Library Foundation to Complete Several Library Improvement Projects

The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board held their quarterly meeting on August 18th. The meeting was called to order and roll call showed five members present plus the Library Director. Two members were absent. The Board welcomed new member-Traci Alberts. The minutes were read and approved. The Treasurer’s Report was accepted. The bills from the Garden Walk were approve for payment in the amount of $80.30 for table cloths, plates, cups, silverware, napkins, bottle water, and balloons.

The Gift Transaction List from May to August 2016 was presented. Memorials were received in memory of Mrs. Janice Pennington from Mrs. Eunice Wulf and in memory of Mrs. Betty Stolcpart from the Board of Education and Staff at the Ainsworth Community Schools. Donations were received from Mr. Mick Clapper, Mrs. Shirley West, and Mr. Matthew Kulek. Other revenue consisted of a refund on the tile project, funds from sale of old check-out desk and stand, coffee station sales, Art Guild Card Sales, and the donation jar. The Garden Walk raised a total of $415. The Board is very appreciative of the support given to the Library.

Election of Officers was held with the following appointments: Marsha Fuchs-President; Mark Kovar-Vice President; Wendy Allen-Treasurer; and Beverly Whitney-Secretary. It was noted that the officers will need to go to the bank and sign a signature card.

Phase Two of Library Improvements were discussed. It was noted that the four blue chairs and the 16 backs of the orange chairs will be recovered this fall. Material is currently being ordered for this project. The ADA Check-Out Desk will be installed the first part of September. The ADA Door Opener installation will be done this next week. Library staff is currently clearing out the storage room so it can be developed into our Local History Room. The walls will be repainted and new shelving will be installed later this fall to house the over-sized bound editions of the Ainsworth Star Journal newspaper. A Fall Work Day will be held in September to clean up the outside of the Library and remove unwanted trees.

Fundraising events were discussed. An update was given on the Garden Walk held on July 21st. We received lots of great comments on the six homes that were on the tour. The evening time during the week seems to work better than the Saturday morning. We raised a total of $415 for the shelving project for the Bound Star Journal Newspapers. The Book Basket Auction will be held this fall. E-mail or a letter will be sent to the people that have donated a basket in the past and let them know we will hold another one. Discussion was held on doing a special volunteer prize at the end of the auction to someone that helped with the event.   They will need to be present at the time of drawing to claim the prize.

It was noted that the 2016-17 Book Discussion Group will be starting up soon. The first title is now available at the library for check-out. The Board members were informed of the Nebraska 150 Books and the Reading Challenge going on to celebrate Nebraska’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Traci Alberts explained about the bilingual language hour and the Spanish/English books purchased through a gift for the library. There is a need for Spanish to English Rosette Stone software. Gail and Traci will look into this and see if a grant would be available to help purchase.

The next meeting date was set for Nov. 10th at 7p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.

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Library Foundation Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING will be held on August 18, 2016 at 7 p.m.  The agenda consists of the following items:

  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Roll call
  3. Welcome new member: Traci Alberts is the second Library Board Member on Foundation
  4. Approve minutes
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Approve bills for payment
  7. Gift Transaction List from May to August 2016
  8. Election of Officers:   President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary
  9. Officers to sign signature card at First National Bank
  10. Phase Two of Library Improvements:  Material for chairs; ADA Check-Out Desk, ADA automatic Door Opener, Shelving to house the Bound Editions of Ainsworth Star Journal, and Paint walls in Local History Room
  11. Fundraising Events:  Garden Walk- July 212st and Book Basket Auction in fall
  12. 2016-2017 Book Discussion Group
  13. Nebraska 150 Books-Reading Challenge
  14. Set next meeting date/time
  15. Adjournment

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Book Discussion Group to Start Up

The Ainsworth Public Library is getting ready to start their 2016-2017 Book Discussion Group in the near future. The September title will feature the historical fiction novel titled “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom. In this gripping novel, a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate at a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War. Please contact the Library if you would like a copy to read. The group will be meeting on September 19th at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the book.

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Minutes from the August Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on August 11, 2016 at the Public Library. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, posted on the library website, and posted on bulletin board at the library. The meeting was called to order and notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act. Roll call showed five members present. They included Traci Alberts, Todd Flynn, Mark Kovar, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz. Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Phyllis Leach moved to approve the minutes which Alane Lentz seconded. All members voted in favor of. Alane Lentz moved to approve the claims for payment which Todd Flynn seconded. All members voted in favor of. The budget spending sheet will be emailed to members when it arrives from the City Clerk’s Office. The Monthly Library Report for July 2016 was presented as well as the list of titles purchased this past month.

Election was held for the offices of President and Vice-President. Phyllis Leach made the motion for Mark Kovar to be President. Traci Alberts seconded this with all members voting in favor of. Traci Alberts made the motion for Phyllis Leach to be Vice-president. Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of.

To celebrate Nebraska’s 150th anniversary in 2017, a group has released the Nebraska 150 Book List. The purpose is to give Nebraskans a definitive list of titles that represent the state’s literary breadth and culture. The make the list, a book had to meet one of the following criteria:  1.The author was born or grew up in Nebraska 2. The author was educated in the state 3. The author spent most of her productive writing years here. The full list can be found at nebraska150books.org. The Library has a poster up to advertise this project plus a book display featuring some of the titles. Book marks and a Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge entry form are being made available to the public. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grand Prize-qualifiers read all 42 books from the list; Gold Prize-qualifiers must read 12 books from this list, Silver Prizes-qualifiers must read 6 books from this list. Patrons will check the boxes of the books they have read and fill out the contact information. Completed book lists received by February 28, 2017 will be eligible for our prize drawings on Nebraska’s 150th birthday on March 1, 2017.

Budget update on proposed budget for 2016-2017 was given. The city budget workshop will be held towards the end of August. Director will send an email to board members when she is informed of the day and time. No word has been heard from the County yet on their part of the library budget.

A review was presented on the Middle School Lunch Bunch program. While we did have nine readers for both books, some of the readers did not finish the book or attend the discussion/lunch.   Discussion was held on doing the Book Discussions next summer but without holding a lunch and the expensive involved with a meal. It was felt that maybe serving watermelon, ice cream, or root beer floats at a late afternoon or early evening time would work better.

Traci Alberts gave an update on the four sessions of the Bilingual Language Hour held in July and August. Attendance was high and responses from people were good. Staff from GJW Pig Farm helped with the program. Library Director showed the Spanish/English books added to our collections. Traci will be applying for another grant in February to purchase more materials.

An update was given on the Garden Walk Fundraiser held on July 21st. We sold 41 tickets and raised $415. Other than it being the hottest day of the summer, all comments have been good. We toured the homes of Susan Spann, Sarah Williams, Rita Paddock, Debb Weiss, Marsha Fuchs, and Susan Imm. The next fundraiser will be this fall with the Book Basket Auction.

Discussion was held on library improvements. The ADA Door Opener has been ordered. They had two companies’ present estimates on installation of the opener. Travis Gilliland will do the electrical work when they are ready. It was noted that the old check-out desk was sold and has been removed. Staff is currently working off of tables until the new ADA desk arrives. Rod Worrell hired Roudy Clapper to make the shelving for the Bound Editions of the Ainsworth Star Journal.   Library staff will start to remove items in the room so that it can be painted before the arrival of the shelving.

Under workshops and meetings, it was noted that the Ainsworth Library Foundation should be meeting on August 18th at 7 p.m. Correspondence included a thank you card from Karen Johnson in regards to the Garden Walk. Several articles of interest from library newsletters and journals were shared with the Board.

The next meeting date was set for Sept. 6th at 5 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

 

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August Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING to be held on AUGUST 11, 2016 @ 5 p.m.  This meeting is open to the public.

The AGENDA consists of the following items:

  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Notice 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. Election of Officers
  8. Nebraska 150 Books/Reading Challenge
  9. Budget update on proposed budget for 2016-2017
  10. Review of Middle School Lunch Bunch
  11. Update on Bilingual Language Hour/books added to collection from grant
  12. Update on the Garden Walk Fundraiser held July 21st
  13. Library Improvements:  ADA Door Opener,  ADA Check-Out Desk, and Shelving for Bound Editions of Ainsworth Star Journal Newspaper
  14. Workshops/Meetings:
  15. Articles of interest from library journals/newsletters
  16. Correspondence
  17. Set next meeting date/time
  18. Adjournment

 

 

 

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Garden Walk Fundraiser On Thursday

The Ainsworth Library Foundation will be holding a Garden Walk on this Thursday, July 21st, to raise funds to construct special shelving to house the bound editions of the Ainsworth Star Journal newspaper.  Tickets are on sale at the Library for $15.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served at the library from 5:30 – 6 p.m.  Door prizes will be drawn at this time.  The list of locations to visit and a map will be handed out and people will have from 6- 9 p.m. to visit the six homes.  We have a great selection of homes to tour and know everyone will have a wonderful time.

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Four Weeks of Bilingual Language Hour

Bilingual Language Hour will be held at the Ainsworth Public Library from 3-4 p.m. on July 14th, July 21st, July 28th, and August 4th.

Spanish-English experience for all ages!   Free!!!!   No charge to attend.

Hope to see you there.

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Minutes of July Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on July 7, 2016 at the Library. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, and posted at the Library and on the Library’s website. 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 three members present. They included Todd Flynn, Mark Kovar, and Phyllis Leach. Members Traci Alberts and Alane Lentz were absent.   Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Phyllis Leach moved to approve the minutes. Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in offer of. Todd Flynn moved to approve the claims for payment. Phyllis Leach seconded this with all members voting in favor of. The Board spent some time reviewing the budget spending for this year. The List of Titles Purchased in June was shared. The Monthly Library Report for June was shared with the Board.

The proposed budget for 2016-2017 was worked on. The City Clerk had given Director some guidelines on the increase for insurance, workmen’s comp. and etc. Wages for Wanda was discussed up the upcoming year.   Mark Kovar made the motion to approve the proposed budget for 2016-17 in the amount of  $122,750. Phyllis Leach seconded this with all members voting in favor of.

Phyllis Leach made the motion for Traci Alberts to be appointed to serve on the Library Foundation Board starting in August. Mark Kovar seconded this with all members voting in favor of. The Bi-Laws say that we need two library board members to serve on the Foundation Board.   Mark Kovar is the other Library Board member on the Foundation.

The video teleconference unit has been decommissioned. The Mayor/City Clerk/Library Director attended a video meeting on June 6th with Ed Toner to discuss this. Mr. Toner wanted to give his special thanks for the years of service that the library did with the unit. The State of Nebraska also had sent a certificate of appreciation. The unit was installed in 1991 at the Library. The unit was removed on June 14th. The fax machine was left for us to use but we will need to install our own phone line for it. Mark Kovar made the motion for a new line to be installed.Phyllis Leach seconded this. All members voted in favor of. The unit stand was also left behind for us to do what we wanted with it. Board directed Director to check with the City Clerk and see if they would want it. If not, to place it on the Ainsworth online sales on Facebook as make an offer or free if no interest.

A review was given on the visit of Miss Abbi Jamison (World’s Pre-Teen Miss Nebraska Tourism 2016) held on June 13th at the Library.   We had a total of 35 attend to hear her read stories. Since literary was her platform, she also gave away free books to the children attending.   Many in the group had photos taken with Miss Abbie.

An update was given on the Summer Reading Program. We had a total of 205 attend the 18 different programs in June. (53 at Toddler Time; 48 at Preschool Storytime; 38 at the K-1st Grade Fun-Hours, 23 at the 2nd-4th Grade Fun-Hours; and 6 at the June Middle School Lunch Bunch). The ending picnic was held on June 29th with 23 attending. Prizes and awards were given out to the K-4th graders at this time. The top readers in the K-1st grade group included Erick Hitchcock with the most hours read at 19 hours and 55 minutes. Carson Koch had the 2nd most with 17 hours and 30 minutes. The top readers in the 2nd-4th Grade group included Taylor Allen with the most hours at 53 hours 6 minutes. William Biltoft had the second most with 49 hours 15 minutes. It was noted that the Middle School Lunch Bunch would meet on July 20th to discuss the title “Swindle” by Gordon Korman.

An update was given on the four week Bilingual Language Hour which Traci Alberts has been working on. This hour is open to all ages wanting to learn the Spanish – English language. Katherine Sylvester will be helping with this program which will run on July 14th, 21st, & 28th, and August 4th from 3-4 p.m.

Laurie Goodloe turned in her resignation letter effective July 31st. Todd Flynn made the motion to accept this resignation. Phyllis Leach seconded this with all members voting in favor of.

18 job applications were accepted through the June 27th deadline for the part time Library Aide and Cleaning person.  The Board reviewed the applications received.  Interviews were done with two people for the Library Aide positon.   Phyllis Leach made the motion to hire Wanda Raymond for the cleaning position and Donna Rudnick as the library aide. Mark Kovar seconded this with all members voting in favor of. Wanda will start cleaning the first of August. Donna will be able to start training next week.

Phase Two of Library Improvements were discussed. It was noted that the ADA Check-Out Desk plans were finalized and has been ordered.  The desk should be here the first part of September. We will need to remove the old desk before they install the new one. Discussion was held on what to do with the old desk. It was decided to put on Facebook Online Sales and see if anyone would make an offer for it. It was noted that they would install a new top for the work island to blend everything together.   Director was been working with Tony at Glass Edge in Norfolk on the ADA Door Opener. We would need a contractor to do some work around the door to raise the box high enough so people would not bump their heads on it. Matt Pozehl has been in and working with Tony on this matter. We will also need an electrician to add a 110 voltage line from the circuit box to the door area. Travis Gilliland stated he would help us on this. Roudy Clapper is currently working on the construction of the shelfing for the Bound Edition of the Ainsworth Star Journal. Rod Worrell will pay half of this cost. The installation should be first of September. We will need to clean the room out so he has room to work on the installation.   Board directed that the walls be painted before the shelfs are installed.

The Garden Walk Fundraiser will be held on July 21st from 5:30 – 9 p.m.   We have six homes to visit. Board will need to help set up/decorate; bring food to serve, and to help take down/clean up after the event. Funds will go towards the shelfing for the Star Journal.

A report was given on the Gov. Pete Rickett’s Town Hall Meeting held in Ainsworth on June 24th that the Director and Library Board member Mark Kovar attend. Information was shared on the Youth Services Retreat to be held on August 25 & 26 in Ashland. It was noted that the Director attended the WebJunction webinar held July 7th titled Outreach Bridge to Engaging Latino and Spanish-Speaking Families. Library Board member, Traci Alberts, also attend this.

Under correspondence, we had a letter from Holly Woldt from the Nebraska Library Commission with information regarding our LBBNC computer grant and upgrading to Windows 10 and other software upgrades for the Assistive Technology Computer (Dragon Naturally Speaking, JAWS; Kurzweil 1000; and ZoomText). The 2016 Nebraska Rural Poll Report on Broadband was shared with the Board. Articles of interest from various library newsletter and journals were shared with the Board.

The next meeting date was set for August 11th at 5 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

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Agenda for July Library Board Meeting

LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on July 7, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the Ainsworth Public Library.

AGENDA

  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Posting notice of the Open Meeting Act
  3. Roll call
  4. Approve minutes of last meeting
  5. Approve claims for payment/Budget spending review
  6. Monthly Library Report/List of titles purchased
  7. Finish the Proposed Budget for 2016-2017
  8. Appoint library board member to the Library Foundation Board
  9. Video Teleconference Unit Decommissioned: Meeting on June 6th (Mayor/City Clerk present with Library Director); Unit removed on June 14th ,;Certificate of Appreciation received, they left the Fax machine  but we will need a phone line installed to make it available to the public
  10. World’s Pre-Teen Miss Nebraska Tourism 2016 visit-June 1st
  11. Review of Summer Reading Program
  12. Bilingual Language Hour
  13. Acceptance of Resignation Letter from Laurie Goodloe as Library Aide/Cleaning Person
  14. Job applications for Part-Time Library Aide and Cleaning Person:  Review of job applications received; Discussion of job interviews; and Select applicate for positions
  15. Library Improvements Phase Two Projects:  ADA Check-Out Desk-Plans finalized and ordered; Removal of old desk and what to do with it       ADA Door Opener-Cost for opener; Contractor to make room to install; Electrician to add a line for box   Shelving for Bound Edition of Ainsworth Star Journals-Clean out room and Paint walls before installing
  16. Garden Walk Fundraiser-July 21st-5:30 to 9 p.m.:  Help to set up/decorate; Food to serve; Take down
  17. Workshop/Meetings:  Governor Pete Rickett’s Town Hall Meeting-June 24th  and 22nd Annual Youth Services Retreat-Ashland-August 25 & 26
  18. Correspondence:  Letter from Holly Woldt-NLC-information regarding LBBNC Grant computers; Nebraska Rural Poll Report on Broadband; and Articles of interest from various library newsletters and journals
  19. Set the next meeting date/time
  20. Adjournment

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Holiday Closing

The Library will be closed on Monday to observe the 4th of July holiday.

We hope that you have a safe and wonderful holiday!

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