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 Friends events
Fill out our online form to become a member.
The next Friends Meeting is on Saturday, October 21st at 9:30 am and will be held in the Meeting Room.
Monthly meetings are typically held on the third Saturday of each month from 9:30 – 10:30 am in the Meeting Room of the library. Meeting minutes are posted after formal approval.
All Friends and potential Friends are welcome to attend.
Meeting Minutes & Reports
The Friends of the Winona Public Library Annual Meeting
The Friends of the Winona Public Library held their annual meeting on Thursday, April 27th, 2023 from 6:30-8 pm in the Winona Public Library’s Central Exchange Room. There was a brief update on the organization and then Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) Executive Director, Scott Pollock, spoke about the new Literary Arts Gallery at the museum. This event was free and open to the public.
Friends Board Members
President – Blandine Berthelot (2022-2025)
Vice President – Carolyn Ayers (2023-2026)
Treasurer – Christopher Rand (2023-2025) (finishing the last 2 years of a 3-year term)
Secretary – Mary Farrell (2022-2025)
Membership Coordinator – Gayle Garrity (2023-2026)
Board Member #1 – Kate Carlson (2023-2026)
Board Member #2 – Emily Tipton (2022-2025)
Board Member #3 – Katelyn Foerster (2022-2025)
Board Member #4 – Matthew Marek (2022-2025)
Library Liaison: Samantha Berhow
Winona Public Library
Attn: Friends of the Library
151 West 5th St
P.O. Box 1247
Winona, MN 55987