Mintues from the August Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held their monthly meeting on August 3, 2017 at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting was advertised on the radio, in the local newspaper, posted at the library and on the library’s website. President Mark Kovar called the meeting to order at 5 p.m. Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act. Roll call showed all members present. They included Traci Alberts, Todd Flynn, Mark Kovar, Alane Lentz, and Phyllis Leach. Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Phyllis Leach made the motion to approve the minutes with one amended change: The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m. instead of 6:05 p.m. Alane Lentz seconded this with all members voting in favor of. Todd Flynn moved to approve the claims for payment. Traci Alberts seconded this motion with all members voting in favor of. The Board spent time reviewing the budget spending. The Monthly Library Report for July was shared as well as the List of titles purchased. It was noted that the new copy machine was installed. One of the board members asked if we needed to increase the cost of copies. Director will check to see how much the toner will be and see if we need to do an increase in cost. Discussion was held on the work on the outside of the library. The needed repairs were fixed as soon as it was reported. Vacation time for the Director was discussed.

An update was given on the Lego Robotics Session for Middle/High School students held by the Extension Service on July 11th at the Library. A total of 11 attended.

Traci Alberts gave an update on the Tri-Lingual Language class held on Thursday in July for the K-2nd graders. Spanish, English, and Hand Signing was taught by Traci Alberts and Julie Mizner. A total of 29 people attended this class.

An update was given on the Digitalization Project. Director had talked to newspaper editor again asking about the permission sheet for copyright issues. The editor is still leaning towards having the 1925-2003 available in the library only on the hard drive. All the other issues would be placed on the internet. Once we get the permission sheet for copyright issues signed by the editor, we can proceed with the projects.

It was noted that the Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities Makerspace Grant was submitted by the due date. A total of eighteen letters of support were attached to it. Libraries should be hearing on if they are awarded or not by middle of August. If we are awarded, we will need to gather a local team to work with the equipment and promoting of the Makerspace.

It was noted that there has been no word on the budget from the County yet. The City will hold its Budget Workshop on August 16th at 2 p.m.

The Book Discussion Group will be starting up again soon. The September read will be the One Book One Nebraska title of “Black Elks Speak”. A list has been compiled for the group to vote on this year’s reading titles. It is a mixture of classic, non-fiction, Nebraska authors, and historical fiction

Under Workshops and Meetings, the Director reported on the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries Meeting that she attended on July 21st by way of the internet. Their next meeting will be on November 17th in Lincoln. It was noted that the Library Foundation Board would be meeting on August 24th. The Library Director reported that she had a meeting with the City Clerk and the Mayor on August 3rd to get input on how the City was working together in all the departments and what areas could be improved, what projects need to be done and their priority focus. They felt that the Library was doing a great job and really had no issues at this time. It was also noted that Senator Fischer would be in town on August 8th for public comments and a Town Hall Meeting would be held on August 15th to gather public input regarding your county and community needs, strengths and weaknesses of our Central Nebraska regional economy, partners in the region and support/funding for development activities.

Articles of interest from library newsletters and journals were shared. It was noted that the Central Plains Library System has two Breakout EDU kits to lend to libraries to do Escape Rooms with. Director noted that plans were in the works to promote Library Card Sign Up Month and Banned Book Week in September and Teen Read Week in October.

The next meeting date and time was set for a Wednesday, September 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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Agenda For Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will hold its regular monthly meeting on AUGUST 3, 3017 at 5 p.m.

AGENDA

1. Call meeting to order

2. Posting of the Open Meeting Act

3. Roll call

4. Approve minutes

5. Approve claims for payment/Review of Budget Spending

6. Monthly Library Report/List of Titles Purchased

7. Update on Lego Robotics-July 11th

8. Review of Tri-Lingual Language Class in July

9. Digitalization Project

10. Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural communities Makerspace Grant Submitted

11. Proposed Budget 2017-2018
a. No word on County Funding yet
b. City Budget Workshop-August 16th @ 2 p.m.

12. Book Discussion Group

13. Workshops/Meetings:
a. Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries-GoToMeeting-July 21st
b. Library Foundation Meeting-August

14. Correspondence:
a. Articles of interest from Library Newsletters/Journals

15. Set next meeting date/time

16. Adjournment

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Lego Robotics

The Extension Service will be offering a special robotics session for the Middle/High School students on July 11th from 1-5 p.m. The students will be divided up into teams and create a Lego Robotic. Please stop by the Ainsworth Public Library or call 402-387-2032 to sign up for this exciting event!

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Library Board Meeting Agenda

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING

July 6, 2017 @ 5 p.m.

AGENDA

1. Call meeting to order
2. Posting of Open Meeting Act
3. Roll call
4. Approve minutes
5. Approve claims for payment/review of budget spending
6. Monthly Library Report/List of Titles Purchased
7. Review of Summer Reading Program
a. Toddler Time
b. Preschool Story-Time
c. K-4th Grade Reading
d. Middle School/High School Events with Extension
1. Lego Robotics-July 11th
e. Reply from City Clerk on last month’s request from Julie Mizner
8. Tri-Lingual Language Class
9. Digitalization Project
10. Repair work on outside of building
11. Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities Grant Application/Letters of Support
12. Finalize Proposed Budget for 2017-2018
13. Workshops/Meetings:
a. MyHeritage On-Line Class (Gail and Wanda completed)
b. Central Plains Library System Annual Meeting/Retirement Party for Sharon O. July 7th-Ravenna
c. State Advisory Committee Meeting-GotoMeeting On-Line-July 21st.
d. Library Foundation Board Meeting-August 17th
14. Correspondence:
a. Invite to host programs & exhibits in connection with new Ken Burns film: The Vietnam War
b. Articles of interest from Library Newsletters and Journals
15. Set next meeting date/time
16. Adjournment

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4th of July Closure for Library

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed on July 4th.
Have a fun and Safe holiday!

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Extension Service offering a Lego Robotics Program for Middle/High Schoolers

Calling all Middle School/High School Students! The KBR Extension Service will be holding a Lego Robotics Program at the Ainsworth Library on July 11th from 1-5 p.m. You will be working as a team to create a robot out of Legos. Call 402-387-2032 or stop by the Library to sign up. You may also contact the Extension Service to register from this fun class.

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Tri-Lingual Language Class will be offered at the Ainsworth Library

The Ainsworth Public Library is happy to announce that a Tri-Lingual Language Class will be offered each Thursday in July from 4-5 p.m. This class will feature English, Spanish, and Hand-Signing. It will be geared for children the age of 5 to 8 years old or Kindergarten to Second grade range. Dates will be July 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th. Please contact the Library or call 402-387-2032 if you have questions or need more information.

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Minutes from the June Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its monthly meeting on June 8, 2017 at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting was advertised in the newspaper, over the radio, and posted on the library’s website as well as at the library. 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 Traci Alberts, Todd Flynn, and Phyllis Leach. Members that were absent included Mark Kovar and Alane Lentz. Visitors included Julie Mizner and Library Director, Gail Irwin.

Phyllis Leach made the motion to approve the minutes. Traci Alberts seconded this with all members voting in favor of. Traci Alberts made the motion to approve the claims for payment. Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of. The Board also spent time doing a budget spending review. The Monthly Library Report for May was presented along with the List of Titles Purchased. It was noted that the ESL Class would be moving to a different location due to number of students increasing.

The Summer Reading Program Build a Better World was discussed. It was noted that a total of 57 children signed up for the Toddler Time, Preschool Storytime, and K-4th Grade Reading. The BKR Extension Office will be working with us to put on a program for the Middle/High Students. The dates include June 9th with surgery; June 19th with roller coaster; and July 11th with Lego Robotics. Both the extension office and the library have registration forms on-line.

Julie Mizner was present to visit with the Board on having funding to help special needs children at library program. Julie has a child with a disability attending the Preschool Summer Reading Program. She was upset when library director contacted her to see if she or someone else would be attending the program with her child as the library did not have enough helpers to do one on one with him. She said that the sign up form did not say anyone had to stay with the child and thought that the Library should provide this. The director did get Gail Sears to work directly with the child but Julie had found someone to be with him. Julie did say that she really doesn’t expect the library to hire a sign language person just for him but felt that the library should hire enough people to handle the reading programs. Julie left the meeting and the Board discussed this issue. They directed the Librarian to write a letter to the City and notify them on this request. The Board will also be reviewing our policies on children in the library.

Discussion was held on the Sign Language/Bilingual Language Class to be held on Thursdays in July. This will run from 4-5 p.m. and open to children age 5-8. Traci Alberts will be in charge of this program.

It was noted that Digitalization Project is moving along. The Library Foundation will provide $6,210 for the project. The Library has a total of $5,000 in the budget for this. The remaining $5,000 was requested in a grant application to the Brown County Foundation. The call came in today that the Brown County Foundation did approve the funding. We are currently waiting for a release form signed by Ainsworth Star Journal for copyright reasons and then we can process with the process through Advantage Preservation.

The Library had received two estimates for the outside repair on the soffit. Shawn Fernau Construction total was $2,100 and JC Construction total was $3,824. Phyllis Leach made the motion to go with the lowest estimate which was Shawn Fernau Construction. Traci Alberts seconded this with all members voting in favor of.

The Nebraska Library Commission was awarded a grant titled Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities. Gail Irwin attended the 1 ½ webinar on the project introduction and review of the application process. This grant will allow 30 eligible libraries in Nebraska the opportunity to host this large Makerspace for 20 weeks in their community. The grant application has a deadline of July 10th. The director will be completing this form by the date due.

The Board worked on the proposed budget for the upcoming year of 2017-2018. The Board will review the budget one more time and then vote at the next meeting the proposed total amount.

The Board was given a review of the Library Foundation Board meeting held on May 18th and the NCompass Live: Makerspace Grant on June 7th. It was noted that the library staff is currently taking a month long class on the MyHeritage database.

Under correspondence, information was shared on the Central Plains Library Systems’ Month of Weeding in April. 37 libraries participated with more than 15,000 items weeded. Winners of the two Kindle Fire tablets were the Orleans Library and Valentine Community Schools. It was noted that the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries website launched a new interface and new URL on June 6th. The 2017 State Aid Award Letter was shared. It was noted that the Library would receive a total of $1,193. The award amount was determined by use of the following formula:
Base payment for libraries with a service population under 8,000 $565
Per capita payment of $0.073 x legal service area population of 1,621 $118
1% incentive payment for additional public funds of $11,000 $100
Incentive payment for Gold accreditation $400
A record number of Senators signed the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) letter of support for funding in the upcoming federal budget. Libraries have been contacting their senators asking for support. The board reviewed the Evaluation of the 2012-2017 Library Services and Technology Act Plan by the Nebraska Library Commission. A thank you note was shared with the Board from Melissa Doke for the Nebraska Gift Basket that she won at the Library. Articles of interest from library newsletter and journals were shared with the Board.

The next meeting date and time was set for July 6th 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 Upcoming Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on June 8, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Ainsworth Public Library.

AGENDA
1. Call meeting to order
2. Notice on 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 for May/List of titles purchased
7. Summer Reading Program
a. 57 Registered in Toddler Time-Preschool-Kindergarten to Fourth Grade
b. Middle/High School Program with Extension Office
1. Three different dates (last one will feature Lego Robotics)
2. Online Registration form on Website
8. Julie Mizner: Funding to help special needs children at library programming
9. Plans for the Sign Language/Bilingual Language Class in July
10. Digitalization Project
11. Estimates for outside repair on soffit
12. Makerspace Grant Application
13. Work on the Proposed Budget for 2017-18
14. Workshops/Meetings:
a. Review of the Library Foundation Board Meeting-May 18th
b. NCompass Live: Makerspace Grant-June 7th
15. Correspondence:
a. Central Plains Library System’s Month of Weeding
b. Nebraska OverDrive: new website launching June 6th
c. 2017 State Aid to Public Libraries
d. Support by U.S. Senators for LSTA funds (Library Services & Technology Act)
e. Evaluation of 2012-2017 LSTA from the Nebraska Library Commission
f. Thank you note
g. Articles of interest from library newsletters/journals
16. Set next meeting date/time
17. Adjournment

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Library Closed to Observe Memorial Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 29th, to observe Memorial Day.

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