National Library Week will be celebrated from April 4-10, 2021, with the theme of “Welcome to Your Library”. We want to promote the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.
We will be featuring “Go Fish: Read a Book” all week long. Fish bowls will be set up with paper fish that list a book. You draw the fish and then check out the title that is listed on the paper fish. We will have three different levels of reading for people to fish from. It should be a fun time!
On Monday, library staff will be handing out the packet #1 of the April Take and Make. It will have all the needed items to make a bubble wand. The children should have lots of fun blowing bubbles.
On Tuesday, we will be featuring our many DVD’s. It will be Movie Check-Out Day. Check out a DVD and get a movie kit (which will consist of a bag of microwave popcorn and a popcorn box which you will make yourself).
Wednesday will be a No Fine Day. Please get your overdue items returned!
Thursday we will be featuring book characters. Come dressed as your favorite book character and pick out a free book to take home and keep.
Friday will be Color your World Day. Relax with a color page and take your Covid-19 stress away.
We look forward to seeing many library patrons in the library during this special week.
The featured title for the Book Club in April will be the title “Zoo Nebraska” by Carson Vaughan. The Library has several extra copies available for readers to enjoy. Just stop by the Library.
Royal, Nebraska had for nearly twenty years, a zoo that rose from local peculiarity to a key tourist attraction to a devastating tragedy. Reuben the Chimpanzee was the featured draw to the zoo. Johnny Carson even donated money to build a Primate Center. This is a true story of small-town politics and community perseverance and a of decent people and questionable choices which lead to a tragic end of a dream.
The group will gather on April 19th at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the book. I know that many of us had visited this zoo in the past and have great memories of the experience. Should be a great read!
Due to the weather and the amount of snow to be removed from streets and sidewalks, the Monday Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, March 18th at 2 p.m. Hope to see you at the Book Club!
The Ainsworth Library Board will be meeting on March 3rd at 5 p.m. This meeting is open to the Library. The agenda is posted at the Library.
It’s “Blind Date With a Book” time again this February at the Ainsworth Public Library. Patrons may come in and choose a specially wrapped book to read based only on the clues given on the wrapper. After reading their literary date, readers are asked to return their Rate Your Date form to be entered into a drawing for a book lovers gift basket. A popular program with many libraries, the Ainsworth Library has been providing book dates each February since 2017. The number of books and readers participating has grown each year with many readers coming back for a second date! Stop in and check one out!
The One Book One Nebraska title for 2021 will be the featured Book Club selection for the month of February at the Ainsworth Public Library. “Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II” by James J. Kimble will take readers across the entire state of Nebraska during the scrap metal drive early in America’s involvement in World War II. When Henry Doorly initially developed a plan to urge citizens to donate scrap metal to help with arms production, he had no idea that his plan would expand from Omaha to the entire state and then be used as model for a national scrap drive. The book covers every county’s participation in the Nebraska Plan, and how it fit into the large effort on a national level. The library will have copies available after January 19th. We will have a book discussion on the title on February 16th at 2 p.m. Please stop by and get a copy to read!
The One Book One Nebraska reading program is entering its seventeenth year. It encourages Nebraskan across the state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting. The One Book One Nebraska is sponsored by Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, The Backwaters Press, and the Nebraska Library Commission.
The Ainsworth Public Library will be a partner with the North Central District Health Department in getting people 75 years of age and over to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccination with the online form. The Library staff will help you fill out the information so that you may get the vaccination.
Many people in this age group do not have a computer or know how to use the internet. Many do not have family or friends that can help them do the online registration. This is why the Health Department reached out to the Library to see if we could help this age group complete the form. The form has basic question such as your name, phone number, city of residence, county of residence, and date of birth. Once you have completed the form online, you will receive a phone call to schedule an appointment. You are asked to please be patient on getting scheduled. Vaccinating 75+ individuals will take the department several weeks.
The Library will also hand out to you the Moderna Vaccination Consent Form which you will complete at home and bring with you at the time of your actual vaccination. The Moderna vaccine is a TWO dose vaccine that needs to be administered 28 days apart. The Health Department will schedule a second clinic after scheduling the first vaccine clinic.
The Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Please note that right now ONLY those who are 75 and older currently can register for the vaccine. A registry for others will be available in February. Please call the library if you have questions and we will try to help you.
The Library has several events happening this month:
- January “Snowmen” Take and Make Packets
- Book Club on January 19th
The Ainsworth Public Library will be handing out two “Snowmen” theme Take and Make Packets in January. Packet #1 features a snowman on a box and is currently available. Packet #2 will feature a handprint and snowmen on the fingers. This packet will be available starting January 18th. The children will love to create these adorable snowmen!
The Book Club will be meeting on January 19th at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the title of “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. The Library has extra copies available. Please stop by and pick up a copy if you are interested in joining. The February title will be handed out at the discussion on January 19th. The featured title for February will be the One Book One Nebraska selection of “Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II” by James Kimble.
The Ainsworth Public Library will resume their Book Club this January. The first title selection for the year will be “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. Multiple copies of this book will be available for check-out the week of December 14th. The group will be gathering at the library on January 19th at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the title.
This is a novel about a grumpy man named Ove. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when a chatty young couple with two young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
The February selection will feature the 2021 One Book One Nebraska title of “Prairie Forge-The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II” by James J. Kimble. Please contact the library (402-387-2032) if you need more information.
AFA’s Educating America Tour Nebraska Virtual Conference
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM (CT)
Register by visiting www.alzfdn.org/tour
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is holding
a free virtual educational conference as part of its
Educating America Tour to connect Nebraska residents
with information about Alzheimer’s disease, brain health,
caregiving and advance planning.
View the agenda and register by visiting www.alzfdn.org/tour
Registration is free and open to all!
Please call AFA at 866-232-8484 with any questions.