Joe Rector, library director, and I, were talking about how to communicate the library plan. I asked him why he became a teacher and eventually a library director. He sat back in his chair and looked around his neat but very crowded office, full of books that no longer fit on the library floor.

“I wasn’t a good reader. My 1st grade teacher sent me to 2nd grade with deep reservations. I remember going to the school library and seeing a book called Black Hawk, Young Sauk Warrior, by Cathrine Cleven, one of the Childhood of Famous Americans Series,a 3rd or 4th grade level book.

Joe’s Book

I took it home and read it that night. I just made up my mind I was going to read it, sounded out the words. Finished it. I read most of the books in that series. At the beginning of the year, I was a non-reader. By the end of the year, I was at the top of my class in reading.” Joe’s final words were, with a big smile on his face, “A real tribute to the library.” Joe grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he read most of the baseball books in the juvenile section of Willard Public Library.

I sat back in my chair with a bigger smile. “This is weird. My mom took me to the downtown library in Peoria, Illinois. The kids’ books were arranged by shelf, 1st grade on the bottom, up to 8th grade on the top shelf. I was in third grade and took a book out. Mom smiled. It was from the 4th grade shelf, the one I could reach. I took it home and read it that night. From then on, we went to the library every week. She took out 3-4 books; I took out the limit, 8.”

“Ok, what was the book?” Joe asked.

Chief Black Hawk, by Frank L. Beals, one of the American Adventure Series.”

Bill’s Book

We high-fived, knuckle-bumped and smiled.

Co-incidence? Yes.

Important? Yes.

It illustrates how one library, one book, or two, can make a difference.

Modern Woodmen of America Donation

Modern Woodmen Bookmobile DonationCOMING SOON Revised SizeThanks to the local chapter of Modern Woodmen of America for their generous matching gift of $2,500 for the new Bookmobile. Pictured are Bill Kennedy, Development Director for the library, Joe Rector, Library Director, Jennifer Rand, Modern Woodmen representative and Melissa Mee, Librarian and Bookmobile driver.

Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial:


Louise Erdrich and the Importance of Libraries and Family

New York Times, April 26, 2016 Book Review, Louise Erdrich, By The Book

Latest book is LaRose.

Louise Erdrich

Illustration by Jillian Tamaki

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?

I was a ravenous library mouse. We have a stately public library in Wahpeton, still standing serenely on its great green lawn, endowed by good citizens. I read everything. The library fed me.

If you had to name one book that made you who you are today, what would it be?

It wasn’t a written book, but it was stories. My family made life into stories.


Conversation led by Justin Batz

Where: Alfred Dickey Library, 105 3rd St. SE Jamestown, ND

When: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Digital Stuff

 Join Justin Batz & Friends of the Library on May 24th in the Alfred Dickey Library Conference Room at 6pm. Justin will be answering your questions regarding current Modern Computing devices and device issues. If you are able to bring your device that is having issues (a tablet, smart phone or laptop) please feel free to bring your own device to the Q & A Session. Do not bring Desktop PC’s or other bulky appliances as we cannot guarantee a monitor or hardware support in the conference room for such devices.

In preparation, email your questions to Bill Kennedy at or write them down and bring them with you. Justin will be answering all questions to the best of his ability and sharing some new innovative products available at retail now.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please sign-up for this course on the Friends Website @!program-registration/nodfz

Justin has thirty years of computer experience with programming, web design and computer administration.

Initiative Results, 2001-2015

                         STUTSMAN COUNTY INITIATIVE RESULTS 2001-2015

                 November 15, 2001 Special Election: High School 1% Sale Tax

4,173 total votes cast in the city of Jamestown to authorize a sales tax, to repay the bonds issued, for a $28,000.000 high school and middle school.

2,734 Yes Votes 65%      1,439 No Votes  35%                                                                (A separate bond issue to fund the project was on the ballot for both city and county. In addition to the 4,173 city voters. 746 county residents voted. The bond initiative passed by the same % as the sales tax.)

               November 4, 2008 General Election: Joint City & County Library                                                                     (Presidential Year)

9,341 total votes cast in Jamestown and Stutsman County to create a joint library board. (no change in tax structure)

6,772 Yes Votes 72%             2,569 No Votes 28%

                  November 4, 2014 General Election: Library 1/4% Sales Tax                                                                   (Non-Presidential Year)

7,847 total votes cast on seventeen individual races and ten initiatives. The library initiative was next to the last on the ballot.    

3,055 Yes Votes  40%            4,240 No Votes  54%                                                                        (552 skipped the library initiative 6%)

                               June 2, 2015 Special Election: TRAC 1% Sales Tax                   2,953 total votes cast to decide on the 1% sales tax to pay for a $28,000,000 athletic facility. The ballot was a single sheet requiring one mark.

1,771 Yes Votes 60%          1,178  No Votes  40%

                      September 29, 2015  Special Election: School Renovation

1,951 total votes cast to decide on funding school renovation.  Measure failed by 33 votes. Needed super majority of 60% (1,171) to pass

1,138 Yes Votes 58%      813 No Votes 42%


WSJ Article: Reading Fiction May Enhance Social Skills

March 7, 2016 11:07 a.m. ET
People who read a lot of fiction are known to have stronger social skills than nonfiction readers or nonreaders. A new study suggests that reading fictional works, especially stories that take readers inside people’s lives and minds, may enhance social skills by exercising a part of the brain involved in empathy and imagination.



BookshelfBooks & Bars @ Sabirs

Sabir’s will be the host for the club meetings, on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7pm, starting on April 26th. The library will have 10 of the chosen book available to check out. The goal of the club is to promote reading and discussion  for ages 21 & up.

Please take a few minutes and answer our survey of seven questions. If you don’t live in the area, you can skip # 3.


Alicia Harstad


6:00 pm, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Alicia’s class will benefit anyone who is interested in gardening. She will discuss different plant pollination methods, the importance of open pollinated plants and the seeds that they spring from. She will also talk about the new seed library that will be housed at the Stutsman County Library. The seed library is a collaboration project between the Community Gardens, Master Gardeners and Stutsman County Library to provide free vegetable seeds to the public.

Alicia is from Hoople, ND.  She grew up on a potato farm, attended NDSU and earned a B.S. degree in Crop and Weed Science and an M.S. degree in Plant Science with an emphasis on Weed Science.

She was the Steele County Extension agent for 2 ½ years before coming to Stutsman County. She has been the Stutsman County Extension agent for the last year. She and her husband Brian live in Rogers.

Alicia’s class will be held at the Stutsman County Library, 910 5th St. SE, Jamestown, ND, 58401. Right next door to the State Extension Office.



Penny Steckler Picture


6:00 pm TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016


Would you like to know more about student loans, finances and credit? Want to know more about credit reports, how to use them? What are the elements of a credit report? Do you have questions about co-signing a loan? Penny will answer these questions and discuss the five general categories that make up a credit score and you will learn what a FICO score is.

Penny has been in the financial industry since 1985. She has been with First Community Credit Union since 2007 and is currently a Collections/Indirect Lending Officer. Penny became a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor in 2014. She and her husband have lived in Jamestown since 2006 and have two grown daughters.

Penny’s class will be held in the lower level conference room at Alfred Dickey Library, 105 3rd St. SE, Jamestown, ND, 58401