Friday Friends Playgroup - SUSPENDED
WE HOPE TO RESUME FRIDAY FRIENDS WHEN THE MEETING ROOM IS OPEN TO GROUPS AGAIN. Are the kids feeling cooped up this winter? Join the Friday Friends Playgroup on the first Friday of every month, 10:00-11:30 am, for indoor fun for ages 0-5 years. Meet in the auditorium any time from 10:00 to 11:30 am to play on inside playground equipment and make new friends! The activity is free, with no registration.
The program is jointly presented by the library and PECC/Cass County Head Start. Call Kirsten at 402-296-4154 x21 if you have questions.
Children can play XBox and Wii games on the following days provided the auditorium is not booked for other events. Summer hours may vary.
The children's area of the library now has IDEA (Invention, Design, Engineer, and Art) boxes! Each box contains something that is fun to do and helps children exercise their creativity. There are LEGO tubs that have the pieces to make specific items, LittleBIts to build circuitry, a LittleBits Coding Kit to teach children how to code on the computer, two art tubs with all kinds of beads as well as stamps and paper, and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" book kit.
If your child is musically inclined, the library also has a tank drum that can be used in the library. Not sure what a tank drum is or what it sounds like? Come to the library to find out!
The IDEA boxes, Lego building base plates, Tinker Toys, a shape stacker, and lots of new puzzles were added to the children’s library with funds from a Youth Excellence Grant from the Nebraska Library Commission. It was funded in part with state funds allocated through the Nebraska Legislature. The library would also like to thank Dan Rohan of Rohan Photography for sharing his time and expertise with this project.
These boxes, puzzles, toys, and tank drum can be used in the children’s area any time the library is open.
Find a Launchpad at Your Library
The library has purchased four Launchpads, tablets pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free learning apps created just for children. They are available for checkout, just like books, movies, and magazines.
Each Launchpad has a different set of apps, with at least 10 apps on each device. The 7” high-definition touch screen and external speaker are protected by a durable protective case. Three devices are designed for children aged 5-7 years old; one device is designed for children 3-5 years old.
All you need is a library card to check out one of the devices. Don’t have a library card yet? If you live in Plattsmouth, the card is free; outside the city limits, the cards cost $30 per family.
Visit the children’s department or call 402-296-4154 x21 if you have any questions.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Congratulations to Miah Dasovic , daughter of Jeremiah and Jenny Dasovic, of Plattsmouth! Together they read 1,000 books and earned a special copy of the classic book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. The library only gives out these books to children completing the free program "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten."
Get your child interested in lifelong learning and reading early with the "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program. It’s an exciting and fun way to kick-start your child's success in school.
Each child will receive a very simple reading record. Every book read to your child – by you, during library storytime, at a daycare, by family members – counts towards the total. You can even count the same book more than once if you read it more than once. Simply cross out a picture in the reading log to indicate you’ve read a book. After 100 books are read, bring the reading record to the library for a special sticker and a new reading record. Reach the goal of a 1000 books, and your child will receive a brand new book with a special sticker inside.