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DID YOU KNOW?

1. “Modern Computing 101″ will be held on Tuesday, April 14th at Alfred Dickey at 6:00 pm, taught by Justin Batz, a computer whiz.  Register on line at: www.friendsofjrvl.org/projects/current  Or just show up.

“Today there are many electronic devices that connect us with family and friends. Some are more complicated than others, some are larger than others and some do more than others. What sets the Computational Devices available today apart from one another? Which ones are available in town and how much do they cost? How can we make use of these new gadgets?  These are the main questions that will be answered.” Instructor Justin Batz,

2. “Read Local” will be held at UJ Reiland Hall Thursday on April 9, 2015, 7:00 pm. Refreshments Served. Authors: Bruce Berg, Bill Kennedy, Nancy Kuykendall, Keith Norman, Larry Woiwode, Laurel Woiwode, Jim Stone.  Violist: Brooke Carroll       Benefit:  James River Valley Library receives 20% of the proceeds generated at the reading.

3. 99,644 patrons visited the library in 2014.

4. 112,491 total items were checked out in 2014. 6,437 were electronic materials. 59% were children’s books. Many children’s books are taken out by parents that read to their kids. It is said that if every child was read to from birth, illiteracy would disappear within two generations.

5. Computers were used 23,254 times in 2014.

6. There are 9,359 registered library card holders in Stutsman County.

7.The Bookmobile makes 23 stops each month checking out over 1,100 books. 14 of these stops are in Jamestown. On days it is out, it is 35% of the total circulation.

8.You can borrow e-books and e-audio from Overdrive/Library2Go on the library website. Streaming movies, e-magazines and other resources are also available.

9. You can see a list of books that you have checked out over the last 12 months on-line.

10. You can set up a “Watch List” by author. An email will be sent to you when the book arrives.

11. You can renew on-line.

12.Our staff will find just about any book you want through “Inter-Library Loan.”

13.There were 194 kids programs in 2014. 4,388 attended.

14. JRVLS has Jamestown High School Yearbooks going back to 1946.

15. JRVLS has microfilm of Jamestown newspapers going back to 1878.               http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85042404/

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9 thoughts on “DID YOU KNOW?

  1. Helmut and JoAnn Albrecht says:

    Hi Bill! We are still vey much interested in what’s going on both in the library now and what the future holds! Right now our energies are going in a different direction as Helmut has been diagnosed with cancer of the blood. we are busy going to doctors visits etc. Please do leave us on this list. I was disappointed this morning when the addition to the paper came and the library wasn’t mentioned.
    Always best wishes! JoAnn and Helmut

  2. The percentage of checkouts for children is dodgy, since parents often check out the books for them and will check out three or four at a time, as we used to do with and for out children. So I would not tout that percentage as accurate for children checking out books.
    LW

  3. Taili says:

    Hi Bill,

    What does “Modern Computing 101” mean? Is it about the Operating System of the computer or is it a course in word processing programs?

    Taili

    • Bill Kennedy says:

      Taili,

      Thanks for the question. This class is not about Operating Systems or programs as such. It is about the devices available today. Here is instructor Justin Batz’s description. “Today there are many electronic devices that connect us with family and friends. Some are more complicated than others, some are larger than others and some do more than others. What sets the Computational Devices available today apart from one another? Which ones are available in town and how much do they cost? How can we make use of these new gadgets? These are the main questions that will be answered.”

      Bill

  4. Barb Lang says:

    These statistics are impressive — perhaps hard copies of this should be sent to the City Council and County Commission members, or presented to them verbally in some fashion. Does the Library Director ever deliver an “annual report” to those groups? By that, I mean a live presentation, rather than just a written report, which usually does not get read. Something to think about. Really sorry to hear about Helmut – if you see either of them, please extend our hopes for a good outcome.

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