November 1, 2017
5 p.m.
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 for payment
6. Approval of Holiday Policy
7. Library Innovation Studio Grant (Makerspace)
a. Update on Training in Lincoln Oct. 24-25th
b. Community Action Team Meeting
c. Installation of equipment Week of Nov. 13th
d. Training of local people after installation completed
e. Open House Dec. 3rd 1-4 p.m.
e. Makerspace Policy/User Agreement Form/Training Certification Log/Injury Report Form
f. Makerspace Intern Grant
8. Book Basket Auction Fundraiser-November 18th
9. Next meeting date (normal don’t meet in December)
10. Adjournment

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Small-town library innovation spaces aim to help youths ‘to find their future in their own backyard’

By Martha Stoddard / World-Herald Bureau Oct 14, 2017

LINCOLN — A new state project will give residents of 30 small Nebraska cities a chance to learn and create with temporary “makerspaces” over the next three years.

Gov. Pete Ricketts joined Nebraska Library Commission officials and the founder of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska Innovation Studio to unveil the project Friday.
Ricketts said the goal is to foster innovation across the state and show youngsters the kinds of hands-on careers that are possible in manufacturing. “We want to encourage young people to find their future in their own backyard,” he said.

Through the project, local libraries will host specialized equipment and technology, including 3-D printers, laser cutters, a large heat press and a combination embroidery and sewing machine.
The project is supported through a $530,732 grant awarded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Nebraska Library Commission.

Commission Director Rod Wagner said libraries are a natural place to host this new kind of learning experience. “Whether the materials and tools are high-tech or low-tech, digital or analog, art or science, the focus is to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using the tools, materials and knowledge available,” he said.

Eighteen libraries will host the makerspace equipment initially. Twelve additional libraries will be chosen in May for the next round. Each library will have equipment available for 20 weeks.
Mary Jo Ryan of the library commission said that although the project is temporary, it will give communities a chance to see if they want to create their own, more permanent innovation space.
The initial libraries are in: Ainsworth, Ashland, Bridgeport, Broken Bow, Central City, Crete, Geneva, Loup City, Nebraska City, Neligh, Norfolk, North Platte, Plattsmouth, Ravenna, Scottsbluff, Sidney, South Sioux City and Wayne., 402-473-9583

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Ainsworth Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week™

The Ainsworth Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week from October 8-14, 2017. The focus is to encourage teens from around the area to read for their enjoyment.

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers. The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.
Strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers. This is why it is important to take advantage of Teen Read Week and show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.

Area teens between the ages of 13-18 are encouraged to put their name in the drawing box for special prizes. The drawing will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 4:30 p.m.

Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home. [Insert Library Name] offers these ideas:
• Set aside time each day for the family to read
• Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward
• Share your favorite book with your teen
• Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors by visiting, or use YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app
• Host a book discussion group
• Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that)
• Listen to audiobooks on trips
• Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home
• Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading
• Parents and caregivers can be role models by making time to read, too
• Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually in October, the same week as Columbus Day. For more information, visit

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The Ainsworth Public Library is very excited to announce that they now have a digital archive of local newspapers available. You can discover the stories of the people, places, and events that shaped the City of Ainsworth and Brown County in the pages of newspapers from the past.

This archive includes newspapers from 1882 to 2008 from the following publications: New Idea; Western News; Home Rule; Ainsworth Journal; Ainsworth Home Rule; Ainsworth Herald; Star Journal; Ainsworth Star; Johnstown Enterprise; Brown County Democrat; Sandhiller; Ainsworth Star Journal and Brown County Democrat; and the Ainsworth Star Journal. The years of 1882 to 1928 are available online on the Ainsworth Public Library website at (You will find them located on the right side of the page under Local Resources). The years from 1929 to 2008 will only be available for in house use at the library. Please note that the Long Pine Newspaper has already been digitalized by the Long Pine Historical Society and is available at the Heritage House in Long Pine.

The newspaper archive has its own search engine under the resources button at the top of the page. Please be sure to read the hints and/or watch the tutorials to improve your search results. Specific information will help manage the number of results, such as person’s name, the event name, or a certain date. One drawback that you will find is that the pictures may be blacked out due to the digital company darkening the page for the OCR (optical character recognition). You may crop your item of interest and download to your computer or print it out.

The cost of this project was $16,210 and was only completed due to receiving funds from the Library budget, a grant from the Brown County Community Foundation Fund, and a generous donation from the Ainsworth Library Foundation. It is through gifts to both of these Foundations which help provide innovative programs and services like this that impact our community. This digital project is a valuable tool for making local history and information easily accessible.

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Agenda for October Library Board Meeting



1. Call meeting to order
2. Notice of the posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act
3. Roll call
4. Approve minutes
5. Approve claims for payment
6. Budget
a. Review of fiscal year Oct. 2016 to Sept. 2017 spending
b. Update on new budget starting October 2017
7. Monthly Library Report for September 2017/List of titles purchased
8. Update on Digital Archive of Newspapers Project
9. Library Innovation Studio Grant
a. Upcoming meetings by conference call, webinar, and training in Lincoln
b. Community Team
c. Trainers
10. Review of October events:
a. Library Card Sign-Up Month
b. Banned Books Week
11. Teen Read Week (Oct. 9-14th)
12. Halloween Trunk or Treat
13. Lego Guy Summer Program-June 8th
14. Review holiday closings policy
15. Book Basket Auction Fundraiser-Nov. 18th at Elks
16. Correspondence
a. Nebraska OverDrive Libraries 2017-18 Budget information
b. Articles of interest from library newsletters/journals
17. Set next meeting date/time
18. Adjournment

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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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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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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


September 6, 2017 at 5 p.m.


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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