The Winters Friends of the Library (WFoL) is 501-c3 nonprofit membership organization made up of volunteers who care about the library, lifelong learning, the future of our Winters community, and having fun while we get things done! We often use the abbreviation WFoL to refer to ourselves(pronounced like a wiffle ball).
The Winters Friends of the Library(WFoL) is an all-volunteer organization. We promote library involvement, increase literacy, foster a love of reading, and enhance community culture.
We serve our community by providing unique and innovative literacy and cultural programs, creating opportunities for lifelong learning, and collaborating to strengthen our library services for the entire community.
Needs WFoL has met:
- New joint use Library opened 2009
- Over $300,000 donated and climbing
- Supported 1000’s of library hours and programs
- In 2018 over 800 Winters newborns had received Books for Babies boxes and the families served continues to grow each year.
- 500-800 books given away annually on Youth Day
- Provides Little Free Libraries and only bookstore in town
- Over 20 years of free community concerts
- Over 20 years of Winters Shakespeare Workshop for teens and free performances for the community
- In 2017 collaborated with Park Playground Committee to raise funds and rebuild the stage at the wooden park.
Our WFOL Board
Winters Friends of the Library board members are dedicated, unpaid volunteers who work together to run the organization and exciting programs we offer. The WFoL board consists of 11 officers, 5 elected members and 6 appointed members. The board meets on the first Monday of the month, at 7 pm, in the Margaret Parsons Room at the Winters Community Library. If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, the meeting will move to the Wednesday evening of the same week.
2021 Elected Officers
- President: Rebecca Fridae
- Vice President: Margaret David Bailey
- Past President: Linda Glick
- Recording Secretary: Diane Cary
- Treasurer: Sally Brown
- Assistant Treasurer: Linda Springer
- Communications Coord: Ameryn Briggs
- Corresponding Secretary: Sonya Godinez
- Membership Coordinator: Joan Brenchley
- Volunteer Coordinator: Carol Scianna
- Member at Large: Revalee Hemken, Book Sales
2021 Fundraising, Program Chairs/Supports
- Books for Babies: Carol Scianna
- Book Sales: Revalee Hemken
- Fruit Tree Sale: Margaret Bailey
- Holiday Festival Mary: Lou Linvill
- Shakespeare Workshop: Mary Lou Linvill
- Speakers: TBD
- Summer Concerts:Diane Cary
Winters Friends of the Library History
The Winters Friends of the Library was first formed in response to the temporary closing of our local branch of the Yolo County Library after the passage of Proposition 13 in 1979. The small group of concerned citizens understood the importance of a library to the education and health of a small rural community and decided to do something about it.
The group raised funds and advocated for the continued operation of a Yolo County branch library here in Winters.
As the community grew, the group responded to the news needs for library support and lifelong learning opportunities. Winters Friends of the Library incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit in 1985.
Since then, the role of the Winters Friends of the Library has expanded its mission to include the creation of literacy and cultural programs to further support the library and create new cultural events and opportunities for lifelong learning in the community.
The Winters Friends of the Library worked for over 10 years to advocate and raise funds for much-needed new library and increases in library hours and services. Our beautiful co-located Winters Community Library opened in November 2009. We celebrate our “new library’s” tenth anniversary in 2019 and continue to adapt and grow to strengthen our library and community.