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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

The Ainsworth Public Library will be celebrating Banned Books Week from Sept. 25-30th. First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week is an annual event held to remind Americans not to take the freedom to read for granted. This week highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Celebrate your freedom to read and check out a Banned Book from the library!

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ONE BOOK ONE NEBRASKA TITLE WILL BE THE OCTOBER BOOK DISCUSSION SELECTION

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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Minutes from the September Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on September 6, 2017 at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, posted at the Library and on the library’s website. President Mark Kovar called the meeting to order at 5:02 p.m. Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act. Roll call showed all members present (Traci Alberts, Todd Flynn, Mark Kovar, Alane Lentz, and Phyllis Leach). Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting. Two guests were present.

Two members of the Brown County Community Foundation Fund were present to share information on their foundation. Marilyn Williams and Diane Syfie updated us on raising funds and on grants that they have awarded.

Alane Lentz moved to approve the minutes which was seconded by Traci Alberts. The motion passed with all members voting in favor of. Phyllis Leach moved to approve the claims for payment which Todd Flynn seconded. Vote showed all members in favor of. A review of the budget spending was done. The Monthly Library Report for August was presented as well as the list of titles purchased this month. Review done on goals and strategies.

It was noted that the Northeast Community College provided 150 certified solar eclipse glasses for our library to hand out. The glasses disappeared very fast!

The digitalization project was discussed. This project should be completed very soon and made available to the public.

The Library has been awarded the Library Innovation Studio Grant or the Makerspace grant. Training for library staff will now be at the end of October in Lincoln. The equipment will arrive the first part of November with train the trainer taking place then. A list of equipment and what they can do was shared with the Board. Space needs was also noted. We will have the equipment at our library from November 2017 to April 2018. Discussion was held on possible local people to help with promotion of this project as well as training the public to use.

The proposed budget for 2017-18 was discussed. It was noted that Commissioner Small was pretty sure that we would get the funding requested but that the County still needed to hold a Budget Hearing. The City Budget Workshop was held on August 28th. It is believed that our request will be honored.

The Little Paws Preschool schedule for library visits was discussed. The school has asked for a 10 a.m. visit and a 2 p.m. visit. A schedule was drawn up for those times every other week but stated that it might change if the Board didn’t want to do the 10 a.m. time due to the library actually opening at 11 a.m. After a discussion, the Board agreed to go with the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. visits.

The Lego Guy, Curtis Mork, is currently booking shows in the Northern part of Nebraska for June that will feature the summer reading theme for 2018 “Libraries Rock”. We could have him at our library on June 8th. The Rock County Public Library and our library would share the cost of lodging in Atkinson on June 7th. The Board agreed to have this program at the library.

Upcoming events include promoting Library Card Sign-Up Month; Banned Book Week (Sept. 25-30th), and Teen Read Week (Oct. 9-14). The Book Discussion Group will start up on Sept. 18th. The One Book One Nebraska title of Black Elk Speaks will be handed out. Group will vote on upcoming titles to read this year. The Library will join in the Trick or Treat Event downtown the last of October.

Several Library Foundation members gave an update on the Library Foundation Board meeting held on August 24th. They will hold the Book Basket Auction this fall. Plans are still being worked out at this time.

Under correspondence, the Board was given the new password for NebraskAccess, shared several thank you notes, and articles of interest from library newsletters and journals.

The next meeting date was set for October 4th at 5 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 6 p.m.

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AINSWORTH LIBRARY FOUNDATION BOARD MEETING

The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board held its regular quarterly meeting on August 24, 2017 at the Ainsworth Public Library. The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by Vice-President Mark Kovar due to the absence of the President. Roll called showed six members present (Traci Alberts, Wendy Allen, Gary Kinzie, Mark Kovar, Deanna Taylor, and Bev Whitney) and one member absent (Marsha Fuchs). The Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting as well as one guest.

The minutes of the last meetings and the Treasurer’s Report were approved as read. One bill was presented for payment to Advantage Companies as the Library Foundations part on the Digitalization Project for local newspaper. Deanna Taylor moved to approve the payment. Bev Whitney seconded this motion with all members voting in favor of. The Library and Brown County Foundation will be paying for part of this project.

The Gift Transaction List from May to August 2017 was presented. It showed the following gifts:

In memory of Mrs. Lou Ann Williams from Mr.and Mrs. Doug Pankowski
Ainsworth Community Schools Board of Education and School staff
Mrs. and Mrs. Denton Weichman

In memory of Mrs. Peg Raymond from Mr. and Mrs. Doug Pankowski

In memory of Mrs. Vernice “Ve” Dawson Wayman from Mrs. Eunice Wulf

In memory of Mr. Arden Stech from Mr. and Mrs. Denton Weichman

In memory of Mrs. Barbara Shiffermiller from Mr. and Mrs. David Krecek
Mr. and Mrs. William Cassel
Ms. Jaye McCoy
Dr. and Mrs. John Sage
Ms. Charlotte P. Schenken
Mrs. Mary Anna Anderson
Ms. Jane Estabrook
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rock
Dr. and Mrs. R. Michael Kroeger
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Pisasale
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Goeser
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Little
Mrs. Ruth Salzman
Mrs. Mary Lou Giles
Mrs. Cindy Smith and Family
Mrs. Alyce Ann Clausen and Family
Dr. and Mrs. William Smith
Mr. and Mrs. David Dwiggins
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Allen
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bragg
Mrs. Barbara Ann Allen
Dr. and Mrs. Joel Cotton
Mr. and Mrs. Denton Weichman
Mr. and Mrs. Marc Wittstruck

Another gift received included a donation from Honeywell International PAC Charitable Gift Program by Mr. Matthew Kulek. The recycling of ink cartridges made a total of $95.20. The Board expressed thanks for each and every donation to the library.

Marilyn Williams, a member from the Brown County Community Foundation, was present to share a story of their Foundation with our Board.

Discussion was held on library improvements. The group is still searching a small end table. Work was completed on the overhang outside of the building this summer.

The Library has been awarded the Library Innovation Studio Grant by the Nebraska Library Commission. The makerspace equipment will be arriving this fall for four months. Library training will be held in Lincoln in October and local training will be held shortly after when the equipment gets here. We will need to have local people on a committee to help promote and train others to use the equipment.

Discussion was held on the Book Basket Auction. No certain date was selected at this time but we do plan to hold this event this fall.

The next meeting date was set for November 9th at 7 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 8:06 p.m.

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Library Board Meeting set for September 6th

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING

September 6, 2017 at 5 p.m.

AGENDA

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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LABOR DAY CLOSING

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 4th, for Labor Day. Please have a safe and happy weekend!

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Mintues from the August Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held their monthly meeting on August 3, 2017 at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting was advertised on the radio, in the local newspaper, posted at the library and on the library’s website. President Mark Kovar called the meeting to order at 5 p.m. Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act. Roll call showed all members present. They included Traci Alberts, Todd Flynn, Mark Kovar, Alane Lentz, and Phyllis Leach. Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Phyllis Leach made the motion to approve the minutes with one amended change: The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m. instead of 6:05 p.m. Alane Lentz seconded this with all members voting in favor of. Todd Flynn moved to approve the claims for payment. Traci Alberts seconded this motion with all members voting in favor of. The Board spent time reviewing the budget spending. The Monthly Library Report for July was shared as well as the List of titles purchased. It was noted that the new copy machine was installed. One of the board members asked if we needed to increase the cost of copies. Director will check to see how much the toner will be and see if we need to do an increase in cost. Discussion was held on the work on the outside of the library. The needed repairs were fixed as soon as it was reported. Vacation time for the Director was discussed.

An update was given on the Lego Robotics Session for Middle/High School students held by the Extension Service on July 11th at the Library. A total of 11 attended.

Traci Alberts gave an update on the Tri-Lingual Language class held on Thursday in July for the K-2nd graders. Spanish, English, and Hand Signing was taught by Traci Alberts and Julie Mizner. A total of 29 people attended this class.

An update was given on the Digitalization Project. Director had talked to newspaper editor again asking about the permission sheet for copyright issues. The editor is still leaning towards having the 1925-2003 available in the library only on the hard drive. All the other issues would be placed on the internet. Once we get the permission sheet for copyright issues signed by the editor, we can proceed with the projects.

It was noted that the Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities Makerspace Grant was submitted by the due date. A total of eighteen letters of support were attached to it. Libraries should be hearing on if they are awarded or not by middle of August. If we are awarded, we will need to gather a local team to work with the equipment and promoting of the Makerspace.

It was noted that there has been no word on the budget from the County yet. The City will hold its Budget Workshop on August 16th at 2 p.m.

The Book Discussion Group will be starting up again soon. The September read will be the One Book One Nebraska title of “Black Elks Speak”. A list has been compiled for the group to vote on this year’s reading titles. It is a mixture of classic, non-fiction, Nebraska authors, and historical fiction

Under Workshops and Meetings, the Director reported on the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries Meeting that she attended on July 21st by way of the internet. Their next meeting will be on November 17th in Lincoln. It was noted that the Library Foundation Board would be meeting on August 24th. The Library Director reported that she had a meeting with the City Clerk and the Mayor on August 3rd to get input on how the City was working together in all the departments and what areas could be improved, what projects need to be done and their priority focus. They felt that the Library was doing a great job and really had no issues at this time. It was also noted that Senator Fischer would be in town on August 8th for public comments and a Town Hall Meeting would be held on August 15th to gather public input regarding your county and community needs, strengths and weaknesses of our Central Nebraska regional economy, partners in the region and support/funding for development activities.

Articles of interest from library newsletters and journals were shared. It was noted that the Central Plains Library System has two Breakout EDU kits to lend to libraries to do Escape Rooms with. Director noted that plans were in the works to promote Library Card Sign Up Month and Banned Book Week in September and Teen Read Week in October.

The next meeting date and time was set for a Wednesday, September 6th at 5 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

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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.

AGENDA

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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Library Board Meeting Agenda

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING

July 6, 2017 @ 5 p.m.

AGENDA

1. Call meeting to order
2. Posting of 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. Review of Summer Reading Program
a. Toddler Time
b. Preschool Story-Time
c. K-4th Grade Reading
d. Middle School/High School Events with Extension
1. Lego Robotics-July 11th
e. Reply from City Clerk on last month’s request from Julie Mizner
8. Tri-Lingual Language Class
9. Digitalization Project
10. Repair work on outside of building
11. Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities Grant Application/Letters of Support
12. Finalize Proposed Budget for 2017-2018
13. Workshops/Meetings:
a. MyHeritage On-Line Class (Gail and Wanda completed)
b. Central Plains Library System Annual Meeting/Retirement Party for Sharon O. July 7th-Ravenna
c. State Advisory Committee Meeting-GotoMeeting On-Line-July 21st.
d. Library Foundation Board Meeting-August 17th
14. Correspondence:
a. Invite to host programs & exhibits in connection with new Ken Burns film: The Vietnam War
b. Articles of interest from Library Newsletters and Journals
15. Set next meeting date/time
16. Adjournment

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