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Identity Theft Fraud Prevention

Identity Theft and Fraud Protection, February 22

Identity theft and fraud protection are real threats to almost everyone. On Thursday, February 22, Plattsmouth Detective Tyler Reiff will discuss ways to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud both online and in your day-to-day activities. Join us in the library auditorium at 6:30pm on February 22.

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Tiny Art Show, February 1-March 28

Tiny Art Show2024Show off your talent at the library's second Tiny Art Show! Anyone aged 2 years and up can submit an entry, and the library provides the 4"x4" canvas and an easel. The general rules are:

  1. One entry per person.
  2. Your project must fit on the 4"x4" canvas that is provided free of charge by the library.
  3. Any medium can be used - paint, markers, clay, fabric, etc.
  4. Return your completed project by Friday, March 1.

The entries will be split into four age groups: 2-5 years, 6-11, 12-18, and 19 and over. The art will be on display in the library March 4-27. During this time, the community will be able to vote for their favorite piece in each age group. You can cast a vote for each age group once a week.

On Thursday, March 28, the community votes will be tallied, and the winners will be announced at a reception at 6pm. Gift cards will be awarded to the winners. Refreshments will be served, and raffle prizes will be available. Artists can take their pieces home after the art show.

If you have any questions, contact Jessy at 402-296-4154 x20.
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Puzzles Available for Checkout

puzzle2Many patrons have helped put together a puzzle in the library.puzzle1 Now you can borrow puzzles to make at home! 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. In the meantime, if you have puzzles in good condition at home that you don't want, you can donate them to the library's circulating collection.

 

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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Zoo Passes Available

The Plattsmouth Library is giving away Henry Doorly Zoo passes. Only one pass per household will be allowed. Each pass will admit up to two adults and six children for one daytime admission. To request a pass, adults must have a library card and their account must be in good standing (no overdue items and no fees owed).

Persons using the passes at the Henry Doorly Zoo will need to present their pass AND a valid library card to be admitted. The passes are valid through March 31, 2024, and are made possible through the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium’s Library Program.

The library also has passes that can be checked out for use at Lauritzen Gardens, Fontenelle Forest, and Durham Museum. Explore our area’s great resources for free, courtesy of the library, the zoo, and the Friends of the Library!

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Teen Murder Mystery, February 24

It's a Pajama Party Murder Mystery night at the library on Saturday, February 24, 5-7pm! Youth ages 13+, come to the library after hours for snacks and a live action murder mystery 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! You're encouraged to don your pajamas, but it's not required. Scan the QR code on the flyer or call 402-296-4154 x21 to register!
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Library Beats for Little Feet

Library BeatsA new music and movement program called “Library Beats for Little Feet” will launch on Monday, March 4. The program will engage young minds in the magical world of music, encouraging them to groove, giggle, and grow. It’s scheduled for the first and third Mondays and Thursdays of each month, 9:30-10am.

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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Trading Cards and Training Day Merge in March

March will mark the kick-off of the fusion of trading card excitement and Pokemon training. Beginning Saturday, March 9, 2-3pm, the event will become a trading card and Pokemon gym training day.

Aimed at 2nd graders and up, this program offers a unique opportunity for youth to trade cards and train their Pokemon teams for upcoming gym challenges. The Trading and Training Day will be offered on the second Saturday of odd months.

More gym trainers and leaders are needed to take charge of the Pokemon Gyms on the fourth Saturday of even months. The April gym challenge will focus on "Bug" types.

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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: February 21
We provide the bingo cards.
Needlecraft ClubNeedlecraft Club All 1st Thursday, 6-7pm and 3rd Tuesday, 10am-noon
Next date: February 20, 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: February 8
Watch and discuss an anime or manga series. Snacks provided.
Bad Art Clubbad art club202401 Ages 11+ 2nd Wednesday, 4-5pm
Next date: February 14
 
Bookworms & Beyond
Homeschool GroupHomeschool Group202309
Homeschoolers 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1-3pm
Next date: January 25, February 8
Connect with other homeschool groups.
Chess ClubChess Club202401 Ages 10+ 4th Tuesday, 3-4:30pm
Next date: February 27
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: February 17
"One-Shot" sessions, 12-3pm, 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: February 16
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: February 16
Play on indoor playground equipment
and make new friends.
Paws for Reading All youth 3rd Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: PAWSED until March 20
Children read to certified therapy dogs.
Registration preferred, not required.
Saturday Morning CartoonsSaturday Morning Cartoons All youth 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 9:30-11am
Next date: February 10, 24
Family-oriented cartoons. Pajamas
welcome. Cereal provided.
Silent Book Club202401Silent Book Club Grades 4-12 2nd Tuesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: February 13
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: February 24
 
Teen Volunteersteen volunteers Ages 13-18 4th Tuesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: February 27
Discuss volunteer opportunities, upcoming programs, and Advisory Board.
Trading Cardstrading cards Grades 2+ 2nd Saturday (odd-numbered months), 2-3pm
Next date: March 9
Trade Pokemon, magic, sports, Yu-Gi-Oh and other cards.
Video Gamingvideo games All youth 4th Saturday, 2-3:30pm
Next date: February 24
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: February 7
 
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Board Games Available for Checkout

Check out our board games! Titles range from Candy Land, Clue, and Sorry to Lexogon, Race for the Galaxy, and Fact or Crap. New games purchased by the library include Operation, Trouble, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Apples to Apples, Yeti in my Spaghetti, and Codenames.

Board games are not only great for a fun family game night. They also help expand your creativity and have been found to decrease stress. So if you’re looking for something fun to do at your next family or friend event, check out a board game from your library!

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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.