• Cokato Public Library is closed for renovations. The library will reopen Thursday, April 24.

Volunteers Provided More Than 15,000 Hours to GRRL in 2009

Volunteers Provided More Than 15,000 Hours to GRRL in 2009

A total of 578 volunteers contributed 15,187.25 hours of volunteer service to the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) in 2009. Twenty-six of the region’s 32 public libraries reported volunteer use. They were:

Albany, 1,063 hours
Annandale, 714.75 hours
Big Lake, 674.5 hours
Buffalo, 634 hours
Clearwater, 692 hours
Cokato, 57 hours
Cold Spring, 93.5 hours
Delano, 1,527.75 hours
Eagle Bend, 97.75 hours
Elk River, 760 hours
Howard Lake, 191 hours
Kimball, 20.5 hours
Little Falls, 47.75 hours
Melrose, 184 hours
Monticello, 599 hours
Pierz, 364.75 hours
Richmond, 4.5 hours
Rockford, 219.5 hours
Royalton, 72 hours
St. Cloud, 4,982.75 hours
St. Michael, 293.5 hours
Sauk Centre, 43 hours
Staples, 272 hours
Swanville, 54.75 hours
Upsala, 32 hours
Waite Park, 1,492 hours

The library volunteer with most accumulated hours of service in 2009 was Bruce Faust (photographed), who volunteered for 979 hours at St. Cloud Public Library.

Volunteers complete a variety of tasks for GRRL, including sorting and shelving books, repairing books, calling patrons to tell them their items are available, and retrieving books from the shelves for library staff.

National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, a time when the contribution of volunteers is recognized. It is not an exaggeration to say that some GRRL libraries would struggle to operate efficiently without the support of their volunteers. Everybody on the library staff appreciates their effort.

If you believe libraries provide benefits to the community and you want to be a part of that, download and complete the volunteer application form, then stop by the desk at your local library and ask if they can use your help. Many of them will be happy to put you to work.