WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
We are a volunteer non-profit charitable organization that seeks to promote literacy and learning in a valued partnership with the twenty Winnipeg Public Library branches.
Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library raises funds for a wide variety of library programs through our gift shop Best of Friends. It is in the lobby of the Millennium Library and offers an amazing variety of unique gift items as well as a popular used book cart.
Each year we sponsor several additional fundraising activities and over the past two decades the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library has provided more than $325,000 to support library programming by:
- co-sponsoring the popular annual Writer in Residence program which provides mentorship by an established and successful Manitoba author to emerging writers as well as more established ones.
- playing an important role in funding the annual Spring Break program which promotes family friendly literacy activities for school age children.
- providing items for many exciting library initiatives like equipment for literacy playgrounds, sewing machines for the idea mill, prizes for summer reading contests, musical instruments for pre-school programs, coffee and refreshments for adult book clubs, Lego kits for the maker space and tote bags as give-aways at library events.
You can learn more about our work in our regular newsletter Notes. (Publication of the newsletter will resume once libraries return to their normal schedules.)