Storytime is presented at 10:00 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each week features one of five pre-literacy skills from the Every Child Ready to Read Program. The skills include talk, sing, read, write, and play. No registration is required, and drop-ins are welcome!
Friday Friends Playgroup
The Friday Friends Playgroup provides opportunities for children to play and make new friends! The Playgroup meets in the library auditorium on the first and third Friday of every month, 10:00-11:30 am, for indoor fun. Children ages 0-5 years can play on inside playground equipment and make new friends! The activity is free, with no registration. The Playgroup is jointly presented by the library and PECC/Cass County Head Start. Call 402-296-4154 x21 if you have questions.
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.
Read Books to Your Child, Earn Free Books
The "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program allows parents to earn free books for their youngest children while fostering a love of reading. Simply read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, or toddler. You can even count the same book multiple times as you re-read your child's favorite stories, and you can count books read in preschool or daycare.
The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years.
When you sign up, you receive a reading log, instructions, and an indestructible book. The reading logs have 100 images to help keep track of your reading. Simply cross out an image for each book read. For every sheet completed you get 2 stickers. After 5 sheets, you get another book. After reading 1,000 books, the child gets a copy of the Very Hungry Caterpillar with a bookplate for your child’s name and the date of completion.
There is no minimum age to get a library card. Get your little one a library card, and help instill a lifelong love of reading.