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National Library Week, April 7-13

Besides providing eclipse glasses and Henry Doorly Zoo passes while they last during National Library Week, the library will be featuring two StickTogether™ 40" x 36" mosaic puzzle posters that everyone can help complete. These posters have pictures with nearly 4,000 squares waiting to be filled in with 1/2" colored stickers. Everyone who visits the library will receive 5 stickers to place on the poster. If you check anything out, you'll receive 5 additional stickers. As more stickers are put on the poster, you'll be able to see what the image is. The first one to correctly guess what the picture is will receive a gift card to a local store.

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Pokemon Gym Day, April 13

Prepare your Pokémon for the next Bug Gym Day on Saturday, April 13, 1-3pm, in the library auditorium. Bring your Nintendo Switch to battle the gym trainers and gym leader in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Those who are able to beat the gym trainers advance to the next stage to battle the gym leader. Beat the trainers and receive a specialty badge! Collect all the badges for a special reward!
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Teen Murder Mystery, April 13

Step into the shadows of the library's Teen Murdery Mystery on Saturday, April 13, 5-7pm. Youth ages 13+, bring a flashlight for a lights out, in the dark version of the live action game. Players work together in groups of two to solve the clues around the library – all in a race to be the first to discover who dunnit! Scan the QR code on the flyer, use this link, or call 402-296-4154 x21 to register! Refreshments will be provided.

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Tiny Art Show 2024 Winners

The Tiny Art Show winners were announced on Thursday, March 28. The artwork was created by children and adults aged 2 to 102 years.Into the Forest

Pink feathersLucas Stuart, 2-5 years old, Cupcake the Dinosaur
Sophie Dyer, 6-11 years old, Sunset Beach
Noelle Dyer, 12-18 years old, Pink Feathers
Barbi Voegtline, ages 19 and over, Into the Forest

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Library Beats for Little Feet

Library BeatsA new music and movement program called “Library Beats for Little Feet” is offered on the first and third Mondays and Thursdays of each month, 9:30-10am. The program engages young minds in the magical world of music, encouraging them to groove, giggle, and grow.

The program is recommended for children aged 18 months to 3 years. Caregivers and siblings may also participate. Children will engage in various musical activities and movements, fostering their physical, cognitive, and social development. Children will also have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of child-friendly instruments, sparking their curiosity and developing an early appreciation for different sounds and textures. As the weather improves, children will be encouraged to play on the outdoor musical instruments as well.

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Youth Night, May 11

Unwind with your peers after the Plattsmouth Library closes on Saturday, May 11, 5-7:30pm. Youth ages 11 and up are welcome to play video, computer, and board games during the evening. Scan the QR code on the poster, use this link, or call the library at 402-296-4154 x21 to register. Pizza and drinks will be served.

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Puzzles, Board Games Available for Checkout

puzzle2Many patrons have helped put together a puzzle in the library. Now you can borrow puzzles to make at home, too! Puzzles range in size from 300 to 1000 pieces and check out for one week, but you can renew them if you need more time.

Next time you're in the library, check out our board games! Titles include Candy Land, Clue, Sorry, Lexogon, Race for the Galaxy, Operation, Trouble, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Apples to Apples, Yeti in my Spaghetti, and Codenames. Board games are great for a fun family game night and help expand your creativity. They've also been found to decrease stress, so check out a board game from your library!

 

Free Radon Test Kits Available

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department is pleased to offer free short-term radon test kits. Pick up a kit to protect your own health as well as the health of your family members.
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Tax Forms, Instruction Booklets Available

Multiple copies of the Form 1040 instruction booklets are available for free at the Plattsmouth Library along with Form 1040 and 1040-SR. The state does not send booklets or forms to libraries, but the library can print anything from the IRS or the State of Nebraska for 10 cents a page.

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Outdoor Musical Instruments Installed!

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The outdoor musical instruments have been installed, and they are ready for your enjoyment!

The project was started in the fall of 2022 with the purchase of five Samba drums. Since then, the library has added eight Calypso Chimes, a Cavatina (like a xylophone), and a music book with eight songs to play on the Cavatina. To top off the project, the library will provide a rubberized surface material in the spring to make it safer and easier to access in all types of weather.

cavatinaThis project was funded by city capital improvement funds, Cass County Tourism – visitcasscounty.com, and by state aid funding appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, granted and administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

FREE MONTHLY ACTIVITIES

Activity Ages Dates Notes
Bingobingo fall Adults 3rd Wednesday, 1:30-2:30pm
Next date: April 17
We provide the bingo cards.
Needlecraft ClubNeedlecraft Club All 1st Thursday, 6-7pm and 3rd Tuesday, 10am-noon
Next dates: April 16, 10am
Beginners or seasoned pros, bring your crocheting, embroidery, quilting, or other projects to work on.
AniManga ClubAnime202302 Grades 5-12 2nd Thursday, 4-5:30pm
Next date: April 11
Watch and discuss an anime or manga series. Snacks provided.
Bad Art Clubbad art club202401 Ages 11+ 2nd Wednesday, 4-5pm
Next date: April 10
 
Bookworms & Beyond
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Homeschoolers 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1-3pm
Next date: April 11, 25
Connect with other homeschool groups.
Chess ClubChess Club202401 Ages 10+ 4th Tuesday, 3-4:30pm
Next date: April 23
Learn how to play or teach others to play
D&D Heck Fire ClubDD202210 11-18 years 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10am-2pm
Next dates: April 20
"One-Shot" sessions, 1-3pm, every Sunday
For novices and experienced players.
More Dungeons Masters are needed.
Family Board GamesBoard Game Day202209 All 1st and 3rd Fridays, 6-8pm
Next dates: April 19
Play new and old games or bring your own.
Hosts: Adam and Nicole Vraspir
Friday FriendsFriday Friends 0-5 years 1st and 3rd Fridays, 10-11:30am
Next dates: April 19
Play on indoor playground equipment
and make new friends.
Manic Magic MondaysManic Magic Ages 13+ 2nd and 4th Mondays, 5-6:30pm
Next dates: April 22
Bring cards if you have them; some supplies provided. No registration.
Paws for ReadingPaws For Reading202403 All youth 3rd Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: April 17
Children read to certified therapy dogs.
Registration preferred, not required.

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Grades 2+ 2nd Saturday of even-numbered months, 1-3pm
Next date: April 13
Bring your Nintendo Switch to battle the gym trainers and gym leader. Beat the trainers and earn a badge.
Saturday Morning CartoonsSaturday Morning Cartoons All youth 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 9:30-11am
Next date: Summer
Family-oriented cartoons. Pajamas
welcome. Cereal provided.
Silent Book Club202401Silent Book Club Grades 4-12 2nd Tuesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: May 14
Bring a book or borrow one and read with fellow book lovers where the Magic of Books meets the Peace of Silence.
Teen Book Clubteen book club Grades 8-12 4th Saturday of even months, 12:30-1:30pm
Next date: April 27
 
Teen Volunteersteen volunteers202403 Ages 13-18 4th Tuesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: April 23
Discuss volunteer opportunities, upcoming programs, and Advisory Board.
Trading and Training Daytrading cards Grades 2+ 2nd Saturday (odd-numbered months), 2-3:30pm
Next date: May 11
Trade Pokemon, magic, sports, Yu-Gi-Oh and other cards and train your Pokemon in preparation for the next gym day.
Video Gamingvideo games All youth 4th Saturday, 2-3:30pm
Next date: April 27
Play your games or ours on 75" TV.
Wii, Xbox 360, Switch, or your own.
Youth BingoYouth Bingo All youth 1st Wednesday, 4-5pm
Next date: May 1
 
Booklist Reader

Reading Suggestions

Whether you're hunting for your next book, selecting for a book club, or getting ideas for kids, you'll find great selections in the Booklist Reader, a companion to the magazine that we use to select titles for our library. Enjoy a new issue each month free of charge.

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Free Passes to Area Attractions

The library has free passes to Lauritzen Gardens, Durham Museum, and Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods. These library passes must be checked out and returned within one week. The only thing you need is a library card in good standing - no overdue materials or fees for lost or damaged items.

Each pass is a little different. The Lauritzen Garden pass admits 2 adults and their children under age 18 for one use. The Durham Museum pass admits 2 adults and children within that household or up to 4 grandchildren but only once every six months.

The Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods passes admit 2 adults and up to 5 children. Each pass is for a specific day of the week so, if you check out a Monday pass, you have to visit on a Monday. Visitors also receive $5 off a membership if purchased on the day you use the library pass. You can use the pass for a discount in the gift shop, attend special member-only events, and attend for free any programming on the day of your visit.

Sorry, but the library can't put a pass on hold, but you can call ahead to make sure one is available before you come.

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Search Your Genealogy for Free at the Library

The library is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library which means it has access to more genealogy resources. There are only a few hundred affiliate libraries in the country.

The popular web service has over 6 billion searchable names and 2 billion images of historical genealogical records. FamilySearch adds over 300 million free genealogical records and images online yearly from all over the world and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land and court records from more than 130 countries. Access FamilySearch from a library computer to set up your free account.

Besides FamilySearch, the library provides access to Ancestry Library Edition from computers in the library and to My Heritage from the library or home.

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Read Any Size Print with New Video Magnifier

 The Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired has provided an ONYX Deskset Video Magnifier to all Nebraska public libraries to better serve our visually impaired patrons. You don't need a library card to use the machine, and it's very easy to use. It features the ability to change colors or display white text on black. It provides reading lines or a mask that helps you follow along on the page, and it can magnify up to 106x. It's also great for reading prescription bottles and viewing images. Stop by the library to use it or to see a short demo.

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Plattsmouth Newspapers Online, 1857-2021

The library recently converted the remaining backfiles of the Plattsmouth Journal to microfilm so all Plattsmouth newspapers from 1857-2021 are accessible and searchable on the Internet or in the library. University of Nebraska-Lincoln's website, Nebraska Newspapers, has hosted eight newspapers from 1865-1939  for about 10 years. Last year, History Nebraska turned over its backfiles to newspapers.com which now includes 31 Plattsmouth newspapers from 1857-2008. To complete the archive, the library now offers the 2009-2021 Journal issues for searching in the library. The project to make the 2009-2021 Journal issues available was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

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Hot Off the Press!

heat pressIn fall 2021, the library received a heat press and accompanying mug press! The library also has hundreds of shirts for children and adults, aprons, cloth bags, mouse pads, glass tiles, aluminum signs, coasters, and many more items to be imprinted with the presses.

Call the library for a 30-minute training or to make a reservation to make your own items. During training, you will be able to create your own design or use a sample design provided by the library. You can print one mug and one other item (shirt, mousepad, or any other material) for free. Beyond that, items cost anywhere from 25 cents to $4.

Made with a laser cutter:
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Schedule Laser Cutter Training

laser dinosaurThe library has a laser cutter capable of etching on wood, glass, ceramic tiles, cork, metals, and many other materials. It can be used by anyone who has completed the one-hour training session. Call the library, 402-296-4154, ext. 24, to schedule training or to reserve time to work on your projects.

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!

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

 

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Charge Your Device While You Browse!

You can charge your phone, tablet, iPad, Kindle, or other device while you’re browsing or working on the computer in the library. You don’t even need a cord since the charger already has several different connectors for Apple, Android, and other devices. The charger is at the main circulation desk and can accommodate up to 8 devices at a time. The charger is plugged into an outlet, not a computer, so your data is secure.

The library also has a card reader that will allow you to read data from a camera memory card or other micro or mini SD card. The reader has slots for four different kinds of cards. It connects to the computer with a USB cord. You don’t need to have your own cord for your camera or other device. Just ask for the reader so you can download pictures or other files from your device while you're in the library.

 

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 in 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.