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Children's Summer Reading Program

SRP 2024Plunge head-long into reading and attend magic, craft, and other programs during the library's summer reading program! Pick up a reading log at the library and start tracking your reading. You can even earn points for attending a program or reading to others.Coloring with Cops202407

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Programs, including crafts and other activities, are on Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am. Regular programs like Story and a Movie, Outdoor Storytime & Play, and other programs can be found on the children's summer reading program calendar. Special programs are noted below! movie day202407

  • Coloring with Cops - Wednesdays, July 17 and 31, 10-11am
  • Summer Time Movie - Thursday, July 18, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 3-5pm
  • Make Your Own Pool Noodle Gecko! - Wednesday, July 24, 2-3pmpool noodle gecko
  • Dr. Oxygen - Saturday, July 27, 1pm
  • Summer Time Movie - Thursday, August 1, Rio, 3-5pm

Dr. Oxygen, Saturday, July 27

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Enjoy science fun with Dr. Oxygen on Saturday, July 27, for a special afternoon program at 1pm.  We will be learning all kinds of cool science facts while being entertained by his experiments. Join the fun with lots of interaction!

Youth Night, July 27

youth night202407Unwind with your peers after the library closes on Saturday, July 27, 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.

Escape Room, July 22-August 12

escape room202407Test your skills at surviving the Wonderland Whimsy Quest Escape Room at the library, July 22 through August 12. If you go bonkers, you'll fit right in with the Alice in Wonderland theme. Teams of 2-4 can schedule a time slot by calling the library at 402-296-4154 x24.

Use Stickers to Complete the Picture

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The library is 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.

 Puzzles, Board Games Available for Checkout

board gamespuzzle2Many 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!

Safer Surface for Outdoor Musical Instruments Installed!

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outdoor instruments installedA new rubberized surface has been installed under the outdoor musical instruments, and they are ready for your enjoyment!

The project was started in the fall of 2022 with the purchase of five Samba drums. In 2023, the library 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 rubberized surface material was installed in July, making it safer and easier to access in all types of weather.

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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: July 17
We provide the bingo cards.
Needlecraft ClubNeedlecraft Club All 1st Thursday, 6-7pm and 3rd Tuesday, 10am-noon
Next date: July 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: July
Watch and discuss an anime or manga series. Snacks provided.
Bad Art Clubbad art club202401 Ages 11+ 2nd Wednesday, 4-5pm
Next date: July
 
Bookworms & Beyond
Homeschool GroupHomeschool Group
Homeschoolers 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1-3pm
Next date: July 25
Connect with other homeschool groups.
Chess ClubChess Club Ages 10+ 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 11:30am-12:30pm
Next date: July 17, 31
Learn how to play or teach others to play
CrafternoonCrafterNoon202406 All ages 3rd and 5th Tuesday, 12-1pm
Next date: July 30
Materials provided.
D&D Heck Fire ClubDD202210 11-18 years 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10am-2pm
Next dates: July 20
"One-Shot" sessions, 1-3pm, every Sunday
For novices and experienced players.
More Dungeons Masters are needed.
Family Board Games All ages Merged with Manic Madness Mondays, 6-9pm
Next dates: July 22,29
Play new and old games or bring your own. Includes Magic cards.
Friday FriendsFriday Friends 0-5 years 2nd and 4th Fridays, 9:30-11:30am
Next dates: July 26
Play on indoor playground equipment
and make new friends.
Junk Journal JunkiesJunk Journaling202406 Ages 15+ 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm
Next dates: July 17
Use library supplies to continue or start your own journal; journals provided if needed
Just Dance - NEW!Just Dance202406 Ages 11+ Tuesdays, 1-2pm
Next dates: July 23, 30
 
Lego Clublego club202406 All ages 1st and 4th Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
Next dates: July 23
The library supplies the Legos.
Library Beats for Little FeetLibrary Beats 18 months-3 years Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30-10am
Next dates: July 18,22,25,29
Engages young minds in the magical world of music, encouraging them to groove, giggle, and grow
Manic Madness MondaysManic Madness Monday202406 All ages Every Monday, 6-9pm
Next dates: July 22, 29
Bring cards if you have them; some supplies provided. Host: Adam Vraspir
Mixed Mediamixed media202406 Ages 10+ Mondays, 3:30-5pm
Next dates: July 22
Materials provided; all skill levels welcome.
Paws for ReadingPaws For Reading202403 All youth 3rd Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next dates: March to June, Sept. to Nov.
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: Summer
Family-oriented cartoons. Pajamas
welcome. Cereal provided.
Silent Book Club202401Silent Book Club Grades 4-12 2nd Tuesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: July
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, 1-3pm
Next date: Oct. 26
 
Teen Volunteersteen volunteers202403 Ages 13-18 4th Tuesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: TBD
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: Sept. 14
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 Fridays, 2-4:30pm
Next dates: July 19, 26
Play your games or ours on 75" TV.
Wii, Xbox 360, Switch, or your own.
Youth BingoYouth Bingo All youth Select Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30pm
Next dates: July 23
 

Reading Suggestions

Booklist Reader

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.

Free Passes to Area Attractions

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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.

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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.

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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.

Search Your Genealogy for Free at the Library

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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.

Read Any Size Print with New Video Magnifier

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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.

Plattsmouth Newspapers Online, 1857-2021

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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.

Hot Off the Press!

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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.

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.

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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!

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

Charge Your Device While You Browse!

USBcharger

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.

card reader

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.

Visit Our Patio!

the patio is finished!

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.