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

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 scheduled meeting of the Friends is Tuesday, August 21st, 2018.

Annual Meeting

The 2018 Frozen River Film Festival People's Choice

Award Winning Film, Anne Pellowski:  Storyteller to the World,  was shown during the Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 PM. Positions on the Friends of the Library still vacant are Vice President, Membership Secretary, and a Board of Director.  Interested parties can email the Friends at

Meeting Minutes are posted after formal approval.

March 20, 2018
May 15, 2018
June 19, 2018

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.)

Special Event -- Author Visit, Lorna Landvik



Thursday, September 13th, 5:30 PM

Lorna Landvik, author of bestselling books Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Patty Jane’s House of Curl, Oh My Stars, and many more will be visiting the library to talk about her books and careers as both a writer and a comedian.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Winona Public 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
Vice President : Vacant
Treasurer: Mackenzie Morning
Secretary: Mary Farrell
Membership Secretary: Vacant
Director: Annie McLoone
Director: Blandine Berthelot
Director: Vacant