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In this issue:

  • What a Great Team 
  • We Want Your Books
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Thanks Lori and Melody

What a Great Team!

The Best of Friends Gift Shop closed its doors in November 2022 after 17 years of successful operation.


Susan Fraser served as the manager of Best of Friends during its first decade and Kathy Blight assumed the position in 2015.  

In 2018 in the Best of Friends Gift Shop, Kathy Blight (left) presents a cheque for $22,000 to Theresa Lomas, the Library’s liaison to the Friends’ Board.

The shop generated revenue for the many important projects supported by Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library like the Family Literacy Playgrounds, sewing machines for the IDEA MILL, the Writer-in-Residence Program and special children's reading stools. 


In this issue of NOTES, we want to recognize those who gave of their time and expertise to The Best of Friends Gift Shop. Their commitment and dedication were exceptional. They made shopping at Best of Friends an enjoyable experience that kept our customers coming back. 

Volunteers Susan Fraser and Maureen Taunton began planning for the opening of the shop in 2002. It was their tireless commitment that ensured the shop would become a reality in 2005. Susan served for many years as the Gift Shop Manager and Buyer while Maureen took on a long-term role as Treasurer of Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library. Thank you, Susan and Maureen. 

When Susan retired Janet Carriere assumed the position of Gift Shop Buyer and her expertise in recognizing the kind of merchandise that appealed to customers was of such benefit to the shop. Thank you, Janet. 

Pam Goundry was a shop staff member for a decade and we are so grateful for her service. 

Some Faces in the Shop

Not pictured- Jackie, Janice, Jayden, Cathy, Amy

In recognition of the Shop, its volunteers and its customers, a special item or project for the Winnipeg Public Library will be funded from the Best of Friends Gift Shop proceeds.

                                              Kathy Blight- Gift Shop Manager 

I am very grateful to have been part of the great team of volunteers who always looked forward to their shifts in the shop and believed in the importance of libraries in our communities. Many volunteers have remarked on how much fun they had working in the shop. The following quote describes Best of Friends volunteers perfectly.  

"The broadest and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering is.... Doing more than you have to, because you want to, in a cause you consider good"  - Ivan Scheier                                                                                     
We Want Your Books


As we plan for our upcoming Fall book sale we need your book donations. Please read and carefully follow the instructions below. 

                                ACCEPTING BOOK DONATIONS AGAIN!
Donations of gently used Books, DVDs, CDs and LPs can now be accepted at your nearest Winnipeg Public Library Branch. They may be dropped off at any time during regular library hours. 

A few important things to know before you drop off your much-appreciated donation:
  • Please have no more than 3 “sturdy/liftable” small to medium size boxes (no bags). Boxes should be less than 20 lbs each. 
  • Label the boxes “FRIENDS” so they will find their way to our dedicated book/materials sorting volunteers.
  • Thank you for only donating materials that are in saleable condition.
  • Our Book Room volunteers may be able to assist with accepting larger donations or pick-ups. Please contact our Book Room Manager at to get more information.
  • Sorry, but we cannot accept
    • Textbooks
    • Professional books (accounting, law, medicine, etc.)
    • Encyclopedias, unless 1920’s or older.
    • Computer, business and finance books older than 5 years.
    • Magazines (exceptions for Anna, history, gourmet, décor, art and design).
Thank you very much for your donations!
Your support helps the Friends fund programs and special projects at the Winnipeg Public Library.
 Our Annual General Meeting


Our annual General Meeting will be held at the beautiful new Bill and Helen Norrie Library at 15 Poseidon Bay on April 22 at 2 pm.  

Members of Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library should have already received their invitation, documents and information for joining the meeting in person or via Zoom.  

Although only members will have voting privileges at the meeting anyone interested in learning more about Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library is welcome to attend in person. 

Our guest speaker will be Frances Koncan the 2022- 2023 Writer-in-Residence.

To receive further information or if you have questions send an e-mail to

Thank You Lori and Melody


Lori Bekolay has announced her resignation from our Board of Directors. We have appreciated Lori's dedicated service on our board since August of 2016.   Lori was responsible for the Friends' social media presence ably handling our Instagram and Facebook accounts.  

She also acted as the photographer for the merchandise in the Best of Friends Gift Shop and worked together with Chelsea McKee-Trenchard to create bookmarks advertising our organization.  It was Lori who spearheaded and organized our successful Coal & Canary candle fundraiser.  We want to thank Lori for all her efforts on behalf of Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library.


Melody Ebbitt has also announced her resignation from our Board of Directors.  Melody joined us in October 2017 and served as our Volunteer Coordinator. She was in charge of the recruitment, interviewing and organization of our large contingent of volunteers.

Volunteers are the backbone of the Friends of the Library and we recognize how vital Melody's role was in our organization.  Thank you Melody for your six years of faithful service to Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library. 


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