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

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, August 16th 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.


Friends Newsletter
Friends Brochure & Membership Form
Annual Giving Request Letter

Meeting Minutes (posted after formal meeting approval)

June 22, 2016
May 21, 2016

January 30, 2016

November 21, 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

President Vernon Leighton
Vice President Julie Johnson
Treasurer Mackenzie Morning
Secretary Mary Farrell
Membership Chair Naomi Theye
Director Annie McLoone
Director Blandine Berthelot


     Annual Giving Request Letter

Friends Special Events

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Friends of the Library Bake Sale is Saturday, August 27th from 7:30AM – 12PM at the Winona Farmers Market (Corner of Main and 2nd Streets).

Interested in baking an item for the sale? All bake goods can be dropped off at the library on Friday, August 26th or delivered to the Farmer’s Market by 7:30AM the following Saturday.

Bake goods that sell well at the market include larger items like cakes, pies, and breads. Smaller items like cookies and small loaves of breads also sell well. All items must be separated, priced, and include ingredient information, e.g. contains nuts or is gluten-free.

Interested in volunteering at the bake sale? Contact the friends at [email protected] for information and available shifts.

Give to the Max Day

Give to the Max Day: November 17th, 2016

(Annual event held 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 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.