How Do We Make This Happen? Part 1

In the last few months we have learned a lot about what it takes to build a new library. First it takes a need. In 2008, Jamestown and Stutsman County voters realized the need for a new library and 72.5% said yes to combining the Alfred Dickey Library and the Stutsman County Library. That’s 6,672…
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From Library Patrons – Questions And Comments

We recently placed a sheet for “QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THE NEW LIBRARY,” at each front desk. A representative sample of questions and comments are listed below with the libraries response. DATE    QUESTION OR COMMENT                                      …
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How Does An Author Market A Book? Social Media, Book Clubs & Libraries.

Yesterday I heard it said that there are 1,000,000 self-published books, e-books and hard copies, available for sale. Today I read that Smashwords published its 250,000th e-book this month. Amazon won’t release numbers of anything they sell. However if you are numbers crazy, you can dig into their published information, such as the fact that my…
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Front Porch Chat: Part 2. What’s Inside The New Library?

The last 20 minutes of Sunday’s Front Porch Chat were spent discussing what was inside the new library.  “A BUILDING ALONE DOES NOT MAKE A LIBRARY.” *  New Features Not Possible in Current Facilities The new library breathes and adapts as the world changes. 7 Community Spaces: Includes a Children’s project area, 115 capacity meeting…
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Front Porch Chat – History And Future Of Stutsman County Libraries: Part 1, History

I love screened in porches with air-conditioning. I came to that conclusion yesterday as I arrived at the Stutsman County Museum with the temperature hovering around 90. I had worried about nobody attending my talk on the history and future of the library in Stutsman County and was pleasantly surprised to see  the chairs on…
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