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 of the Library Treasurer-in-Training
The Friends of the Library are looking for a Treasurer-in-Training. The current Treasurer, Blandine Berthelot, will be retiring from her long held position at the end of the year. If you are interested in becoming Treasurer or have a background in bookkeeping, accounting, etc, please contact the Friends at [email protected]
The Treasurere-in-Training/volunteer bookkeeper does not have to attend the monthly meetings, but it is encouraged. Responsibilities of the position include:
Pick up money at the WPL circulation desk every other week. Money is separated in 3 categories:
Sales of used materials
Sales of T-shirts and bags
Memberships and donations
Deposit money at Winona National Bank.
Balance checkbook and prepare monthly treasurer’s report showing revenue and expenditures. Prepare annual report for April annual meeting
Pay bills, such as printing, rental of storage facility, etc.
Forward membership forms to membership secretary.
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, October 17th, 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.
Meeting Minutes (posted after formal meeting approval)
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Friends Special Events
Friends to Publish Book on History of WPL
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
(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. Thank you for your generosity.
Please note: giveMN.org is available for online donations to the Friends throughout the year.
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, 2015.
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.
If you missed it, 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 Millions
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.
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!
Thank you everyone who donated baked goods and their time to 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.