Second Chance at Building an Alien Workshop

If you missed out on the Ainsworth Public Library’s “Build an Alien Workshop” don’t be sad or mad. You will have a second chance to attend a “Build an Alien Workshop” fundraiser on July 31st at 5 p.m.

We have only 19 aliens left to find homes for. Each soft plush Alien will come with a rainbow star and a Certificate of Citizenship.

Please contact the Library if you are interested and to reserve your Alien. The cost is $20 per alien. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. items for the library.

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Minutes from the July Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on July 10, 2019 at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, radio, and posted at the Library. President Traci Ganser called the meeting to order at 5 p.m. Notice was given on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Law. Roll call showed all members present (Pedro Bordes, Todd Flynn, Traci Ganser, Phyllis Leach, and Alana Lentz). Library director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Alane Lentz moved to approve the minutes which Phyllis Leach seconded. All members voted in favor of. Traci Ganser made the motion to approve the claims for payment. Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of. The Monthly Library Report for June and the list of titled purchased was shared with the Board.

A review was given on the Summer Reading Program held in June with the Toddlers, Preschool, and K-4th grade. Staff was pleased with the number of Bingo Reading Sheets turned back in for prizes. Board members had heard good things on the program from various people in the community.

Plans were discussed for the S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. events to be held in July for the Middle School Students. A full S.T.E.A.M. ahead day will be held on July 16th from 2-4 p.m. for ages 10 and up. It is planned to have six sessions of twenty minutes each for the students. It was noted that an Escape Room will be held soon.

An update was given on the Library Landscaping Project that the Library Foundation is working on. It was noted that grass has been planted and starting to grow. A fall seeding will be done in areas where the grass did not take. Olberdings Tree Service from Stuart will be removing tree stumps in the area of the landscaping. Digger’s Hot Line has been notified. Wettlaufers in Atkinson drew up a plan and provided cost estimates which the Foundation approved. After the stumps have been removed, they will start to work on it. The Foundation also approved the concrete curbing with tint to match the bricks.

The proposed budget for 2019-2020 was discussed. It was noted that the Brown County Commissioners have acknowledged our budget request and will try to work it in their budget. The City Clerk has our budget proposal and will start to work on the budget with city council in the near future.

Some upcoming fundraisers were discussed by the Board. It was noted that the “Build An Alien Workshop” would be held on July 17th at 5 p.m. We have 50 alien to sell. We will read a story to the group; they will make their alien, and share some space food/treats. It is estimated that this will last around one hour. Proceeds will go towards S.T.E.M. item purchases. There was no new update on the Book Basket Auction with the Grand Theater.

It was noted that staff member, Donna Rudnick, only worked several days the 1st week of June due to her hip being damaged. She is set for surgery on July 10th with an estimated six week recovery time. Due to the Summer Programs going on we need extra help right now. Laurie Goodloe has been helping when she can but she will be going on vacation soon and then back to school. Donna wants to work as a substitute helper when she is well. The part-time library aide position was discussed. It was noted that a number of applications have been handed out and only few returned so far. Last date to take application will be July 15th.

It was noted that staff has been doing the training to brush up on the NebraskAccess statewide databases with new training videos. Traci Ganser attended the NCompass Live: Pretty Sweet Tech-Enhance Your Online Security with Password Management Tools on the 3rd of July. One hour continuing education credit will be applied to Board Certification. Todd Flynn will be attending the Central Plains Library System Annual Meeting on July 12th so a few more CE hours can be added to the certification process. The Library Director will be attending the State Advisory Council online meeting on July 19th.

Several items of correspondence were share with the Board. It was noted that the Book Systems Atriuum had just released a new update. Several people have stated that they no longer are getting the texts/email reminders on when their books are due. Technology support has been contacted. An email from Nebraska Overdrive was received with changes in Overdrive consortium purchasing and lending models from publishers connected to Overdrive ebooks/audiobooks. Changes will be made in purchases to handle the increase prices. The participation fee will remain the same for this year but raising the amount will be discussed for 2020/2021. Articles of interest from various library newsletters and journals were shared with the Board.

The next meeting date was set for August 7, 2019 at 5 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.

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Library Happenings

The Ainsworth Public Library has several events coming up that should be lots of fun!

BUILD AN ALIEN WORKSHOP FUNDRAISER:
July 17th at 5 p.m.
Only 50 Aliens will be available on a 1st come, 1st reserved basis. Aliens are $20 each! We will read a space story, make the Alien, and serve some space food treats. Each Alien will include a Rainbow Star Heart and a Certificate of Citizenship. Call or stop by the Library to reserve your soft plush Alien now!
This is a fundraiser to purchase STEM/STEAM items.

S.T.E.A.M. TIME:
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead at the Library: An afternoon of S.T.E.A.M. activities will be available for youth age 10 and up at the Ainsworth Public Library on July 16th from 2-4 p.m. We will have Lego challenges, Makey Makey, Sphero Robots, Blocks Rock, art, and button making. Each child will have twenty minutes of learning fun at each station.

Don’t forget that we are currently accepting job applications for a part-time position. You may pick up a job application form at the Library. Forms are due back by July 15th.

Reminder: Library Board Meeting, July 10th, at 5 p.m.

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Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead at the Library

An afternoon of S.T.E.A.M. activities will be available for youth age 10 and up at the Ainsworth Public Library on July 16th from 2-4 p.m. Six stations will be available to cover science technology, art, engineering, and mathematics. We will have art work, Lego challenges, Makey Makey, Sphero Robots, Blocks Rock, and Button Making. Each child will have twenty minutes of learning fun at each station. The different groups will promote problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking.

Stop by the Ainsworth Public Library or call 402-387-2032 if you have any questions on this free event.

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Library Board Meeting Agenda

Due to the Fourth of July holiday falling on our usual meeting date, the Library Board Meeting has been moved to July 10th at 5 p.m. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1. Call meeting to order

2. Notice of the posting of the Open Meeting Law

3. Roll call

4. Approve minutes

5. Approve claims for payment/Budget spending review

6. Monthly Library Report/List of titles purchased

7. Review of Summer Reading Program

8. Plan for Middle School STEM/STEAM events in July

9. 2019-2020 Budget Proposal

10. Fundraising events
a. Build An Alien Workshop-July 17th
b. Book Basket Auction with Grand Theater

11. Library Aide Position

12. Workshops/Meetings
a. Central Plans Library System Annual Meeting-July 12th-Valentine
b. State Advisory Council Online Meeting-July 19th-10 a.m.-12 noon

13. Correspondence:
a. Articles of interest from library newsletters/journals

14. Set next meeting date

15. Adjournment

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Build An Alien Workshop Fundraiser

The Ainsworth Public Library is having a “Build An Alien Workshop” on July 17th at 5 p.m. at the Ainsworth Public Library. Call (387-2032) or stop by the Library to reserve your soft plush Alien now! Only 50 Aliens will be available on a first come, first reserved basis. Aliens are $20 each. Each Alien will include a Rainbow Star Heart and a Certificate of Citizenship.

A space story will be read to the group before making their alien. We will also be serving some space food treats! Reserve your Alien today so you don’t miss out on the fun.

This is a fundraiser to purchase STEM/STREAM items for the Library.

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Part Time Position Open at Library

The Ainsworth Public Library is currently accepting applications for a part time Library Aide.

Application forms may be picked up at the Library, 445 North Main St., Ainsworth, NE 69210 and must be returned by July 15th.

Call 387-2032 or e-mail aplibrary@threeriver.net with any questions.

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Ainsworth Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on June 5, 2019 at 5 p.m. The agenda consists of the following items:

1. Call meeting to order

2. Notice of the Open Meeting Law

3. Roll call

4. Approve minutes

5. Approve claims for payment/Budget spending review

6. Monthly Library Report/List of titles purchased

7. Update on Summer Reading Program
a. Number of children signed up
b. Events planned for Middle School Students in July

8. 2019-2020 Budget Proposal
a. County request
b. City request

9. Landscaping Project

10. Fundraising events:
a. Make an Alien Workshop
b. Book Basket Auction with Grand Theater
c. Profit to be used for S.T.E.M. items

11. Workshops:
a. Library Foundation Board Meeting-May 23rd
b. Central Plains System Annual Meeting-Valentine-July 12th

12. Correspondence:
a. State Aide Letter
b. Articles of interest from Library Newsletters and Library Journals

13. Set next meeting date

14. Adjournment

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Library closed for holiday

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 27th, to observe Memorial Day.

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Agenda for Library Foundation Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board will be meeting on May 23,2019 at the Ainsworth Public Library. The meeting will start at 5 p.m. The agenda consists of the following items:

1. Call meeting to order
2. Roll call
3. Approve minutes
4. Treasurer Report
5. Approve bills for payment
6. Gift Transaction List from February – May 2019
7. Letter of Resignation from Board-Gary Kinzie
8. New Board member
9. 2019 Income Tax Form
10. Library Landscaping
11. Fundraising Events
a. Book Basket Auction
b. Build an Alien Workshop
12. S.T.R.E.A.M. items for children
13. Set next meeting date
14. Adjournment

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