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Six-Word Memoirs, October 16-November 22

Write a Six-Word Memoir from October 16 to November 22, and you could win a prize! Sum up your life in six words (sure, your life story could fill a thousand pages, but sometimes a few words are all you need!) or sum up a book, literary character, or author. Memoirs may be funny or serious. You don't have to write your name on the card, but it would be helpful to include the name of the author, book, or literary figure if you're writing about them.

Enter as many times as you’d like. All memoirs will be entered for prize drawings, including passes to Fontenelle Forest and gift certificates, to be held on November 22.

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Game-arama on October 17

Have you heard of Sudoku but don’t know what it is? Have you wondered what “adult coloring” is but didn’t know if you’d like it? Now you have a chance to try new games, indulge in old ones, or just gather for social time at the next Game-arama at the library on the third Tuesday of every month, 6:00-7:30 pm, in the auditorium.

The library has expanded its monthly Game Nights to include crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word search, adult coloring, and jigsaw puzzles. You can still play card games or board games supplied by the library or brought from home, but you can also try your hand at something new. Don’t know what Sudoku is? Someone will be here to help you.

The event is free and open to all ages. Bring snacks to share if you'd like; coffee and water will be provided.

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DNA and Genealogy, October 19

If you’re wondering what all the hype is about when it comes to DNA testing, join Wendy Callahan at the library on Thursday, October 19, at 6:30 pm, for “DNA and Genealogy.”  Learn what your results can tell you and how DNA can help you solve family mysteries.

Wendy is the co-founder of The Rogue Genealogist which seeks to provide its members with a comfortable place to find support, grow as researchers, and socialize with fellow members. She also maintains the New England Genealogy website. She has blogs on both websites and has traced her family’s history with DNA testing of many of her family members.

Wendy will help you understand the purpose of DNA testing for genealogy, how to set DNA-based research goals, how to choose a testing company, what centimorgans and segments are, what their results mean, and what to do with those results once received. She will also provide resources including a chart that shows the average relationship based on shared centimorgans and a comprehensive list of websites, blogs, Facebook groups, and books.


Library Assistant Needed

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 and job descriptions are available at City Hall, 136 N. 5th St., Plattsmouth, NE 68048, or online here. Return applications AND signed job descriptions to City Hall by October 16. Subject to veterans preference. EOE.

Library Assistant job description


Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Sessions, October 20-December 1

Mary Ann Holland, Nebraska SHIIP Counselor, will be conducting three Drug Plan Comparison events in the Plattsmouth Public Library in preparation for Medicare Open Enrollment. The dates are Friday, October 20, Wednesday, November 1, and Tuesday, November 28.

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D (the prescription drug benefit) will be October 16 through December 8. Everyone who is currently enrolled in a drug plan and those who will be new to Medicare beginning in January should seek a drug plan comparison. Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare health plans, utilize the same open enrollment period from October 16 to December 8 with coverage beginning the first of January 2018.

To make an appointment, contact the Extension office in Cass County at 402-267-2205.


Meet Radio Host Dave Wingert, October 27

Meet Dave Wingert, the radio personality host known as “Wingy” on Boomer 104.1 FM Radio, at Fun-tastic Friday, October 27, at 1:30 pm in the library auditorium.

“I’ve always considered myself an actor who just happens to do radio,” says the member of the Nebraska Broadcasting Association Hall of Fame. He loves to act and has served on the board of Omaha’s Blue Barn Theatre.

Dave has had his ups and downs over the past years, but he has always enjoyed conversations with his listeners. “If you know me at all, you know how enormously I enjoy climbing on the air (so to speak) and playfully sharing stories, interviews, comedy, observations…AND of course, PILES of 45’s!”

The program is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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"Libbie's Story" Featured on November 2

Marla Matkin will present "Libbie's Story," the story of General Custer's wife, at the library's eighth annual presentation on Thursday, November 2.

This is a Chautauqua-style program about Elizabeth Bacon Custer, the wife of Gen. George Armstrong Custer. As “Libbie,” Matkin introduces her audiences to the Civil War, the 7th Cavalry, the Kansas Plains, the Little Bighorn and her husband and Golden Cavalier, General Custer. Based on historical fact, it is a personal account of the Custers from the first furtive glances of romance to Libbie’s last remembrances as widow, author and lecturer.

Call 402-296-4154 x24 for reservations because food will be served.


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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Find Recipes on AtoZ World Food

You can now search for recipes and food information from around the world by clicking on the orange AtoZ World Food logo to the left. The AtoZ World Food database allows you to explore recipes and food culture from around the world 24/7 from library computers or in the comfort of your own home.

AtoZ World Food is a food, culture, and traditional recipes database covering 174 countries. It includes over 800 food culture articles, over 6,500 recipes, 500+ ingredient articles, and 6 food glossaries. High quality photos accompany the recipes and articles. Now you can experiment with new foods and new recipes from around the world.

To access the database, use the link on either side of this web page. Log in with your library card number (don’t put a space after the P), and create your own account. You can save and share your favorite recipes and dazzle your friends with the new dishes you create.

If you have any questions, contact the library at 402-296-4154.

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Library to Receive Innovation Studios Equipment

Thanks to the input of several people and organizations in the community, the Nebraska Library Commission has selected the Plattsmouth Library to participate in the Library Innovation Studios Project! That means that the library will be receiving a 3D printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, CNC router, embroidery machine, Arduino, Makey Makey, soldering machine, video creating equipment, and more for a period of 21 weeks. The equipment is scheduled to arrive the week of October 30.

This three-year project was made possible with a grant of $530,732 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the Nebraska Library Commission in partnership with University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension, and Regional Library Systems. The project allows small libraries to use a variety of equipment to determine the need and interest in the community. At the end of the project, the library will evaluate what has garnered the most interest and plan to acquire that equipment on a permanent basis.

More information on the project can be found on the NLC website. If interested in being trained on the equipment, please contact Karen Mier at 402-296-4154 x23 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Computer Classes Available

Learn more about your computer and the programs you use in a series of classes offered throughout the year. 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. You can sign up for all the classes or only the ones that interest you. A sample schedule with brief descriptions can be found on this class schedule. The classes are free, but class size is limited. Please call the library to register for the classes 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.