Community Benefits – Lots Of Facts

 FACT 1. HISTORY Alfred Dickey Free Library was opened in 1919 with 7,000 books. It now houses 89,000 books, magazines, newspapers, dvd’s and cd’s. Circulation is 142,000 with90,000 patrons visiting the two facilities annually. There are 8 computers and one conference room for public use. The population of Jamestown in 1919 was 6,627. Today it…
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Boys Read

What happens to boys’ reading from 2nd to 4th grade? It decreases in importance. Sports, x-box, being cool, all create understandable distractions. How do we keep them interested and curious? Here are a few clues. These guys love the bookmobile. This youtube video shows what creativity in a library can do.  


There is  a well known software package that city and county development teams rely on. It is called IMPLAN. By constructing Social Accounts that describe the structure and function of a specific economy, IMPLAN can create a localized model to investigate the consequences of projected economic transactions in a community. Used by over 2,000 public and…
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Libraries Save Us Money

FACT & STORY A few years ago, I got an MFA in Creative Writing for Children & Young Adults at Hamline University in St. Paul. It was a two year low-residency program with five visits to the campus for intense two week sessions. The balance of the course work was accomplished over the internet with one of the professors reviewing, commenting,…
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