treasurer Blandine Berthelot
Secretary Sue Eckerson
Membership Chair Naomi Theye
Director Annie McLoone
Director Julie Johnson


Friends Special Events

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The Friends of Winona Public Library group is publishing its first book.  Winona Public Library has an interesting history with an intriguing story of vision, philanthropy and creative work.  The book’s publication is possible due to a 2015 grant from The Winona Foundation.  It will be about 100 pages with photos and be written, edited and printed in Winona.  The Friends plan to have the book available before the end of 2016.

Last year, the library itself received a Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) Community Collaboration grant for historian, Greg Gaut, to research, write a manuscript and publicly present the history of the Winona Public Library.  His presentations will be June 15th to the Winona City Council, September 12 at a Winona Public Library event and late 2016 at the Winona History Center (date TBA).

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Give to the Max Day

Next Give to the Max Day: November 12th, 2015

(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: is available for online donations to the Friends throughout the year. Thank you for your generosity.

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The Friends of the Winona Public Library’s Annual Book Sale will be held at the Winona Friendship Center (corner of 5th and Main) March 17th – March 19th, 2016.

Thursday, March 17th from 6:00pm-8:00pm – FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY  (become a member today or at the event membership form)
Friday, March 18th from 7:30am-6:00pm
Saturday, March 19th from 8:00am-2:00pm

Please watch for more information regarding donating or volunteering for the event.. Your support is greatly appreciated.

All proceeds from the Book Sale benefit the patrons of Winona Public Library.

Also, please be sure to visit our daily book sale cart found in the Winona Public Library lobby.

Friends of the Winona Public Library Participated in March MillionsMarchMillionsLogo

We wish to thank the Otto Bremer Foundation and you for your generous donations.
We raised $1,700 which will go towards enriching the Winona community with multiple library resources.

Kids Concert in the Park

Friday June 19th, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thank you to all who attended and volunteered for the June 19, 2015 Concert in the Park. It was a morning/early afternoon filled with  good summertime fun at the Lake Park Band Shell.

Friends of the Winona Public Library received a check for $1,667.30 from the Winona National Bank for the proceeds from the June concert.

Thanks to you and Winona National Bank for your generous support of the library!

Bake Sale

WPL_Friends_Bake_SaleThank you to everyone who donated baked goods and their time for the August 22nd, 2015 Bake Sale and to those that purchased items from the bake sale!  It was a huge success and your support is appreciated.

All proceeds from the bake sale benefit the Winona Public Library.


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].

Now Friends members can take advantage of discounts at local businesses through the Friends Benefit Program.  Simply show your Friends of the Library membership card at any of the participating businesses to receive your discount.  The list of partners is expected to grow, so check back for updates!

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.