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2022 Summer Reading Program Registration

Registration is now open for the 2022 Summer Reading Program “Oceans of Possibilities”. Please sign up below, by calling the library, or stopping by in person. Registrations will close on May 15th.

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Makerspace Open House

The Ainsworth Public Library will be holding an Open House on May 5th from 4-5 p.m. so that the public can see all the new equipment we have added to our Makerspace.  The library was recently awarded a 2022 ARPA Library Improvement Grant in the amount of $1,428 to purchase equipment and supplies for our Makerspace area. 

The grant funds were used to purchase a Cricut Mug Press; Wood Burning Kit; American Button Maker 1.25”; and a Laminator to use with paper size 9 x 11.5 and smaller.   Supplies were also purchased to use with training on the machines.  The Library was also gifted this spring with a large vinyl cutting machine, computer with software as well as supplies from the Innovation Studio Grant.  All of these items will be on display along with our other Makerspace items such as our Accut Die Cutter; Cricut Machine; Heat Press; Label Maker; and Engraver.  Training Sign-up sheets will be posted for people that would like to have one-on-one training on the machines.  Training dates will be scheduled at a later date.   Make sure to sign up for several Door Prizes to be given away at the Open House.

The Library Improvement Grant is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

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Help Wanted

HIRING

The Library is now accepting applications for the position of a

PART TIME CLEANING PERSONNEL

Applications forms need to be returned by May 2nd.

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Library Board Minutes

The Ainsworth Library Board held its regular monthly meeting at the Library on April 13th. The meeting was called to order at 5 p.m.  Notice was given on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act.  Roll call showed three members present:  Todd Flynn, Stacie Gilliland, and Alane Lentz.   Members Luke Hitchcock and Phyllis Leach were absent.   Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Stacie made the motion to approve the minutes which Todd had seconded.  All members voted in favor of.  Alane moved to approve the claims for payment.  Stacie seconded this with all voting in favor of.  The Monthly Library Report for March was presented as well as a list of titles purchased.

Updated were given on the grants.   It was noted that the Youth Grant for Excellence has purchased all the needed items.  An S.T.E.M. Open House was held on 4-7-22 with all the items out for people to see and try out.  We had around 12 attend.  We plan to hold a weekly Monday S.T.E.M. Time for 4-5 p.m.   The final report still needs to be completed and submitted.  The Library Improvement Grant now has all of the Makerspace equipment and supplies ordered on hand.  Plans are in the works to hold a Makerspace Open House on May 5th from 4-5 p.m.  We will have one on one training sign-up sheets by each item.  The Final Report needs to be completed in June.  The Formula Grant is still being worked on. It was noted that the funds for the $500 Teachers Grant came in and S.T.E.M items ordered.  The fort building, books, Makedo, and Visual Clock will be used on our Monday S.T.E.M. time.  Final report for this grant included copies of receipts plus photos of the items. 

National Library Week was honored from April 4-9th with the theme of “Connect at your Library”.  We promoted this week on FaceBook, our website, in the newspaper, and radio.  Gifts were received from different people:  relish tray/dip; flowers, and vase full of candy.  We held our S.T.E.M. Open House during the week.

The Summer Reading Program was discussed with dates and time for each group from Toddlers to 4th Grade.  The flier was shared with the Board that the school students will be getting. We will be using Reader Zone to keep track of time read.  It was noted that a Balloon Twisting Program by Ethan Boggs would be held on June 13th from 2:30-3:30 p.m.   The program will be held in 26 libraries and is being paid for by the Central Plains Library System with ARPA funds. 

It was noted that the NebraskAccess has a new password.   The new business card with all the needed information was handed out to the Board members.

OverDrive has discontinued the OverDrive app and transitioning to just the Libby app.  Staff has attended several zoom meetings on this issue.  There was a survey for the public to take on the OverDrive website in regard to this.  It was noted that the libray’s website had the OverDrive app information removed and the new Libby app posted instead.  It still remains a problem on Kindle books and Amazon working with Libby but it is being worked on. 

The Ainsworth Art Guild currently has the Spring Art Show on display.   The show went up on the 8th and judging done on the 9th.  Art work will be here till the end of the month.  Bright Horizons had a display which will be up from April 11-16th.

We need to find a new cleaning person for the Library due to our cleaning lady going to college.  The Job Description was reviewed and approved by the Board.  We would use the application form from the City.  The City Clerk would like to continue the use of a Form 1099 at the end of the year to show earning if possible.  The Board directed the director to place an ad for two weeks.  The Board would review the applications at the next meeting and decide whom to hire at that time.  If no applications come in, we will keep on advertising the position until filled.

Public Librarian Certification for Wanda Raymond was received and renewed till 3-23-2025.

The Budget for 2022-2023 was postponed until the next meeting.

Various meetings and workshops that staff attended were shared with the Board.  They included the Director’s Thursday Zoom Meeting on March 10th, 17th, and 31st; the Aquatic WILD on March 8th; NCompass Live Importance of Chit Chat in the Library on March 9th and If you build it they will come on March 15th; Transitioning to Libby on March 15th; Nebraska 4H S.T.E.M. Reading Connection Workshop on March 13th; Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries on March 18th; City Safety Meeting on March 31st; and How to Train Your Community on Libby on April 7th.  Upcoming workshops include the Reluctant Readers Workshop by zoom on April 21st; Golden Sower Reading Day in Kearney on June 3rd; and Games People Play in Hastings on June 16th.

Information was shared under correspondence on the release of the 1950 Census records and the Stroke of Genealogy: Searching U.S. Census Bureau Records course on the Library Commission Website.  The library received 196 bookbags/books from the Early Development Network Free Books Literacy Project.  We plan to hand them out during Children’s Book Week which is May 2-7th.  An email was received from the Library Commission on the State Aid for 2022.   Our library will receive a total of $1,237.  The amount was determined using the following formula:  Base amount of $565; Per Capita Pay $162; Accreditation Bonus $400; 1% Incentive pay $110.  The State Advisory Council on Libraries was made aware of what was happening in the State Legislature on LB 1213 and LB 75.  Articles of interest from journals and newsletter were shared.

The next meeting was set for May 4th at 5 p.m.  Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

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Agenda for Library Board Meeting

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING

April 13, 2022 at 5 p.m.

AGENDA

1.         Call meeting to order

2.         Give notice on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act

3.         Roll call

4.         Approve minutes

5.         Approve claims for payment

6.         Monthly Library Report/List of Titles Purchased

7.         Grant Updates

            a.         Youth Grant for Excellence    

                        1.         Purchases completed

                        2.         Open House on 4-17-22

                        3.         Mondays from 4-5 p.m. set as S.T.E.M. Time

            b.         Library Improvement Grant

                        1.         Purchases completed

                        2.         Plan for Open House/Sign people up for one-on-one training

            c.         Formula Grant

                        1.         Still working on purchases

            d.         $500 Teacher’s Grant awarded for S.T.E.M. items

8.         National Library Week:  April 4-9th 

9.         Summer Reading Program

10.       NebraskAccess Password

11.       OverDrive

            a.         Discontinuing the OverDrive app

            b.         Transition to Libby app

            c.         Survey questions for the public on Overdrive website

12.       Upcoming Displays/Exhibits

            a.         Ainsworth Art Guilds Spring Show-April 8-30th

            b.         Bright Horizons Display-April 11-16th

13.       Cleaning Position

14.       Public Librarian Certification renewed for Wanda Raymond to 3-23-2025

15.       Start work on Budget for 2022-2023

16.       Meetings/Workshop

            a.         Director’s Thursday Zoom Meetings:  March 10th, 17th, and 31st

            b.         Aquatic WILD-March 8

            c.         NCompass Live

                        1.         Importance of Chit Chat in the Library March 9th

                        2.         If You Build It They Will Come -March 15th

            d.         Transitioning to Libby March 15th

            e.         Nebraska 4H S.T.E.M. Reading Connections Workshop-March 13th

            f.          Nebraska State  Advisory Council on Libraries  March 18th

            g.         City Safety Meeting -March 31st

            h.         How to Train Your Community on Libby-April 7th

            i.          Reluctant Readers Workshop-April 21st Zoom

            j.          Golden Sower Reading Day-June 3rd-Kearney

            k.         Games People Play-June 16th-Hastings

17.       Correspondence

            a.         Items of interest from Library newsletters/journals

18.       Set next meeting date/time

19.       Adjournment

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Financial Literacy Class

Take control of your future with financial empowerment.

There will be a Financial Literacy Class starting today at 6 p.m. at the Library hosted by Bright Horizons. The entire community is encouraged to attend the Financial Literacy 101 class in order to have a better chance of gaining financial freedom and losing financial debt.

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Open House to feature STEM/STEAM

National Library Week will be observed from April 4-9th with the theme of “Connect at Your Library”.  This is the perfect time for the Ainsworth Public Library to connect you with all the new STEM/STEAM items added to the Public Library.   A special Open House will be held with our STEM/STEAM items on April 7th from 4-5 p.m. 

The Library recently was awarded an ARPA Youth Grant for Excellence from the Nebraska Library Commission in the amount of $1100 to address the need for education programs for the young people of our community.    STEM/STEAM promotes the subjects of science, technology, engineering, art and math. The funds were used to purchase a Kid Spark STEM Pathways Lab; Ratio Reveal Set; Q-BA Maze ; Keva Color Pops; plus a STEM Supplies Mobile Drawer Organizer.  STEM books were also purchased for our children’s non-fiction section.  Titles include a set of 5 “STEM: Engaging Hands-On Challenges Using Everyday Materials “ for students in 1st -5th grade;  a set of 3 “Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM” for PreK to 3rd grade students; and “Coding From Scratch”.  All these items will be show cased for hands on exploration at the Open House.  Please stop by and see all the STEM/STEAM items available at the library!

This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

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Minutes of the March Library Board Meeting

The Ainsworth Library Board held their regular monthly meeting on March 2, 2022 at the Ainsworth Public Library.  This meeting was advertised in the local newspaper, over the radio, and on the Library’s website.  President Phyllis Leach called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.  Notice was given on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act.  Roll call showed four members present (Todd Flynn, Stacie Gilliland, Luke Hitchcock, and Phyllis Leach).  Member Alane Lentz was absent.  Library Director, Gail Irwin, was also present for the meeting.

Stacie Gilliland made the motion to approve the minutes.  Todd Flynn seconded this with all members voting in favor of.  Stacie Gilliland moved to approve the claims for payment which Todd Flynn seconded.  All voted in favor of.  The Monthly Library Report and List of Titles Purchased were shared with the Board.

The Board spent some time on the purchases from the ARPA Formula Grant. Discussion was held on purchase of security cameras and different types to buy.  The STEM items purchased with the ARPA Youth Grant for Excellence was shown to the Board.  The Library Staff will now start programs with them. The ARPA Library Improvement Grant funds have not arrived yet so Director is still working on items to order with it.

A review was done on the Blind Date with a Book program held all of February.  We had a total of 13 readers try a blind date.  Danielle Witte was the winner of the “Love” basket.

For Read Across America Day, the library held a Dr. Seuss Hour on March 1st from 4-5 p.m.  We had a total of 25 attend.  We read several Seuss stories, played some games and activities, plus did a Thing 1 and Thing2 Hand Print Craft.

It was noted that the staff continues to work on the Summer Reading Program as time allows.  Due to the lower numbers of covid-19 in the area, we do plan on holding Toddler Time this year.

The Ainsworth Art Guild has asked if they could hold their Annual Spring Art Show at the Library.  It will be on display from April 9th-30th.  The winning selections will then move on to the state competition.

Some data about library fines was shared with the Board.  Many libraries in the U.S. are not charging fines anymore. The Nebraska Library Commission recently did a short survey asking if fines are collected for overdue items.  The survey received 189 responses.  31% charge fines for everything that is overdue, 11% charge fines for some items or borrower age groups, and 48% don’t charge any fines.  Our library has not been collecting much revenue from fines and the Board may decide to not charge fines when they see how much was collected this fiscal year.

Discussion was held on the library’s Challenges/Reconsideration of Material Policy and our Request for Withdrawal of Material Form.  The Board would like to update the form to include all items found in the library (ebooks, movie, magazine, audio recording, digital resource, game, newspaper, etc.) besides just books and to add the following question: Do you represent yourself or an organization?   Luke Hitchcock made the motion to add the new Library Request for Reconsideration of Material Form to our existing policy and the following four paragraphs to our policy:

Potential Problems or Challenges:  The Ainsworth Public Library recognizes that some materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons.  Selection of materials will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in this policy. 

Responsibility for the reading of children rests with their parents or legal guardians.  Selection of library material will not be inhibited by the possibility that materials may come into the possession of children.

Library Materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of their contents, and no library material will be sequestered except to protect it from damage or theft.

Although materials are carefully selected, there can arise differences of opinions regarding suitable materials.  Patrons requesting that material be withdrawn from or restricted within the collection may complete a “Request for reconsideration of Material” form which is available at the library.  The inquiry will be placed on the agenda of the next regular meeting of the Ainsworth Library Board of Trustees.

Stacie Gilliland seconded this with all members voting in favor of.

A review was given on the Thursday Director’s Zoom meeting that the Director attended on Feb. 3rd, 17th, and 24th.  It was noted that all staff attended the day long Big Talk for Small Libraries Conference on the 25th.  Library Board member, Alane Lentz, joined the group for one session that day.  Staff had attended a Reader’s Zone Update Zoom Meeting on the 28th.  It was noted that staff plans to attend the Aquatic WILD by Nebraska Game and Parks/Library System on March 8th.  Board member Todd Flynn stated he would be interested in watching a recording of Aquatic Wild if possible.   Library Director will arrange this for him.  Coming up will be the Nebraska 4/H STEM on Reading Connection Zoom Meeting and the State Advisory Council on Libraries on March 18th in Lincoln.

Under correspondence, a response letter from Rep. Adrian Smith was shared.  An email was also shared on the starting of a mail list for Nebraska Makerspaces to network and communicate with each other. 

The next meeting date was set for April 13th at 5 p.m.   Since there was no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:55 p.m.

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Library Board Meeting Agenda

AINSWORTH LIBRARY BOARD MEETING

March 2, 2022 at 5 p.m.

AGENDA

1.         Call meeting to order

2.         Give notice on the posting of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act

3.         Roll call

4.         Approve minutes

5.         Approve claims for payment

6.         Monthly Library Report

7.         Grant purchase updates on ARPA Formula Grant, ARPA Youth Grant for Excellence,

            ARPA Library Improvement Grand, and Network for Good

8.         Blind Date with a Book Review

9.         Read Across America Day-Dr. Seuss Hour-March 1st

10.       Summer Reading Program

11.       Ainsworth Art Guild Spring Art Show  April 9-30

12.       Information on NLC Library Fine Survey

13.       Update policy on Challenges/Reconsideration of Material

14.       Meeting/Workshop

            a.         Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting: Feb. 3, 20, and 24

            b.         Big Talk for Small Libraries Conference-Feb. 25

            c.         Reader’s Zone for SRP-Feb. 28

            d.         Aquatic Wild-Nebraska Game and Parks/System-March 8

            e.         Nebraska 4/H STEM on Reading Connection-March 18

            f.          State Advisory Council on Libraries-March 18-Lincoln

15.       Correspondence

            a.         Response Letter from Rep. Adrain Smith

            b.         Email on starting mail list for NE Makerspaces to network/communicate

            c.         Items of interest from library newsletters/journals

16.       Set next meeting date/time

17.       Adjournment

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Ainsworth Library Receives Youth Grant For STEM/STEAM Programing in the Amount of $1100

The Nebraska Library Commission recently awarded $115,466 in grants for Excellence in Youth service. Of the grants awarded to seventy-eight Nebraska libraries, several addressed the need for educational programs, furniture for children’s and teen spaces, book kits, and materials like LEGO®, STEAM, and other activities to encourage creativity in young people. The Nebraska Library Commission congratulates all the libraries who received grants as they develop new and innovative programs to ensure excellence in library service for Nebraska young people. You can find the full list of grant recipients on the Nebraska Library Commission grants database

Proposals include:

  • Coding clubs
  • STEAM programing and materials
  • Book club activities
  • Creative writing projects
  • Afterschool programing
  • Summer Reading programs
  • Music and movement class
  • New furniture for children’s and teen spaces
  • Makerspace items for children/youth
  • Builders’ Club with Lego
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Youth Grants for Excellence are made available by the Nebraska Library Commission with funding provided from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the federal stimulus bill passed by Congress, as administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Nebraska Library Commission has received a one-time award of $2,422,166. A portion of this funding was allocated for the Youth Grants for Excellence.

As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, “bringing together people and information.”

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