Makerspace Show Case at Ainsworth Library

The Library Innovation Studio (The Makerspace) has been at the Ainsworth Public Library for the last five months. We are getting near the end of the Studio’s duration at the library. The equipment will be leaving the week of April 9th and moving on to another location.

A special event called the Makerspace Show Case will be held on Monday, April 2nd from 6-8 p.m. We invite the public to share the projects that they have completed on the Makerspace at this time. We will also be collecting stories on how STEM (Making) activities have changed lives in our community. Refreshments will be served.

We will be asking for the community to complete a short Makerspace Survey to see if there is any interest in having a permanent local studio in the area or just certain pieces to have at the library for the public to use. If you cannot attend the Show Case, this survey will be available online starting April 2nd on our Library website at Your input will help us ensure that the services and resources provided by the Ainsworth Public Library continues to meet the needs and interests of our community.

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Minutes from the March Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on March 7, 2018 at 5 p.m. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, and posted at the Library. The meeting was called to order at 5:04 p.m. Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act. Roll call showed four members present. They included Traci Alberts, Todd Flynn, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz. Member Mark Kovar was absent. Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Alane Lentz made the motion to approve the minutes which Todd Flynn seconded. All members voted in favor of. Phyllis Leach made the motion to approve the claims for payment. Traci Alberts seconded this with all members voting in favor of. The Board spend time reviewing the budget spending. The Monthly Library Report was presented as well as a List of Titles Purchased. It was noted at this time, that there was lots of ice by the back door due to the rain gutters being full of ice from all the snow and dripping over the gutter.

Discussion was held on the Library Innovation Studio (The Makerspace). An update was given on the number of tours, training, and people creating in the studio this past month. The Community Action Team just held a meeting and has set the Showcase for April 2nd from 6-8 p.m. Library Foundation members will provide the cookies for this event. A survey is in the process of being designed to hand out that night to get feedback on the Makerspace and if the community feels that the library should purchase some equipment and have it available for residents to use. This survey will also be placed on the library website so that people can complete it online. Giving some type of certificate or appreciation gift for the volunteers was discussed. It was noted that the Makespace will leave the week of April 9th.

A Blind Date with a Book was held all of February. We had a total of 12 books checked out. A Book Lover Prize drawing was held with all the readers of the Blind Date. Ronda Theis was the winner.

It was noted that Mark Kovar’s term expires the end of April. A list of 12 names to submit to the Mayor was shared. Library Board members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council and that person must live in the City limits of Ainsworth.

A Dr. Seuss Read Out Loud time was held on March 2nd. This was at 3:30 p.m. on a Friday. We only had four children attend. They all went home with a Cat in the Hat, Thing One or Thing Two mask.

The OverDrive Survey of the Nebraska Library Group showed the following results: 91.5% voted not to use the CPC lending model at this time and stay with what we use now and 91% voted to shift 2% of the budget from the juvenile/YA budget line to adult nonfiction.

Under meetings/workshops, a review has given on the Big Talk from Small Libraries All-Day Conference held on Feb. 23rd. A report was given on the Library Foundation Board Meeting held on Feb. 26th. It was noted that the Foundation plans to hold the Garden Walk this summer and is starting to work on a tasting recipe luncheon fundraiser. Due to the weather, Director did not attend the March 6th Nebraska State Library advisory Committee Meeting in Lincoln. The Director does plan to attend the Summer Reading Program Workshop in Broken Bow on March 9th. It was noted that Phyllis Leach had watched three webinars for Board continuing education hours.

Under correspondence, information on the Institute of Museum and Library Services funding was shared as well as replies received from U.S. Senator’s Fisher and Smith. Articles of interest from various library journals and newsletters were shared with the Board.

The next meeting date and time was set for April 4th at 5 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

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Gift Transaction List from November 2017 to February 2018

Thank you to all that gave a gift to the library from November 2017 to the February 15, 2018. We appreciate your support of the library!

Donation gifts were received from Mrs. Shirley West and Mr. Matthew Kulek.

Memorials were received in memory of:

Mrs. Barbara Shiffermiller from Ms. Kathleen Schafer

Mrs. Kitty Hagen from Mrs. Mary Ritter and the Ainsworth Community Schools

Mrs. Lucille Matthies, Mr. Gene Schlueter from Ainsworth Community Schools

Mr. Jim Hoffschneider from Mr. & Mrs. Blair Williams, Mr. & Mrs. Wes Luther, Badger High School Education Association, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Irwin, and Mr. Randy Vaupel,

Mrs. Freda Hinrchs from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Irwin, Mr. and Mrs.Dan Spier, Mrs. Janice Ganser, Ms. Jan Dutton, Mr. Harlan Dutton, Ms. Diane Johnson, Mrs. Betty Wasson, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hapner, Mr. and Mrs. Danny Adcock, Mr. Michael Schrad, Mrs. Bonnie Finley, Mrs. Cheryl Arrowsmith, and Mrs. Eunice Wulf

In memory of Mr. John Whitten and Mr. Lawrence Fuchs from Mrs. Marsha Fuchs.

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Ainsworth Library Board Agenda

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on March 7, 2018 at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend!


1. Call meeting to order

2. Notice of the Posting of the Open Meeting Act

3. Roll call

4. Approve minutes

5. Approve claims for payment/Review of budget spending

6. Monthly Library Report/List of Titles Purchased

7. Library Innovation Studio (The Makerspace)
a. Update on tours, training, and creating
b. Showcase
c. Survey on Makerspace and which pieces of equipment people would like our library to purchase
d. Leaves week of April 9th

8. Blind Date with a Book
a. Number of books checked out
b. Book Love Prize Drawing

9. Board member position opening up May 1st

10. Dr. Seuss Read Out Loud-March 2nd

11. OverDrive Survey

12. Meetings/Workshops
a. Big Talk from Small Libraries All-Day Conference-Feb. 23rd
b. Library Foundation Board Meeting-Feb. 26th
c. Nebraska State Library Advisory Committee Meeting-March 6th-Lincoln
d. Summer Reading Program Workshop-March 9th-Broken Bow

13. Correspondence:
a. Information on Institute of Museum and Library Services funding and letters from U.S. Senator’s Fisher and Smith
b. Articles of Interest from library journals and newsletters

14. Set next meeting date/time

15. Adjournment

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss

The Ainsworth Public Library will have a Dr. Seuss Read Out Loud time on Friday, March 2nd, to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Dr. Seuss stories will be read from 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Hope to see you there!

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Library Foundation Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board meeting will be held on February 26th at 5 p.m. The agenda is as follows:

1. Call meeting to order
2. Roll call
3. Approve Minutes
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Approve bills for payment
6. Gift Transaction List from November 2017 to February 2018
7. Library Innovation Studio Grant (Makerspace)
a. Update on installation/training November
b. Open House (December 3rd)
c. Makerspace Internship Grant
d. Review of training, tours, and creations from machines
e. Showcase
f. Survey on the Makerspace and what equipment our library should purchase
8. Summer Reading Program
a. Curtis Mork: the Lego Guy-June 8th at 2 p.m.
9. Fundraising Events
a. Update on Book Basket Auction-Nov. 18th
b. Garden Walk in Summer
c. Recipe Exchange Luncheon
10. Set next meeting date
11. Adjournment

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Library will be closed on February 23rd

Please note: The Library will be closed on Friday, Feb. 23rd. Library staff will be attending an all-day conference titled “Big Talk From Small Libraries” for continuing education hours.
Sorry for the inconvenience. The Library will be open as usual on Saturday.

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March Book Discussion Title

The book title for the March 19th Book Discussion Group will be “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same.

This should be a great read! Check out your copy today.

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Young Nebraska Scientists Organization Offers Camps Across The State For This Summer

Young Nebraska Scientists Organization offers camps across the state for this upcoming Summer.

Applications close April 15 for YNS camps including:

* CyberCamp, June 6-9 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, for middle and high school students;

* Soil and Plants in Agriculture, June 11-15 day camp at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, for middle schoolers;

* Algae for Biofuels, June 17-21 at Doane University in Crete, for middle schoolers;

* Life Underground: the Unseen Power of Microbes, June 17-20 at UNL, for high schoolers;

* Biodiversity Field Science, June 17-23 at UNL Cedar Point Biological Station (Ogalalla), for high schoolers;

* Secret Life of Metals, an inorganic chemistry day camp, July 16-18 at Creighton University.

YNS is a way for Nebraska middle school and high school students to “try out” colleges while doing hands-on science. Conducted by Nebraska EPSCoR with support from the National Science Foundation, need-based scholarships are available. For information and online applications, see Questions about YNS should be directed to or 402-472-8944.

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February Book Discussion

The title “A Lantern In Her Hand” by Bess Streeter Aldrich is the February Book Discussion selection. The group will be meeting on Feb. 19th at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the book.
You still have plenty of time to read this wonderful story. We have extra copies at the library! We would love to have you join the group.

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