Tricounty News

Library 'High $5' campaign raises $14,136



Library supporters donated $14,136.10 to Great River Regional Library (GRRL) during the March High $5 fundraising campaign. Donations to the High $5 campaign are used to support library services.

Twenty-two of the 32 branches in GRRL met a donations goal based on two percent of their March checkout sessions. All of those branches will receive 50 percent of the funds raised at their branches to meet local needs such as Summer Reading Program prize incentives, program performers, and furnishings. That amount will range from $28.50 in Royalton to $1,173 in St. Cloud for a total of $5,975. The remaining funds raised in High $5 may be used by the regional library system for books, databases, or other needs.

The Stickney Crossing Library in Clearwater had the highest overall response rate at 12.63 percent. The Delano Public Library had the highest number of actual gifts, with 184. St. Cloud raised the highest dollar amount, totaling $2,346.75.

The High $5 campaign was initiated in 2005 as an easy and inexpensive way for library users to show their support. The $5 was chosen as the entry-level donation because users on average checked out five items per visit.

High $5 Fundraising Campaign Donation Totals

Branch Gift Value

Albany, 41 gifts $300.00

Annandale, 37 gifts $354.00

Becker, 49 gifts $460.00

Belgrade, 29 gifts $253.00

Big Lake, 43 gifts $302.00

Buffalo, 97 gifts $1,056.00

Clearwater, 84 gifts $731.00

Cokato, 18 gifts $249.00

Cold Spring, 94 gifts $873.00

Delano, 184 gifts $1,570.00

Eagle Bend, 20 gifts $155.00

Elk River, 51 gifts $630.00

Foley, 25 gifts $135.00

Grey Eagle, 13 gifts $195.00

Howard Lake, 17 gifts $96.00

Kimball, 8 gifts $55.00

Little Falls, 72 gifts $720.05

Long Prairie, 40 gifts $291.50

Melrose, 31 gifts $310.00

Monticello, 34 gifts $400.00

Paynesville, 14 gifts $125.00

Pierz, 18 gifts $90.00

Richmond, 8 gifts $50.00

Rockford, 34 gifts $300.20

Royalton, 12 gifts $57.00

St. Cloud, 176 gifts $2,346.75

St. Michael, 44 gifts $304.00

Sauk Centre, 25 gifts $218.00

Staples, 11 gifts $130.00

Swanville, 8 gifts $75.00

Upsala, 25 gifts $277.00

Waite Park, 111 gifts $1,027.60



Total gift value $14,136.10