Library to Help the 75+ Population Register for COVID-19 Vaccination

The Ainsworth Public Library will be a partner with the North Central District Health Department in getting people 75 years of age and over to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccination with the online form. The Library staff will help you fill out the information so that you may get the vaccination.

Many people in this age group do not have a computer or know how to use the internet. Many do not have family or friends that can help them do the online registration. This is why the Health Department reached out to the Library to see if we could help this age group complete the form. The form has basic question such as your name, phone number, city of residence, county of residence, and date of birth. Once you have completed the form online, you will receive a phone call to schedule an appointment. You are asked to please be patient on getting scheduled. Vaccinating 75+ individuals will take the department several weeks.

The Library will also hand out to you the Moderna Vaccination Consent Form which you will complete at home and bring with you at the time of your actual vaccination. The Moderna vaccine is a TWO dose vaccine that needs to be administered 28 days apart. The Health Department will schedule a second clinic after scheduling the first vaccine clinic.

The Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Please note that right now ONLY those who are 75 and older currently can register for the vaccine. A registry for others will be available in February. Please call the library if you have questions and we will try to help you.

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Library will be open on Monday

The Ainsworth Public Library will be open on Monday, January 18th, as usual. The Library does not close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Stop by and get your reading material.

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January Library Events

The Library has several events happening this month:

  1. January “Snowmen” Take and Make Packets
  2. Book Club on January 19th

The Ainsworth Public Library will be handing out two “Snowmen” theme Take and Make Packets in January. Packet #1 features a snowman on a box and is currently available. Packet #2 will feature a handprint and snowmen on the fingers. This packet will be available starting January 18th. The children will love to create these adorable snowmen!

The Book Club will be meeting on January 19th at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the title of “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. The Library has extra copies available. Please stop by and pick up a copy if you are interested in joining. The February title will be handed out at the discussion on January 19th. The featured title for February will be the One Book One Nebraska selection of “Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II” by James Kimble.

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Minutes of the January Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on January 6, 2021 at the Ainsworth Public Library.   This was advertised in the local newspaper, on the radio, at the library, and on the library’s Facebook and website.  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 all five members present.   They included Todd Flynn, Staci Gilliland, Luke Hitchcock, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz.   Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Alane Lentz made the motion to approve the minutes from the November meeting.  Staci Gilliland seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  The Board did not meet in December so there were no minutes to approve for that month.  Alane Lentz moved to approve the claims for November and December.  Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  The Monthly Library Report for November and December was presented along with a list of title purchased.  It was noted at this time that:

1.  The City would start to do direct deposit of paychecks the first pay period in January

2.  The check from Brown County had been received for the 2020/2021 budget year ($11,000)

The completed 2019-2020 Public Library Survey and the Public Library Data Survey Supplement were shared with the Board.  A copy had been sent to the City for their records also.  The City had completed a 2020 Community Needs Assessment Survey this fall.  The results was posted in the newspaper and shared with the Board.  The Library has great responses: Condition/adequacy of public library showed 35 (34.31%) Excellent; 53 (51.96%) Good; 2 (1.96%) Poor; and 12 (11.76%) No Opinion.

The December issue of Library Journal featured the America’s STAR Libraries.  Our library was one of thirteen libraries in Nebraska receiving a star rating.   Our library received a four star rating.  The one and only other time our library received a star rating was in 2016.  This is a great award to receive.  Numerous congratulations from various people/City/other library people across the state were shared. 

It was noted that the Library has started up its Book Club once again.  The group will be meeting the first time on January 19th to share thoughts on the title “The Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.  The One Book One Nebraska title of “Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II” by James Kimble will be the February selection.  The group will observe social distancing and wear face masks for the discussion.

An announcement from OverDrive stated that they would allow our group to extend the Recorded Books simultaneous use adult fiction collection of 6,521 audiobooks to all members of the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries through Dec. 17, 2021.  In mid to late January, the Nebraska Library Commission will be paying for a subscription to electronic magazines and comics through OverDrive for the consortium.  The bundle will include over 3,000 titles with almost 800 in a foreign language (181 titles in Spanish). 

It was noted that the Library has been handing out some Take and Make Packets for the children.   We did two separate packets in December with a Christmas Pop-Up Card and Christmas ornaments to make.  In January, we will hand out two packets dealing with snowmen.  The February packets will have a Valentine theme and the packets for March will feature Dr. Seuss crafts.

The Nebraska Library Systems, the Nebraska Library Commission, and public libraries across the state are offering an on-line Winter Reading Program “Snow Many Great Books” to Nebraskan aged 10 and older by way of Reader Zone.  It is running from Dec. 1, 2020 to Feb. 28, 2021.  Readers need to complete at least eight of the twenty challenges by the end of the program to be eligible for a grand prize.  Three $50 Visa Gift Cards will be given away.  Reading may include fiction or non-fiction titles.

The Summer Reading Program manual has arrived.   This year’s theme will be “Tails and Tales”.  Staff is thinking on how to handle this year’s program.   They will be attending a 2021 Summer Reading Virtual Workshop on January 26th to get ideas for programing. 

Wanda Raymond has started to organize this year’s Blind Date with a Book for the month of February.  We plan to feature this all month with a drawing at the end for those who rate their date.

Word has been received from the Nebraska Library Commission that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic they would be extending the expiration dates for the Public Library Accreditation.  Our library’s accreditation expiration year has changed from 2022 to 2023.  We received a new certificate with the new date on it.   They are also offering the Public Librarian Certification and the Public Library Board Certification extensions. 

Information was shared on the E-rate application and filing window dates with the Board.

Covid-19 restrictions at the library were discussed.  No changes were made at this time.  We will still require the wearing of masks inside the Library.  We have two computers available for the public due to social distancing. We ask people to honor the thirty minute time limit in the library.  Board member Luke Hitchcock asked if staff would be getting the vaccination soon.  Director reported that she had not been contacted with information on when it will be available.

Director said that the wind/snow storm on Dec. 22nd-23rd blew off some of the tin trim by the roof on the north side of the library.  Board directed Gail Irwin to contact the City Clerk to see if insurance would help cover cost to repair. 

An update was given on workshops/meeting attended by staff.  It was noted that the Director had attended the Central Plains Library System Thursday Zoom meetings on Dec 3rd, 10th, and 17th; the Bibliostat 2019-2020 Training on Nov. 10th; and the State of Nebraska Library Advisory Meeting by way of Zoom on Nov. 20th.   Phyllis Leach gave a short review of the Library Foundation Board Meeting on Nov. 19th.  The Foundation will be putting in a soaker system this spring for the new flower beds on the east end of the library.  The Big Talk from Small Libraries All Day Conference will be held on Feb. 26th.  Luke Hitchcock made the motion to close the library that day so staff could attend.  Staci Gilliland seconded this with all voting in favor of.  The Board will be sent an agenda of the day as it gets closer in case they want to attend an session or two.  

Under correspondence we had a thank you note from the U.S. Census Bureau for help in promoting people to complete their census forms.  The REALM Visual Aid on how long the virus survives on library items was shared.  It was noted that Congress had released the FY2021 budget to include a $5 million increase for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and $2 million for the Library Services and Technology Act.  Director has sent out thank you notes to the Nebraska members of Congress for including libraries in the budget.  Articles of interest from library newsletters and journals were shared with the Board.

The next meeting date and time was set for Feb. 3rd at 5 p.m.  Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

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Agenda for January Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on January 6, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the Ainsworth Public Library. This meeting is open to the public!

AGENDA

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/Review of budget spending

6.            Monthly Library Report for November & December 2020/List of Titles Purchased

7.            Bibliostat 2019-2020 Public Library Survey/Public Library Data Survey Supplement for NLC

8.            America’s Star Libraries from December issue of Library Journal

9.            Book Club

10.          Nebraska OverDrive Libraries news on Simultaneous use Audiobooks and Magazines

11.          Take and Make Packets for December and January

12.          Snow Many Great Books 2021 Winter Reader Zone Program

13.          Summer Reading Program 2021:  Tails and Tales

14.          Blind Date with a Book-February

15.          Public Library Accreditation and Certification Expiration Dates Extended

16.          E-Rate Application Period

17.          Covid-19 Restrictions

18.          Meetings:

                a.            Thursdays Central Plains Library System Zoom Meetings; Dec, 3rd, 10th, & 17th

                b.            Bibliostat 2019-2020 Training

                c.             Library Foundation Board Meeting 11-19-20

                d.            State of Nebr. Library Advisory Meeting (zoom) 11-20-20

                e.            2021 Summer Reading Virtual Workshop 1-26-21

                f.             Big Talk from Small Libraries 2032 on Feb. 26th

19.          Correspondence:

                a.            Thank you note from U.S. Census 2020

                b.            REALM Test

                c.             ALA Advocacy-Bill includes increases to IMLS and Lib.Services & Technology Act

                d.            Articles of interest from library newsletters and journals

20.          Set next meeting date/time

21.          Adjournment   

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Holiday Closing

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed on December 31st and January 1st for the New Year’s Holiday. The library will be open as usual on Saturday, January 2nd from 1-5 p.m.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

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Holiday Closings at the Library

The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed the following:

December 24th, December 25th, December 31st, and January 1st.

Please note that the Library will be open as usual from 1-5 p.m. on the Saturdays of December 26th and January 2nd.

We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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BOOK CLUB TO RESUME IN JANUARY

The Ainsworth Public Library will resume their Book Club this January.  The first title selection for the year will be “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.  Multiple copies of this book will be available for check-out the week of December 14th.  The group will be gathering at the library on January 19th at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the title.

This is a novel about a grumpy man named Ove.  He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse.  Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.  So when a chatty young couple with two young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.  All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. 

The February selection will feature the 2021 One Book One Nebraska title of “Prairie Forge-The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II” by James J. Kimble.   Please contact the library (402-387-2032) if you need more information.

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Ainsworth Public Library Rated As A Four Star Library

The Ainsworth Public Library was listed in the December 2020 issue of Library Journal as a Four-Star Library in their article “America’s STAR Libraries: The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service.”

Only 13 libraries in Nebraska received a star rating. The Ainsworth Public Library was one of only 11 libraries in the country to receive a four-star rating when judged among libraries of comparable size.

The Atkinson Public Library was one of only 10 libraries in the country and one of two libraries in Nebraska along with the Hartington Public Library to receive a five-star rating from the publication in its size, the highest rating bestowed upon public libraries.

The 2020 scores and ratings are based on FY18 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Public Library Survey.

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Christmas Take and Make

We have a fun Christmas Take and Make coming soon at the library! We will offer two different crafts for you to make. During the week of December 7th, we will be handing out the pop-up Christmas Card to make. During the week of December 14th, we will be handing out the Christmas ornaments to make. The kids can decorate up your home with these crafts or give them to someone else to enjoy. Come in and pick one up for you and/or your kids. It is time to get some Christmas cheer up and around the house!

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