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The Ainsworth Public Library received a total of $4,196 from the 2022 ARPA Formula Grant.  These funds were to assist in the Covid-19 pandemic and in the recovery from it.  We used some of the funds to address the public health protocols with the addition of a hand sanitizer dispenser station; two foam soap dispensers in the rest rooms; plus a UV Sterilizer for library material coming back into the library and for the computer stations.  We also used some of the funds to address the social/physical distancing measures to optimize outdoor spaces.  A 10’x10’ Pop-up Canopy and folding table was purchased to use for outdoor programs and meetings.  We also used the grant to acquire a tech mobile power tower for indoor/outdoor use with electrical items such as computers, projector, and speaker system.  A projector was purchased for showing computer images, text, or movies outside of the library building.  About half of the grant money was used on collection development with materials for different ages to enjoy.  We purchased 31 board books; 4 Spanish-English bilingual books; 20 books with CD’s for children as well as 3 audio books for the adults; 61 DVD movies/TV Shows; and 7 Book Club Kits with eight titles each for our Book Discussion Group. 

This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

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Library to be closed on Monday

The Library will be closed on Monday, June 20th, to honor the Juneteenth holiday.

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Balloon Artist Coming to the Library

Ethan Boggs will be at the Ainsworth Public Library on Monday, June 13th, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Ethan, an outgoing eighth grader, will be sharing his balloon twisting creations with us. Ethan comes to use from Seward, Ne and has a laid back style and fun personality that will entertain his audience while he is twisting. He has experience twisting balloons for libraries, churches, birthday parties, and other events.

Ethan found a balloon twisting book at the library when he was ten years old. Over time he taught himself how to make balloon animals using the instructions in the book. Each year he has added more designs to his repertoire and now he can make a wide variety of creations.

This event is open to all and free. The Central Plains Library System and the Ainsworth Public Library is sponsoring this program. The Library will be doing a door prize drawing for a book on balloon twisting, some twisting balloons and air pump. Hope to see you there!

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Library Board Meeting June 8th


June 8, 2022 at 5 p.m.


1.         Call meeting to order

2.         Give notice on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act

3.         Roll call

4.         Approve minutes of last meeting

5.         Approve claims for payment

6.         Monthly Library Report/List of titles purchased

7.         Update on Children’s Book Week (May 2-7th)

8.         Grant Updates:

            a.         Youth Grant

            b.         Library Improvement Grant (Makerspace Open House; program to group)

            c.         Formula Grant  (funds have been spent)

            d.         Teacher’s Grant final report submitted

9.         Summer Reading Program

10.       Balloon Program with Ethen Bogg’s-June 13th

11.       Cleaning Position

12.       Underground sprinkler system

13.       Work on budget for 2022-2023

14.       Meeting/workshops:

            a.         Library Foundation Board Meeting-May 4th

            b.         Director’s Thursday Zoom  Meeting-May 5th and 26th

15.       Correspondence:

            a.         State Aid check $1237

            b.         Updating network configuration on Overdrive

            c.         Redesign of NebraskAccess over summer

            d.         Information on the Affordable Connectivity Program

            e.         Items of interest from Library journals and newsletters

16.       Set next meeting date/time

17.       Adjournment

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Today is the Day!

Kindergarten to Fourth grade students that signed up for our Summer Reading Program will need to keep track of time read from June 1st to June 30th by way of the on-line app called Reader Zone. Just search for “Reader Zone” at your app store. Install the app on your Android, Apple or Amazon device. Make an account and enter our program code. If you need the code, please contact the library. Once this is done, you may begin logging your reading and see your progress in real time.

Happy Reading Time!

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Library closed for Memorial Day

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed on Monday, June 30th, to observe Memorial Day.

Have a safe and fun weekend!

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2022 Summer Reading Program Registration

Registration is now open for the 2022 Summer Reading Program “Oceans of Possibilities”. Please sign up below, by calling the library, or stopping by in person. Registrations will close on May 15th.

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Makerspace Open House

The Ainsworth Public Library will be holding an Open House on May 5th from 4-5 p.m. so that the public can see all the new equipment we have added to our Makerspace.  The library was recently awarded a 2022 ARPA Library Improvement Grant in the amount of $1,428 to purchase equipment and supplies for our Makerspace area. 

The grant funds were used to purchase a Cricut Mug Press; Wood Burning Kit; American Button Maker 1.25”; and a Laminator to use with paper size 9 x 11.5 and smaller.   Supplies were also purchased to use with training on the machines.  The Library was also gifted this spring with a large vinyl cutting machine, computer with software as well as supplies from the Innovation Studio Grant.  All of these items will be on display along with our other Makerspace items such as our Accut Die Cutter; Cricut Machine; Heat Press; Label Maker; and Engraver.  Training Sign-up sheets will be posted for people that would like to have one-on-one training on the machines.  Training dates will be scheduled at a later date.   Make sure to sign up for several Door Prizes to be given away at the Open House.

The Library Improvement Grant is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

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Help Wanted


The Library is now accepting applications for the position of a


Applications forms need to be returned by May 2nd.

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Library Board Minutes

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting at the Library on April 13th. The meeting was called to order at 5 p.m.  Notice was given on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act.  Roll call showed three members present:  Todd Flynn, Stacie Gilliland, and Alane Lentz.   Members Luke Hitchcock and Phyllis Leach were absent.   Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Stacie made the motion to approve the minutes which Todd had seconded.  All members voted in favor of.  Alane moved to approve the claims for payment.  Stacie seconded this with all voting in favor of.  The Monthly Library Report for March was presented as well as a list of titles purchased.

Updated were given on the grants.   It was noted that the Youth Grant for Excellence has purchased all the needed items.  An S.T.E.M. Open House was held on 4-7-22 with all the items out for people to see and try out.  We had around 12 attend.  We plan to hold a weekly Monday S.T.E.M. Time for 4-5 p.m.   The final report still needs to be completed and submitted.  The Library Improvement Grant now has all of the Makerspace equipment and supplies ordered on hand.  Plans are in the works to hold a Makerspace Open House on May 5th from 4-5 p.m.  We will have one on one training sign-up sheets by each item.  The Final Report needs to be completed in June.  The Formula Grant is still being worked on. It was noted that the funds for the $500 Teachers Grant came in and S.T.E.M items ordered.  The fort building, books, Makedo, and Visual Clock will be used on our Monday S.T.E.M. time.  Final report for this grant included copies of receipts plus photos of the items. 

National Library Week was honored from April 4-9th with the theme of “Connect at your Library”.  We promoted this week on FaceBook, our website, in the newspaper, and radio.  Gifts were received from different people:  relish tray/dip; flowers, and vase full of candy.  We held our S.T.E.M. Open House during the week.

The Summer Reading Program was discussed with dates and time for each group from Toddlers to 4th Grade.  The flier was shared with the Board that the school students will be getting. We will be using Reader Zone to keep track of time read.  It was noted that a Balloon Twisting Program by Ethan Boggs would be held on June 13th from 2:30-3:30 p.m.   The program will be held in 26 libraries and is being paid for by the Central Plains Library System with ARPA funds. 

It was noted that the NebraskAccess has a new password.   The new business card with all the needed information was handed out to the Board members.

OverDrive has discontinued the OverDrive app and transitioning to just the Libby app.  Staff has attended several zoom meetings on this issue.  There was a survey for the public to take on the OverDrive website in regard to this.  It was noted that the libray’s website had the OverDrive app information removed and the new Libby app posted instead.  It still remains a problem on Kindle books and Amazon working with Libby but it is being worked on. 

The Ainsworth Art Guild currently has the Spring Art Show on display.   The show went up on the 8th and judging done on the 9th.  Art work will be here till the end of the month.  Bright Horizons had a display which will be up from April 11-16th.

We need to find a new cleaning person for the Library due to our cleaning lady going to college.  The Job Description was reviewed and approved by the Board.  We would use the application form from the City.  The City Clerk would like to continue the use of a Form 1099 at the end of the year to show earning if possible.  The Board directed the director to place an ad for two weeks.  The Board would review the applications at the next meeting and decide whom to hire at that time.  If no applications come in, we will keep on advertising the position until filled.

Public Librarian Certification for Wanda Raymond was received and renewed till 3-23-2025.

The Budget for 2022-2023 was postponed until the next meeting.

Various meetings and workshops that staff attended were shared with the Board.  They included the Director’s Thursday Zoom Meeting on March 10th, 17th, and 31st; the Aquatic WILD on March 8th; NCompass Live Importance of Chit Chat in the Library on March 9th and If you build it they will come on March 15th; Transitioning to Libby on March 15th; Nebraska 4H S.T.E.M. Reading Connection Workshop on March 13th; Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries on March 18th; City Safety Meeting on March 31st; and How to Train Your Community on Libby on April 7th.  Upcoming workshops include the Reluctant Readers Workshop by zoom on April 21st; Golden Sower Reading Day in Kearney on June 3rd; and Games People Play in Hastings on June 16th.

Information was shared under correspondence on the release of the 1950 Census records and the Stroke of Genealogy: Searching U.S. Census Bureau Records course on the Library Commission Website.  The library received 196 bookbags/books from the Early Development Network Free Books Literacy Project.  We plan to hand them out during Children’s Book Week which is May 2-7th.  An email was received from the Library Commission on the State Aid for 2022.   Our library will receive a total of $1,237.  The amount was determined using the following formula:  Base amount of $565; Per Capita Pay $162; Accreditation Bonus $400; 1% Incentive pay $110.  The State Advisory Council on Libraries was made aware of what was happening in the State Legislature on LB 1213 and LB 75.  Articles of interest from journals and newsletter were shared.

The next meeting was set for May 4th at 5 p.m.  Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

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