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Nebraska Veteran Flights, May 30

Bill Williams, co-founder of Patriotic Productions, will share stories of the 12 Nebraska Veteran Flights that have flown from Nebraska to Washington, D.C., at the Plattsmouth Public Library on Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 pm, in the auditorium.

Patriotic Productions has taken almost 3,500 WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to see their memorials in Washington, D.C., since 2008. These flights are a way to give our veterans the thank you and welcome home they never received. The latest project was the Nebraska Female Veterans Flight on September 24, 2018, for 135 women of any era who had served in a war zone. The Nebraska Purple Heart Flight will be flown on May 24, 2019.

Patriotic Productions is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded by Bill & Evonne Williams of Omaha, who have a desire to honor the U.S. military and share that opportunity with others who wish to do the same. The Williamses also created a travelling photo memorial called Remembering Our Fallen in 2010. The memorial honors those who have fallen in the War on Terror since 9/11.

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Summer Reading Program for All Ages Begins June 4

This year's summer reading program, "A Universe of Stories", has something for all ages! Programs designed for babies, toddlers, young children, teens, and adults will begin the week of June 4.

"Lego Wednesdays" run June 6 through July 26, 1:00-3:00 pm, in the auditorium. Enjoy free popcorn and family-friendly movies; bring your pillows or blankets if you'd like. Movie titles will be announced as soon as the schedule is finalized.

"Craft Days" on Thursdays, June 7 through July 27, 1:00-2:00 pm, in the auditorium.

Like last year, children earn scratch tickets when they check out books. The ticket may be for a small prize that they can pick out right away or the ticket can be entered into the drawings for the grand prize packages.

Teens and adults can also earn scratch tickets for items checked out. If you don't win a prize immediately, the scratch ticket will be entered into the drawing for the grand prize on July 3.

Babies, 0-2 years old, are included for the first time. Parents can check out and read five (5) books to their child between June 5 and July 2 to receive a free board book. Limited to one free book per child.

All programs are free and open to the public. Please call the library at 402-296-4154 if you have any questions.

Operation Paperback

Operation Paperback

The library is partnering with Operation Paperback this summer to collect books for our troops overseas. Any gently used paperbacks brought to the library by July 3 will be sorted and sent to American troops and military families.

Operation Paperback is a national, non-profit organization that, since 1999, through volunteers, has shipped over 2.2 million books to American troops overseas, veterans, and military families here at home.

The library will be accepting donations of clean, gently-used books and/or cash donations to help with the shipping costs. The types of books that are most requested by our troops are best sellers, action, mystery, classics, science fiction, biographies and memoirs, true crime, current event-oriented non-fiction, horror, and history/military history (no romances, please).

Our troops sacrifice daily for our country. Sending them the gift of books will let them know that we appreciate their service and sacrifices. Help us give our troops the opportunity to escape into a good book by bringing your donations to the Plattsmouth Public Library, 401 Avenue A, between May 25 and July 3. For more information, contact the library at 402-296-4154.

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Game of Thrones Contest Winners to be Announced May 20

The Game of Thrones contest winners will be announced after the final episode airs on Sunday, May 19. The top three winners will receive a $5 gift card to a local business. It's too late to enter the library's contest, but you can print this list of 30 characters from the show just for fun and mark your guesses as to who will die and who will live.

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Friday Friends Playgroup, June 7

The Friday Friends Playgroup will meet in the library auditorium on June 7, 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 meets on the first Friday of every month and is jointly presented by the library and PECC/Cass County Head Start. Call Kirsten at 402-296-4154 x21 if you have questions.

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USDA Rural Development Office Day, June 13

Do you want to own a home? Does your home need repairs? USDA Rural Development holds an office day at the library on the second Thursday of each month from 9:30 am-4:00 pm.

Single Family Housing Specialist Rebecca Adams will be available to assist those who are seeking to own a rural home or already own a rural home that is in need of repairs. Schedule an appointment for Thursday, May 9, by calling 402-437-5748 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Laser cutter user manual

The Laser Cutter Has Arrived!

The library has been raising funds for a laser cutter since March 2018. Though it was ordered in November, it was backordered and finally arrived on January 2!

It was installed and staff were retrained on January 10. Since the machine is a little larger than the one used last winter, library staff will offer short refreshers for anyone who’s used the machine before. Please call the library, 402-296-4154, ext. 24, to schedule training for new users or returning users.

The laser cutter can be used by anyone who has been trained. You don’t need to have a library card or even live in Plattsmouth to use it. It can be used for personal or business purposes, so think about how you might benefit from the opportunity!

As of February 18, funding is about $500 away from the $17,315 goal for the laser cutter, software, and supplies. Thanks to Midlands Community Foundation for a $3000 grant, the Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation for contributing $1000 each, and the following individuals and businesses for their donations.

Judy Bell
Cass County Bank
Alfred G. Dietrich
Marilyn Rishel
Joanne Furlong
Plattsmouth Lions Club
Larry and Elly Biederman
Pat Meisinger
Dean and Marilynn Meisinger
Jenny Sullivan
Millard and Janice Carnes
Anne Begley
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Plattsmouth State Bank
Earl Babbe
Kathy Algya
Peg Chesley
Julie and Carl Dodd
Charles Babcock
Rich and Lisa Propst
Schott Enterprises
Brad Ksiazek
Janet McCartney
Carroll Hudson
Country Bar and Grill
Karen and Lupe Mier
Hy-Vee customers
Jean Mikkelson
Ginger Tuttle

Checks made out to the library or to the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation can be mailed to Plattsmouth Public Library, 401 Avenue A, Plattsmouth, NE 68048. You may also donate online through Network for Good, with the option of donating anonymously. These funds will only be used for the laser cutter and its supplies; they will not be used for any other purpose. If you have any questions, contact Karen Mier at 402-296-4154 x23 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

See some of the items we've made with the Innovation Studio equipment!

 

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Corn Pottery and Native American Collectibles

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The Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library received a donation of corn pottery and Native American collectibles that are now on display in the library. The items are priced $3 up to $125. You can purchase them for the price marked, or you can place a bid on an item.

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The corn pottery includes trays, bowls, and salt and pepper shakers. Native American collectibles include dolls, a beaded necklace, and Nemadji vases.corn pottery3 A 1950s doll that looks like Dale Evans from the Dolls of All Nations collection is still in its box. The items would make great holiday gifts or the perfect addition to your own collection.

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Where Do My Donations Go?

The library has been blessed with a great Friends of the Library, Library Foundation, and individual donors. Included in the city’s budget are accounts that represent memorials, grants, and general donations.

Read more about donations from October 2016 to September 2017 ...

 

Yearbooks, Newspapers Digitized

Read about the local newspapers and high school yearbooks that have been digitized and made available to the public.

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Visit Our Patio!

The library has a patio in the back of the building! It was constructed between June 27 and July 5, 2012, with bricks from Main Street and is shaded by a pergola. You can see how the patio took shape by looking at these pictures. It was made possible with a grant from the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee and donations from the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library. The city donated the bricks. It's a great place to stop and read a book or to listen to storytime, at least when the weather is nice. Thanks to Midwest Outdoor Design for installing it.