Friends of WPL

Friends of WPL

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
    • Volunteer for Ongoing Events: Concert in the Park (June 15, 2018 sponsored by Winona National Bank), the End of Summer Block Party (August 8, 2018) and Give to the Max Day (November 15, 2018).

Friends Meetings

The next scheduled meeting of the Friends is Saturday, July 20th at 9:30 AM.

Beginning January 2019, meetings will usually be held on the third Saturday of each month from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. usually in the Bell Art Room of the library. All Friends and potential Friends are welcome to attend.

Meeting Minutes are posted after formal approval.

February 16, 2019
March 16, 2019
May 18, 2019

Friends Brochure and Membership Form

Online Friends Membership Registration Form
(In accordance with the Friends of the Winona Public Library Bylaws, all memberships are due in January.)

Friends Membership Perks
  • Fine Waiver Card - This card can be used once on any fine from $0.10 to $5.00.
  • $5 Book Sale Shelf Certificate - This card gets you up to $5 of items from the book sale shelf in the library.



Upcoming Special Events

The Sweet Stroll: The Friends of the Library Sidewalk Sale

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
4-8 PM

The Library is on the Sweet Stroll route again this year!  Grab a sweet treat, listen to live music, and enjoy a sidewalk sale!  The Friends of the Library will host a mini-book sale on the Library's Learning Plaza (rain location: the library's Exchange Room).

Concert in the Park

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Thank you to all who attended and volunteered for the June 14th, 2019 Concert in the Park. It was a wonderful event filled with summertime fun at the Lake Park Band Shell.

Thanks also to WNB Financial for your generous support of the library!

Book Sale Bookshelf

Need a gift idea? Looking for a good deal on a book? Stop by the Friends Book Sale Bookshelf located next to the self-checkout station in the main entrance area of the library. The shelf is stocked with hardcover books, paperbacks, compact discs, and movies.

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 shelf vary daily. All proceeds benefit your Winona Public Library.

Contact Us
or send mail to:

Winona Public Library
Attn: Friends of the Library
151 West 5th St
P.O. Box 1247
Winona, MN 55987

Friends Board Members

President: Vernon Leighton (2019-2022)
Vice President : Vacant
Treasurer: Mackenzie Morning (2019-2022)
Secretary: Mary Farrell (2019-2022)
Membership Coordinator: Gayle Garrity (2019-2020)

Board Member: Mike Speck (2019-2020)
Board Member: Linda Sue Eastman (2019-2021)
Board Member: Blandine Berthelot (2019-2022)
Board Member: Emily Tipton (2019-2022)