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Rector speaks at Kiwanis; Grabinger inducted

Vanessa Grabinger, center, is a new member of Kiwanis Club. She is shown with Janna Bergstedt, left, president, and Krysten Perkins, right.

Joe Rector, director of the James River Library System, and Bill Kennedy, development director, spoke about the new library that is being planned for Jamestown at the recent Kiwanis Club meeting.

Rector and Kennedy said everyone loves the Alfred Dickey Library and JRVLS’ present plan of remodeling it and adding on is much more agreeable to the citizens of Jamestown and surrounding areas. The existing library has the old architecture that defines the community, Rector said.

The new plan is to take the area that is now the Maple Mall and Maranatha Building and make it an addition to the old library. The old library will need to be extensively remodeled, Kennedy said. Kennedy said if every child was read to from the very beginning, illiteracy would be gone in two generations.

The bookmobile will be housed in the new facility, and it travels to many schools in the county that have no substantial libraries and to the senior centers and children’s day cares in Jamestown.

The cost of the new library would be around $9 million, and donations would bring the cost of the library down to about $7.5 million, Rector said. The quarter-cent sales tax initiative the JRVLS is promoting would amount to $33.75 per year to the average family in Stutsman County, Rector said. This will be on the Nov. 4 ballot if the JRVLS can get the required 15,000 signatures from the county to get the initiative on the ballot.

President Janna Bergstedt called the meeting to order with 22 members attending and one guest. Vanessa Grabinger was inducted into the Kiwanis Club. She is a personal banker at Gate City Bank. Grabinger is from Jamestown, and she said she enjoys camping and spending time with her family. Don Caine led the group singing and was accompanied by Sharon Caine. “Happy Dollars” were collected for Camp Rokiwan.

Bob Welsh will introduce the speaker at the July 7 Kiwanis meeting at the Legacy Center. For more information, email or visit to www.Face wanis.