Making a Difference Year by Year

Annual programs supported:

 Writer-in-Residence – Since 2000 as a co-sponsor, we have contributed $38,750 to this program.  Each year an established writer is selected to mentor new, emerging and established writers.

Spring Break family programming, sponsored by Friends since 2006, has received contributions of $37,000.  All branches offer a wide variety of activities for families.

Since 2012, in consultation with library managers, we have provided funding for a wide range of programs and proposed projects.  Some programs would not be possible without our support and others benefit from a little extra financial help.  The managers continue to impress us with the scope and variety of projects and programs.  It is such our pleasure to be able to partner with them to make things happen.

FWPL has, including the above programs, contributed $278,000 to support Winnipeg Public Library projects and programs. This has been achieved by raising funds through events such as Spring Books & Brunch and the Fall Book Sale, and by operating the Best of Friends Gift Shop located in the lobby of the Millennium Library.

2019 • $43,000 

  • Supported the Writer-in-Residence program
  • Major contributor to Spring Break Family Programing
  • Funded the St Boniface Family Literacy Playground, first in the city to be English and French
  • Wall Decals for St. Boniface Library, to support the early childhood literacy skill development – Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play
  • Funded the purchase of three more sewing machines – industrial, embroidery and quilting – as well as add-on software to enhance the five sewing machines provided by the Friends, in the
  • Purchase of Tote Bags, for giveaways at major library events, with Friends logo on them.

 2018 $22,000 

  • Supported the Writer-in-Residence program
  • Major contributor to Spring Break Family Programing
  • Funded the Family Literacy Playground for John’s Library
  • Assisted in the funding of a new program, WISE Kid-Netic Energy, that is a community outreach program offered by the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Engineering, offering hands on workshops for children who have a love of science and engineering.

2017 • $35,800

  • Supported the Writer-in-Residence program
  • Major contributor to Spring Break Family Programing
  • Contributed funds toward the purchase of Family Literacy Playgrounds for the new Windsor Park Library, and St Vital and Pembina Trail Libraries.
  • Percussion instruments such as jingle bells, rhythm sticks and also “juggling” scarves for preschool programs at all branch libraries.  These new resources enrich early literacy programs with music and movement.
  • Coffee/tea refreshments for adult book clubs at all branches; and for the Canada 150 special Stephen Leacock storytelling event at the end of October.

2016 • $25,868

  • Supported the Writer-in-Residence program
  • Major contributor to Spring Break Family Programing
  • Contributed to the funding of equipment for the new ideaMill makerspace at the Millennium Library: an interactive projector with finger-touch operation, turning a whiteboard into a giant tablet to use as an interactive white space;  and five sewing machines for the crafting area;
  • Assisted in the funding of puppy reading stools for children’s sections of all branches, as an appealing complement to the Family Literacy Playgrounds that are being established in branches.

2015 • $24,850

  • Supported the Writer-in-Residence program
  • Major contributor to Spring Break Family Programing
  • Contributed to the Makerspace Programming by purchasing additional Magformer and Lego Mindstorm kits. 
  • Writer-in-Residence Reunion – While the Friends had contributed $2,500 annually to the popular and successful Writer-in-Residence program, a further contribution was made to help finance a 10th anniversary event.
  • On the Same Page programTo enable the printing of more copies of the chosen book for free distribution throughout the province.

2014 • $25,750

  • Supported the Writer-in-Residence program
  • Major contributor to Spring Break Family Programing
  • For the Community Engagement and Planning Project – funds to purchase iPads for data collection from community input. Funds to  purchase prizes and materials for the nine-month period of  preparation to develop a strategic plan
  • Funds for prizes and materials for TD Summer Reading Club, Teen Summer Reading Club and Teen Tech Week
  • Funds for Teen Book Parties and memory sticks to promote Library’s teen website
  • Honoraria for authors and moderator for Inside Publishing program, Reader Services
  • Plus other support for materials and enhancements