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Friends Book Sale, November 16-18

The Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library will be holding their semi-annual book sale in the library auditorium November 16-18. Books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and other items will be offered for great prices!

  • Friday, November 16, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 18, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

This is a great time to stock up on winter reads. While you're shopping, you can also renew or purchase a membership in the Friends of the Library or enter the raffle for a bird-related gift basket.

 

Closed Dates in November

The library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23, for Thanksgiving. The library will open at 10:30 am on Monday, November 26, so staff can attend training. Thank you to all our patrons, our friends, and everyone who attends our programs.

 

Library Assistant Job Opening

The City of Plattsmouth is accepting applications for a Library Assistant at the Plattsmouth Public Library. Must be comfortable with computers and people; bending and lifting required. Library training preferred. 15-18 hrs/wk, days, evenings, and weekends. Applications are available at City Hall, 136 N. 5th St., Plattsmouth, NE 68048, or online here. Return applications and signed job descriptions to City Hall. Application deadline is November 30. EOE/veterans preference.

 

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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 handmade beaded pouch and beaded necklace, and Nemadji vases. A 1950s doll that looks like Dale Evans from the Dolls of All Nations collection is still in its box.corn pottery3 The items would make great holiday gifts or the perfect addition to your own collection.

All bids will be reviewed on November 30.

Made with a laser cutter:

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Library Foundation Receives Grant for Laser Cutter!

Midlands Community Foundation recently notified the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation that it has been awarded a $3000 grant for a laser cutter! The Library Foundation has been working with the library since April to raise funds for the project. The laser cutter was the most popular piece of equipment used during the Library Innovation Studios project last winter.

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. With the software, computer, a small inventory of birch, and a cabinet to hold the cutting apparatus, the total cost of the project is $17,315. As of November 2, the library and the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation have raised over $12,680! If budgeted funds are included, the library is less than $1200 away from reaching the goal! Thanks to 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
Millard and Janice Carnes
Anne Begley
DC's Waterhole
Plattsmouth State Bank
Earl Babbe
Kathy Algya
Peg Chesley
Julie and Carl Dodd
Charles Babcock
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. You may also donate online through Network for Good, with the option of donating anonymously. 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!

No Bingo! in November

Bingo will not be scheduled in November because the Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held on the day Bingo is normally scheduled. Bingo will resume with several special features on Friday, December 21.

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Breastfeeding 101 on November 29

Katie Graves, RN from the Sarpy/Cass Health Department, will help expectant mothers and new mothers become comfortable with breastfeeding their babies. Breastfeeding 101 will be held at the library on Thursday, November 29, 6-8 pm.

Although breastfeeding is natural, it still takes practice. Katie will help you establish a good understanding about breastfeeding, breastmilk, and the Sacred Hour. By the end of the class, you will be more confident and you will understand how it supports your baby's growth and development. A breast pump will be provided during class if you're 36 weeks pregnant.

Support persons are encouraged to attend. If you have questions, contact Katie at 402-537-6973. You can find the full list of prenatal classes on the Sarpy/Cass Health Department website.

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Friday Friends Playgroup, December 7

The Friday Friends Playgroup will meet in the library auditorium on December 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, December 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 Technician Jill Divelbess 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, December 13, 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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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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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.