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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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Minutes of the January Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on January 3, 2018 at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, and posted at the library and on the library’s website. The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m. by President Mark Kovar. Notice was given on the posting of the Open Meeting Act. Roll call showed four members present. They included Phyllis Leach, Alane Lentz, Todd Flynn, and Mark Kovar. Member Traci Alberts was absent. Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present at the meeting.

Phyllis Leach moved to approve the minutes. Alane Lentz seconded the motion with all voting in favor of. Mark Kovar made the motion to approve the claims for payment. Phyllis Leach seconded this with all members in favor of. The budget spending report from the end of the fiscal year 2016-2017 was shared as well as a report from December 2017. A list of titles purchased during October, November, and December was presented. The Monthly Library Report for October, November, and December was presented. It was noted that Brown County paid the $11,000 for library service during 2017-2018.

An update was given on the Library Innovation Studio Grant (Makerspace) currently at our library through the week of April 9th. Installation of equipment was done on Nov. 14th. Training of local people was completed on Nov. 14-15th. We had at least two people on each item and 5-6 on the larger machines. An Open House was held on Dec. 3rd from 1-4 p.m. We had people demonstrating how each of the machines worked and had samples of items that they might make on them. Over 70+ people attended this. Bev Painter won the door prize of doing a Heat Pressed T-Shirt. People enjoyed cookies and drinks during this time. Denise Harders, our Library System Administer, attended and helped to show the Makey-Makey. We had Sign-Up Sheets for training by each piece of equipment. There is a State Wide Database for People Trained on the equipment. Each person that is trained is listed in it so that they may go to another library that is hosting the Makerspace and use the machines without having to go through training again. Twenty-four people are currently listed in the database. The Community Action Team has had four meetings with the last one being on Nov. 28th to plan the Open House. Now that the holidays are over, they will be meeting again soon. It was noted that various groups have been in for tours of the Makerspace. There was 22 students from the 8th Grade Shop Class that came in for live demonstration of the equipment. They came back the next week and made an item with the help of the trainers. We have two Art Classes coming in next week. We also have a group coming on Jan. 8th to learn about the Makerspace. Plans are in motion for the Career Day at School and promoting the Makerspace and how students might use this type of equipment as a future career. The Nebraska Library Commission offered a $1000 Library Internship Grant for Library Innovation Studio. The student needed to be in school and close to 18 years old. Morgan Osborn has been selected as our Intern. She has been busy learning how the machines work and training people on them. Her work is only with the Makerspace. The paperwork is in the works but the funding has not yet arrived.

The Library will have a CEO Student second semester. The Library Director will have to complete an evaluation form for the school at the end of March and in May.

The Board reviewed the Summary for 2016-2017 as well as the 2017 Nebraska Public Library Survey plus the Nebraska Library Commission Supplement Survey. This was submitted on Jan. 3, 2018. A copy has been sent to the City Clerk’s Office.

An update was given on the Library Book Basket Silent Auction held on November 18th. All 29 baskets were sold and raised a total of $1436.50.

It was noted that the Director had attended the Nebraska State Advisory Council meeting in Lincoln on Nov. 17th. Staff attended the OverDrive Training Webinar on Dec. 7th. Other meetings attended included the City Retirement/Savings Meeting on Dec. 12th and the Mayor’s Christmas Lunch on Dec. 20th.

Under correspondence, we had several thank you cards. One was for the door prize at the Makerspace Open House from Bev Painter and the other was a thank you from the 8th Grade Shop Class on the Makerspace tour and projects they did. Articles of interest from library journals and newsletters were shared.

The next meeting was set for Feb. 7th at 5 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:49 p.m.

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January Book Discussion

The Book Discussion Group will be meeting on Jan. 15th at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on a book about a Nebraska native from Superior-Evelene Brodstone. The book is titled “Evelene: The Troubleshooter Was a Lady” by Elizabeth J. Tremain.

Evelene was one of the world’s highest paid woman executives in the 1920’s. She was raised in Superior, Nebraska, and never forgot her home when her work took her to many places around the world. She was even a childhood friend to Nebraska author, Willa Cather. In the book, you will follow her rise through the ranks of the Vestey Cold Storage Company in Chicago, London, and other countries. Evelene eventually marries Lord William Vestey and becomes Lady Vestey.

The author was the little neighbor girl to Evelene in Superior and they kept in contact with each other until Evelene’s death in 1941. This biography is part autobiography as many entries are from Evelene’s diaries and letters. You are there when she describes Queen Victoria’s London, a London under siege during the war, and the years between.

The Library has copies of this title available for you to read. Please stop by the Library and pick up a copy today!

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Holiday Closing

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 1st, for the New Year’s Day holiday. We will open on the 2nd as usual.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Library Board Meeting Agenda

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING AGENDA

January 3, 2018 at 5 p.m.

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
6. Monthly Library Report
7. Library Innovation Studio Grant (Makerspace)
a. Installation of equipment (Nov. 14th)
b. Training of Local People (Nov. 14-15th)
c. Update on Open House (Dec. 3rd from 1-4 p.m.)
d. Sign-Ups for training on each machine
e. State Wide Database for Trained People
f. Update on Committee Action Team meeting on Nov. 28th
g. Tours of Makerspace for students
h. 2017-2018 Nebraska Library Internship Grant for Library Innovation Studio
1. Morgan Osborn selected for the $1000 grant
8. Year End Report for 2016-2017 and State Statistical Report
9. Ainsworth High School COE Program
10. Update on Library Book Basket Silent Auction
11. Meetings:
a. Nebraska State Advisory Council-Lincoln-Nov. 17th
b. OverDrive Training Webinar-Dec. 7th
c. City Retirement/Saving Meeting-Dec. 12th
d. Mayor’s City Christmas Lunch-Dec. 20th
12. Correspondence:
a. Thank You Card on Door Prize at Makerspace Open House
b. Articles of interest from Library Journals/Newsletters
13. Set next meeting date/time
14. Adjournment

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Holiday Closings

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed on the December 25th for Christmas and on January 1st for New Year’s Day.

The Library staff wished very one a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Library Innovation Studio Internship Grant Awarded to Ainsworth Library

The Nebraska Library Commission has awarded the Ainsworth Public Library a $1,000 Innovation Studio Internship Grant. This grant will pay a high school or college student to be assigned to assisting with activities associated with the Library Innovation Studio while the Makerspace is housed at the Library. The Makerspace was installed at the Ainsworth Library on November 14th and will remain at the library until the week of April 9th.

Morgan Osborn has been selected as the Intern at the Library. Morgan is a senior at the Ainsworth High School. She has been busy learning how to run all the different machines and has been doing one-on-one training with people. Morgan is very excited to be working with the Makerspace and to help others create with the Studio.

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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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Makerspace Open House Drawing Winner

A drawing was held at the Open House for the Library Innovation Studio on December 3rd. Bev Painter was the winner of the T-Shirt to be used on the heat press.

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Library Innovation Studio Open House Held

The Ainsworth Public Library held an Open House on December 3rd with the Library Innovation Studio. Seventy plus people watched live demonstrations on each Makerspace piece and saw how they work. A sample of items that you might make with the equipment was also shared. The Makerspace includes a Vinyl Cutter, Heat Press, Sewing/Embroidery Machine, Laser Cutter, CNC Router, 3D Printer, Music Recording Kit, Camera/Video and Green Screen, Lego Mindstorm, Ardunio, Sparkfun, and Soldering Iron. People of all ages had fun playing on the Makey Makey and making the bananas or play dough make music. Another favorite stop was the Button Maker where people got to make a button for themselves. People were able to sign up for training on the piece that they wanted to learn about. Library staff is in the process of setting up different training times for all the equipment. We do have a CorelDraw Software Class set for Dec. 14th from 6-8 p.m. Please call the Library (387-2032) if you would like to attend it.

Attendees were able to put their name in the drawing for a special prize. Bev Painter won the drawing for a T-Shirt to use on the Heat Press.

Library Innovation Studios (Makerspacers) hosted by public libraries will help to support community engagement and participatory learning experiences by providing access to technological and innovative learning tools not readily accessible locally. This strengthening of the maker culture in Nebraska communities is expected to stimulate creativity, innovation, and the exchange of ideas to facilitate entrepreneurship, skills development, and local economic development. The Nebraska Library Commission along with partners University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension, and the Regional Library Services in Nebraska are excited to start the first rounds of the Makerspace in Nebraska libraries with the $530,732 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This Innovation Studio will be at the Ainsworth Public Library through the first week in April. Please stop in and see what all the excitement is about!

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