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:  no meeting in December, the next meeting is on Saturday, January 15, 202 at 9:30AM 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.

October 16, 2021
September 18, 2021
August 21, 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 - Give to the Max Day
was held on Thursday, November 18th.

Thank you for your generosity.

Give to the Max Day was Thursday, November 18th.  Thirty percent of what is donated to the Friends of the Winona Public Library during Give to the Max Day will be put toward Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library allows children ages 0 to 5 to receive a hand-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month, free of cost!

To register your child, go to

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 : Dick Dahl (2020-2023)
Treasurer: Mackenzie Morning (2019-2022)
Secretary: Mary Farrell (2019-2022)
Membership Coordinator: Gayle Garrity (2020-2023)

Board Member: Blandine Berthelot (2019-2022)
Board Member: Emily Tipton (2019-2022)

Library Liaison: Samantha Berhow