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Blind Date with a Book

You shouldn’t always judge a book by its cover. Put your trust in fate and choose a book without knowing the title, maybe you will fall in love.

Check out one of our Blind Date books, take it home, and unwrap it. Show it your favorite spots to read, share your favorite snacks, or show it off to your friends. Who knows, maybe there’s a future for the two of you?

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January Book Discussion

The selected title for the January Book Discussion will be “Evelene: The Troubleshooter Was A Lady” by Elizabeth J. Tremain. Copies are now available for reading at the Library.

Evelene Brodstone (1875-1941), one of the world’s highest paid woman executives in the 1920/s, was raised in Superior, Nebraska, and never forgot her home even thought her work as an auditor and corporate troubleshooter took her to London and around the world. This biography is part autobiography because many entries from Eveline’s diaries and letters are included. You are there when she describes Queen Victoria’s London, a London under siege and the years between. Follow her life from childhood in Superior through her record setting graduation from high school at age fourteen, her training as a stenographer in Iowa and her rise through the ranks of the Vestey Cold Storage Company in Chicago and London to her marriage to Lord William Vestey.

The author, Elizabeth J. Tremain (Betty Jane) was the little neighbor girl to Evelene in Superior. Evelene heaped affection on her and sent her postcards and souvenirs from her travels. Betty Jane responded and their friendship grew until Evelene died in 1941 as Evelyn Lady Vestey.

Another interesting side note is that Evelene and Willa Cather were close childhood friends. Willa Cather is a famous Nebraska author from Red Cloud, Nebraska.

This book is a great story about a Nebraskan! Get your copy today! The Discussion Group will meet on January 15th to share thoughts on the book. Hope that you can join us.

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Ainsworth Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week™

The Ainsworth Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week from October 8-14, 2017. The focus is to encourage teens from around the area to read for their enjoyment.

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers. The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.
Strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers. This is why it is important to take advantage of Teen Read Week and show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.

Area teens between the ages of 13-18 are encouraged to put their name in the drawing box for special prizes. The drawing will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 4:30 p.m.

Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home. [Insert Library Name] offers these ideas:
• Set aside time each day for the family to read
• Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward
• Share your favorite book with your teen
• Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors by visiting, or use YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app
• Host a book discussion group
• Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that)
• Listen to audiobooks on trips
• Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home
• Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading
• Parents and caregivers can be role models by making time to read, too
• Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually in October, the same week as Columbus Day. For more information, visit

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The Ainsworth Public Library Book Discussion Group will be starting up again on September 18th at 2 p.m. Come prepared to share a title that you enjoyed over the summer. We will also be voting on which titles to read as a group. The October selection will be handed out at this time. The title will be the One Book One Nebraska “Black Elk Speaks” by John G. Neihardt.

“Black Elk Speaks” is the story of the Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during the momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and chose Neihardt to tell his story. Neihardt understood and conveyed Black Elk’s experiences in this powerful and inspirational message for all humankind. When Black Elk received his great vision, white settlers were invading the Lakotas’ homeland, decimating buffalo herds, and threatening to extinguish the Lakotas’ way of life. The Lakotas fought fiercely to retain their freedom and way of life, a dogged resistance that resulted in a remarkable victory at the Little Bighorn and an unspeakable tragedy at Wounded Knee. “Black Elk Speaks” offers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time, however. As related by Neihardt, Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity of humanity and the earth have made this book a venerated spiritual classic. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, a history of a Native nation, or an enduring spiritual testament, “Black Elk Speaks” is unforgettable.

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Library Board Meeting set for September 6th


September 6, 2017 at 5 p.m.


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/Review goals
7. Brown County Community Foundation Fund members to share story
8. Solar Eclipse Glasses from Northeast Community College
9. Digitalization Project
10. Library Innovation Studio Grant
a. Training
b. Cycle 1 for equipment in our library (Oct.-March)
c. Need team for promotion and training others
11. Proposed Budget 2017-18
a. County funding
b. City funding
12. Little Paws Preschool schedule for school year
13. Information on Lego Guy Program for summer
14. Events coming up:
a. Library Card Sign-Up Month-September
b. Book Discussion Group start up-Sept. 18th
c. Banned Book Week (September 25-30)
d. Teen Read Week (October 9-14)
15. Workshops/Meetings:
a. Library Foundation Board Meeting-August 24 1. Book Basket Fundraiser
b. City Budget Workshop-August 28th
16. Correspondence:
a. New password for NebraskAccess
b. Share several thank you notes
c. Articles of interest from library newsletters/journals
17. Set next meeting date/time
18. Adjournment

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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.


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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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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We Have a Winner!

As part of the National Library Week celebration and the 150th birthday of Nebraska, the Library held a “Guess How Many Contest”.  Patrons had all of last week to submit their guess on how many books our library had in its collection that pertained to the State of Nebraska.  The winner was Melissa Doke with the number of 974.  The correct answer was 937. Melissa wins a red Summer Flip Flop Container/Server, Gameday red cups with the letter N, and items from Nebraska such as Road Apple Wine from the Niobrara Valley Vineyards in Nenzel, Ne; Double K Popcorn from Valentine, NE; and several packets of Kool-Aid since Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings, NE.

A number of people had submitted a guess which ranged from 27 to 6,000.   It was a fun contest to hold and the Library thanks everyone for participating in the contest!

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