Ainsworth Library Foundation Starts to Plan for the Annual Book Basket Auction
The Ainsworth Library Foundation Board held its regular quarterly meeting on Thursday, August 24th at the Ainsworth Public Library.
The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by Vice President Mark Kovar due to the absence of the President. Roll called showed six members present: Traci Alberts, Wendy Allen, Gary Kinzie, Mark Kovar, Deanna Taylor and Bev Whitney. Board member Marsha Fuchs was absent. Library Director Gail Irwin was also present for the meeting, as well as one guest.
The minutes of the last meetings and the Treasurer’s Report were approved as read. One bill was presented for payment to Advantage Companies as the foundation’s part on the digitalization project for the local newspaper. Deanna Taylor moved to approve the payment. Bev Whitney seconded this motion with all members voting in favor. The library and Brown County Foundation will be paying for part of this project.
The gift transaction list from May to August 2017 was presented. Gifts were given in memory of the following individuals: Mrs. Lou Ann Williams, Mrs. Peg Raymond, Mrs. Vernice “Ve” Dawson Wayman, Mr. Arden Stech and Mrs. Barbara Shiffermiller.
Another gift received included a donation from Honeywell International PAC Charitable Gift Program. The recycling of ink cartridges made a total of $95.20. The board expressed thanks for each and every donation to the library.
Marilyn Williams, a member from the Brown County Community Foundation, was present to share a story of their foundation with the board.
Discussion was held on library improvements. The group is still searching for a small end table. Work was completed on the overhang outside of the building this summer.
The library has been awarded the Library Innovation Studio Grant by the Nebraska Library Commission. The makerspace equipment will be arriving this fall for four months. Library training will be held in Lincoln in October and local training will be held shortly after when the equipment gets here. The library will need to have local people on a committee to help promote and train others to use the equipment.
Discussion was held on the Book Basket Auction. No certain date was selected at this time but the board plans to hold this event this fall.
The next meeting date was set for Thursday, November 9th at 7 p.m. Since there was no further business to come before the board, the meeting was adjourned at 8:06 p.m.