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On-Line Registration Form for the Summer Reading Program

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The Ainsworth Public Library is very excited to announce that they now have a digital archive of local newspapers available. You can discover the stories of the people, places, and events that shaped the City of Ainsworth and Brown County in the pages of newspapers from the past.

This archive includes newspapers from 1882 to 2008 from the following publications: New Idea; Western News; Home Rule; Ainsworth Journal; Ainsworth Home Rule; Ainsworth Herald; Star Journal; Ainsworth Star; Johnstown Enterprise; Brown County Democrat; Sandhiller; Ainsworth Star Journal and Brown County Democrat; and the Ainsworth Star Journal. The years of 1882 to 1928 are available online on the Ainsworth Public Library website at (You will find them located on the right side of the page under Local Resources). The years from 1929 to 2008 will only be available for in house use at the library. Please note that the Long Pine Newspaper has already been digitalized by the Long Pine Historical Society and is available at the Heritage House in Long Pine.

The newspaper archive has its own search engine under the resources button at the top of the page. Please be sure to read the hints and/or watch the tutorials to improve your search results. Specific information will help manage the number of results, such as person’s name, the event name, or a certain date. One drawback that you will find is that the pictures may be blacked out due to the digital company darkening the page for the OCR (optical character recognition). You may crop your item of interest and download to your computer or print it out.

The cost of this project was $16,210 and was only completed due to receiving funds from the Library budget, a grant from the Brown County Community Foundation Fund, and a generous donation from the Ainsworth Library Foundation. It is through gifts to both of these Foundations which help provide innovative programs and services like this that impact our community. This digital project is a valuable tool for making local history and information easily accessible.

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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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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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World’s Pre-Teen Miss Nebraska Tourism 2016 to Visit Local Library with Books for Children

World’s Miss Pre-Teen Nebraska Tourism 2016-Abbi Jamison from Edgar, Nebraska-will be making a pubic appearance at the Ainsworth Public Library on June 13th from 3-4 p.m.  Abbi will appear in her beautiful crown and sash and will be delighted to spend time with the children of Ainsworth.  In addition, to reading stories Abbi will be giving every preschool – sixth grade child who attends a book.  Miss Jamison has chosen Childhood Literacy as her platform.  This 12 year-old, developed a community service project entitled,”MY OWN BOOK” after discovering that some children do not own a single book . Abbi’s goal is to give away as many books as she can to children across the Great State of Nebraska this year.   She began her efforts at Shickley Public Schools in February 2016, where she attends the 7th grade, by donating a series of books to her school library and has continues to distribute books to children in the state.

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Certified Affordable Care Act Navigator Coming to Library

Need Health Insurance?  Have questions?  Want to enroll in health coverage?  If so, visit the library on December 10th from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.!  Sharon Brown, a certified Affordable Care Act Navigator will be here to help you find the insurance you need.  Please bring Social Security numbers for everyone needing coverage, household income information, and any policy numbers for current insurance plans.

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Author of “Bailey’s Butterfly” to Hold Book Signing

Mary Persinger will be signing her book at the Ainsworth Public Library on Saturday, May 23rd, from 2 – 3:30 p.m.  The author graduated from Keya Paha County High School in 1963 and currently resides in South Sioux City. She is a retired school counselor.  Writing a children’s story based on a true story was an idea that floated around in May Persinger’s mind for years.  The idea finally came to fruition with the publication of  Bailey’s Butterfly, which was released in January by Tate Publishing Company.   This title is the story of Bailey’s sister, Kristina, and how Kristina teaches everyone to celebrate not only the precious time her family had a earth with Bailey but also Bailey’s beautiful life in heaven.  The book is geared for children ages 5-10.

Mary (Welke) Persinger grew up in the Norden and Springview area and has numerous childhood memories of growing up in what “was like a little piece of heaven”. She remembers the wonderful experience of the Bookmobile coming to town and compares its arrival every few weeks to Christmas morning.  She believes that the bookmobile is the reason that her family are such avid readers.  Please come join us as we celebrate her book and a love of reading on Saturday!

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Large Crowd at Library for Magic Show

Travis Newcombe held a Magic Show at the Library on November 8th.    All the proceeds will go towards the post-fire effects at the Royal Theater.  We had a very nice crowd of around 80 people attend.

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Digital Photography Class to be held at Library

The Northeast Community College will be offering an Introduction of Digital Photography at the Ainsworth Public Library on September 18 & 25th.  The class will run from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. both nights.  Tom Prouty will be the instructor.

Course Description:   Do you have a digital camera and you don’t know how to operate it?  Are you ready to enter the world of digital photography?  Instructor Tom Prouty will take you through the basics of digital photography and teach you some camera fundamentals.  Whether you are a first time digital camera owner or if you are looking for tips on digital photography skills and transferring photos to you your computer, this is the class for you! Helpful tips on sports action photography will also be included.   Bring your camera and your camera manual to the class.

Course #:  ARTS 0100/CRN#60244                                                                Cost:  $58.20

Pre-Registration is required!

To register for this class please contact:    (402) 336-3590  or  (800) 421-6322        Fax: (402) 336-1103   or

The Library also has registration forms for this class.

Classes are filled on a first-come, first serve basis.    We reserve the right to cancel a class if enrollment is not sufficient to support the offerings.

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Healthly Living Begins With You Class Coming Soon

Course Description:    Better health begins with you – and it starts right now!   This course provides motivation and education for you to take control of your fitness level.  Staying active can mean the difference between living a healthy, happy life, and developing chronic health conditions.  Learn ways to enjoy regular physical activity.  Topics include current trends in wellness, fitness, and nutrition.  The course will also have an activity component with demonstrations on how to set up and complete an exercise program tailored to  you.  Begin your journey and learn how you can take the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle!

Course #:  HPER 0150/CRN#60325

Course Date:  Monday, September 15, 2014

Time:  6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Instructor:  Bryan Doke

Location:  Ainsworth Hospital


Classes are filled on a first-come, first serve basis.   We reserve the right to cancel a class if enrollment is not sufficient to support the offerings.

REGISTER TODAY!  Please contact:    (402) 336-3590  or (800) 421-6322         Fax:  (402) 33-1103    or

Northeast Community College-O’Neill Extended Campus

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