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On-Line Registration Form for the Summer Reading Program

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Makerspace Show Case at Ainsworth Library

The Library Innovation Studio (The Makerspace) has been at the Ainsworth Public Library for the last five months. We are getting near the end of the Studio’s duration at the library. The equipment will be leaving the week of April 9th and moving on to another location.

A special event called the Makerspace Show Case will be held on Monday, April 2nd from 6-8 p.m. We invite the public to share the projects that they have completed on the Makerspace at this time. We will also be collecting stories on how STEM (Making) activities have changed lives in our community. Refreshments will be served.

We will be asking for the community to complete a short Makerspace Survey to see if there is any interest in having a permanent local studio in the area or just certain pieces to have at the library for the public to use. If you cannot attend the Show Case, this survey will be available online starting April 2nd on our Library website at Your input will help us ensure that the services and resources provided by the Ainsworth Public Library continues to meet the needs and interests of our community.

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Ainsworth Library Board Agenda

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on March 7, 2018 at 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend!


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/Review of budget spending

6. Monthly Library Report/List of Titles Purchased

7. Library Innovation Studio (The Makerspace)
a. Update on tours, training, and creating
b. Showcase
c. Survey on Makerspace and which pieces of equipment people would like our library to purchase
d. Leaves week of April 9th

8. Blind Date with a Book
a. Number of books checked out
b. Book Love Prize Drawing

9. Board member position opening up May 1st

10. Dr. Seuss Read Out Loud-March 2nd

11. OverDrive Survey

12. Meetings/Workshops
a. Big Talk from Small Libraries All-Day Conference-Feb. 23rd
b. Library Foundation Board Meeting-Feb. 26th
c. Nebraska State Library Advisory Committee Meeting-March 6th-Lincoln
d. Summer Reading Program Workshop-March 9th-Broken Bow

13. Correspondence:
a. Information on Institute of Museum and Library Services funding and letters from U.S. Senator’s Fisher and Smith
b. Articles of Interest from library journals and newsletters

14. Set next meeting date/time

15. Adjournment

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss

The Ainsworth Public Library will have a Dr. Seuss Read Out Loud time on Friday, March 2nd, to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Dr. Seuss stories will be read from 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Hope to see you there!

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March Book Discussion Title

The book title for the March 19th Book Discussion Group will be “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same.

This should be a great read! Check out your copy today.

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Young Nebraska Scientists Organization Offers Camps Across The State For This Summer

Young Nebraska Scientists Organization offers camps across the state for this upcoming Summer.

Applications close April 15 for YNS camps including:

* CyberCamp, June 6-9 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, for middle and high school students;

* Soil and Plants in Agriculture, June 11-15 day camp at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, for middle schoolers;

* Algae for Biofuels, June 17-21 at Doane University in Crete, for middle schoolers;

* Life Underground: the Unseen Power of Microbes, June 17-20 at UNL, for high schoolers;

* Biodiversity Field Science, June 17-23 at UNL Cedar Point Biological Station (Ogalalla), for high schoolers;

* Secret Life of Metals, an inorganic chemistry day camp, July 16-18 at Creighton University.

YNS is a way for Nebraska middle school and high school students to “try out” colleges while doing hands-on science. Conducted by Nebraska EPSCoR with support from the National Science Foundation, need-based scholarships are available. For information and online applications, see Questions about YNS should be directed to or 402-472-8944.

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February Book Discussion

The title “A Lantern In Her Hand” by Bess Streeter Aldrich is the February Book Discussion selection. The group will be meeting on Feb. 19th at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the book.
You still have plenty of time to read this wonderful story. We have extra copies at the library! We would love to have you join the group.

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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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