Outside The Lines, A Library Story: The Library, Just Walk In The Door

My first memory of books was being read to by both my mother and grandmother. What a wonderful way to be able to bond with a child, the stories took us wherever we wanted to go. Later, as I was able to read on my own the best place to go was the library. It…
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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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