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In this issue:

  • A Long and Valued Legacy
  • The Legacy Continues
  • Saturday Book Sales
  • Best of Friends Gift Shop
  • A Note of Appreciation
A Long and Valued Legacy

The Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library has contributed more than $348,000 to support learning and literacy at the city's library branches since we began three decades ago.  

Here's a quick look at some of the projects we've sponsored. 

Millennium Library's Maker Space is an area where library visitors engage in hands-on and self-directed learning. Besides purchasing four sewing machines for the space, we've also provided funds for an interactive whiteboard. 

We've helped finance the scanning and cataloguing of Rob McInnes' amazing historical collection of Winnipeg postcards. 

We've supported teen book parties. 

Our annual contributions have ensured summer and spring break programming for children has continued at all the library branches.

The popular literacy playgrounds you see in so many of the city's libraries became a reality thanks in part to funds from Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library

Story Times at libraries have been enhanced by rhythm instruments we purchased.

We've contributed to colourful unique library seating for children. 

It was help from the Friends that made it possible for new Canadians who participated in a creative writing program at the library to have their work published in an anthology. 

For many years the On The Same Page project brought all Manitobans together in one big book club thanks in part to funds from the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library. 

Joan Thomas, the 2019 winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, was the Writer-in-Residence for the Winnipeg Public Library in 2016. A substantial annual contribution from our organization has helped to make the Writer- in- Residence program at the library a reality for more than two decades. 
The Legacy Continues

Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library President Rita Burgess presents a $17,500 cheque for our 2022 donation to Karin Borland Manager of Library Services

During the next twelve months, our donation will provide prizes and funds for a wind-up celebration for the current summer reading program, help finance Science Literacy Week events this fall, sponsor two Read by Queens events, ensure there is engaging spring break programming for kids in 2023, provide funds for a Take Your Child to the Library Day and help sponsor the library's popular Writer- in -Residence program for another year. 

If you would like to help the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library legacy carry on into the future why not consider making a donation. 
August 27th Book Sale

We want to thank all the Friends' members who have attended our Saturday book sales. We are staging another one on August 27th. Come to the Millennium Library Lobby to chat with the board members and volunteers on duty and browse through our eclectic collection of gently used books for sale. 
 Best of Friends Gift Shop


Check out our great collection of bags.  Whether you need a beach bag, shopping bag or shoulder tote you are sure to find just what you are looking for in our interesting and unique selection. Bags are made of 95% recycled material. 


You can find The Best of Friends Gift Shop on Facebook  and Instagram

All the profits from the Best of Friends Gift Shop go to support the work of Winnipeg's Public Libraries. 
A Note of Appreciation     

Our Board of Directors has presented a Lifetime membership to Brenda Greenberg for her dedication to our organization. She served as the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library Treasurer for five years.

Brenda volunteered in our Book Room sorting donations for the annual Fall Book Sales.  She worked at the cash desk at the sales, handled bank deposits for the events, and solicited food donations for the many volunteers who made the Book Sales possible. Brenda also hosted volunteer recognition garden parties at her home.  

During the pandemic when our Best of Friends Gift Shop pivoted to GoodLocal sales Brenda was a willing delivery driver.  Brenda's contributions have left a lasting legacy.  Thank you, Brenda!

                               Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library

        Helping make our libraries the best they can be

       Over $348,000 contributed since 2000 to support projects and programs.
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