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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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Nebraska State Poet-Matt Mason

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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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Author Visit/Book Signing Coming up

on September 27th at 3 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Ainsworth Public Library 445 North Main St. Ainsworth, NE

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The Ainsworth Book Club will be starting another year of great reading and sharing on September 20th at 2 p.m. We will be discussing the title “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus. The library has extra copies so stop by and check one out. Read it and join the discussion of this great book!

The story is based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries, this is the story of May Dodd–a remarkable woman who, in 1875, travels through the American West to marry the chief of the Cheyenne Nation.

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Ainsworth Library Foundation Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board will be holdings its regular quarterly meeting on 8-18-21 at 5 p.m. The agenda consists of the following items:

1.         Call the meeting to order

2.         Roll call

3.         Approve minutes

4.         Treasurer’s Report

5.         Approve bills for payment

6.         Gift Transaction List from May – August 2021

7.         Landscaping Project

         a. Soaker System installed

            b.         Plant replacement

8.         Update on summer events at library:  Nelson-Rau Book Signing May 25th;  Magic show

June 14th;  Summer Reading Program in June; Middle School & up events in July

9.         Upcoming events:

            a.         Back to School BBQ Bash-August 21st 5-7 p.m.  Sign up Dolly Parton

Imagination Library

            b.         9/11 Memorial Poster Exhibition

          c. Book Club 2021-2022:   starts Sept. 20th

            d.         Author Visit with Bob Ross-September 27th at 3 p.m.   

         e. State Poet:  Matt Mason visit on October 4th 5-6:30 p.m.

10.       ARPA Grant/Youth Services Grant/Library Improvement Grant-run funds through the

Foundation if awarded

11.       Fundraising:

         a. Photo Contest and Sale of Notecards

12.       Set date/time for next meeting

13.       Adjournment

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Ainsworth Library Board Meeting for August

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


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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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.


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

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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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