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. 

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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

  • Established LBHS scholarship for 2018-19

  • Achieved GOLD rating from Guidestar

  • Worked with the Town of Winthrop to identify and purchase land for the new library

Ongoing:

Focus Groups, expert interviews and additional research

Completing feasibility and programming work

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

Sourcing and scheduling First Fridays adult programming in response to community requests and to support community discussion of library needs and opportunities

Volunteer coordination

Initial donor conversations

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

Event planning

Expanding board

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

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