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 (held in June, sponsored by WNB Financial), the End of Summer Block Party (held in August) and Give to the Max Day (second Thursday in November).

Friends Meetings

Please note: the next meeting is on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 9:30 AM the meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Members will receive a link to the meeting in their email.  Non-members will have to register by 3 PM the day before for a link.  To receive the link to the meeting, please email the Friends of the Library at

Monthly meetings are usually held on the third Saturday of each month from 9:30 – 10:30 AM 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 19, 2022
January 15, 2022
November 20, 2021

Friends Annual Meeting:  President's Report (PDF)

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.



Special Event - Friends Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Winona Public Library hosted their Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 28th from 6:30-8 PM at the Winona Public Library.

Local author of Junkyard Tough, Jenny Baertsch, spoke about her writing and publishing processes during the meeting.

The event was open to the public and held in a hybrid format (online and in-person).

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: Blandine Berthelot (2022-2025)
Vice President: Dick Dahl (2020-2023)
Treasurer: Suzanne Johnson (2022-2025)
Secretary: Mary Farrell (2022-2025)
Membership Coordinator: Gayle Garrity (2020-2023)

Board Member: Katelyn Foerster (2022-2025)
Board Member: Sam Hanson (2022-2025)
Board Member: Ali Liffrig (2022-2023)
Board Member: Matthew Marek (2022-2025)
Board Member: Emily Tipton (2022-2025)

Library Liaison: Samantha Berhow

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