2019 Annual Report

Patron Visits
1,197,924 (est.)
Items Checked Out
2,889,927
Unique Titles
462,398
Active eBook Patrons
12,553
Meeting Room Uses
1,614
(Attendance 19.745 est)
Items Delivered To Borrowers
162,303
Reference Questions Answered
161,512 (est)
Digital Library Titles
19,104
Wireless Connections
92,515
Checkout Sessions
477,109
Book-A-Librarian Sessions
58
Newsletter Subscribers
4,377
Computer Uses
131,312
Digital Checkouts
213,036
Chat Reference Sessions
1,239
Volunteers
468
Patron Program Attendance
102,819
Items Added to the Catalog
60,949
Summer Reading Participants
12,030
Volunteer Hours
12,787
Total Programs
4,329
Items in Catalog
856,289
Winter Reading Participants
3,470
GRRL Staff
273

Financial Analysis

Overall 2019 revenue was $10,146,501.63, an increase of 1.54% over the 2018 figure of $9,992,722.50. 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 2019 expenditures were $8,962,601.43, an increase of 1.61% over the 2018 figure of $8,820,886.15. 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.

2019 Highlights

Throughout the region, strategic efforts were made to develop community partnerships and reach out to underserved populations. Highlights include:
No fines on children’s materials was Great River Regional Library’s
noteworthy success of 2019. Effective in June, Great River Regional
Library stopped collecting overdue fines on materials for children and
young adults. Eliminating fines on these items keeps the library within
their reach. We want all central Minnesota children to become lifelong
readers and library users.
Locally Growin,’ a new fundraising initiative that keeps donations 100
percent within the library of the donor’s choosing, launched its second
year in April 2019. Each library selected a specific “wish list” item or
program and a campaign goal. Over $24,000 was raised around the
region in 2019 to support a wide variety of goals, including:
 
 

Great River Regional Library implemented a new service, Print2Go.
This service allows patrons to send their print job online from home to
the library. Printing virtually any document from an internet-connected
device to one of the library’s printers provides easier accessibility for the
community.
 

  - Royalton Public Library’s puppet theater and Folkmani puppets.
- Annandale Public Library’s Christian Jackson fairytale art prints.
- Pierz Public Library’s Little People Playset and Brainerd Dispatch Paper subscription.
- St. Cloud Public Library’s book club kits and ComiCon event.
The Kimball Library Building Committee held its groundbreaking event for the new Kimball Public Library on August 11, 2019. This event also honored former librarian and the library project’s first major donor Lorraine Gregory. Not only is this a significant event in the community’s history, the new library
groundbreaking celebrates 50 years of a Great River Regional Library branch in the community.

Our Most Popular/Circulating Adult Fiction Titles for 2019

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
The Reckoning by John Grisham
Neon Prey by John Sandford
Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci
Redemption by David Baldacci
Past Tense by Lee Child
The 18th Abduction by James Patterson
Look Alive Twenty-five by Janet Evanovich
The Guardians by John Grisham
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
One Good Deed by David Baldacci
Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
Holy Ghost by John Sandford
A Spark of Light : A novel by Jodi Picoult
Desolation Mountain : A novel by William Kent Krueger
Before We Were Yours : A novel by Lisa Wingate
Bloody Genius by John Sandford
Wolf Pack by C.J. Box

Donors & Contributions

We wish to extend sincere appreciation to individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations for their generous support.
Year-End Campaign    $42,953
Friends Of The Library    $51,735
Locally Growin'    $24,764
Summer Reading Regional    $7,436
Total Active Donors    1,405
Total Major Donors    11