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 will be held on Saturday, October 15th at 9:30 AM the meeting will be held in the Bell Art Room and 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.

August 20, 2022
July 23, 2022
June 11, 2022

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
  • $5 Book Sale Shelf Certificate - This card gets you up to $5 of items from the book sale shelf in the library.



Special Events

Friends of the Winona Public Library $5 Bag Mini Book Sale, 9 AM - 1 PM

The Friends of the Winona Public Library are hosting a $5 bag mini book sale on Saturday, October 22nd during National Friends of Libraries Week.  Everything you can fit into a paper bag is $5 during this sale.  That includes books, DVDs, CDs, and Audiobooks.

In case of rain or cold temperatures, the sale will be moved to the Library’s Central Exchange Room.  Early sales will not be allowed.  Anyone interested in volunteering should visit

Friends of the Library Yard Sign

The Friends of the Library Signs are back by popular demand! The yard signs are free, but a donation is welcomed.

Please stop by the Checkout Desk to pick up a sign today (while the supply lasts)!

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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