Makerspace Open House Drawing Winner

A drawing was held at the Open House for the Library Innovation Studio on December 3rd. Bev Painter was the winner of the T-Shirt to be used on the heat press.

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Library Innovation Studio Open House Held

The Ainsworth Public Library held an Open House on December 3rd with the Library Innovation Studio. Seventy plus people watched live demonstrations on each Makerspace piece and saw how they work. A sample of items that you might make with the equipment was also shared. The Makerspace includes a Vinyl Cutter, Heat Press, Sewing/Embroidery Machine, Laser Cutter, CNC Router, 3D Printer, Music Recording Kit, Camera/Video and Green Screen, Lego Mindstorm, Ardunio, Sparkfun, and Soldering Iron. People of all ages had fun playing on the Makey Makey and making the bananas or play dough make music. Another favorite stop was the Button Maker where people got to make a button for themselves. People were able to sign up for training on the piece that they wanted to learn about. Library staff is in the process of setting up different training times for all the equipment. We do have a CorelDraw Software Class set for Dec. 14th from 6-8 p.m. Please call the Library (387-2032) if you would like to attend it.

Attendees were able to put their name in the drawing for a special prize. Bev Painter won the drawing for a T-Shirt to use on the Heat Press.

Library Innovation Studios (Makerspacers) hosted by public libraries will help to support community engagement and participatory learning experiences by providing access to technological and innovative learning tools not readily accessible locally. This strengthening of the maker culture in Nebraska communities is expected to stimulate creativity, innovation, and the exchange of ideas to facilitate entrepreneurship, skills development, and local economic development. The Nebraska Library Commission along with partners University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension, and the Regional Library Services in Nebraska are excited to start the first rounds of the Makerspace in Nebraska libraries with the $530,732 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This Innovation Studio will be at the Ainsworth Public Library through the first week in April. Please stop in and see what all the excitement is about!

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Library Innovation Studio (Makerspace) Open House

An Open House will be held on Sunday, December 3rd, from 1-4 p.m. at the Ainsworth Public Library to showcase the Library Innovation Studio Makerspace. Come see live demonstrations of all the equipment. You will see what you can make on each machine. Sign-Up Sheets for future training will be available.

The Library Innovation Studio is part of a grant that the Ainsworth Library received from the following partners: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Innovation Studio, and the Nebraska Regional Library Systems. The Makerspace equipment which consists of a Heat Press/Printers, Embroidery/Sewing Machine, Laser Cutter, 3D Printer, Vinyl Cutter, CNC Router, Music Recording Kit, Camera/Video with Green Screen, Laminator, Button Maker, Lego Mindstorm, Makey Makey; Arduino; Sparkfun; soldering iron and other equipment to use with machines. The equipment was installed on November 14th with training of local people for two days. The Makerspace will be at our library through the first week of April.

Please attend and see what all the excitement is about!

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Happy Thanksgiving

The Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and November 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Library will be open on Saturday as usual from 1-5 p.m.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

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November Library Board Minutes

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on November 1, 2017. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, posted at the library and on the library’s website. Phyllis Leach called the meeting to order at 5 p.m. Notice was given on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act. Roll call showed three members present (Traci Alberts, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz). Two members were absent (Todd Flynn and Mark Kovar). Gail Irwin, Library Director, was also present for the meeting.

Alane Lentz moved to approve the minutes with one correction (change the minutes to read 2017-2018 budget). Traci Alberts seconded this with all members voting in favor of. Traci Alberts made the motion to approve the claims for payment. Alane Lentz seconded this with all members voting in favor of. A list of titles purchased this month was also shared. The October Monthly Library Report will be shared next month due to this meeting falling on the first day of the month.

The Board reviewed the holiday policy developed at the last meeting. Traci Alberts made the motion to approve the policy. Phyllis Leach seconded this with all members voting in favor of.

Discussion was held on the Library Innovation Studio Grant. An update was given on the training held in Lincoln on Oct. 24-25th. We have five people attend: Chandra Murray, Mary Jo McCall, DeAnn Morse, Wanda Raymond, and Gail Irwin. The Community Action Team has met two times now. They have discussed the need for trainers and each member will locate people for certain machines. They have put out a call for donated consumables to use with the equipment. The Open House has been set for Dec. 3rd from 1-4 p.m. to show off the Makerspace. It was noted that the installation of equipment will happen the week of November 13th and that training of local people will happen after the installation is complete. The Board reviewed the various policies for the makerspace. Alane Lentz made the motion to approve the Makerspace Policy, the User Agreement Form, the Training Certification Log, and the Injury Report Form. Phyllis Leach seconded this with all members voting in favor of. The Nebraska Library Commission is offering a Makerspace Internship Grant to each library that was awarded this grant. They will provide $1000 to be paid to a local intern. Morgan Osborn has been selected for Library and the paperwork is currently being processed at the Commission.

The Book Basket Auction Fundraiser will be held on November 18th at the Elks building from 6-8 p.m. We will need to help set-up, move baskets, bring food, and clean up afterwards. Marsha Fuchs is in charge of this event.

The next meeting date was discussed. The Board doesn’t usually hold a meeting in the month of December unless there is a pressing issue. If the Director feels like we need to hold one, the Board will be notified. The date of December 6th at 5 p.m. seemed to work with the members.

Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

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Closing Dates at Library for the Thanksgiving Holiday

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will be open as usual on Saturday, November 25th, from 1- 5p.m.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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LIBRARY CLOSED FOR VETERAN’S DAY

NOTICE:

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed on Friday, November 10th, to observe Veteran’s Day.

The Library will be open on Saturday as usual.

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Ainsworth Library Foundation Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING
NOVEMBER 9, 2017 @ 5 P.M.
AGENDA
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 August to November 2017
7. Library Improvements
a. Small end table by fireplace
b. Digitalization Project completed
8. Library Innovation Studio Grant (Makerspace)
a. Installation and local training-Week of Nov. 13th
b. Open House-December 3 from 1-4 p.m.
9. Fundraising Events
a. Book Basket Auction-Nov. 18th
b. Garden Walk in summer
10. Set next meeting date
11. Adjournment

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AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
November 1, 2017
5 p.m.
AGENDA
1. Call meeting to order
2. Notice of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act
3. Roll Call
4. Approve minutes
5. Approve claims for payment
6. Approval of Holiday Policy
7. Library Innovation Studio Grant (Makerspace)
a. Update on Training in Lincoln Oct. 24-25th
b. Community Action Team Meeting
c. Installation of equipment Week of Nov. 13th
d. Training of local people after installation completed
e. Open House Dec. 3rd 1-4 p.m.
e. Makerspace Policy/User Agreement Form/Training Certification Log/Injury Report Form
f. Makerspace Intern Grant
8. Book Basket Auction Fundraiser-November 18th
9. Next meeting date (normal don’t meet in December)
10. Adjournment

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Small-town library innovation spaces aim to help youths ‘to find their future in their own backyard’

By Martha Stoddard / World-Herald Bureau Oct 14, 2017

LINCOLN — A new state project will give residents of 30 small Nebraska cities a chance to learn and create with temporary “makerspaces” over the next three years.

Gov. Pete Ricketts joined Nebraska Library Commission officials and the founder of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska Innovation Studio to unveil the project Friday.
Ricketts said the goal is to foster innovation across the state and show youngsters the kinds of hands-on careers that are possible in manufacturing. “We want to encourage young people to find their future in their own backyard,” he said.

Through the project, local libraries will host specialized equipment and technology, including 3-D printers, laser cutters, a large heat press and a combination embroidery and sewing machine.
The project is supported through a $530,732 grant awarded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Nebraska Library Commission.

Commission Director Rod Wagner said libraries are a natural place to host this new kind of learning experience. “Whether the materials and tools are high-tech or low-tech, digital or analog, art or science, the focus is to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using the tools, materials and knowledge available,” he said.

Eighteen libraries will host the makerspace equipment initially. Twelve additional libraries will be chosen in May for the next round. Each library will have equipment available for 20 weeks.
Mary Jo Ryan of the library commission said that although the project is temporary, it will give communities a chance to see if they want to create their own, more permanent innovation space.
The initial libraries are in: Ainsworth, Ashland, Bridgeport, Broken Bow, Central City, Crete, Geneva, Loup City, Nebraska City, Neligh, Norfolk, North Platte, Plattsmouth, Ravenna, Scottsbluff, Sidney, South Sioux City and Wayne.

martha.stoddard@owh.com, 402-473-9583

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