Improvements will total $175K.

    Thanks to a $5,000 boost from the City of Crookston, the Crookston Library has reached its $25,000 fundraising goal, in the form of a local match to maximize funding it received from the Otto Bremer Trust.

    A couple weeks ago, with the fundraising effort a few thousand dollars short of its goal, members of the Crookston City Council and Mayor Wayne Melbye said the City would cover any gap if the effort fell short, in order for the library to receive as much funding as possible through the Otto Bremer Trust. Melbye at the time said it would be a shame to "leave any money" on the table that was short of the maximum amount the Bremer Trust was willing to award.

    The fundraising effort had achieved approximately $20,000 in contributions, so the City came up with the remaining $5,000, meaning that $175,000 in improvements to the facility itself (mostly new bathrooms), furniture and equipment will become a reality. In awarding the funds, the Otto Bremer Trust gave a $125,000 grant, then said it would give another $25,000 if it was matched by local dollars. The library has been working toward the match goal ever since.

    Lake Agassiz Regional Library Crookston Branch Manager Chris Boike and her staff thank the community for its support.

    “Thanks to the outpouring of support from the community, the library will continue to serve as a welcoming, productive environment where individuals and community groups can find the information, resources and support to improve their lives and the lives of others,” a statement released by the Crookston Library reads. “The funding is being used to make improvements to the teen area, sun room, meeting room, and public restrooms. The upgrades will provide an environment for efficient and effective communication, capacity building, and networking for staff and community groups alike. In addition, the improved space will maximize the experience of customers of all ages who engage in educational and enrichment opportunities offered at the library.”

    Work on the improvements is already well underway, with a deadline to be finished of Nov. 1. The library is remaining open throughout the project.