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 the Friends of the Winona Public Library Annual Meeting:
Thursday, April 16 – 6:30pm, Library Bell Art Room.

The Friends of the Winona Public Library will feature special guest Greg Gaut at their annual meeting.

Gaut will speak about the manuscript, Laird’s Library Legacy, leading up to the Library’s September 12th event celebrating William Laird’s philanthropic gift of the library to the City of Winona.  He will give an overview of the grant as well share his progress in researching and creating the final project.  The Friends of the Library’s involvement in the history of the Winona Public Library will also be discussed.

The Friends of the Winona Public Library will hold the Annual Meeting in the Winona Public Library’s Bell Art Room on Thursday, April 16th at 6:30PM followed by Gaut’s presentation.

Find out more about the Friends of the Winona Public Library.


Friends Newsletter
Friends Membership Form

Meeting Minutes (posted after formal meeting approval)
February 21, 2015
January 10, 2015
November 15, 2014

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 (VP) Carol Daul-Elhindi
Treasurer Blandine Berthelot
Secretary Sue Eckerson
Membership Chair Naomi Theye


Friends Special Events

Stack_BooksBook Sale

The Friends of the Winona Public Library’s Annual Book Sale was held at the Winona Friendship Center (corner of 5th and Main) March 19th – March 21st!

Thank you to all the volunteers and customers. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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

Friends of the Winona Public Library Participating in March Millions

The Friends of the Winona Public Library are excited to be participating in the Otto Bremer Foundation’s March Millions campaign.MarchMillionsLogo

What is it?  The Otto Bremer Foundation is expanding its work to Southeastern Minnesota.  It is providing up to $1 million in matching funds to local nonprofit organizations through March Millions with the help of

How does it work?  Find the link on the Winona Public Library’s home page or go to to donate to the Friends of the Library anytime.  For donations between March 1st and March 31st, the Otto Bremer Foundation will match your donation.  Donate $50 and you’re actually donating $100.

Every day in March will have a Bremer Boost.  Every organization that receives a donation on the day of the drawing will be entered in a boost drawing.  The organization that receives the Bremer Boost will be awarded an additional $1,000.  That means 30 opportunities for the Friends to receive an extra $1,000.  On March 31st, the Bremer Boost will be $10,000.

Help the Friends of the Winona Public Library reach their minimum goal of $1,000 and continue to enrich the Winona community with multiple library resources.

All donations must be made through to be eligible for the matching grants.

Kids Concert in the Park

Please Save-the-Date: Friday June 19th, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Come and dance to the Teddy Bear Band’s music, have a classic $1 meal, a root beer float, and some good summertime fun. We will be looking for volunteers to help at this event.

Check presentation

Winona National Bank held its first of three summer concerts on June 13, 2014 drawing a crowd of over 2,500. The concert featured Bob & The Beachcombers as well as the famous $1 lunch and $1 root beer floats, raising $1,813.15 for The Friends of the Winona Public Library. The purpose of Friends of the Library is to support and promote the Winona Public Library, offer volunteer services, and stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services.

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

Bake Sale

WPL_Friends_Bake_SaleFriends held a Bake Sale @ Winona Farmers Market
Saturday, August 23, 2014 — Kid’s Day

Thank you to all who donated baked goods, volunteered time, and advertised our sale. Thanks also to our wonderful customers.

All proceeds benefit your Winona Public Library!

GTMD%20Stacked%20LogoGive to the Max Day: November 13th, 2014
(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 participated in the event again this year, and every dollar you donated will help your library. Thank you for your generosity.

Please note: is available for online donations to the Friends throughout the year.


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.