Ensuring a literary legacy. 

Enhancing library resources. 

Educating the public. 

By building an endowment through private fundraising, we strive to enhance library resources and provide additional funding for projects, beyond the financial support from the City of Grand Rapids and Itasca County. 

Additionally, we support programs to educate the public about the vital role of the library in meeting the needs of our community. 

2023 BOARD MEMBERS

Lisa Tabbert, President

Ryan Tierney, Treasurer

Dianne Anderson

Jennifer Barr

Margaret Barrick

Pat Davis

Frieda Hall

Julie Linder

Jen Oberg

Anne Radecki

ENSURE THE LEGACY CONTINUES

CONTACT US

140 NE 2nd Street 

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Your support directly benefits 

Library programs, projects, and resources for the community. 

CHECK OUT OUR COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS

MCCARTY PARK

GRALF has partnered with KAXE and the City of Grand Rapids, with the support of a Legacy Amendment grant, to create McCarty Park – an interactive music park located between the Library and KAXE, along the River – to be enjoyed by community members of all ages!

ONLINE STORYTIME!

Grand Rapids Area Library

on Facebook & YouTube

A weekly online program, featuring GRAL Children's Librarian, Ms. Tracy - and Invest Early instructor, Teacher Missy. 

Stories, flannel board games, and songs educate and entertain preschoolers. Produced in-house by GRAL staff and underwritten by GRALF.


GRAL STORYWALK®

Along the Mississippi River

140 NE 2nd Street

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Take a walk - read a book! Follow the trail and enjoy a story while exploring the beautiful Mississippi River! The StoryWalk® is made possible with funding from GRALF. Books are provided by the Grand Rapids Area Library Friends.

GRAND RAPIDS RIVERFEST

GRAL Amphitheater

140 NE 2nd Street

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

September 10, 2022

A portion of the proceeds from this

 annual community music 

festival will benefit GRALF.

TAKE HOME DISCOVERY KITS

Grand Rapids Area Library

140 NE 2nd Street

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Fun and educational kits for at-home play and learning - these bags contain STEM and/or phonics games and activities, plus a book on a related topic. Made possible with funding from GRALF.

RIVER WALK BIKE RACK

Along the Mississippi River

140 NE 2nd Street

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Created and installed by artist Greg Mueller - this public art piece and working bike rack was funded by a Legacy Arts Grant from Arrowhead Library System, in partnership with the Grand Rapids Arts & Culture Commission and GRALF.

ANNUAL SUMMER CELEBRATION!

Grand Rapids Area Library

140 NE 2nd Street

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Grand Rapids Area Library hosts an annual, free, family-friendly event for the community. It features activities, Summer Reading prize book pick-up, and free treats - sponsored by GRALF.