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

The next scheduled meeting of the Friends is the Annual meeting on Thursday, April 23rd, 6-7:30 PM.

Monthly meetings are usually 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.

Raising Hell: The Restoration of the Masonic Drops, a Film by Mary Farrell
at the Friends Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 23rd, 6-7:30 PM.

The Friends of the Winona Public Library will conduct a short meeting and elections followed by the documentary, Raising Hell: The Restoration of the Masonic Drops. After the film, Kim Lawler will speak about the process behind restoring the drops.

The historic Winona Masonic Theatre was home to a collection of 98 hand-painted scenic drops dating back to the early 1900s and used by the Winona Masons for their Scottish Rite initiation ceremonies. Due to water damage and safety concerns, the City of Winona decided to remove the drops from the rigging system and encapsulate them in 2017 and store them temporarily. The city council later approved a plan to save 13 of the drops, including a scene from Hades. Kim Lawler, a professional scenery painter, was hired to restore the drops in 2018 and filmmaker Mary Farrell documented the unique restoration process.

Meeting Minutes are posted after formal approval.

January 28, 2020
December 2019 (no meeting)
November 16, 2019
October 19, 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.

 

 

Special Event

The next Mini Book Sale will be held on Saturday, May 2nd from 10 AM-1:30 PM

Are you going to be out and about enjoying all of the sales during the 100 Mile Garage Sale?  Stop by the Friends of the Winona Public Library's Spring Mini-Book Sale on Saturday, May 2nd from 10AM-1:30PM outside in the Library's Learning Plaza (151 W. 5th Street). Rain Location: Bell Art Room.

Prices on the items are:
Hardcover Books - $1.00 each
Paperback Books - $0.50 each or three for a $1.00
Media items (DVDs/Music CDs) - $2.00 each or three for $5.00
Media sets (Television Seasons/Audiobooks) - $5.00 each
Children's Books -  $1.00 an inch

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.

Prices:
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

winonalibraryfriends@gmail.com
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: Vacant (2019-2020)
Board Member: Linda Sue Eastman (2019-2021)
Board Member: Blandine Berthelot (2019-2022)
Board Member: Emily Tipton (2019-2022)