Outside The Lines, A Library Story: Library And Dumpsters

Jim Nyland is a teacher, counselor, tech coordinator, high school assistant principle and a JRVLS board member. It started with a dumpster.  Well, actually, it started in a dumpster, but more on that in a minute. My start in the world of literature was not an encouraging one.  I grew up in Thief River Falls,…
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Outside The Lines, A Library Story: Job Search

Story by Tom Ravely In the summer of 1989 I moved from Minneapolis to LaMoure, ND motivated by my interest in family history. I had found an empty house in Jud that had been built by an uncle. I bought it thinking to renovate and learn more about my heritage. As I had resigned from…
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Outside The Lines, A Library Story: Family Influence

Melissa is a librarian at the James River Valley Library System and is often seen behind the wheel of the bookmobile. My love of the library and for reading began when I was three or four years old.  I would visit my local library several times a week, check out more books than I could…
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Outside The Lines, A Library Story: One Book, Or Two, Makes A Difference

Joe Rector, library director, and Bill Kennedy, development director and writer of this post, 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…
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Outside The Lines, A Library Story: Libraries And Elementary Schools

Deb Hornung                                         2nd grade Teacher, Reading Specialist The James River Valley Library plays a very important role in the elementary classroom.  I have taught elementary children for 30 years, and have depended on and worked closely with the library throughout each school year, at all levels of teaching.  I have used the library for…
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