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Bingo! on Wednesday, January 19

Bingo is the name of the game on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm in the auditorium. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of games. Refreshments will be served. Remember, happiness is calling "Bingo!"

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Friday Friends Playgroup, January 21

The Friday Friends Playgroup provides opportunities for children ages 0-5 years to play on indoor playground equipment and make new friends! The Playgroup meets in the library auditorium on the first and third Friday of every month, 10:00-11:30 am, for indoor fun. Join other parents and children on the next play date, Friday, January 21.

The activity is free, with no registration. The Playgroup is jointly presented by the library and PECC/Cass County Head Start. Call the library at 402-296-4154 x21 if you have questions.

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Family Trivia, January 22

In partnership with the Bellevue Public Library, the Plattsmouth Library is offering Virtual Family Trivia on Saturday, January 22, 3-4pm, via Zoom. The theme this month is "Seasons". Teams must have at least two people, and one team member must be in pre-K to 6th grade. See more information on the Bellevue Library website or register here.

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Paws for Reading – January 26

Because children love animals, the library is offering Paws for Reading, a program where children can read to Bailey and Maggie, two certified therapy dogs, on the last Wednesday of the month. Bailey and Maggie regularly visit schools and hospitals in the area and have received AKC's Canine Good Citizen award. On Wednesday, January 26, 3:30-4:30 pm, they will be waiting for children to read to them. Children can read books found at home or check out books from the library to read. If you're looking for a specific title or books on a particular subject, call the library at 402-296-4154 x21.

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Meet Private Benton Kinkead, Civil War Veteran - January 27

Recently, the cremains of Private Benton Kinkead, a Civil War veteran, were discovered in Washington state and delivered to Oak Hill Cemetery in Plattsmouth for burial next to his wife. Harlan Seyfer, local historian, will shed light on the life of Kinkead and his family on Thursday, January 27, at 6:30pm, in the auditorium. Harlan will trace Kinkead's steps from Ohio to Nebraska and Washington and home again.

 

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Hot Off the Press!

heat pressIt’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since the library participated in the Library Innovation Studio Project, from November 2017 to March 2018. A wide variety of makerspace equipment, including a 3D printer, CNC router, vinyl cutter, heat press, embroidery machine, robotics, and more were provided. With the laser cutter proving to be the most popular, the library raised funds and installed the laser cutter in January 2019.

When the Innovation Studio Project concluded in November 2021, the equipment that travelled around the state was made available to libraries which had participated in the four-year project. Plattsmouth Public Library staff were thrilled when they were notified that they would be receiving their first choice of equipment, the heat press and accompanying mug press! To their surprise, they also received about 18 bins of materials that could be used on the heat press and mug press, including hundreds of shirts for children and adults, aprons, cloth bags, mouse pads, glass tiles, aluminum signs, coasters, and much more.

The library is now taking reservations for people who want to go through the 20-30 minute training on the heat press and mug press. 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.

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Tech Toys and Crafter-Noons on Alternating Saturdays

Enjoy family fun at the library on Saturdays, 1-3pm. On alternating Saturdays, you can play with tech toys or enjoy crafts and games in the library auditorium.

The library recently received a grant for a variety of coding games and tech toys. Now you can check them out to take home or play with them on Tech Toy Saturdays, 1-3pm. Library staff will be available to help you get familiar with Botley the coding robot, Gravity maze, Dash the robot, Harry Potter coding wand, Itty Bitty Buggy, Makey Makey, MYNT 3D Pro printing pen, and Tacto laser.

On the Saturdays when we’re not hosting Tech Toys, the library will offer Crafter-Noons, 1-3pm. Various materials will be provided to make crafts designed for preschoolers and older. Toys will be available to entertain toddlers. You can bring your own board games from home, too.

The schedule for January and February is as follows:

Crafter-Noon Saturdays Tech Toy Saturdays
January 8
January 22
February 5
February 19
January 15
January 29
February 12
February 26
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Gaming on Sundays

The library now offers gaming on Sundays, 1-3pm, in the auditorium. The library will set up its Xbox 360 and Wii gaming systems. You’re welcome to use any of the games the library has available for checkout (like Call of Duty or Minecraft) or bring your own games from home. You can even set up your own gaming consoles to enjoy with friends. The library can provide additional monitors if requested.

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Read Books to Your Child, Earn Free Books

The "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program allows parents to earn free books for their youngest children while fostering a love of reading. Simply read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, or toddler. You can even count the same book multiple times as you re-read your child's favorite stories, and you can count books read in preschool or daycare.

The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten.caterpillar If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years.

When you sign up, you receive a reading log, instructions, and an indestructible board book. The reading logs have 100 images to help keep track of your reading. Simply cross out an image for each book read. For every sheet completed you get 2 stickers. After 5 sheets, you get another book. After reading 1,000 books, the child gets a copy of the Very Hungry Caterpillar with a bookplate for your child’s name and the date of completion.

There is no minimum age to get a library card. Get your little one a library card, and help instill a lifelong love of reading.

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Magazines Now Available in OverDrive

Most of the 3,258 magazines now available in OverDrive are in English. To limit just to magazines, you can choose "OverDrive magazine" as the format in the advanced search. You can also browse the magazines by subject after clicking on "Collections" at the top of the main screen.

You can borrow as many magazine issues as you'd like; they won't count against your six checkout limit for ebooks and audiobooks. Magazine issues are always available, so you don't have to worry about holds.

If you haven't tried the Libby app for OverDrive resources, check out the how-to videos. Libby is easy to use and offers a few additional features to the classic OverDrive app.

 

Break Up the Boredom with an Escape Room!

Library Supervisor Kenneth Turner has created an escape room to help kick the winter doldrums. Try your luck escaping from a world turned topsy-turvy. Additional digital escape rooms, some for free, can be found in this Library Journal article.

 

Free Online Resources for All Ages

 

USDA Rural Development Office Day - SUSPENDED

Do you want to own a home? Does your home need repairs? USDA Rural Development will hold an office day at the library on the second Thursday of each month from 9:30 am-4:00 pm when groups are allowed in the library again.

Single Family Loan Assistant Jill Straight 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 by calling 402-437-5736 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Charge Your Device While You Browse!

Now you can charge your phone, tablet, iPad, Kindle, or other device while you’re browsing or working on the computer in the Plattsmouth Public 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.

Get connected at your library!

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Laser cutter user manual

Schedule Laser Cutter Training

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The 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!

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

 

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.