Public libraries are dynamic, socially responsive institutions, a nexus of diversity, and a lifeline for the most vulnerable among us.”
— University of Pennsylvania study

Our Mission

Friends of the Winthrop Public Library cultivates community, literacy and learning by supporting the work of the Winthrop Public Library and envisioning and building its future. 

Watch a short animation of The Temple of Knowledge.

What We've Achieved

  • Formally established Friends board, January 2017
  • Established not-for-profit status August 2017, as well as online donations, Fidelity account for stocks/securities and estate planning and Benevity account for corporate matching
  • Participated in GiveMethow and #GivingTuesday
  • Established relationships with the Town of Winthrop and North Central Regional Library board and staff
  • Set up social media, website and communications 
  • Conducted Needs Assessment
  • Hosted volunteer and public events
  • Partnered with Methow Arts to put on an arts and literacy program in the elementary school


Community Conversations

Initial work on feasibility

Coordination and partnership with the Town of Winthrop and North Central Regional Library

Volunteer coordination

Donor conversations, planning Jeffersonian dinners for late spring/summer 2018

Grant research and applications; awarded grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington

Event planning

Establishing LBHS scholarship

Partnered with MethowArts for MVES project

Achieved Bronze rating from Guidestar


No place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library.
— Lady Bird Johnson