2018 Annual Report

Patron Visits
1,268,124 (est.)
Items Checked Out
3,025,124
Unique Titles
446,128
Active eBook Patrons
11,883
Meeting Room Uses
1,614
(Attendance 19.745 est)
Items Delivered To Borrowers
170,386
Reference Questions Answered
179,036 (est)
Digital Library Titles
15,584
Wireless Connections
100,919
Checkout Sessions
498,804
Book-A-Librarian Sessions
105
Newsletter Subscribers
4,048
Computer Uses
138,752
Digital Checkouts
205,922
Chat Reference Sessions
1,028
Volunteers
486
Patron Program Attendance
103,459
Items Added to the Catalog
65,585
Summer Reading Participants
11,166
Volunteer Hours
14,729
Total Programs
4,476
Items in Catalog
843,873
Winter Reading Participants
3,146
GRRL Staff
277

Financial Analysis

Overall 2018 revenue was $9,992,722.50, an increase of 1.43% over the 2017 figure of $9,851,518.83. This increase in revenue is mainly due to the timing of our Regional Library Basic System Support, Regional Library Telecommunications Act, and Legacy funding being received. Total 2018 expenditures were $8,820,886.15, an increase of .84% over the 2017 figure of $8,747,693.38. This increase in expenditures is mainly due to employee wage increases and mandatory vendor increases. *Signatory Payments from Benton, Morrison, Sherberne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties.

2018 Highlights

Throughout the region, strategic efforts were made to develop community partnerships and reach out to underserved populations. Highlights include:
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) started partnering with Meals on Wheels to deliver books to home-bound patrons in Morrison and Todd County. Anyone receiving a meal from Meals on Wheels can get a form to participate. Completed forms are handed over to library staff who package up requested books. Books are then delivered and returned by the Meals on Wheels volunteers. GRRL hopes to expand this program to Stearns County in 2019. The Try It Yourself Kit program expanded in 2018. Each kit includes supplies to introduce patrons to potential new hobbies ranging from knitting to baseball to Frisbee golf. A total of six kits were added, all of which were paid for by donations, and can be checked out for three weeks.
 
The very first GRRL Library Card Design Contest was held in 2018. After sifting through hundreds of design submissions from children and adults alike, GRRL staff voted on four new, limited-edition designs to print on GRRL cards. The winners of the contest were Elysia K. Larson, Elk River (adult) and Brianna Brattensborg, Elk River (child). Runners up were Nicolle Berg, Delano (adult) and Lauren Berg, Buffalo (child). Locally Growin', a new fundraising initiative that keeps donations 100 percent within the library of the donor's choosing, launched in March. Each library selected a specific "wish list" item or program and a campaign goal. Over $18,000 was raised around the region in 2018 to support a wide variety of goals, including:
- Long Prairie Public Library's visit from the Raptors of Minnesota program
- Delano Public Library's renovations to the Vault, the library's popular teen reading area
- Eagle Bend Library added to their children and adult programming and purchased comfortable seating in their quiet area
- Paynesville Public Library's addition of a Casio keyboard and new LEGOs to their collection.
MN Writes MN Reads, a state-of-the-art suite of resources to help new authors connect with readers, became available to patrons in 2018. This free collection of digital tools allows anyone to create, publish and share their writings. MN Writes MN Reads also includes an ebook module so readers can discover new writers from across Minnesota and the country.

Our Most Popular/Circulating Adult Fiction Titles for 2018

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Deep Freeze by John Sandford
Before We Were Yours: A Novel by Lisa Wingate
The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger
The Woman In The Window: A Novel by A.J. Finn
Twisted Prey by John Sandford
The Midnight Line by Lee Child
The Fallen by David Baldacci
End Game by David Baldacci
Origin: A Novel by Dan Brown
Camino Island by John Grisham
Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich
The 17th Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Two Kinds Of Truth by Michael Connelly
People vs Alex Cross by James Patterson
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
Desolation Mountain: A Novel by William Kent Krueger
Fifty Fifty by James Patterson and Candice Fox
Haunted by James Patterson and James O. Born
The President Is Missing: A Novel by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Golden Prey by John Sandford
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
After Anna by Lisa Scottoline
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Donors & Contributions

We wish to extend sincere appreciation to individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations for their generous support.
Annual Appeal    $53,889
Friends Of The Library    $19,436
Locally Growin'    $21,759
Summer Reading Regional    $7,436
Own-A-Day    $800
Total Active Donors    1,405
Total Major Donors    11