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).

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, June 19, 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.

November 21, 2017
January 16, 2018
February 20, 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 -- 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 : Vacant
Treasurer: Mackenzie Morning
Secretary: Mary Farrell
Membership Secretary: Vacant
Director: Annie McLoone
Director: Blandine Berthelot
Director: Vacant