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Modern Computing: Learn 2 Skype

A free All-Ages Program led by Justin Batz. The latest class in the Modern Computing Series and another one of a kind program for the James River Valley Library System! During this hour Justin will help those in attendance create their own free Skype account, add him and those in attendance to their contact list and make their first ever Skype Calls. This is also a BYOD Class. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. If you have an Android, Windows or iPhone, Android, Windows or iOS tablet, bring your phone or tablet and Justin will walk you through Skype on your own device. On your own device, Justin will take you a step further than making a Skype Call and teach you how to Video Conference people with Skype. Skype is a great way to keep in contact with family and friends abroad and is currently one of the least expensive (FREE) forms of voice and video over the internet. Thanks to Skype and Microsoft for keeping this product free and allowing people to connect it to their Facebook to easily establish connections with family and friends that have Skype Accounts.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 @ 6pm

WHERE: Stutsman County Library

910 5th St SE. Jamestown ND 58401 (701) 252-2217

*Stutsman County Library provides WIFI connection

Register online at:!sign-up/nodfz

Contact Bill Kennedy with any questions                                                                                   Tel: 701- 252-2217

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The Role of Every Library


Today's Library Role

Cartoon by Chris OBrion –  Thanks Chris!
Add “Adults Learning Important Stuff by attending Classes offered by The Friends of the Library,” to the reasons libraries are needed.
In 2015, Adult Programs brought 190 people into contact with the library and what it has to offer. According to their written and verbal comments, it was a learning and entertaining experience and they would come back for more.
Plans for 2016 include repeat classes, especially those concerning end of life and author readings. We will continue to explore other categories.
The other important result of these classes is illustrating the unique role that the library plays in today’s society.
Many people attending these classes haven’t been in the library for years or had never been in a library.
Every new person coming into the library and leaving with new knowledge is a new Yes Vote.


The CrowdPart of the crowd of 45 that attended Dan Buchanan’s class on Wills and Estate Planning recently at Alfred Dickey Library. Dan emphasized the importance of identifying all property interests and persons or entities to be benefitted in preparation for preparing a will. Copies of Dan’s outline are available at Alfred Dickey and the Stutsman County branches of JRVLS.


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What is a will and why is it necessary?  What are the elements of a valid will? How does a valid will become an invalid will? How do I choose who or what is intended to be benefitted, and in what manner? What is the effect of the death of a beneficiary? Does a will ever need to be revised/amended? Should I have a personal representative and alternate? How do I choose one? What happens if I die without a will?

These are just a few of the questions that Dan will answer.

Over the years Dan has focused his practice in estate planning and administration of estates and trusts. His experience includes many appearances in the district and supreme courts of the state, both as an attorney and as an expert witness in estate and trust cases. He is an experienced presenter at seminars designed for the continuing education of lawyers, trust officers, paralegals and accountants. He has lectured to classes at the University of Jamestown, UND law school and to community groups.

Dan’s class will be held in the lower level conference room at Alfred Dickey Library, 105 3rd St. SE, Jamestown, ND, 58401                                                                           Register online at:!program-registration/nodfz




6:00 pm TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015

Mike Williams Photo

Michael R. Williams will speak on pre-planning funeral options, cremation, body donation, and deaths occurring out-of-state.  He will also discuss legal right to disposition and where ashes may or may not be interred.   He will also share his experiences of funeral celebrations and changing attitudes toward the traditional funeral rite.  Mike is a local funeral director and owner of Williams-Lisko Funeral Chapel of Jamestown and Edgeley.

Adult Program classes are held in the lower level Alfred Dickey Library conference room.

REGISTER HERE:!sign-up/nodfz

November Adult Programs at the Library


                                      TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2015 , 6 pm                                     LEARN 2 EMAIL JUSTIN BATZ

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The second adult program of the Modern Computing Series takes place on November 17th. Justin Batz will walk those who sign up through the process of establishing their very first email accounts and show them the basics of using Email. For the first time in the Modern Computing Series, Justin will deviate from providing content mainly for the auditory learner and provide some hands-on time for those who are visual or must do it themselves. The expectation for this class is that if you do not currently have an email before attending you will when the Adult Program is over and will be able to access your email, add contacts and reply to those who have emailed you.

Modern Computing classes are held at the Stutsman County Library, 910 5th St. SE. Park behind the library and enter through the south door.

Read Local at the University of Jamestown, October 20, 2015



The University of Jamestown hosted a Read Local event in the Sheldon-Unruh lobby at the University of Jamestown on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm.  Read Local authors Bruce Berg, Keith Norman, Bill Kennedy, Laurel Woiwode, and Nancy Kuykendall were joined by UJ professors Larry Woiwode and Glauco Ortolano and read from published work and work in progress. The readings ranged from poetry, memoirs, local history and adult novels.

Read Local is an initiative that focus’s attention on local authors, books, literacy  in the community, and reinforces the importance of learning among all age groups.

Thanks to the English Deprtment Chair, David Godfrey, Dr. Badal’s assistant, Erin Klein and the rest of the UJ staff that helped make the evening rewarding to the authors and the fans of literature and learning that attended.

More readings will be scheduled in the spring.

Glauco Ortolano reads from his collection of poems.   L-R Larry Woiwode, Laurel Woiwode Pfau, Glauco, Keith Norman, Nancy Kuykendall, Bill Kennedy, out of the photo to Bill’s left is Bruce Berg.

Author Table. Larry Woiwode, Laurel Woiwode Pfau, Glauco Ortolano, Keith Norman, Nancy Kuykendall, Bill Kennedy. Bruce Berg cut off.

Audience 10.20.15

Advance Directive Planning

Friends of the  James River Valley Library System held the first in a series of programs on planning for end of life on October 8th. The initial class was taught by Tracy Johnk from Jamestown Regional Medical Center and Gary Riffe, retired administrator from Hi-Acres, now Eventide. They brought a wealth of knowledge on how to prepare for the final days of life. They offered advice on the important discussions that need to take place for treatment and end of life wishes, the importance of a Long Term Care Policy, living wills and appointment of an agent.

Thanks to Tracy and Gary! And thanks to library staff for set up assistance. More classes to come. Watch for “How to E-Mail” in November, presented by computer guru Justin Batz.

Instructors Gary Riffe and Tracy Johnk with the class.

Summer Adult Programming

New Adult Programming starts in earnest next week.  Go to the Friends Of The James River Library web site to register for a class.  Registration

Dina Laskowski teaches Memoir Writing, A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Worlds

Dina Laskowski teaches Memoir Writing, A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Worlds


Rob Keller Talks About Balance Between Digital and Traditional Marketing

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Kyle Dean talks about Careers in Broadcast.

Tourism’s Summer Jamestown Calendar

For a quick look at all the great activities scheduled for the Library, and in Jamestown, this summer, take a look at Tourism’s Jamestown Calendar

 Adult programs to learn something new and great kids programs to  to keep them reading all summer.                       

Dina Laskowski teaches Memoir Writing, A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Worlds

Dina Laskowski teaches Memoir Writing, A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Worlds

Aaron & Ryon Love Reading In The Summer

Aaron & Ryon Love to Read During  The Summer