Book Discussion Group

The Ainsworth Public Library will be holding Book Discussions again this year. The Book Discussion Group will meet on the third Monday of each month at 2 p.m. All readers are welcome!

The first meeting will be on September 17th at 2 p.m. Please come prepared to share information on a good book you read this summer. The group will also vote on titles for future discussions.

The October book selection of “Empire Falls” by Richard Russo will be handed out at this time. This title was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in the year of 2002. In this book, Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that in full of hilarity, heartache, and grace. Miles has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it Janine, Miles’ soon-to-be ex-wife, who’s taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it’s the imperious Francine, who owns everything in town-and seems to believe that “everything” includes Miles himself. We will meet to share thoughts on this book on October 15th.

Please join in the reading fun!

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Minutes from the September Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on September 5, 2018 at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, posted at the Library, and listed on the Library’s Facebook page and website. President Traci Alberts called the meeting to order at 5:10 p.m. Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act. Roll called showed four present: Traci Alberts, Todd Flynn, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz. Member Pedro Bordes was absent. Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Alane Lentz made the motion to approve the minutes. Phyllis Leach seconded this with all members voting in favor of. Traci Alberts moved to approve the claims for payment. Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of. The board spent of a few minutes reviewing the budget spending sheet. The Monthly Library Report for August was shared with the Board. Discussion was held on the Director’s upcoming vacation. Staff was been weeding the adult fiction section and placing the withdrawn titles in the Book Sale. It was noted that the wireless hub that runs the internet throughout the library has been acting up and needs to be replaced. Threerivers will be installing the needed new equipment soon.

The Library Innovation Studio was at the State Fair on August 26th. Gail Irwin worked from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. showing items created at our library. The equipment was running all day long for demonstration. Lots of people stopped by and watched items being made. The new Button Maker ordered for our library has arrived. People may make a pin back, mirror, or magnetic button. The fees to use the machine will be the cost of material only. It was noted that the Library Foundation agreed to purchase the Heat Press and needed supplies. It should be here soon.

Phyllis Leach and Traci Alberts shared information on the upcoming fundraiser by the Library Foundation. The “Sink Your Teeth Into Reading” event will be held on Oct. 15th. It is hoped to have the sink in the Homecoming Parade to help promote it. We plan to place photos on the library Facebook page with people smiling with vampire teeth as well as on-line donation button. There will be no Book Basket Auction this year as the Foundation hopes to go with that event every other year.

It was noted that the Accreditation Application forms and the Community Needs Response Plan has been submitted. We showed a total of 252 points on the form. You need at least 250 points to be at the Gold Level. So now we wait and see if they approve all the points and the plan. The last item to be done is the Library Board Certification. The board needs to finish 3 more continuing education hours by the end of September for this.

An update was given on the proposed budget for 2018-2019. The library director attended the city budget workshop on August 27th. It was felt that the Library would receive the budget funds asked for.

The library will observe Library Card Sign Up Month all of September as well as Banned Book Week (Sept. 23-29th). Promotions will be held to raise the awareness of these special events.

Information on the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries 2018-2019 budget proposal and budget splits for the eBooks and audiobooks was shared with the Board.

Information on the IMLS Code Club Grant was shared. They had 350 applications for the 50 spots. Our library was not selected. Library staff will continue to keep looking for grants to apply for as we feel it is important to offer coding to our youth.

It was noted that the Book Discussion Group will start up for the year on Sept. 17th. Readers will share information on a great book they read this summer as well as voted for the titles to read the rest of the year. The October title will be handed out at this time.

Board members shared information on the various webinars/meetings that they have attended. It was noted that they need several more CE hours to get their certification. Traci Alberts shared information from the Library Foundation Board Meeting held on August 16th. The Foundation would like to do some landscaping work around the library. Input was asked of the Library Board on this project. The plan is to remove and clean up the area this fall so it will be ready to work on in the spring with grass seed, etc. The foundation would also like to place a memorial in memory of Freda Hinrichs. The Library Board has no problem with the plans and said to go ahead with it.

Articles of interest from various library journals were shared. It was noted that the Bulletin Board created by Wanda which featured fireflies that light up was featured in the Central Plains Library System.

The next meeting was set for October 3rd at 5 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:54 p.m.

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Agenda for September Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on September 5, 2018 @ 5 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. The agenda is as follows:

1. Call meeting to order

2. Notice of the posting of the Nebraska Meeting Act

3. Roll call

4. Approve minutes

5. Approve claims for payment/Budget spending review

6. Monthly Library Report/List of titles purchased
a. Vacation time for Gail
b. Internet (Wireless Hub)

7. Library Innovation Studio
a. State Fair Exhibit/Display August 26th
b. Purchased Button Maker-August 28th
c. Library Foundation to Purchase Heat Press

8. “Sink Your Teeth into Reading” Fundraiser

9. Library Accreditation Guidelines and Community Needs Response Plan submitted

10. 2018-2019 City Budget Workshop-August 27th

11. Library Card Sign Up Month-September

12. Banned Book Week: Sept. 23-29th

13. Nebraska Libraries OverDrive 2018-2019 Budget

14. Code Club Grant Update

15. Book Club Discussion Group

16. Meetings/Workshops:
a. Library Foundation Board Meeting-August 16th
1. Landscaping Project
2. Freda Hinrichs Memorial

17. Correspondence:
a. Articles of interest from Library Journal/Library Newsletters

18. Set the next meeting date/time

19. Adjournment

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Notices from the Library

1. The Library will be closed on September 3rd to observe the Labor Day holiday.

2. Ainsworth Library Board Meeting will be held on September 5th at 5 p.m. The agenda is posted at the Library.

3. First Library Visit for the Little Paws Preschool on September 11th. Morning class comes at 10:30 a.m. and afternoon class comes at 2:30 p.m.

4. The Book Discussion Group will be meeting on September 17th at 2 p.m. Voting will be held for titles to read in this year’s group. We will be handing out the title that will be discussed at the October meeting. Please come prepared to share information on a book that you read this summer.

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Ainsworth Library Foundation Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board will be holding its regular quarterly meeting today at 5 p.m.
The agenda is posted at the Library for public viewing.

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Minutes of August Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on August 1, 2018 at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, on the radio, as well as posted on the library website and FaceBook page. The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m. Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act. Roll call showed four members present: Traci Alberts, Pedro Bordes, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz. Member Todd Flynn was absent. The Library Director was also present.

Alane Lentz made the motion to approve the minutes. Phyllis Leach seconded this with all members voting in favor of. Traci Alberts moved to approve the claims for payment. Pedro Bordes seconded this with all voting in favor of. The Board spent some time reviewing the budget spending. The Monthly Library Report was presented as well as the list of titles purchased.

The Nebraska Innovation Studio Grand was discussed. It was noted that the first interim report will be due to the IMLS at the end of September. The Library Commission had requested copies of articles, posts, news coverage, website, photos, etc. on the Makerspace at our library be sent to them. The requested items have been sent to the Commission. Our Director plans to be at the State Fair on August 26th to help demonstrate the Studio and share items that were created at our library.

Discussion was held on developing a Makerspace at our library and the top items that patrons wanted from the Makerspace Survey. It was noted that the daughters of Dane Sears has donated a Makey Makey to the Library. No word has been heard on the grant for the Button Maker. It was decided to use the state aid money to purchase the button maker and supplies.
A Heat Press is next on the list to purchase. The Board asked the Director to request that the Library Foundation purchase this with the funds from the Garden Walk.

The Garden Walk Fundraiser was held on July 17th. This year we had five homes to visit. They included the homes of : Randy Rau, Scott & Nancy Steinhauser, Tony & Wendy Allen, Larry & Rose Mary Saner, and Corey & Lisa Schroedl. The flower photography of Jan Vogelsang was on display for walkers to enjoy while partaking of our food at the Library. A total of $555 was raised to support the purchase of Makerspace equipment. Thank you notes have been sent out.

An update was given on the Music Coloring Contest held this summer. The winners included: Kimberlyn and Addilyn Doke; Kira Goochey, Josey Marshall, Tucker Anderson, Willa Flynn, Andrea Lisseth Manoatl Sendeno, and Angeles Lisbeth Manoatl Sendeno. All received a Library Journal/Color Book plus the colored pencils in a case with sharper.

The Board spend time working on the Community Needs Response Plan for the next three years. After reviewing the Vision 2023 Update, the Makerspace Survey, and the City’s Comprehension Plan that they are working, the following needs and goals/objectives were developed:

Community Need #1: How to keep adults and kids engaged in the community
Goal #1: Start a Makerspace in the Library
Goal #2: Start a Coding Club
Goal #3: Due to no movie theater in city
a. Library will increase its DVD Collection
b. Offer to show movies on early-out days throughout the school year
Goal #4: Hold Lock-In Events/Party

Community Need #2: How to get more young professionals to move back to town
Goal #1: Library will increase cultural/entertainment programing to community
Goal #2: Communicate effectively with the public to increase attendance
Goal #3: Develop a library logo to make library look more professional and up-to-date
Goal #4: Initiate/aid in the develop of welcome packet/opportunities to new residents

Community Need #3: Improve City Library Services
Goal #1: Library Security Update
a. Add security mirrors inside building
b. Purchase video camera security system/panic button to connect with Sheriff Office
c. Increase hours that part-time staff work so that there will be two employees
working during open hours if budget will allow

It was noted that the Director is currently working on the application for Public Library Accreditation. It is hoped that we will continue at the Gold level.

There has been no update on the proposed budget or when the Budget Workshop will be held.

Since Mark Kovar’s board term expired, there is currently only one member on the Library Foundation Board. Phyllis Leach agreed to be placed on the Library Foundation Board.

The election of officers was held for the next two years. Phyllis Leach made the motion to have Traci Alberts as President and Pedro Bordes as Vice-President. Alane Lentz seconded this with all members voting in favor of.

A review was given on the Coding Club Webinar on the 7th and the State Advisory Council on Libraries Meetings Webinar on the 20th. It was noted that the next meeting will be Nov. 16th in Lincoln. Discussion was held on board continuing education hours. Traci Alberts had one hour of continuing education to turn in so that leaves a total of 11 more CEU hours to do before September 30th expiration date. It was noted that the Ainsworth Library Foundation would be meeting on August 16th.

The only item under correspondence was a flyer from the Central Plains Library System on their Annual Week of Weeding to be held from August 5-11th. A drawing will be held with libraries submitting their participation form for one of two Kindle Fire Tablets.

The next meeting date/time was set for September 5th at 5 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m.

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Agenda for the August Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
August 1, 2018 @ 5 p.m.
AGENDA
1. Call meeting to order
2. Notice of the posting of the Open Meeting Act
3. Roll call
4. Approve minutes
5. Approve claims for payment/Budget spending review
6. Monthly Library Report/List of Titles Purchased
7. Innovation Studio
a. Copies of newspaper articles, posters, website articles, Facebook posts, photos
b. State Fair Display of Studio and items created-August 26th
8. Ainsworth Makerspace
a. Donation of Makey Makey
b. Purchase of Button Maker
c. Heat Press as next purchase?
9. Update on Garden Walk Fundraiser-July 17th
10. Music Coloring Contest
11. Library Accreditation/Community Needs Response
12. 2018-2019 budget request
13. Appoint Library Board member to Foundation
14. Election of Officers
15. Workshops/Meetings
a. Coding Club Webinar
b. State Advisory Council on Libraries Meeting Webinar-July 20th
c. Library Board members continuing education hours
d. Ainsworth Library Foundation-Aug. 16th
16. Correspondence
a. Articles of interest from Library Journals/Newsletters
17. Set next meeting date/time
18. Adjournment

The public is welcome to attend!

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Library Board Meeting Notice

The Ainsworth Library Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on August 1st starting at 5 p.m. The agenda is posted at the Library.
This meeting is open to the public!

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Local Homes Featured in Library Garden Walk

The Ainsworth Public Library held a Garden Walk on July 17th. We had over fifty people attend the event. They all gathered at the Library for some great tasting food. The group enjoyed the flower photography by Jan Vogelsand that was on display at the Library. Nine people won door prizes. Maps were handed out of places to tour.

We featured five yards/gardens within Ainsworth this week. They included the homes of Randy Rau, Scott & Nancy Steinhauser, Tony & Wendy Allen, Larry & Rose Mary Saner, and Corey & Lisa Schroedl. Each place had something different to highlight and was very beautiful. You can view photos from each house on the Library’s FaceBook page.

The event raised a total of $555 which will go towards the purchase of Makerspace equipment. Thank you to Marsha Fuchs for organizing the Walk. Thanks to the Library Board, Library Foundation Board, and Library Staff for providing the food. Thank you Jan Vogelsang for sharing your lovely photographs and to the home owners for letting us tour their yards and gardens.

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Minutes from the July Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on July 11, 2018 at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, on the radio, posted at the library, and on the library’s website and FaceBook page. The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m. Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act. Roll call showed four members present: Traci Alberts, Todd Flynn, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz. Member Pedro Bordes was absent. Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Alane Lentz moved to approve the minutes. Todd Flynn seconded this motion with all members voting in favor of. Phyllis Leach moved to approve the claims for payment which Traci Alberts seconded. Vote showed all members in favor of. The Monthly Library Report for June was shared as well as the List of Titles Purchased. It was noted at this time that someone had pulled down the off switch on the heat/ac units behind the library. The serviceman stated that he had to replace the capacitors and that would only happen because of a big drop or surge in the electrical feed. This happened once last summer also with someone turning the units off.

An update was given on the requests for information from the Nebraska Library Commission on the Library Innovation Studio. Some emails were needed as they will be sending out a survey to the users of the Makerspace, the library board, and local action committee. They will also have the Studio at the State Fair on August 26th from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. We are to have items created in the Makerspace on display that day as well as someone to help run the machines for demonstration. The library director plans to attend this event. The first interim report is due to IMLS at the end of September. We have been asked to send samples of publicity with that report as well as articles, posts, news coverage, links to website, and photos from our library.

A report was given on the “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Program held in June. Attendance totals for the four different sessions came to 169. This included:
Toddler Time 59
Preschool Story Time 36
K-1st Grade Fun Hour 38
2nd-4th Grade Fun Hour 36
We had a total of 9 students return their Reading Punch Card for their prizes. Some of the crafts and activities done with the Reading Program children were shared with the Board. The Music Coloring Contest sheets are due on July 14th. This contest is open to Preschoolers to students in the 8th grade. It was noted that a Bilingual Class will be held from 4:30 – 5 p.m. on each Thursday in July. The first session had a total of 16 attending.

An update was presented on the Lego Guy Program held on June 8th which the Library Foundation paid for. The library paid for the ad in the newspaper. The ad on the radio was shared with Rock County Public Library as was the motel room for one night. We had over 90+ attend the program. The kids seemed to have a great time and enjoyed creating with the Legos. We gave away five Lego vehicles with a driver as a door prize. Winners included Andrew Miller, Kristofer Hitchcock, Daniel Thornton, Card Marbry, and Elsie Pankowski.

Information was shared on the Code Club “IMLS” grant that our library just applied for. This grant will award 50 small and rural libraries across the country all the resources necessary to run a code club with one-on-one training sessions, code club software (Prenda), and ongoing coaching and support. All that is required is computers (laptops or desktops), internet, a space in the library, and library staff/volunteer to facilitate. Our director has watched the required webinar so now we just wait and see if our library if awarded this grant or not.

The Garden Walk fundraiser will be held on July 17th. We have five home/yards to visit this year. Food will be served from 5:30-6 p.m. at the Library. Maps will be handed out at this time with the places to visit. Garden Walkers will be enjoying the photography of Jan Vogelsang which will be on display at the library. You will have from 6-9 p.m. to visit the homes. Tickets cost will be $10 through July 14th and $15 after that. All the proceeds will go towards the purchase of Makerspace equipment. Garden Walk ads have been placed in the newspaper and over the radio. It was also shared on the Library’s website and Library’s FaceBook page. Discussion was held on the food to serve and set up time.

The Board spent time discussing the Application for Public Library Accreditation and the points we have met so far. The progress on the Community Needs Response Plan was shared. This will be finalized by the next meeting so that the Board can approve it.

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 was worked on. Alane Lentz made the motion to approve the proposed budget in the amount of $132,321. See enclosed copy of the budget line items. Phyllis Leach seconded this. All members voted in favor of.

Under workshops and meetings, it was noted that the Director had attended the Union Meeting on June 13th and the N Compass Live: 2018 Public Library Accreditation Process on June 27th. It was noted that the Board still needed 13 CE hours before the end of September. Phyllis Leach stated that she had just watched a webinar and reported it. Alane Lentz stated that she had also watched a webinar and will get the information to director to submit.

Articles of interest from various library newsletters and journals were shared with the board. There was no other correspondence to share.

The next meeting date was set for August 1st at 5 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:58 p.m.

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