Library is Open Today

The Library is open today even with the ice!   I did put out a lot of de-ice on the sidewalk but it still might be slick.  Walk carefully!

The Book Discussion will be held tomorrow (Jan. 17th) at 3 p.m. instead of today.  Remember to bring your book so I can mail them back to Lincoln!

The Sack Book Sale started today and will run through January 31st.  Stop by and get some great reads!  We have something for all ages.  Fiction and Non-Fiction tiles.  Lots to choose from.  Some have been withdrawn from our collection, while others have been donated.  Even a few VHS tapes and audiobooks!    Magazine are FREE!

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Minutes of January Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held their monthly meeting on January 5th at 5 p.m. as advertised in the local newspaper, on the radio, posted on the library website, and at the library.   Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act.  Roll called showed four members present (Traci Alberts, Todd Flynn, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz) and one member absent (Mark Kovar).  Library Director  was also present for the meeting.

Todd Flynn made the motion to approve the minutes which Phyllis Leach seconded. Vote showed all in favor.  Phyllis Leach moved to approve the claims for payment.  Traci Alberts seconded this with all voting in favor of.  The Monthly Library Report for November and December was present as well as a List of Titles Purchased.

An update was given on the projects in Phase Two of Library Improvements.  It was noted that the shelving had been constructed and installed in the local history room by Roudy Clapper.  Rod Worrell paid half the cost and the Library Foundation paid the other half of costs for this project.  The new island top was installed the first part of December.  This was paid for by the Library Foundation.  The four blue sitting chairs and the backs of the table chairs are currently being reupholstered by Pam Theis.  We have almost completed all the projects in Phase Two of Improvements and should start on the outside of the library this spring with some projects.

A review was presented on the Book Basket Auction fundraiser held on Nov. 18th at the Elks.  Even with it being a cold wintery night, we had a very nice crowd and raised a total of $1,734.  All the baskets sold and everyone had a great night.

The Bill of Rights Exhibit from the National Archives arrived the last week of December and was set up for display.  The display commemorates the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.  Articles on this exhibit were in the newspaper and on the radio as well as the Library Facebook page and library website.

It was noted that the Northeast College started an ESL (English as a Second Language) Class in November.  Pam Barrow is the instructor and Kathy Woods is assisting her.  They meet at the Library on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m.  They have been having between 12-15 students at each class.

Rod Wanger, Director of the Nebraska Library Commission, asked Gail Irwin if she would be interested in serving on the State Advisory Council at the Library Commission.  They meet three times a year (March, July, and November).  The appointment for this won’t happen until mid-January when the Library Commissioner’s select the person that they want.

Brian Johnson has ten stackable chairs that he would like to donate to the Library.   The Board agreed to take this donation.

It was noted that the Library Director had started to work on the Statistical Report for 2016.  Deadline to file is in Febru.

Winter Children’s Programming was discussed.  A Winter Story Time will be held on Mondays during the month of February from 4-5 p.m. for the preschool level through the second grade.   A Lego Club will be held on Thursdays in February from 4-5 p.m. for anyone that would like to attend.  A Toddler/Lap Sit Program will be held in March for the children age two and three from 4:30 – 5 p.m.  An adult will need to stay with the child.  Parents will be asked to let the library know that their child plans to attend so we can plan for craft supplies, etc.  This programming follows the goals in our strategic goals.

The library staff has been busy doing its yearly weeding of the library collection.  The Board approved of holding a Sack Book Sale at the library from January 17th– 31st to clear out the books for sale.  Permission was also granted to sell the old island top, other older shelving from the old storage room, and six stackable chairs from the 1960’s.  This will be done by the way of the Library’s FaceBook page and the Ainsworth On-Line Sales Site.

It was noted that library staff will be attending some upcoming workshops and webinars.  The three webinars include the Build a better world-Children’s Summer Reading on Jan. 10th; Early literacy on Jan. 26th; and Teen connection on Feb. 2nd.  Library staff also plans to attend the Winter Workshop in Kearny on Feb. 10th and the Build a Better World Summer Reading Program Workshop in St. Paul on March 27th.

Under correspondence, we had a thank you card from a student that the Library proctored college tests for and  a congratulation note from Rod Wagner at the Library Commission on being recognized as a Library Journal’s Star Library .  The new Nebraska Intellectual Freedom Manual was also shared with the Library Board and will be inserted in the Library Policy Manual.  Articles of interest from various newsletters and library journals were shared with the Board.

The next meeting date and time was set for Feb. 5th at 5 p.m.  Since there was no other business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

 

 

 

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Winter Programing For Children At Library

The Ainsworth Public Library will be holding a Winter Story Time on Mondays during the month of February from 4-5 p.m.  This will be open to children from the preschool level through the second grade.

Lego Club will be held on Thursdays in February from 4-5 p.m. for anyone that would like to attend.  The Library will provide the Legos for the children to create with.

A Lap Sit Program will be held in March for the toddlers on Mondays from 4:30 – 5 p.m.  An adult needs to stay with the two or three year old during this time.

We ask that the parents contact the library if their child plans to attend any of the events.  There is limited space.  Knowing how many will attend will help library staff plan for craft supplies. You may stop by the library or call us at 402-387-2032.

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Agenda for Upcoming Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING

January 5, 2017 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/Budget spending review
  6. Monthly Library Report for November and December/List of titles purchased
  7. Update on Library Improvements:  Shelving installed in Local History Room, Island Top installed, and Chairs currently being reupholstered
  8. Review of Book Basket Auction fundraiser-Nov. 18th
  9. Bill of Rights Exhibit
  10. ESL (English as Second Language) Class
  11. Director asked to serve on State Advisory Council at Nebraska Library Commission
  12. Donation of Chairs
  13. Statistical Report for 2016
  14. Book Sale
  15. Permission to sell some shelving and old island top
  16. Workshop/Meetings:  Winter Workshop-Feb. 10th-Kearney and Summer Reading Program Workshop-March 27th-St. Paul
  17. Correspondence: Congratulations from Nebraska Library Commission on being a Star Library, Thank you note on proctoring tests, New Nebraska Intellectual Freedom Manual, and Article of interest from Library newsletters and journals
  18. Set next meeting date/time
  19. Adjournment

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New Year’s Holiday Closings

The library will be closed on Saturday, December 31st, and on Monday, January 2nd.

Happy New Year
– Author Unknown
If it didn’t bring you joy
just leave it behind
Let’s ring in the New Year
with good things in mind
Let every bad memory
that brought heartache and pain
And let’s turn a new leaf
with the smell of new rain
Let’s forget past mistakes
making amends for this year
Sending you these greetings
to bring you hope and cheer
Happy New Year!

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The Bill of Rights and You Exhibit at the Library

The Ainsworth Public Library is currently hosting a pop-up exhibition from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document.  The Bill of Rights and You spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments.  The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution.  This exhibit will be at the library till the mid-part of March.

The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration.  The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation. This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Council.

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Holiday Closings at the Library

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed over the holidays on the following days:

December 24th

December 26th

December 31st

January 2nd

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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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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