Friends of the 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 librariesFriends of the Winona Public Library
  • 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 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 the Annual Meeting held on Thursday, April 27th at 6PM in the Bell Art Room.

2016 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 Brochure & Membership Form

Meeting Minutes (posted after formal meeting approval)

February 21, 2017
January 19, 2017

No Meeting December 2016

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



Friends Special EventsStack_Books

Thank you to all who donated, volunteered, and purchased materials at the Annual Friends of the Winona Public Library Book Sale.

The Friends of the Winona Public Library’s Annual Book Sale was held at the Winona Friendship Center (corner of 5th and Main) on March 16th – March 18th, 2017. All proceeds benefit the Winona Public Library.

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.
BWPL_Friends_Bake_Saleake Sale
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Thank You Bakers, Volunteers, & Purchasers

Thank you to everyone who baked for our bake sale. It was a huge success and all bake goods were sold! Thank you bake sale volunteers. The bake sale couldn’t happen without you! Finally, if you stopped by the bake sale and purchased one of the lovely baked items, thank you for supporting the Friends of the Library.

Give to the Max Day

Was held November 17th, 2016
(Annual event held in November)

Thank you Give MN & to our generous donors. Thanks to a donation during the 4-5PM hour, we were the lucky recipients of a Golden Ticket! (Each hour on Give to the Max Day, one Golden Ticket of $1,000 will be awarded through a random drawing of all donations transacted during the previous hour.)

Your donation to the Friends of the Winona Public Library helps the library purchase materials, provide programs, and assist the community. To donate to the Friends, go to

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.

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

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, send an email to [email protected] or to join/renew your membership online: Friends Membership. In accordance with the Friends of the Library Bylaws, memberships are due for renewal every January.

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.