Nebraska 1,000 Minute Challenge

The Nebraska Library Commission, the Nebraska Regional Library Systems, and Reader Zone are joining forces to offer the Nebraska 1K Reading Challenge for all ages. Every Nebraskan that reads 1,000 minutes in August and records it in Reader Zone will receive an exclusive vinyl sticker and be entered into a drawing for a new waterproof, 32 GB Kindle Paperwhite. Two Kindles will be given away to Challenge Winners and their libraries will also receive a matching Kindle.

The five-digit code (NEB1K) will get you started on the challenge. Find the Reader Zone app and enter the code. The first time a person logs in with this code, he or she will be asked for an address. That is so we can mail the sticker to everyone that completes the challenge and the Kindles to the drawing winners.

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August Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on August 5, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting is open to the public!


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.         Monthly Library Report

7.         Update on Summer Reading Program for Middle and High School student and adults

8.         Review of Garden Walk-July 23rd

9.         Updates on Budget Requests to County and City

10.       Appointment to Library Board to fill Pedro Bordes Term

11.       Nebraska Library Board Certification

12.       Discussion on COVID-19 restrictions

13.       Workshops/Meetings:

            a.         Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries-July 17th webinar

            b.         Thursday Zoom Director’s Meeting: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

14.       Correspondence:

            a.         Resources for low-income in Nebraska seeking help with COVID-19 legal issues

            b.         REALM Report update after second test on library materials

c.         Awarded the Rightfully Hers display, SITES poster Exhibition and Women’s suffrage Centennial Book donations

d.         Articles of interest from library journals/newsletters

15.       Set next meeting date/time

16.       Adjournment

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Garden Walk Next Week

Our Garden Walk fundraiser will be held on July 23rd from 6-8:30 p.m. We will have six homes to visit and explore. Several of the places are repeats from past years by request and some are new locations. Several locations are outside of the city. Due to social distancing, we will be providing a sack supper for you to enjoy in the park or at one of the homes picnic tables. We will not be serving food inside the Library. This will operate like a “Grab and Go” event. Tickets on sale at the Library. Cost will be $12 on or before July 20th. After that date, the price goes to $15.

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Update on Library Services

As the public health threat is still a possible concern, the Library Board of Trustees has voted to minimally change the current restrictions for Library Patrons. Patrons are still limited to a 30 minutes visit. You must still use hand sanitizer and are encouraged to wear masks upon entrance.  We will allow ten patrons in the building at one time. Starting on July 15th, children 16 and younger may enter the library if accompanied by an adult.  Children age 7 and under must stay under direct adult supervision at all times. Social distancing must be followed at all times until further notice, one (1) person in an aisle at a time.

We have only two computers available for use.  Please call to make an appointment to use them.  Staff will not be able to assist on the computers due to social distancing.

All materials being returned must go into the outside Book Drop.  Please do not bring them into the library as we have to quarantine/clean items before shelving them.  The library will start to charge an overdue fine on late books on July 15th.

Our curbside service is quite popular and it will still be available. By using the online catalog, patrons can reserve the books they want to checkout, and then email or call in to have the staff retrieve them from the shelves, check them out, and place outside for pickup.  The library phone number is 387-2032. We are happy to serve you and can not wait to get back to normal again.

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Minutes of the July Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on July 8, 2020 at the Ainsworth Public Library.   This meeting was advertised over the radio, in the local newspaper, posted at the Library and on the library’s website.  The meeting was called to order at 5 p.m.  Notice was given on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act.  Roll called showed three members present.  They included Todd Flynn, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz.  Members absent included Pedro Bordes and Traci Ganser.  Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Alane L. made the motion to approve minutes of the last meeting.  Todd F. seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  Alane L. moved to approve the claims for payment.  Phyllis L. seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  The Monthly Library Report for June was presented as well as the list of titles purchased.  The OverDrive Holding Statistics for June was shared as well as the number of checkouts of Advantage copies owned by other libraries to our patrons. 

An update was given on the Summer Reading Program by way on the online Reader Zone.  We had a total of 21 readers sign up for the Pre-K to 4th Grade Groups.  There were a total of 9 that did not report any reading time/books.  We had 12 readers reach one or more of the goals to 100%.  Different packets and bags were handed out at 25%, 50%, and 75%.  The three readers meeting 100% or more were awarded special prizes.  We had 12 readers (6 girls and 6 boys) do a total of 66 books and 2,966 minutes from June 1 to June 30th.  We currently have four readers in the Middle School Group and two readers in the High School/Adult Group.  Their program will end on July 15th.  Information was just received on a Nebraska Reading Challenge from August 1st to August 31st through Reader Zone that will be open to all ages.  The challenge will be to read 1,000 minutes within the month. 

Discussion was held on removing some of the Covid-19 restrictions at the library or not.  We decided to have children sixteen and younger visit the library with a parent starting July 15th.  Children age seven and younger must stay under direct adult supervision at all times and not run all over the library.  Each visit will be limited to 30 minutes per day.  We will start to charge fines for overdue items again starting on the 15th.  We will continue to offer our Book Sale items at no charge as we want to narrow down our supply and need them to go to new homes.  People may still call and ask for curb side service.  We ask that patrons return all books to the outside book drop.  The restrictions will be revaluated at the next meeting.

The Garden Walk will be held on July 23rd from 6-8:30 p.m.  We have six homes to visit.  Ticket holders will stop at the library to get the map of locations and a sack supper.  It will be a grab and go thing. 

The Board was shown the Clara Mae’s Activity Bags.  So far we have the clear plastic bag to hold the items, two books for each bag and a finger/hand puppet.  Now we need to get some coloring pages/crafts to add with each bag and catalog them. 

It was noted that the budget request for fiscal year 2020/2021 has been sent to the County and City.  No word has been received at this time.

Library Board members were discussed.  It was noted that three members had their term expire and the Mayor reappointed them.  They included Todd Flynn, Traci Ganser, and Alane Lentz.  Pedro Bordes had contacted the Board and asked to be released from his term due to his new job and moving from the area.  The Board came up with several names to suggest to the Mayor for appointment.  We hope to have a new member next month.

It was noted that staff has attended three Director’s Zoom meeting on June 4th, 11th, and 25th.  The Library 2.0 Association of Small and Rural Libraries webinar was held on the 17th.  Gail did the Nitty Gritty Policy Makeover and Wanda did the Winning Grants for Small and Rural Libraries.  Both watched the Virtual Storytime presentation and the Keynote speaker whom is the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington D.C.   Director attended the Grant Program for Fiber Buildout to Nebraska Libraries Webinar on June 18th.  The recording of this webinar was sent out to the Board so they could view it.  A discussion was held on if our library should apply for this or not.  It was noted that the City approved Threerivers to do this and so the board decided to let Threerivers install the Fiber and then apply for E-Rate to help fund the cost. 

Under correspondence we had information from Humanities of Nebraska on a poster exhibition titled Votes for Women.  Director applied for this.  Information from the REALM project was shared on test results on how long the virus germs would stay on library materials.  The application form for the KBR RPPD Operation Round Up Fund was shared with the Board.  The Library has been informed that the Association of Small and Rural Libraries Conference in Wichita, KS has been cancelled for Sept. 30-Oct.3 and will be offered online instead.  Wanda had received a grant to attend this conference.  Various articles were shared on libraries and the Covid-19 from library newsletters and journals.

The next meeting date will be either August 5th or 12th, which ever date that most of the members could attend.  Director will contact board members on this in a couple of weeks.

Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

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Library Board Meeting

Ainsworth Library Board Meeting will be held July 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting open to the public.


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/Review of the budget

6.         Monthly Library Report/List of titles purchased

7.         Summer Reading Program

8.         Approval to remove some of the Covid-19 restrictions at library

 9.        Garden Walk

10.       Clara Mae’s Activity Bag Program

11.       2020-2021 Budget requests sent to Brown County and City

12.       Board Member Terms

a. Resignation of board member as not able to attend meetings due to job-Need new Member appointed by Mayor and City Council

b. Board member terms expiration date

13.       Workshops/Meetings:

  a.        System Director’s Zoom Meetings: June 4th, 11th, & 25th

                        b.         Library 2.0 ARSL webinar-June 17th

            c.         Grant Program for Fiber Buildout to Nebraska Libraries Webinar-June 18th

14.       Correspondence: 

a.         Information from Humanities Nebraska on poster exhibition titled Votes for Women

            b.         REALM Project update on virus on library materials

            c.         KBR RPPD Operation Round Up Fund

            d.         ARSL 2020 Conference in Wichita, KS (Sept.30-Oct. 3) cancelled and will do sessions online.  Wanda had a grant to attend this.

            e.         Items of interest from library newsletters and journals       

15.       Set next meeting date/time

16.       Adjournment  

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Holiday Closing

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed on July 3rd and July 4th to observe the 4th of July holiday. Have a safe and fun time!

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Ainsworth Library Opening with Restrictions

The Ainsworth Public Library opened its door on June 11, 2020 after a three month closing.  The Library will be implementing temporary operating guidelines as a start to its reopening process.  As much as we would like for the Library to be back to “normal”, our reopening will take part in measured phases for the health and safety of staff and our community members.  The Library reserves the right to modify these restrictions based on Health Care Directives from the North Central District Health Department.  You are using the Ainsworth Public Library at your own risk.  The Library is not responsible if you contract any infectious disease, including coronavirus.  We ask that you do not enter if you or anybody in your household has been sick or running a temperature within the last week.  Please wait 10 days from symptom onset, plus 72 hours of being symptom fee before visiting the Library. 

The Library will be open the following hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday   11 a.m.  to 5 p.m.

Wednesday & Saturday    1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Library is opening with these restrictions:

  • Mask highly recommended
  • Use hand sanitizer by front door
  • Follow social distancing guidelines
  • Limit of 10 people in the building
  • Must be 16+ years of age
  • No children allowed at this time (this includes baby with mother)
  • One person per household
  • Must make appointment to use computer. Only two available with a 30 minute limit.  No staff assistance!
  • Restroom for emergency use only!
  • All items being returned must go in the outside Book Drop.
  • We will continue to offer curbside service if you don’t want to come inside the Library.  Call 402-387-2032 or email

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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Temporary Library Hours

MONDAY             11 a. m.   to    5 p.m.

TUESDAY             11 a.m.    to    5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY      1 p.m.      to    5 p.m.

THURSDAY          11 a.m.    to    5 p.m.

FRIDAY                 11 a.m.    to    5 p.m.

SATURDAY          1 p.m.      to    5 p.m.

Please call 387-2032 or email

to request items to be checked out. The Library is not open yet

but hoping to very soon!

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Library Board Meeting Will Be Held On June 3rd

The Ainsworth Library Board will be meeting on June 3rd at 5 p.m. by way of a Zoom Meeting.  This meeting is open to the pubic.  You may attend by using the following link to join the Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 845 2953 3269

Password: 010853


1.            Call meeting to order

2.            Roll call

3.            Approve minutes

4.            Approve claims for payment

5.            Monthly Library Report/List of Titles Purchased

6.            Summer Reading Program On-Line Reader Zone Program

                Puppet show cancelled

7.            Review and approve the Closing/Reopening Phrase Plans

8.            Approve Proposed Budget for 2020-2021

9.            STAR Net STEAM Equity Project Grant

10.          Garden Walk – July

11.          Workshops/Meetings:

                a.            Director’s Meeting-Central Plains Library System on CoVid- 19-Closing Library the needs of patrons, Reopening Phrase and safety for all-May 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th

b.            Ask Jake-ReaderZone-May 13th                                           

                c.             Reader Zone Clinic-May 22nd

                d.            Library Foundation Board Meeting-May 14th

                e.            ALA Planning Policy & Legal Issues for Reopening a Public Library-May 15th

12.          Correspondence:

                a.            Articles of interest from Library journals and newsletters

13.          Set next meeting date:  July 1st or July 8th (in person  meeting?)

14.          Adjournment

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