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Drone Fun for Everyone, September 19

Whether you own a drone or not, you'll learn a lot from Pete and Phil Thompson about how drones are used for work and pleasure on Wednesday, September 19, at 6:30 pm, in the library auditorium. "Keep Your Drone Flying High" is designed for drone newbies, wannabes, and experts.

Pete and Phil are FAA certified instructors from Husker Drone. They provide training on operating a drone for business such as in real estate, insurance, agriculture, or event imaging.

The Thompson brothers will identify some of the do's and don'ts of flying drones or UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System), what to watch out for (besides power lines and hawks), and when you need to have a Remote Pilot Certificate to operate a UAS. They'll delve into the different kinds of drones that are available for all skill levels and all price levels. If weather permits, they will also fly the drones outside.

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Join Family Connections, September 20

Dr. Sara Kupzyk, a psychologist and counselor at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, will be holding a Family Connections meeting in the library auditorium on Thursday, September 20, 9-10 am. Family Connections is a support group for parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities. Caregivers can connect with others who face similar challenges, and the children have time to socialize with peers in a safe environment. The meeting is open to the public. No registration is required.


Bingo! on September 21

Bingo is the name of the game on the third Friday of each month at 1:30 pm in the library auditorium. Join us on September 21 for an hour of bingo. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of games. Refreshments will be served. Remember, happiness is calling "Bingo!"

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Bring Back a Laser Cutter!

From November 2017 to March 2018, through the Library Innovation Studios project, the Plattsmouth community was able to work with many different pieces of equipment like a 3-D printer, CNC router, laser cutter, and embroidery machine. By far the most popular was the laser cutter. Since March, the library has been raising money to purchase a laser cutter for the public to use year-round.

The laser cutter is very versatile. It can be used to etch on wood, glass, ceramic tiles, and coasters; it’s even been used to etch on Legos and a brick. It can also cut intricate designs from paper!

The cost of the Universal VLS 3.50 laser cutter, which has a larger engraving area and faster laser than the machine used during the testing period, is $16,065. The library has submitted a grant to Midlands Community Foundation for $6,000 towards the laser cutter; the library won’t know the outcome of that request until October. As of August 29, the library and the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation have raised over $7,850! This total includes money raised during fundraising events at the library as well as donations from the following individuals and businesses. Our thanks to you!

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
Millard and Janice Carnes
Anne Begley
DC's Waterhole
Plattsmouth State Bank
Earl Babbe
Kathy Algya
Peg Chesley
Julie and Carl Dodd
Schott Enterprises
Brad Ksiazek
Janet McCartney
Carroll Hudson
Country Bar and Grill
Karen and Lupe Mier
Hy-Vee customers
Jean Mikkelson

If you'd like to donate, please deliver or mail checks to the Plattsmouth Public Library, 401 Avenue A, Plattsmouth, NE 68048. Checks may be made out to the library or to the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation. These funds will only be used for the purchase of a laser cutter; 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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IDEA Boxes

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.


Friday Friends Playgroup, October 5

The Friday Friends Playgroup has been cancelled for September since it falls during Harvest Festival. The Playgroup will meet in the library auditorium on October 5, 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.


USDA Rural Development Office Day, October 11

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 Technician 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 with Jill for Thursday, October 11, 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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RBdigital for E-books, Audiobooks, and Magazines

The library provides access to e-books and e-audiobooks through both OverDrive and RBdigital. RBdigital also includes e-magazines in a new all-in-one interface for your computer and mobile devices. Both of these services can be accessed with a library card on your mobile devices or by clicking on the links on the left side of this page.

If you’ve used RBdigital in the past, including OneClick Digital for audiobooks and Zinio for magazines, and you haven’t updated them recently, you can download the new RBdigital app through the old interface or search your app store for RBdigital. Your username and password will remain the same. You won't lose any of your previously checked out content.

The app delivers your favorite titles right to your smartphone or tablet or you can access them on your computer using the icons to the right. Download now to listen, read, learn, and enjoy! If you have any questions or need assistance, call 402-296-4154 or bring your device to the library.


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 various donation categories that are summarized below for the October 2016-September 2017 year.

Memorials received: $1,040

Memorial checks can be made out to the library or the Library Foundation. Donors can choose to have the memorial be used to purchase books, DVDs, or audiobooks, or they can let the library use it for projects such as replacing a piece of equipment or painting the library interior. If you expect many family members to donate, you may want to encourage them to donate to the Foundation so the funds can be used for long-term projects.

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Find Recipes on AtoZ World Food

You can now search for recipes and food information from around the world by clicking on the orange AtoZ World Food logo to the left. The AtoZ World Food database allows you to explore recipes and food culture from around the world 24/7 from library computers or in the comfort of your own home.

AtoZ World Food is a food, culture, and traditional recipes database covering 174 countries. It includes over 800 food culture articles, over 6,500 recipes, 500+ ingredient articles, and 6 food glossaries. High quality photos accompany the recipes and articles. Now you can experiment with new foods and new recipes from around the world.

To access the database, use the link on either side of this web page. Log in with your library card number (don’t put a space after the P), and create your own account. You can save and share your favorite recipes and dazzle your friends with the new dishes you create.

If you have any questions, contact the library at 402-296-4154.


Computer Classes

Learn more about your computer and the programs you use in a series of classes. Classes designed for the novice as well as those more versed in computers are offered: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Using the Internet Wisely, Word Processing, Intermediate Email, and Excel. A different class is taught each week; most are two hours long. Consult this sample class schedule to determine if you want to sign up for all the classes or only the ones that interest you. The classes are free, but class size is limited. Please call the library to register or to ask questions.


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.