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.