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, sponsored by Winona National Bank), Dunk Tank at the End of Summer Party (August 9, 2017) and Give to the Max Day (November).

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 regularly scheduled meeting of the Friends is Tuesday, February 20th at 6:00 PM in the Bell Art Room.

Meeting Minutes are posted after formal approval.

September 19, 2017
October 17, 2017
November 21, 2017

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 -- Give to the Max Day

Many thanks for your generosity!

The Friends of the Library raised $655 online and $375 at the Checkout Desk for a total of $1,030 on Give to the Max Day. Your donations will go toward books, including children’s books, large print books, audiobooks, and electronic resources. The Friends group, in partnership with, is working to ensure continued up-to-date resources for the Winona community.

The Friends of the Winona Public Library are one of many nonprofit organizations throughout the state that participated on November 16th, Minnesotans donated to their favorite charities and schools online at during the annual “Give to the Max Day.”

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 : Julie Johnson
Treasurer: Mackenzie Morning
Secretary: Mary Farrell
Membership Chair: Naomi Theye
Director: Annie McLoone
Director: Blandine Berthelot