Private donations help the library go beyond the basic services supported by tax dollars. Donations are used to fund literacy initiatives, materials, technology and other benefits to library users.

General Donation. Revenue from general donations can be targeted to make a difference wherever there is an area of need.

Annual Appeal. The library’s major fundraising effort is the Annual Appeal in November. Revenues from the Annual Appeal help to bridge a gap between library funding levels and the cost of providing library services.

High $5. In March, each GRRL location solicits “entry level” donations of $5 to show appreciation of library services. Forty percent of the High $5 gift total remains at the donor location for local use and sixty percent is applied to the general donor fund.

Summer Reading Program. More than 10,000 children take part in the Summer Reading Program. The Summer Reading Program appeal solicits gifts that fund all the elements which make the program a success, such as prizes, promotional materials and reading incentives.

Read Down Your Fines. This one-week opportunity for teens and children to pay off fines incurred by late returns is supported by donations. Fifteen minutes of reading at the library pays off $1 of fines. Donations help teens and children keep their accounts current so they can continue to use library services.

Winter Reading Program. The Winter Reading Program provides a reading focus for teens and adults and depends on donations for all promotional materials and prizes.

Honor and Memorial Gifts. With a donation of $25 or more, donors can remember or honor someone loved or respected, and see their name recognized with a gift bookplate.

Grab & Go Kits. Five books with a similar theme, together with an activity kit inside a cool, vinyl backpack, the Grab & Go kits are an easy checkout for busy families with young children. Donation level of $100.

Book Club Kits. $500 helps fund book club kits, encouraging inter-generational community connections. These kits contain multiple copies of a title, and often an audiobook and a large print version, together with a discussion guide for book club use.