New Build A Better World Programs For Middle/High School Youth

We have some fun programming planned for our middle/high school youth with help from our local UNL Extension office. These activities will be STEM based learning designed to engage older kids. We will even have a Lego robotics lab for our ending program. Sign up now online in the form below or stop in at the library. Please register at least 3 days in advance of the date you plan to attend so we can have the necessary supplies ready.

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AINSWORTH LIBRARY FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING

The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board held its regular quarterly meeting on May 18, 2017 at the Ainsworth Public Library. The meeting was called to order by President Marsha Fuchs at 7 p.m. Roll call showed four members present for the meeting. The Library Director was also present. The minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report were approved as read. There were no bills to approve for payment at this time.

The Gift Transaction List from February to May 2017 was shared. The following memorials were received in memory of Mr. Junior Weander from the Janice Ganser Family; in memory of Mrs. Karen (Peg) Raymond from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Irwin; in memory of Mr. Mike Maxwell and Mrs. Marilyn Krause from the Ainsworth Community Schools Board of Education and School staff. Other gifts included the bound edition of the 2016 Ainsworth Star Journal Newspaper from Mr. and Mrs. Rod Worrell and a book titled “Jo’s Little Favorites” by Jo Morton from the Nebraska State Quilt Guild. Each gift is greatly appreciated!

Discussion was held on library improvements. Items of most importance included the work on the outside of the library and the digitalization project. It was noted that the Library has been in contact with local carpenters in regard to the reports on the soffit. No estimates/bids have been received to date. The cost for the digitalization project is $16,210. The Library and the Library Foundation have funds set aside for this but not enough for total cost. The remaining amount will be submitted in a grant application to the Brown County Foundation. Other improvements included end tables by sofa, yard work, and possible painting and/or decorative art in the restrooms.

It was noted that the 2017-2018 Nonprofit Corporation Biennial Report and fee was submitted to the State of Nebraska. Treasurer was not present to verify if the 2016 Income Tax Forms were submitted.

Discussion was held on the Build a Better World Summer Reading Program. A total of 54 children have signed up for the various age groups. The Foundation was asked to help with the cost of material for making wobblebots with the 2-4th graders. The Foundation agreed to pay the $100 cost. It was noted at this that the Nebraska Library Commission was awarded the MakerSpace grant and information would be coming out later in the summer.

The next meeting date was set for August 17th at 7 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 8 p.m.

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Minutes from the May Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held it’s regular monthly meeting at the Ainsworth Public Library on May 4, 2017. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, posted at the library, and on the library’s website and library’s Facebook page. President Mark Kovar called the meeting to order at 5:06 p.m. Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act. Roll called showed all members present (Traci Alberts, Todd Flynn, Mark Kovar, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz). Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Tracy Alberts made the motion to approve the minutes which Phyllis Leach seconded. Vote showed all in favor of. Alane Lentz moved to approve the claims for payment. Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of. A review was given on the Budget spending. The Board spent time reviewing the Monthly Library Report for April as well as the List of Titles Purchased.

An update was given on the activities held during National Library Week. A story time, relax and color a bookmark, no fine day, and a Lego time was held. Since Nebraska was celebrating its 150th Birthday this year, we held a “Guess How Many Books In Library on the State of Nebraska?”. The winner was Melissa Doke with the guess of 974. We had a grand total of 937. Mrs. Doke won a red flip flop container/server, Road Apple Wine from Niobrara Valley Vineyards from Nenzel, NE; Double K Popcorn from Valentine, NE; Kool-Aid packets, and Game Day Cups with a Red N on them.

The Book Discussion Group will be taking the summer off. They will meet in September and decide the titles to read over the winter. The One Book One Nebraska title of Black Elk Speaks will be handed out at the September meeting. The group will share thoughts on this title at the October gathering.

The Summer Reading Program was discussed. Fliers have gone out to the schools as well as articles in the newspaper, and over the internet/radio. There is an on-line registration form this year. Sign up is from May 1 to May 10th. The Bingo Sheets were shared with the Board. It was noted that the NEST 529 Scholarship drawing would be held again this year for the children completing the reading program. Five participants from each of Nebraska’s three Congressional Districts will be awarded the scholarship. A Middle School Program will be offered in July as well as a Tri-Lingual Language Class (English-Spanish-Signing) for children age 5 -8 years old.

The Board started to work on the proposed budget for 2017-2018. Phyllis Leach made the motion to request a total of $11,000 from Brown County for the upcoming budget. Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of. This is the same amount as in the last several years.

Under the line item of workshops/meetings, it was noted that our library director had a meeting with Sharon Osenga when she was visiting area libraries on 4-24-17. Sharon stated that the Library Commission was awarded the Makerspace grant and information will be released soon. Sharon will be retiring the first of September. It was noted that the Library Foundation Meeting would be May 18th. Information was shared with the Board on the MyHeritage Library Online self-paced class to be held during June.

Under correspondence, it was noted that the Choice Gas Supplier Selection was completed by going with Ace. Information was shared that the Library Commission moved the Nebraska Libraries on the Web to a new server to allow more secure SSL (https) login pages for the websites. It was noted that our library had sent in our Month of Weeding participation form to the Central Plains Library System. We have a chance to win a Kindle Fire in a drawing. Information was shared on the need to contact our U.S. Senators for support of LSTA and IMLS funds. Library Director contacted two U.S. Senators and has heard back from Senator Deb Fischer on the matter. The Spring Broadband Nebraska newsletter was shared with the Board as well as other articles of interest from library journals.

The next meeting date was set for June 8th at 5 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:44 p.m.

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Summer Reading Program Registration

It’s time to register for this year’s “Build A Better World” Summer Reading Program! Registration is open from May 1-May 10. Participants may sign-up on the form below or in person at the library. Feel free to call the library @ 402-387-2032 with any questions you may have.

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We Have a Winner!

As part of the National Library Week celebration and the 150th birthday of Nebraska, the Library held a “Guess How Many Contest”.  Patrons had all of last week to submit their guess on how many books our library had in its collection that pertained to the State of Nebraska.  The winner was Melissa Doke with the number of 974.  The correct answer was 937. Melissa wins a red Summer Flip Flop Container/Server, Gameday red cups with the letter N, and items from Nebraska such as Road Apple Wine from the Niobrara Valley Vineyards in Nenzel, Ne; Double K Popcorn from Valentine, NE; and several packets of Kool-Aid since Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings, NE.

A number of people had submitted a guess which ranged from 27 to 6,000.   It was a fun contest to hold and the Library thanks everyone for participating in the contest!

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Book Discussion Group to Meet on Monday

The Book Discussion Group will be meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 17th, to share thoughts on the title “Firefly Lane” by Kristen Hannah.  This is a great book about friendship that lasts through ups and downs.

If you have read the book, please come join us!

This will be the last Book Discussion until the Fall.  Time for a summer break!

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Minutes of the April Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on April 5, 2017 as advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, and posted at the library and on the library website.  President Mark Kovar called the meeting to order at 5:01 p.m.  Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act.  Roll call showed four members present (Traci Alberts, Mark Kovar, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz).  Member Todd Flynn was absent.  Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Alane Lentz made the motion to approve the minutes which Traci Alberts seconded.  All members voted in favor of.  Phyllis Leach moved to approve the claims for payment.  Alane Lentz seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  The Board reviewed the budget spending sheet from the City Clerk’s Office.  The Monthly Library Report for March was shared as well as a list of titles purchased.  It was noted that the puppet stand and the wood book case  was sold for a total of $25.  We still have the metal stand and coat rack to sell.  Director had attended the City Council Meeting on March 8th.  The Mayor was doing a report on the Library Board and asked the Director to attend and give an update on the library and what is currently going on.

A review of the Winter Toddler Time was given.  Several board members attended with their special children and also shared about the program.

Plans for National Library Week (April 10-15th) were discussed.  A Story Time will be held on Monday from 4-5 p.m.  A Relax and Color a Bookmark will be held all day on Tuesday.  A No Fine Day will be held on Thursday.  A Lego Time will be held on Friday from 2-3 p.m.  A “Guess How Many Contest” will be held on week long.  Since Nebraska is celebrating its 150th birthday, we will have patron guess how many items we have in our library collection that pertains to the state of Nebraska (Fiction and Non-Fiction).  The person with the closest guess will win a special Nebraska prize.

Discussion was held on the “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program.  Sign up for the Toddler Time, Preschool Story Time, and the K-4th Grade program will be from May 1 to May 10th.  Registration may happen in person at the Library or by way of the On-Line form.  Toddler Time will be from 4-4:30 p.m. and Preschool Story Time from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesdays in June.  The grade school program will not keep track of time read this year.   We will be doing Bingo sheets instead.  The Bingo page will be due back by June 26th in order to qualify for the bingo or black out prizes which will be handed out at the ending picnic on June 28th.  We will have K-1st grade from 1-2 p.m. and 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade from 3-4 p.m. on the first four Thursdays in June.  The flyer which will go home with students from school was shared with the Board. Middle School activities will be held in July this year.

The Ainsworth Area Art Guild will hold its Spring Art Show at the Library from April 8th-22nd.  The pieces of art will be judged on April 8th to see which pieces get to go to State.  The group will also feature the work of former member, Ardith Coleman, art by the fireplace.

Board member Traci Alberts shared information on a Signing/Bilingual Language Class to be held in July on Thursdays at the Library from 4-5 p.m.  Julie Mizner will be doing the signing part and Traci Alberts will be handling the bilingual part.

Discussion was held on work that needs to be done outside of the building.  Director has contacted several people and asked them to do an estimate on cost.  So far, no one has returned a quote.  The Board listed names of people that they knew for Director to contact.

Information on the digitization project was shared.  More information will be coming for other libraries that have completed this progress.  No action was taken.

Information was shared on the Nebraska State Library Advisory Council Meeting that the Director attended in Lincoln on March 21st and on the Summer Reading Program Workshop that library staff had attended in St. Paul on the 27th.  Information was shared on the Trustee Academy Webinars which board members can do for continuing education.

Under correspondence, the new password for NebraskAccess Databases was shared. The password will be good for six months.  Information was shared on the Nebraska Archive of Children’s Books held at Calvin T. Ryan Library at UNK.  A letter from ALA requesting help to save federal library funding and IMLS was shared.  It was noted that Director did contract our elected officials asking for continued funding.  A letter from NLC on the upcoming Nebraska Makerspace Workshop in Lincoln on April 17-18th was shared as well as an update on the grant for makerspaces in rural libraries.  Information on grant funds for bilingual material was shared.  Traci Alberts will check into this grant and see if we would qualify for some funding.  Articles of interest from various library newsletters and journals were  shared with the Board.

The next meeting date/time was set for May 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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National Library Week Coming Soon

The Ainsworth Public Library will celebrate National Library Week from April 10th to April 15t with a number of special activities.  A Story Time will be held on Monday, April 10th, from 4- 5- p.m. for anyone that would like to attend.   We will hold a Book Mark Coloring Day on Tuesday, April 11th.   Relax by coloring a book mark anytime from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Return any over-due item on Thursday, April 13th, and pay no fine.  A Lego Time will be held on Friday, April 14th from 2-3 p.m.  This is open to all ages.

The library will be holding a “Guess How Many?” Contest.  Since Nebraska is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, we decided it would be fun for patrons to submit their guess on how many books the library has in its collection dealing with the state of Nebraska.  Readers may submit their guess all week long.  The person with the closest guess will win a special prize. 

If you haven’t been to the library lately, this week would be a perfect time to come and explore all the items that we have available for you to enjoy!

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Agenda for April Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on APRIL 5, 2017 @ 5 P.M.   Please note that this is on a Wednesday and not our usual Thursday.  This meeting is open to the public!

 AGENDA

  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Notice of Open Meeting Act
  3. Roll Call
  4. Approve minutes
  5. Approve claims for payment/Budget Spending Review
  6. Monthly Library Report for March/List of Titles Purchased/Sale of Surplus Items/Mayor’s Report at City Council Meeting on March 8th
  7. Review of Winter Toddler Time
  8. National Library Week (April 9-15th)
  9. Summer Reading Program Planning
  10. Ainsworth Area Art Guild Spring Art Show (April 8-22)
  11. Signing-Bilingual Language Classes in July
  12. Discussion of repair to outside of building
  13. Discussion on Digitization Project
  14. Workshop/Meetings:  Nebraska State Library Advisory Council Meeting-Lincoln-March 21 / Summer Reading Program Workshop-St. Paul-March 27th /Trustee Academy Webinars
  15. Correspondence:   New NebraskAcess Database password; Information on Nebraska Archive of Children’s Books-UNK-Calvin T. Ryan Library; ALA Request on help to save Federal Library Funding and IMLS; Letter from NLC on Nebraska Markerspace Workshop in Lincoln and update on grant for makerspaces in rural libraries; and Articles of interest from library newsletters and journals
  16. Set next meeting date/time
  17. Adjournment

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Library Foundation Board Minutes from February 16, 2017

The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board held their quarterly meeting on Feb. 16 2017 at the Ainsworth Public Library.  The meeting was called to order by Marsha Fuchs at 7 p.m.  Roll call showed that five members were present.  They included Wendy Allen, Marsha Fuchs, Gary Kinzie, Deanna Taylor, and Bev Whitney.  Two members were absent (Traci Alberts, and Mark Kovar).  Library Director was also present for the meeting.

Wendy Allen made a motion to approve the minutes as read.  Gary Kinzie seconded this.  All members voted in favor of.    Deanna Taylor moved to have the Treasurer’s Report approved as presented.  Marsha Fuchs seconded this motion with all members voting in favor of.  We had one bill to pay for the reupholster chairs in the amount of $633.64 to Pam Theis.  Bev Whitney moved to pay this bill and to transfer a total of $450 from savings to the checking account to cover the bill.  Gary Kinzie seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  The Gift Transaction List from November 2016 to February 2017 was presented.  A gift in memory of Mrs. Barbara Strand was given by Mr. and Mrs. Blair Williams, Ms. Patty Allen, and from family and friends.  Mrs. Laura Hughes gave a gift in memory of Mr. Wallace H. Teleen and Mrs. Nettie M. Hildebrand.  A gift in memory of Mr. Dale Mundorf was given by Mrs. Phyllis Thorne.  The P.E.O. Chapter BM presented a book on George Washington’s spies to the library in memory of Mrs. Betty Kirkpatrick.  Miss Tegan Alberts gave a gift in honor of her preschool classmates at Christmas time.  Mr. and Mrs. Rod Worrell paid for half the cost of the shelving in the Local History Room to house the local bound edition of the Ainsworth Star Journal.  Mr. Matthew Kulek gave the library a gift with his Honeywell International PAC Charitable Gift Program.    Other donations were received from Mr. and Mrs. Jim Adkisson, Ms. Norma Gleason, Mr. Mick Clapper, and  Mrs. Shirley West.  The Foundation is very appreciative of all the support shown to the library.

An update was given on the list of library improvements completed.  The island top has been installed, the shelving for the local history room has been installed, and chairs have been reupholstered.  Discussion was held on purchasing several small end tables for the sofa by the fireplace and possible outside work around the library.  The Digitalization project was also discussion.

The 2017-2018 Nonprofit Corporation Biennial Report is due by April 1, 2017.  Bev Whitney made the motion to pay the fee for this.  Wendy Allen seconded this will all voting in favor of.  Library Director will file the report.

The 2016 income and expenses were shared with the Board.  Wendy Allen will use this to fill out the 2016 Income Tax Forms.

It was noted that the Bill of Rights Exhibit has been on display since the end of December.  This exhibit commemorates the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights and explores the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Information was shared on the Makerspace Grant that the Nebraska Library Commission has applied for.  Our library submitted a letter of support for this grant to go in with the application. If awarded 30 Nebraska public libraries, would house the makerspace at their library for 20 weeks.  It will not be known until in April if the grant will be awarded or not.

Upcoming events of the library were shared.  It was noted that the Library is currently doing a Blind Date With A Book, ESL Class (English as a Second Language) held each Wednesday, and winter children’s programing of a Story Time, Lego Club, and Dr. Seuss Hour.  Toddler Time will be held in March.

A review was given on the fundraiser held on Nov. 18th at the Elks.  Even with the cold snowy night, we had a nice crowd for the Book Basket Auction.  A total of $1,734 was raised.

The next meeting date/time was set for May 18th at 7 p.m.  Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

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