Happy Thanksgiving

The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 24th, for the Thanksgiving holiday.   We will be open as usual on Friday and Saturday.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends!

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Many Library Improvements Are Being Completed

The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board held its quarterly meeting on November 10, 2016 at the Ainsworth Public Library.  President Marsha Fuchs called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.  Roll call showed all members present (Traci Alberts, Wendy Allen, Marsha Fuchs, Gary Kinzie, Mark Kovar, Deanna Taylor, and Bev Whitney).  Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Wendy A. made the motion to approve the minutes as read which Gary K. seconded.  All members voted in favor of.  The Treasurer’s report was submitted by Wendy Allen.  There were no bills at this time. 

The Gift Transaction List from August to November 2016 was presented.  The following memorials were received in memory of:

                Mrs. Dora Ruth Allen by Mrs. Patty Schelm and Mr. Mike Schelm

                Mr. Sid Salzman by Mr. and Mrs. Steve Salzman

                Mrs. Delores O’Keefe by Ainsworth Board of Education and Staff from Ainsworth Community Schools

                Mrs. Janette Denny by Mrs. Eunice Wulf

                Mrs. Fredia Scholtes by Ainsworth Board of Education and Staff from Ainsworth Community Schools

                Mrs. Lois Smith by Mrs. Kathy Burchell

                Mrs. Barbara Strand by West Plains Bank, Mrs. Janice Ganser, & Mr. and Mrs. Charles Irwin

Other gifts included funds to purchase books by Mrs. Gail Sears, $322 from the Haunted House that Mr. and Mrs. Don Schuyler held, funds from the Coffee Station and Donation Jar.  All gifts and support of the library were greatly appreciated. 

An update was presented on library improvement projects.  It was noted that the ADA Check-Out Desk and the ADA Automatic Door Opener have been installed.  The work island top has been ordered to match the top of the check-out desk.  Material for reupholstering the four chairs has been ordered and will be done this fall.  Two coats of paint have been applied to the walls in the new local history room (the old storage room).  Shelving for the bound edition of the Ainsworth Star Journal continuing to be worked on and should be installed the first part of December.  

It was noted that our library received a three star rating in the Library Journal’s America’s Star Libraries.  The five measures for this rating include circulation, library visits, program attendance, public internet computer use, and circulation of electronic materials.  This is the first time our library has been awarded as a star library.

It was noted that a Yard Work Night was held on October 10th with members from the Library Board and Library Foundation Board removing trees, bushes, and leaves.

The National Archives has awarded our library the Bill of Rights exhibit.  We will also be receiving digital materials with the exhibit.  Delivery will be early December.  We are asked to display it from December 15, 2016 to February 28, 2017.  December 2016 marks the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.

Discussion was held on fundraising.  It was noted that the funds from the Haunted House will be used for the children’s department in the area of audiobooks and DVD’s.  Plans were finalized for the Book Basket Auction on Nov. 18th from 6-8 p.m. at the Elk’s building.  Gail will have the plates, cups, napkins, silverware, table cloths and some decorations.  Wendy will be contacting the staff at school to help with the food.  We will start to set up at 2 p.m.  A drawing will be held for all the volunteers.  GJW Inc. will donate pork sausage for this.  Volunteers must be present to win. 

Discussion was held on doing a Google community calendar with other groups in the community.

The next meeting date/time was set for Feb. 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.

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Book Basket Auction Raised Funds For Library Improvements

Thank you to all the people that braved the winter weather on Friday night to attend our Book Basket Auction! We had a very nice crowd and ended up selling all of the baskets.

Thank you to the people that created a basket and provided food!

I am happy to say that we raised a total of $1,708 for library improvements!

Winners of the Volunteer Drawing included Jami Burdick, Steve Hapner, Donna Rudnick, Kara Welch, and Kathy Worrell.  They all won 10 lbs. of pork sausage donated by GJW Inc.

Thank you for supporting our Library!

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Book Basket Auction to be Held Friday Night

The Book Basket Auction fundraiser will be held Friday night (Nov. 18th) from 6-8 p.m. at the Elk’s building on Main Street.  We have 37 baskets for you to bid on!  There is a basket for all ages…babies, toddlers, preschool, K-12th grade, as well as adults.   Come hungry as we will be serving food!  All proceeds will go towards library improvements.   Hope to see you there!

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Ainsworth Public Library Named One of America’s Star Libraries

For the first time ever, the Ainsworth Public Library has received a Three STAR rating in Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service 2016!   The Library Journal Index gives an overall indication of how libraries stack up to their peers nationally.  Over 7,300 libraries across the nation were evaluated for the “America’s Star Libraries” report with only twelve libraries in Nebraska receiving this award.  To be recognized as one of the top libraries in the nation, the libraries were rated on five separate categories:  number of visitors, rate of circulation, attendance at local programs, internet usage, and electronic circulation.  The complete report on our library is posted on the bulletin board if you would like to view.

We could not have achieved this national recognition without our exceptional library patrons.  Thank you to our library patrons, our fantastic community partners, our library staff, our Library Board of Trustees, and our Library Foundation Board for making us an America’s Star Library.

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Minutes from the Library Board Meeting held on November 7th

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on November 7, 2016 at the Ainsworth Pubic Library.  This meeting was advertised in the newspaper, over the radio, and posted at the Library. President Mark Kovar called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.  Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act.  Roll called all five members present (Traci Alberts, Todd Flynn, Mark Kovar, Alane Lentz, and Phyllis Leach).  Library director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Alane Lentz made the motion to approve the minutes which Traci Alberts seconded.  Vote showed all were in favor.  Phyllis Leach moved to approve the claims for payment.  Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  A review was done on the budget spending for the past month as well as a review of the 2015-2016 budget spending.  The Monthly Library for October was presented as well as the list of titles purchased that month. 

A yard work night was held on October 10th.  There were four people that cut the bushes and trees down; cleaned out the leaves and pine needles from the front walk and in the front rain gutter.  A City worker came several weeks later and cleaned out the back gutter.

A review was given on Teen Read Week held October 9-15th.  Articles were placed in the newspaper, on Facebook, and the library website to draw attention to this week.  A drawing was held for a t-shirt which Sage Little Elk won. 

An update was given on the Book Discussion Group.  The October title was “My Antonia” by Willa Cather with 9 ladies attending the discussion.  The November title is “Atonement”.  The movie of this title will be shown on Nov. 14th with the discussion being held on the 21st.  There will be no discussion during the month of December.

An update was given on library improvements.  It was noted that the third section of the ADA Check-Out Desk arrived and people like it a lot.   Plans are being drawn up for the top of the island to match the desk.  Material has been selected for the four blue chairs which Pam Theis will be working on for us. It was noted that a second coat of paint still needed to be put on in the old storage room.  Alane Lentz said that she would come in and paint it.

Several fundraisers were discussed.  It was noted that Don & Janet Schulyer did a Haunted House and raised $332 for the children’s section of the library.  Board decided to use the funds for children’s DVD’s and audiobooks for the kids.  The house was open three nights with a free will donation.  Plans were finalized for the Book Basket Auction on Nov. 18th at the Elks.  Traci Alberts/GJW will give 50 lbs. of ground sausage as a prize to a volunteer that stays throughout the event.  Board members were asked to help with food, set up and take down as well as move the baskets to the Elks from the library.

It was noted that the library took part of the Safe Trick and Treat event downtown on Halloween.  The library handed out non-food items such as book and stickers.

The Ainsworth Art Guild currently has on display at the library their “Horse of a Different Color” through the month of November.

The Library was selected to receive the Bill of Rights Exhibit from the National Archives.  It will need to be on display from Dec. 15th to March 15th.  It is a pop-up exhibit containing the simple messages conveying the importance of the Bill of rights, its history and implementation, and its impact today.  This is being done to marks the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. 

A Color to Relax date will be held November 28th at 2 p.m.  We will be doing a fall/Christmas page.

The Director is still working on the new internet policy so the Board did not take any action on it yet. Signs that have been placed on the computers about not accessing porn sites were shared.

Northeast College has assigned Pam Barrow to hold ESL (English as a Second Language) class at our library on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.  Traci Alberts shared some fliers with us on this event.

Some exciting news was shared with the Board.  Our library made the America’s Star Libraries list this year with a three star rating from the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2016.  The measures used to rate the libraries include circulation, library visits, program attendance, public internet computer use, and circulation of electronic materials.  There were a total of 12 libraries in Nebraska that made the list.  This is the first time for our library to be a star library!

Under workshops and meetings, it was noted that Donna Rudnick and Gail Irwin attended the Online OverDrive Training for Intro to OverDrive on the Oct. 13th.  Donna Rudnick and Wanda Raymond attended the Over Drive Training on Oct. 27th on Downloading OverDrive eBooks and Audiobooks. Gail will attend the Marketplace Overdrive training on Nov. 10th.  It was noted that the Library Foundation Board would be meeting on Nov. 10th at 7 p.m.  A NebraskAccess Database Training Workshop will be held on Dec. 2nd in Kearney. 

Under correspondence we had information on the 2017 Nebraska Library Internship Grant; notice of printer toner scams; and the winners of the NEST 529 College Savings Read to Win Drawing.  Several thank you cards from the Caravan Explorers Class were shared.  Items of interest from library journals and newsletter were shared with the board. 

Closing dates for the December holidays were discussed.  Phyllis Leach made the motion to close the library on Saturday December 24 & 31st as well as the Mondays of December 26th and January 2nd.  Alane Lentz seconded this with all members voting in favor of. 

Since the Board does not usually meet in December, the next meeting date will be January 5th at 5 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

 

 

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Library will be closed Friday

The Library will be closed Friday, November 11th, in observance of Veteran’s Day.

Please say thank you to a veteran!

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“Horse of a Different Color” Display at Library

The Ainsworth Art Guild did a project called “Horse of a Different Color”. Each member received a “sample horse” template in the Spring. They were to create a piece of art over the summer using their choice of medium. These pieces of art are now on display in the meeting room of the library. Make sure to stop by and see the herd of horses. They are beautiful and in some cases, very colorful!

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Halloween Fun

The Ainsworth Library will take part of the Safe Trick or Treat today from 4:30 – 6 p.m.  We will set up our “Trunk and Treat” down town so make sure to stop by and see “The Librarian’s Book of Knowledge or How to Get Scary Smart”.   We won’t be handling out anything sweet to eat but we will have lots of other goodies to hand out!

Make sure to visit the Haunted House on Woodward Street (across from the American Legion Hall) from 5 – 8 p.m.  Free will donation.   Lots of great Halloween fun to enjoy!  All proceeds will benefit the children’s section of the Library.   Hope to see you there!

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Agenda for the November Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on November 3, 2016 at 5 p.m.

AGENDA

  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Notice of the Open Meeting Laws
  3. Roll call
  4. Approve minutes
  5. Approve claims for payment
  6. Review of 2015-2016 Budget Spending
  7. Library Summary Report for Year 2015-2016
  8. Monthly Library Report for October 2016/List of titles purchased
  9. Yard Work Night: October 10th
  10. Review of Teen Read Week (October 9-15th)
  11. Update on Book Discussion Group:  October title:  “My Antonia”-Cather; and November title:  Movie & a Book with “Atonement”
  12. Update on Library Improvements: Third Section of ADA Check-Out Desk arrived Oct. 20th ; Plans being drawn up for island top; and Material selected for four chairs
  13. Fundraisers:  Haunted House with proceeds going to children’s section, and Book Basket Auction-Nov. 18th at Elk’s building 6-8 p.m.
  14. Trunk or Treat Event-October 31st
  15. Horse of a Different Color Art Exhibit by the Ainsworth Art Guild
  16. Bill of Right Exhibit in December
  17. Color to Relax –November 28 at 2 p.m.
  18. Internet Policy and Signs by the computers
  19. ESL Class: Pam Barrow on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m.
  20. Workshops/Meetings:  Online OverDrive Trainings:1.Intro to OverDrive 2. Downloading eBooks/Audiobooks; Library Foundation Board Meeting-Nov. 10th; and NebraskAccess Database Training-Dec. 2nd-Kearney
  21. Correspondence:  2017 Nebraska Library Internship Grant; Notice of printer toner scams; Winners of the NEST 529 College Savings Read to Win Drawing; and Items of interest from Library journals and newsletters
  22. Closing dates for the December holidays
  23. Set next meeting date/time
  24. Adjournment

 

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