Great River libraries to start High Fives

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will retain a local element in its March High $5 fundraising campaign following the program’s success last year.

Each March, the 32 branches of GRRL solicit donations of $5 from library users. Those donations go into a regional fund to support library services. All books, DVDs and other items within the library system are shared, so all branches benefit equally from the pooled resource.

In 2011, each branch was invited to keep 40 percent of donations for local use. A branch that raised $500 with 100 High $5 donations would be able to keep $200 for a local purchase. For example, the Monticello Public Library put their portion of High $5 funds toward the purchase of a DVD player and projector.