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New logo!

Have you noticed a pair of whimsical owls on recent communications from Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library? This last year our Board of Directors worked together with a professional designer to create a colorful new logo for our organization.  We are excited about the way it represents the diverse group of people who use our library spaces to read, learn, create, play and connect.

Thank you to our Writer-in-Residence

Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library was pleased to provide funding for the 2020-2021 Writer-in-Residence program. Award winning author Lauren Carter working from her Winnipeg home, connected with more than sixty Manitoba writers via Zoom, video chat, phone, YouTube and e-mail during her recent tenure as the Winnipeg Public Library Writer-in-Residence. Her husband called her “the writer-in-residence in our residence.”

Fortunately, Lauren has lots of experience providing digital learning for writers so despite COVID-19 restrictions she was able to mentor novelists, picture book creators, and poets. She consulted with people working on memoirs, young adult fiction, creative non-fiction and even librettos. Lauren was especially proud of the fact that a BIPOC writer she worked with won a prestigious fiction contest. During a particularly challenging year Lauren mentored a diverse group of writers who for a variety of reasons wouldn’t have received support elsewhere. Thanks to the Writer-in-Residence program, Lauren was also able to spend time working on her own novel Twisted and prepare poetry and short story collections for future publication.

Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library would like to express sincere appreciation to Lauren for the dedication and enthusiasm she brought to the 2020-2021 Writer-in-Residence program.


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our fundraising efforts. We have had to cancel major events and health regulations have necessitated frequent closures and limited hours of operation for the Best of Friends Gift Shop.

Please consider making a donation to Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library so we can continue providing support to valuable projects like the Writer-in-Residence program.

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