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.

The next Friends of the Library Meeting will be held Saturday, May 21st 9:00 a.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)

January 30, 2016
November 21, 2015
October 17, 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

Kids Concert in the Park

Friday June 17th, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please join us for a wonderful fun-filled time beginning with The Winona Steamboat Days Kiddie Parade followed by a Kids Concert in the Park. Winona National Bank has designated the Friends of the WPL as the recipient of the proceeds from the June concert at the band shell. Come and dance to the music, have a classic $1 meal, a root beer float, and some good summertime fun.


WPL_Friends_Bake_SaleBake Sale

Thank 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.

 Give to the Max Day

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.

Book SaleStack_Books

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.

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.