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Agenda for Library Board Meeting


April 13, 2022 at 5 p.m.


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


March 2, 2022 at 5 p.m.


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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March Book Club Selection Now Available

“Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger will be the featured Book Club title for the March read. The Ainsworth Public Library has copies available for you to check out. The group will be meeting on March 21st at 2 p.m. to share thoughts on the title. Hope to see you there!

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Library will be closed on February 25th

NOTICE:   The Ainsworth Public Library will be closed on Friday, February 25th, so that library staff may attend an all-day conference.

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Blind Date with a Book

It’s that time of year again…come have a Blind Date with a Book!! (You may even win a prize!)

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Ainsworth Library Board Meeting Agenda


February 2, 2022 at 5 p.m.


1.         Call meeting to order

2.         Give 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.         2021 Nebraska Public Library Survey/Public Library Data Survey Supplement

8.         ARPA Formula Grant

9.         ARPA Youth Grant for Excellence

10.       2022 ARPA Library Improvement Grant

11.       Network for Good Donation

12.       Donation of Library Innovation Studio Equipment/Supplies

13.       Blind Date with a Book

14.       Meetings/Workshop:

            a.         Thursday Director’s Zoom Meeting:  Jan.13, Jan.20th

            b.         NCompass 2022 One Book One Nebraska: The Bones of Paradise-Jonis Agee-Jan. 14

            c.         Summer Reading Program-Jan. 26th-Broken Bow

            d.         Library Foundation Board Meeting-Feb. 16th

            e.         Big Talk for Small Libraries-Feb. 25th

15.       Correspondence:

            a.         Items of interest from Library Newsletter and Journals

16.       Set next meeting date

17.       Adjournment

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