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Library Closed For Thanksgiving

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 24th, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open on Friday and Saturday as usual. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Book Basket Auction A Big Success

Thank you to all the wonderful library supporters that helped us raise a total of $1,605 on our Book Baskets! Thank you to the ones that donated a basket. Thank you to the ones that purchased a basket. Thank you to the ones that placed a bid but did not win. Thank you to the ones that left a donation. Thank you, Thank you!

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Book Basket Auction Coming Soon

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Holiday Closing

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed this coming Friday, November 11th, to observe Veterans Day.

The Library will be open on Saturday as usual.

A big thank you to all the Veterans that served to protect our freedom!

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Agenda for Library Board Meeting


November 2, 2022 at 5 p.m.


1.         Call meeting to order

2.         Give notice of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act

3.         Roll call

4.         Approve minutes

5.         Approve claims for payment

6.         Monthly Library Report/List of titles purchased

7.         Summary of 2021-2022 Fiscal Year

8.         Book Basket Fundraiser

9.         NLC/UNL Advertising/PR Capstone Class asking libraries to help with class

10.       Review of the Humanities Nebraska Program on 10-20-22

11.       Update on Trunk/Treat Halloween event downtown-10-31-22

12.       Meeting/Workshops:

a.         Director’s Thursday Zoom Meetings (Oct. 13th and 20th)

13.       Correspondence:

a.         Announcement of the 2023 One Book One Nebraska title:  “The Mystery of Hunting’s End”

b.         Articles of interest from library journals and newsletters

14.       Set closing dates for upcoming holidays in November and December

15.       Set next meeting date/time

16.       Adjournment

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Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired Gives Deskset Video Magnifier to Library

A recent partnership between the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI) has improved services the Ainsworth Public Library provides for patrons with low vision. NCBVI has provided a 20” ONYX Deskset HD CCTV (electronic video magnifier) to each public library location in Nebraska at no cost.  At the Ainsworth Public Library, the magnifier is currently in the public computer access area right by the door but is mobile enough to place anywhere in the library.

This CCTV is very user-friendly and the NCBVI has created a reference card which explains the simple controls on the attached remote. Most people should be able to sit at the device and use it without any assistance.  In many cases, it is as simple as turning on the power button and using the + and – buttons to zoom in and out.

Director Gail Irwin said, “We’re so excited to have this technology and can’t wait to show it to our patrons who struggle reading books, magazines, and newspapers. This will be a game changer for being able to read items received in the mail as well. It even magnifies images from a smartphone or tablet. We hope patrons of all ages feel free to stop in and ask for a demonstration.”

A 3-minute demonstration video of this exact unit can also be found here:

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Minutes of October Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held their monthly meeting on October 5, 2022 at the Ainsworth Public Library.  This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, posted on the Library’s website and at the Library.  President Phyllis Leach called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.  Notice was given of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act.  Roll call showed four members present (Todd Flynn, Stacie Gilliland, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz).   Member Luke Hitchcock was absent.   Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Stacie Gilliland made the motion to approve the minutes which Alane Lentz seconded.  Voting showed all members in favor of.  Alane Lentz moved to approve the end of the year claims and the monthly claims for payment.  Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of. An update on the budget was given.   The city approved of the library’s budget as submitted.  The Monthly Library Report and List of Titles Purchased were presented. 

The Onyx Deskset HD Portable Video Magnifier has arrived and is up waiting for people to use. The Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired provided one for every library in Nebraska that wished to have it at no cost.  The electronic video magnifier has a reference card that explains the simple controls on the attached remote.  Most people should be able to sit at the desk and use without any assistance.  The unit will remain the property of NCBVI so the agency can repair, replace, or dispose of the CCTVs if/when something goes out on it.  Each device comes with a two-year warranty and lifetime tech support from the vendor.

A review was presented on the activities for Banned Books Week held from Sept. 19-24th.  A display was made of books that are on the banned books list.  We also highlighted the week with posts on the library’s Facebook page and website. 

The One Book One Nebraska 2022 title of “The Bones of Paradise” by Jonis Agee will be the October Book Club read.   The group will be meeting on October 17th to share thoughts on the title.  Our library will be holding a Humanities Nebraska Program with the One Book One Nebraska author on October 20th.   We will be serving refreshments for this event.  The Central Plains Library System paid for the author to come. 

The City Clerk had contacted Threeriver Communications to see when the fiber connection would be completed at the Library.  The fiber was connected on the 29th of September.  The Clerk stated that the library as part of the City would receive the fastest available speed free of charge in exchange for Threeriver using the City right away for their equipment.  She also stated that if we have any network problems, we would need to find someone to do it as Threeriver will not do that anymore.  The Library would be responsible for the cost of the new router needed to connect to the Fiber. 

A display was put up by Bright Horizon titled “The Silent Witness”.  This was to draw attention to domestic violence and promote awareness of this violence.

The Library Foundation Board will be holding a Book Basket Auction in November as a fundraiser for our outside lighting project.  We are currently looking for donations of book baskets.  The Library Board members were encouraged to provide a basket for the auction.

The library will be part of the Trunk Treat Safe Treat being held downtown on October 31st from 4-6 p.m.  We will be handing out bookbags/books.

It was noted that the Library Director had attended three of the Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting in September (the 8th, 22nd and 29th).   Some of the topics discussed included Book Clubs and Book Kits; Fiber Construction grants; Prolife Sanctuary Cities in Nebraska and the legal issues involved with libraries within those communities, censorship, and the Library telescope program.

Under correspondence, we share information on the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Collection Development Policy and Reconsideration of Materials Form.  The directors of all participating libraries will have a chance to vote for or against approval of the policy and the form on October 14th.  Information was received and shared on the Library Telescope Program.  This program would place a telescope in local public libraries to allow greater general access to the scope which would be put into circulation just like a book.  The telescope is a pretty self-contained kit what one can carry tucked under one’s arm.  It would stimulate interest in astronomy, help foster scientific literacy, enable people who never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery and provide a valuable asset for the library.  This program would fall in nicely with our STEM/STEAM equipment and the board was in favor of getting the equipment for around $250-$300.  Beside the telescope, we would also have a laminated user manual the scope, a pocket sky atlas to find celestial objects, a red flashlight to allow for reading the guide at night while preserving the night vision.  This will all fit in a bag that straps to the telescope.  The Omaha Astronomical Society will be our partner and set up and maintain the telescope.  They will also donate a required zoom eyepiece to use with the telescope and provide staff training.  Articles of interest from the Library’s system newsletter and Library Journal were shared.   Board member, Todd Flynn, found two articles from “The Guardian” on censorship which was shared with the Board.

The next meeting was set for November 2nd at 5 p.m.   Member Todd Flynn stated that he would not be able to attend that meeting.    Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

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Humanities Nebraska speaker to appear

Speaker Jonis Agee will present a program “Bones of Paradise: A Novel Examined” on October 20th at 5 p.m. at the Ainsworth Public Library.  

This presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Central Plains Library System, and the Ainsworth Public Libraryas part of the HN Speakers Bureau.

Jonis Agee, a Nebraska author, will be discussing how she came to write the 2022 One Book, One Nebraska selection “Bones of Paradise”.  Her novel offers readers a multi-generational saga set in the Nebraska Sand Hills.  Agee discusses how she came to write this story in this setting, and shares her approaches to research, character development and more.

“Bones of Paradise: A Novel Examined” is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation.

Speakers are available to any non-profit organization in Nebraska. Each program lasts 30 minutes to an hour, plus a question-and-answer period.

The most frequent users of the HN Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations and ethnic organizations.  Humanities Nebraska sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the U.S. according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, please access our website at or contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone (402) 474-2131, fax (402) 474-4852 or e-mail

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1.         Call meeting to order

2.         Notice of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act

3.         Roll call

4.         Approve minutes

5.         Approve claims

6.         Monthly Library Report/List of Titles Purchased 7.   Budget update for 2022-2023

8.         Electronic Video Magnifier

9.         Banned Books Week (Sept. 19th-24th)

10.       Book Club: October selection is the One Book One Nebraska Title 2022

11.       Humanities Nebraska Program with the One Book One Nebraska Author- Oct. 20

12.          Fiber Internet Connection Installed

13.       Silent Witness Display for Domestic Violence Week by Bright Horizons

14.       Book Basket Fundraiser

15.       Trunk Treat Safe Treat Downtown

16.       Meetings/workshops:

a.         Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting:  September 8th, 22nd, and 29th

17.       Correspondence:

a.         Todd Flynn: Articles from “The Guardian” on censorship

            b.         Articles of interest from Library Journals

18.       Set next meeting date/time

19.       Adjournment

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The Ainsworth Public Library has announced the book selection for the October read.  We are happy to say that the title will be the One Book One Nebraska 2022 book by Nebraska author Jonis Agee. “The Bones of Paradise” is a multi-generational family saga, set in the unforgiving Nebraska Sandhills in the years following the massacre at Wounded Knee—an ambitious tale of history, vengeance, race, guilt, betrayal, family, and belonging, filled with a vivid cast of characters shaped by violence, love, and a desperate loyalty to the land.  We have extra copies available for readers to checkout.  Stop by the library and get your copy.  

The author was born in Omaha, Nebraska.  She grew up in Nebraska and Missouri, places where many of her stories and novels are set. She was educated at The University of Iowa (BA) and The State University of New York at Binghamton (MA, PhD). She is Adele Hall Professor of English at The University of Nebraska, where she teaches creative writing and twentieth-century fiction. She has won many awards.  They include three books chosen as New York Times Notable Books, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Nebraska Book Award, Nebraska Arts Council Merit Award, Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in Fiction, Loft McKnight Award of Distinction, and Editor’s Choice Award from Foreword Magazine. 

This author will be speaking at our library on October 20th at 5 p.m. The Humanities Nebraska program is titled Bones of Paradise: A Novel Examined.  We hope that you can attend this event and meet this Nebraska author.

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