Ainsworth Library Board Meeting for August

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on August 4, 2021 at 5 p.m.

AGENDA

1.            Call meeting to order

2.            Notice of Nebraska Open Meeting Act

3.            Roll call

4.            Approve minutes

5.            Approve claims for payment/Budget Spending Review

6.            Monthly Library Report/List of Titles Purchased

7.            Part time Library Aide position filled

8.            Review of Young Adult Programs in July

                a.            Escape Room  July 8-9

                b.            STEM Card Event  July 13

9.            ARPA & FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund Grants

10.          Repair work on soffit/fascia cover-gutter

11.          Proposed Budget for 2021-2022

12.          Applied for 9/11 Poster Exhibition from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum  

13.          Workshops/Meeting:

                a.            Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting:  July 1, 8, 22, & 29

                b.            Nebraska Library Commission’s ARPA Formula Grant Webinar-July 13

                c.             Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries-July 16-Lincoln

                d.            System Grant Writing Workshop-August 18

                e.            Nebraska Makerspace Conference  Nov. 2 & 3-Lincoln

14.          Correspondence:            

                a.            Thank you note from North Central District Health Department

                b.            Google Performance-June 2021

                c.             Early Development Network Free Books Literary Project

d.            Director sent letters Nebraska Congress members asking them to invest in library facilities today

e.            Items of interest in library newsletter/journals

15.          Set next meeting date/time

16.          Adjournment

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STEM EVENT FOR THE YOUNG ADULTS

The Ainsworth Public Library will be holding a STEM Event on July 13th from 7-8 p.m. for Middle School Students and up. We will be covering the engineering and art in building a house of cards. A deck of cards for each participant will be supplied. Come join the fun!

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Library Board Minutes from July Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting on July 7, 2021 at the Ainsworth Public Library.  This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, on the radio, and at the Library.  The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m.  Notice was given on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act.  Roll called showed four members present. They included Todd Flynn, Stacey Gilliland, Luke Hitchcock, and Alane Lentz.   Member Phyllis Leach was absent. Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting. 

Alane made the motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting.  Stacey seconded this with all voting in favor of.  Alane moved to approve the claims for payment.  Luke 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.  It was noted at this time that the City had placed a new trash can out front of the library.  The City Clerk’s Office had called and said that the library could be closed for Juneteenth holiday as it was a federal holiday on June 18th.  Director did not close as the Board did not know about it and there was not time to properly notify the public.   Mayor stated that we could take off another day for it. It was noted that the State Aid check had arrived and been deposited. The Board spent time reviewing the budget spending.

Since the Governor of Nebraska has declared the Covid-19 emergency over at the end of June, the Board approved of putting the children’s puzzles, puppets, games, and Lego’s back on the shelving for people to use.  All the computers will be turned on also.  There will be no increase in the hours open at this time due to staff shortage.

A review of the Summer Reading Program was done.  It was noted that we had 11 preschool children signed up and 41 in attendance at the Fun-Hours.  In the K-4th grade group we had a total of 37 children signed up and attendance of the Fun-Hours came to 140.   We had 29 readers out of the 37 sign up for Reader Zone.  They read a total of 12,150 minutes during the month of June.  The goal was to read a total of 500 minutes.  Top readers included Kristofer Hitchcock with 1240 minutes and Mason Winters with 1100 minutes.  We have prizes to hand out to the readers.  We plan to do some young adult programs in July.   We will have an Escape room from 1-5 p.m. on July 8th and 9th.   On July 13th, we will have a STEM event building a house of cards.  This will cover engineering and an art challenge.

An update was given on the Jeff Quinn’s Magic Show held on June 14th.  We had over 80 people here for the show.  Magic books and magic tricks were sold after the program.  Everyone seemed to have a great time.

It was noted that the Library Foundation is currently doing a Notecard Fundraiser.  They held a photography contest and then voted on five to use for the notecards.  They are now available for purchase at $10 for a packet of five.


Information from the ARPA Grants and FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund Program was shared.  The Board gave approval to run the grants through the Library Foundation.  The Board will be notified by email on what we propose the funds being used for and won’t submit until Director gets Board approval.  The Formula Grant is non-competitive and available to all legally established libraries in Nebraska.   The amount for our library comes to $4,196.

The Library repair work was discussed.  No other estimates/bids have been turned in.  Discuss was held on the importance of getting the repair work done before winter. We should have funds in this year’s budget to cover it. Luke made the motion to go with the Randy Voss quote and see how soon he could do it.  Alane seconded this with all voting in favor of.  Director will contact him on this matter.

It was noted that the 2021-2022 budget proposal has been sent to the County.   No word has been received yet on this matter.

The Board reviewed the job applications for library aide position.  They said to go ahead and do an interview and then go from them.   Board will be notified once an appointment is set up in case they want to attend. 

Director had attended a webinar on Bedbugs in the Library.  Many libraries have a policy of how to handle such a situation.  Some include bedbugs, lice, fleas, cockroaches in their Safety and Health Policy.  Director will start to write up an update in our policies to handle this.  Board will review and approve at a later date.

Workshops and meetings attended by library staff were shared.  It was noted that the Director attended the Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting on June 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.  Director also attended the Bedbugs in the library webinar on the 23rd, the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program on June 24th, and FCC Live on June 25th.  Director plans to attend the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries in Lincoln on July 16th

Under correspondence we shared information from the Nebraska Library Commission on changes to the next Public Library Survey on how to collect programming statistics, that the Overdrive Nebraska group is using ARPA funds to purchase children videos, eBooks, and audio titles, plus the update on Library Innovation Studio (Makerspace) Grant.  It was noted that advocacy for proposed accreditation rules in the State Department of Education on school librarian staffing.  Items of interest from library newsletters/journals were shared. 

The next meeting date was set for August 4th at 5 p.m.  Todd and Stacie will not be able to attend on that date so we may have to reschedule if we do not have a quorum.   Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 6 p.m.

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Ainsworth Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING will be held on July 7, 2021 at 5 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

AGENDA

1.         Call meeting to order

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

3.         Roll Call

4.         Approve minutes of last meeting

5.         Approve claims for payment/Budget spending Review

6.         Monthly Library Report/List of titles purchased

7.         Covid-19 Restrictions

8.         Review of Summer Reading Program:

            a.         Preschool Group

            b.         K-4th Grade Fun-Hours & Reader Zone

9.         Young Adult Programs in July:

            a.         Escape Room   July 8-9 from 1-5 p.m.

            b.         STEM: Build a House of Cards    July 13th  from 7-8 p.m.

10.       Update on Jeff Quinn’s Magic Show on June 14th

11.       Library Foundation’s Notecard Fundraiser

12.       ARPA Grants and FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

13.       Library repair work

14.       Proposed budget for 2021-2022

            a.         Sent proposal to Brown County

15.       Review applications for Library aide position

16.       Update Safety and Health Policy

17.       Workshops/Meetings

            a.         Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting (June 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th)

            b.         NCompass: Bedbugs in the Library Webinar-June 23rd

            c.         Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Webinar-June 24th

            d.         FCC Live -June 25th

18.       Correspondence:

            a.         Nebraska Library Commission notice on changes to next Public Library Survey on

                        how to collect programming statistics

            b.         OverDrive using ARPA funds to purchase Children Videos, ebooks,& audio titles

            c.         Update on Library Innovation Studio (Makerspace) from NE Library Commission

            d.         Items of interest from library newsletters/journals

19.       Set next meeting date/time

20.       Adjournment

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Activities Planned for Young Adults

Save these date:

July 8th and 9th: Escape Room from 1-5 p.m. Theme will be space related. Geared for Middle School Students and up.

July 13th: S.T.E.A.M. activity from 7-8 p.m. for Middle School Students and up. We will be building a house of cards. (Deck of cards will be provided)

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Note Card Fundraiser for Ainsworth Library

The Ainsworth Library Foundation will be selling note cards as a fundraiser for the Ainsworth Public Library. The note cards will be available for sale on 6-25 at the Car Show (weather permitting) and in front of the Ainsworth Grand Theater from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on 6-26. The cost will be $10 per package. There will be one design each of our five winning entries from our recent photography contest. Winning photographers included Mary Jo Davis, Kris Stewart, and Jan Vogelsang.

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Minutes of the June Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held their monthly meeting on June 2, 2021 at the Ainsworth Public Library.   This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, on the radio, on the library’s website plus posted at the library.  President Phyllis Leach called the meeting to order at 5:02 p.m.  Notice was given on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act.  Roll call showed four members present (Todd Flynn, Stacie Gilliland, Phyllis Leach, and Alane Lentz).  Member Luke Hitchcock was absent due to a work meeting.  Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Stacie Gilliland moved to approve the minutes.  Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  Stacie Gilliland made the motion to approve the claims for payment.  Phyllis Leach seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  The Board spent a few minutes reviewing the budget spending for the year.  The Monthly Library Report for May was presented as well as a List of Titles Purchased this month.

The Board spent some time discussing the Covid-19 restrictions.  Discussion was held on opening the library up with more hours and putting the children’s puzzles, puppets, Lego’s, etc. back on the shelves.  The Board said to wait on these items and see what happens with the virus in the next month.

The Summer Reading Program was discussed.  The program will run all of June.  We have a total of 50 children enrolled.   We will try to keep it to 10-12 children in our five different groups on Tuesday and Thursday.  The K-4th Grade groups will keep tract of their reading time on Reader Zone.  Prizes for reading will be given out after July 1st.  The Library plans to do some Stem/Steam with the Middle School Students in July.   We would like to run a movie time on Friday afternoon also.

Jeff Quinn’s Magic Show will be at our library on June 14th at 4 p.m.    He will do a presentation in Atkinson in the morning and one in Bassett right after lunch.  Due to our three library’s sharing this date, we all received a discount on the cost.  No extra charges for mileage or prizes. 

A review was given on the Book Signing for Katie Nelson Rau held on May 25th from 3-6 p.m.  with her new title of “The Best Discovery”.  Becky Schelm was the winner of the free book and stuff quail.

The Library Foundation will be doing a fundraiser soon.   They want to sell note cards with photographs of our local area.  We are asking for people to submit photographs in two different categories in either color or black and white.   Deadline will be June 10th.   The Foundation Board will decide which photos to use.   A local printer will be used.   It is hoped to have them available for sale by June 25th.

The proposed budget for 2021-2022 was worked on.  We only received one bid for repairs that need to be taken care of.  Board asked Director to try to get at least one more bid and get the repairs done by September.  Phyllis made the motion to approve the proposed budget and to add $10,000 for cost of repairs if needed.  Alane Lentz seconded this with all members voting in favor. 

Discussion was held on the need to hire a new part time person.  Josie Voss contacted the Library on June 1st stating she has a medical issue and not able to work.  Board directed the Director to begin the process of hiring a new part time person.

Information was shared on Nebraska Library Commission grants which will be opening up very soon with American Rescue Plan Act funding.  There will be a direct payment to legally established public libraries.  We will need to request this grant and submit a plan for how the funds will be spent.  A base amount of $3,750 plus $0.275 per capital will be allowed.  No match is required.   They will also have two other competitive grants similar to the Library Improvement Grant and the Youth Services Grants.  Library staff is currently thinking of ways to use this funding if we are awarded.

Workshops/meetings that staff attended were reviewed.   It was noted the Director had attended the Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting on May 6th, 13th, and 27th and the NCompass: Update Website with Word Press on May 26th.   Wanda Raymond had attended the Young Adult Literature with STEM on May 6th, and the four hour class of Teaching Technology on May 12th. President Leach reported on the Library Foundation Board Meeting on May 19th.  She shared information on the upcoming fundraiser and the soaker system which is to be installed soon.

Under correspondence, information was shared on the Nebraska Library Association’s statement on a Nebraska school that removed a title from its school library, by passing its own policies on how to deal with challenged material as well as proposed changes by the Nebraska Department of Education accreditation rules which could end libraries/librarians in public schools.  It was also noted that the Nebraska Library Commission has the 2020 Public Library Survey Data now available on its website.  A letter was shared from Rep. Adrian Smith on the Build American Libraries Act.  Items of interest from various library newsletters and journals were shared with the Board.

The next meeting date was set for July 7th 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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Part-Time Library Aide Position Open

The Ainsworth Public Library has a part-time library aide position open.  Application forms and description of job may be picked up at the Library at 445 North Main Street in Ainsworth. 

Applications will be taken until this position is filled. 

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Magic Show Coming to Ainsworth Library

Jeff Quinn’s

Reading Safari

Magic Show

June 14th at 4 p.m.

Ainsworth Public Library

Free show for all ages!

The wildest Summer Reading Program Magic Show ever!

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Looking for Photographs of Brown County

The Ainsworth Public Library is looking for Brown County photographs to be published on note cards which will be sold to raise money for the library. We have three categories:

Brown County Historical/Sandhill Scenery in color

Brown County Historical/Sandhill Scenery in black & white

Brown County Education through the years in black & white or color

One entry per person per category. No age restrictions and no fee to enter. Entries due June 10th to aplibrary@threeriver.net.

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The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board will select the winning photographs to be placed on the note cards. Please note that the Library will own the copyrights of the prints selected for publication. We hope to have the note cards ready to sell by June 24th. Call the library at 402-387-2032 or stop by the library, if you have questions. We are looking forward to seeing all the submissions for this note card fundraiser!

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