November Book Club Title

The Ainsworth Public Library Book Discussion on the November selection has been released. The group will gather on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the title of “The Dig” by John Preston. This novel is based on events that took place at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk in the summer of 1939.

This is a witty tale that tells the strange story of a priceless treasure discovered in England on the eve of World War II. In the long, hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war, but on a river-side farm in Suffolk, there is excitement of another kind. Mrs. Pretty, the widowed owner of the farm, has had her hunch confirmed that the mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find.

Preston’s re-envisioning of the famed Sutton Hoo dig follows three life-changing months when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and infatuation and rivalry flourished in equal measure. As the war looms ever closer, engrave gold peeks through the soil, and each character searchers for answers in the buried treasure. Their threads of love, loss, and aspiration weave a common awareness of the past as something that can never truly be left behind.

If you would like to read the book, please let the Library know and we will get a copy to you.

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Book Club Meeting Today

The Book Club will be meeting this afternoon at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the title of “Russian Winter” by Daphne Kalotay. The selection title for November will be handed out at this time. Up next for your reading enjoyment will be “The Dig” by John Preston. Hope to see you at the Library for the book discussion!

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Minutes of the October Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held their monthly meeting on October 6, 2021 at the Ainsworth Public Library.  President Phyllis Leach called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.  Notice was given on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act.  Roll call showed four members present.  They included Todd Flynn, Luke Hitchcock, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz.  Member Stacie Gilliland was absent.  Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Todd Flynn made the motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting.  Luke Hitchcock seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  Alane Lentz moved to approve the end of year claims for payment.  Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  An update was given on the budget for our new fiscal year starting October 1st.  A list of titles purchased was shared with the board.  The Monthly Library Report for September was shared.  It was noted that the Library employees were invited to a City employee appreciation event on Sept. 24th at the Golf Course but library staff had already made other plans and could not attend.  Discussion was held at this time on closing the Library for Columbus Day like the rest of the city departments.  The Board approved the library being closed on the 11th.  The 2020-2021 fiscal year report will be presented at the next meeting.

The ARPA (American Rescue Plan) Formula Grant was submitted on 9-21-2021.  The check in the amount of $4,196 was received and made payable to the Ainsworth Library Foundation as we had requested.  Invoices and completion of the final report is due before the grant deadline of June 30, 2022. 

The NLC Youth Grant for Excellence application was submitted on 9-24-21. The grant application ties in with the Community Needs Response Plan of our Library.   We requested a total of $2,174 to purchase STEM/STEAM equipment, supplies, and books.  We plan to purchase a table/storage on wheels; Kid Spark Engineering Pathways Mobile STEM lab; Fort Building Kit; 4 pounds of Legos pieces, mini-figure people, and base plates; Alarm/Timer; STEM Books for grade school, middle school, and high school students.  We will be notified around October 29th as to if we were approved for this grant or not.

The 2022 ARPA Library Improvement Grant application was submitted on October 5, 2021.  We are requesting a total of $ 1,428 to purchase Makerspace equipment and supplies.  We plan to purchase a Cricut Mug Press; Button Maker 1.25”/punch cutter; Small laminator for regular size paper and smaller; Wood Burning Kit with Soldering Iron; and supplies for these items as well as the heat press and Cricut Maker purchased right before Covid-19 issues hit.  All of the items were tied into the Community Needs Response Plan of our library; the Community’s Strategic Plan; and the Maker Space Survey completed by local citizens in 2018.  We will be notified around November 1st if we are awarded this grant or not.

A review was presented on the 9/11 Memorial Poster Exhibition on display at our library from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  A great number of people looked the posters over as well as the display of titles from our collection on this event.  The school teachers were notified of this display as well as the online resources available.  A final report will be submitted soon.

An update was presented on the Author Visit/Book Signing event for local author Bob Ross on September 27th at 3 p.m.   Close to a dozen people attended.  Refreshments were served by the Library Foundation members of Wendy Allen and Marsha Fuchs. A copy of the book “Billy Above the Roofs” was presented to the Library.

Matt Mason, Nebraska State Poet, was at our library on October 4th to present a program.  We had 15 people attend.  The library purchased two of his older books and the poet gave the library his newest title.   Board member, Alane Lentz, stated that his readings were very enjoyable.  Refreshments were served by Foundation member Wendy Allen and Director, Gail Irwin.

The Nebraska Library Commission has renewed the Public Performance Site License for the Nebraska public libraries through the Swank Movie Licensing USA Company.  This will run from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.  The board was reminded of the rules the library needs to comply with on this license.

Under meetings and workshops, a review was given on the Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting held on Sept. 16th, 23rd, and 30th.  It was noted that Wanda Raymond and Gail Irwin would be attending the Nebraska Makerspace Conference in Lincoln on November 2nd-3rd.  The ladies will be on some panels to take questions from other libraries.  The travel, registration, and lodging will be paid by the Innovation Studio Grant.  The Library Foundation Board will be meeting on November 17th.  Library Director will be in Lincoln for the Nebraska State Advisory Council Meeting on the 18th of November.  The two part time staff members will be attending the Fall in Love with Cricut Workshop on November 20th in Grand Island.  Board President Phyllis Leach stated that she would be interested in the workshop in Atkinson on November 10th.  Director will get her registered for this.   The Board would receive 3 CE’s for attending this workshop towards Board Certification. 

Under correspondence, a letter from the Nebraska Library Association was shared.  It noted that the Golden Sower list of 2022-2023 Chapter Book Nominees contains 11 titles instead of the usual 10.  The Golden Sower nominees are chosen through the efforts of a group of volunteer readers from across the state.  One of these readers objected to the inclusion of one title due to LGBTQIA+ content.  An almost-final list was released prematurely on social media and following commentary, the title was replaced on the final list along with the first alternate.  That substitution was made without consulting the full Golden Sower Committee.  The NLA Executive Board became aware of the issue.  Following a discussion, it was determined that the title should be returned to the selection and thus there are now 11 titles.  The NLA wants everyone to know that the Association does not condone censorship, and stands with the American Library Association, Nebraska School Librarians Association, and American Association of School Librarians in that regard.  Items of interest from Library Newsletters and Journals were shared with the Board.

The next meeting date was set for one week later than usual due to Director being in Lincoln on that date.  The board will be meeting on November 10th at 5 p.m.  Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:39 p.m.

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Library will be closed Monday, October 11th

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Agenda for October Library Board Meeting

Ainsworth Library Board Meeting

October 6, 2021 at 5 p.m.


1.         Call meeting to order

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

3.         Roll call

4.         Approve minutes

5.         Approve claims for payment/ Update on budget for 2021-2022

6.         Monthly Library Report/List of titles purchased

7.         Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Report

8.         ARPA Formula Grant Application submitted 9-21-21

9.         NLC Youth Grant for Excellence Application submitted 9-24-21

10.       2022 ARPA Library Improvement Grant Application

11.       Review of the poster exhibition from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

12.       Update on Bob Ross Author Visit/Book Signing 9-27-2021

13.       Update on Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason program-10-4-21

14.       Swank Movie Licensing USA Public Performance Site License

15.       Meetings/Workshops:

            a.         Thursday Director’s Zoom Meetings (Sept. 16, 23, and 30)

            b.         Nebraska Makerspace Conference-Nov 2nd & 3rd-Lincoln

            c.         Library Foundation Board Meeting-Nov. 17

            d.         Nebraska State Advisory Council Meeting-Nov. 18th-Lincoln

            e.         Fall in Love with Cricut Workshop-Nov. 30th-Grand Island

16.       Correspondence:  

            a.         Items of interest from library newsletters/journals

17.       Set next meeting date/time

18.       Adjournment

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Matt Mason-Nebraska State Poet Coming to the Ainsworth Public Library

NEBRASKA STATE POET-MATT MASON coming to our library on October 4th from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Matt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet and Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective. Through the US State Department, he has run workshops in Botswana, Romania, Nepal, and Belarus. Mason is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and his work can be found in The New York Times, on NPR’s Morning Edition, in American Life in Poetry, and in a few hundred more journals and anthologies. Mason’s 3rd book, I Have a Poem the Size of the Moon, was just released by Stephen F. Austin University Press. Matt is based out of Omaha with his wife, the poet Sarah McKinstry-Brown, and daughters Sophia and Lucia. Hope to see you at the Library!

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Bob Ross visit at the Ainsworth Library

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Bob Ross was at the library today doing an author talk and book signing with his new title “Billy Above the Roofs”. Thanks for coming!

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Local Author Bob Ross Visiting the Library

Author Visit/Book Signing at the Library on September 27th at 3 p.m. with local author-Bob Ross. He will be featuring his new title “Billy Above the Roofs”. Refreshments will be served.

Hope to see you there!

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Book Club

Book Club will meet on Monday, Sept. 20th, at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the title “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus. The October title “Russian Winter” by Daphne Kaloty will be handed out at this time. Hope to see you at the Discussion!

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Public Library Board Certification

Congratulations to the current Library Board Members: Phyllis Leach, Alane Lentz, Luke Hitchcock, Stacie Gilliland, and Todd Flynn.

The Ainsworth Library Board has received their Public Library Board Certification for another three years. It will expire September 30, 2024. This certification program is designed to encourage continuing education for library trustees, to support learning needed to keep current on trends, practices, and many library and information service issues.

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