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

The next scheduled meeting of the Friends is 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 (Annual Meeting).

Beginning January 2019, meetings will usually be 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.

Meeting Minutes are posted after formal approval.

September 18, 2018
October 16, 2018
November 13, 2018
No meeting in December.

Annual Meeting

Please join us on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 in the Central Exchange Room at 6:30 PM.

Winona author, Gary Evans, will be speaking at the Friends of the Winona Public Library Annual Meeting.  Evans is the author of popular books Death by Drowning, Death by Poison, and Death by Payback.  Each book follows Detective Al Rouse and Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Berzinski in their hunt for serial killer Genevieve Wangen.  The story begins with the hunting drownings of the young men in La Crosse, WI.








The Friends will be proposing changes to the existing bylaws which can be viewed here.

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 -- Give to the Max Day

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

The Friends of the Winona Public Library will join charities and schools in Minnesota for the annual Give to the Max Day through  All donations to the Friends directly benefit your library.

Visit the Friends of the Library's page at to make a donation on Thursday, November 15th.

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