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BOOK CLUB TO RESTART

The Ainsworth Book Club will be starting another year of great reading and sharing on September 20th at 2 p.m. We will be discussing the title “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus. The library has extra copies so stop by and check one out. Read it and join the discussion of this great book!

The story is based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries, this is the story of May Dodd–a remarkable woman who, in 1875, travels through the American West to marry the chief of the Cheyenne Nation.

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Ainsworth Library Foundation Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board will be holdings its regular quarterly meeting on 8-18-21 at 5 p.m. The agenda consists of the following items:

1.         Call the meeting to order

2.         Roll call

3.         Approve minutes

4.         Treasurer’s Report

5.         Approve bills for payment

6.         Gift Transaction List from May – August 2021

7.         Landscaping Project

         a. Soaker System installed

            b.         Plant replacement

8.         Update on summer events at library:  Nelson-Rau Book Signing May 25th;  Magic show

June 14th;  Summer Reading Program in June; Middle School & up events in July

9.         Upcoming events:

            a.         Back to School BBQ Bash-August 21st 5-7 p.m.  Sign up Dolly Parton

Imagination Library

            b.         9/11 Memorial Poster Exhibition

          c. Book Club 2021-2022:   starts Sept. 20th

            d.         Author Visit with Bob Ross-September 27th at 3 p.m.   

         e. State Poet:  Matt Mason visit on October 4th 5-6:30 p.m.

10.       ARPA Grant/Youth Services Grant/Library Improvement Grant-run funds through the

Foundation if awarded

11.       Fundraising:

         a. Photo Contest and Sale of Notecards

12.       Set date/time for next meeting

13.       Adjournment

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Ainsworth Library Board Meeting for August

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on August 4, 2021 at 5 p.m.

AGENDA

1.            Call meeting to order

2.            Notice of Nebraska 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.            Part time Library Aide position filled

8.            Review of Young Adult Programs in July

                a.            Escape Room  July 8-9

                b.            STEM Card Event  July 13

9.            ARPA & FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund Grants

10.          Repair work on soffit/fascia cover-gutter

11.          Proposed Budget for 2021-2022

12.          Applied for 9/11 Poster Exhibition from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum  

13.          Workshops/Meeting:

                a.            Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting:  July 1, 8, 22, & 29

                b.            Nebraska Library Commission’s ARPA Formula Grant Webinar-July 13

                c.             Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries-July 16-Lincoln

                d.            System Grant Writing Workshop-August 18

                e.            Nebraska Makerspace Conference  Nov. 2 & 3-Lincoln

14.          Correspondence:            

                a.            Thank you note from North Central District Health Department

                b.            Google Performance-June 2021

                c.             Early Development Network Free Books Literary Project

d.            Director sent letters Nebraska Congress members asking them to invest in library facilities today

e.            Items of interest in library newsletter/journals

15.          Set next meeting date/time

16.          Adjournment

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Ainsworth Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on July 7, 2021 at 5 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

AGENDA

1.         Call meeting to order

2.         Give notice of the posting of Nebraska Open Meetings 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.         Covid-19 Restrictions

8.         Review of Summer Reading Program:

            a.         Preschool Group

            b.         K-4th Grade Fun-Hours & Reader Zone

9.         Young Adult Programs in July:

            a.         Escape Room   July 8-9 from 1-5 p.m.

            b.         STEM: Build a House of Cards    July 13th  from 7-8 p.m.

10.       Update on Jeff Quinn’s Magic Show on June 14th

11.       Library Foundation’s Notecard Fundraiser

12.       ARPA Grants and FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

13.       Library repair work

14.       Proposed budget for 2021-2022

            a.         Sent proposal to Brown County

15.       Review applications for Library aide position

16.       Update Safety and Health Policy

17.       Workshops/Meetings

            a.         Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting (June 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th)

            b.         NCompass: Bedbugs in the Library Webinar-June 23rd

            c.         Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Webinar-June 24th

            d.         FCC Live -June 25th

18.       Correspondence:

            a.         Nebraska Library Commission notice on changes to next Public Library Survey on

                        how to collect programming statistics

            b.         OverDrive using ARPA funds to purchase Children Videos, ebooks,& audio titles

            c.         Update on Library Innovation Studio (Makerspace) from NE Library Commission

            d.         Items of interest from library newsletters/journals

19.       Set next meeting date/time

20.       Adjournment

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Activities Planned for Young Adults

Save these date:

July 8th and 9th: Escape Room from 1-5 p.m. Theme will be space related. Geared for Middle School Students and up.

July 13th: S.T.E.A.M. activity from 7-8 p.m. for Middle School Students and up. We will be building a house of cards. (Deck of cards will be provided)

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Note Card Fundraiser for Ainsworth Library

The Ainsworth Library Foundation will be selling note cards as a fundraiser for the Ainsworth Public Library. The note cards will be available for sale on 6-25 at the Car Show (weather permitting) and in front of the Ainsworth Grand Theater from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on 6-26. The cost will be $10 per package. There will be one design each of our five winning entries from our recent photography contest. Winning photographers included Mary Jo Davis, Kris Stewart, and Jan Vogelsang.

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Magic Show Coming to Ainsworth Library

Jeff Quinn’s

Reading Safari

Magic Show

June 14th at 4 p.m.

Ainsworth Public Library

Free show for all ages!

The wildest Summer Reading Program Magic Show ever!

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Agenda for June Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING

June 2, 2021 at 5 p.m.

AGENDA

1.         Call meeting to order

2.         Notice of the posting of the Nebraska 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.         Covid-19 restrictions

            a.         Open more hours

            b.         Putting back on shelves the children’s puzzles, puppets, Lego’s

8.         Summer Reading Program 

            a.         June:  Preschool

                                     K-4th Grade Fun Hours and Reading Zone

            b.         July:  Stem/Steam for Middle School Students

                                     Movie afternoon

9.         Magic Show   June 14th at 4 p.m.

10.       Review of Book Signing for Katie Rau-May 25th

11.       Fundraiser:   Local Photo’s on Note Card

12.       Proposed budget for 2021-2022

13.       Workshops/Meetings:

            a.         Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting (May 6, 13, and 27)

             b.        Young Adult Literature with STEM-May 6th

            c.         Teaching Technology-May 12  (4 hours)

            c.         Library Foundation Board Meeting-May 19th

            d.         NCompass: Update website with Word -May 26

14.       Correspondence:

            a.         NLA statement on NE school that by passed own policies on challenged material

            b.         Notice from NLC that 2020 Public Library Survey Data now available

            c.         Letter from Rep. Adrian Smith Build America Libraries Act

            d.         Items of interest from library newsletters and journal

15.       Set next meeting date/time

16.       Adjournment

Added to agenda on 5-29-21:             1. Hiring extra help for summer

                                                            2.  ARPA Grant funding from NLC

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Book Signing for Local Author

Local author, Katie Nelson Rau, will be at the Ainsworth Public Library on May 25th from 3 – 6 p.m. with her new children’s title of “The Best Discovery”. Mrs. Rau will be available to sell and sign her new book at this time. A drawing will be held for a free copy of the book so make sure to put your name in for the drawing. Refreshments will be served!

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Summer Reading Program Planned at Local Library

Area children are invited to join the Tails about Tales Summer Reading Program at the Ainsworth Public Library during the month of June.  We have lots of fun planned for the children Preschool to 4th grade.  Please note that due to Covid-19, we will not be holding a Toddler Time this year.

The sign-up period will be from May 1st till May 15th   by way of a survey on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Ainsworthlibrary) and on the library’s website (libraries.ne.gov/ainsworth), or in person at the Library   We will go by the grade just completed in the school year of 2020-2021.

The Preschool Summer Story Hour will be for the children aged four and five (that have not yet been in Kindergarten).  They will meet from 1-1:45 p.m. on June 1st, June 8th, June 15th, and June 22nd.  This group will not be keeping track of reading time.

In the Reading Program for the Kindergarten to Fourth Grade group, students will keep tract of the number of minutes/hours spent reading from June 1st to June 30th   by way of the Reader Zone On-Line Program.  You will need to sign up with the Reader Zone app and the code that is assigned to our library (4a00f).  You may access Reader Zone by way of smart phone, tablet, or computer.  Prizes will be handed out to readers that qualify for prizes after July 1st.

The Fun-Hour for the grade school students will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays in June. Kindergarten and First Grade students will meet on Tuesdays (June 1st, June 8th, June 15th, and June 22nd.  Kindergarten will be at the Library from 2-2:45 p.m. and the First Graders from 3-3:45 p.m.  The Second, Third, and Fourth Grade Fun-Hour will be held from Thursday (June 3rd, June 10th, June 17th, and June 24rd).  Second Grade will be at the Library 1-1:45 p.m.; Third Grade from 2-2:45 p.m. and the Fourth Grade from 3-3:45 p.m.

Plans are being made for Middle School students to engage in some Maker Space Activities in July.  Be watching for more information on this as July gets closer.

The Public Library has planned programs to keep your children reading and learning all summer.  It is a known fact that children who join in summer reading programs keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.  For more information on the upcoming Reading Program, please call the Ainsworth Public Library at 403-387-2032 or stop by the library.

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