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Everything Cupcake, February 17

The Everything Chocolate event has a new twist this year! Instead of chocolate, we're celebrating cupcakes! Fun and good food will still be the main ingredients at the Everything Cupcake event in the auditorium on Saturday, February 17, at 7:00 pm. The evening will be full of cupcakes, games, and door prizes.

Adults and teens registered for the cupcake competition should bring their entries to the library by 6:45 pm on Saturday. Please enter through the back door. Judges will be Patti Jo Peterson from The Journal, City Councilman Steve Riese, and Angela Mueller from Herban Coffee Lab. The entries will be judged based on taste, presentation, and originality. After the judging, attendees will be able to sample the entries. Cash prizes will be $50, $30, and $20. Attendees will also be able to vote for The People's Choice Award.

Three raffle baskets from DC's Waterhole, Cass County Bank, and Bomgaars will be available. Attendees can purchase tickets at $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawings for the raffle baskets and door prizes will interspersed throughout the evening.

Cupcake treats may be brought to share without being entered in the competition. Call the library (402-296-4154 x24) soon to register as seating is limited!

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"Read to Reel" Ends February 17

There’s still time to enter the library's Read to Reel program. Capitalize on your love of books and movies before February 17 for chances to win movie tickets and restaurant gift certificates.

Earn chances to win prizes by 1) registering for the program, 2) reading a book that was made into a movie, and writing a review of the book, 3) watching a movie that was based on a book or was later turned into a book, and writing a review of the movie, or 4) attending a program at the library. Prizes are given out weekly. The final grand prize is a pair of movie tickets and a free meal at a nearby restaurant. Enter as many times as you’d like, but only one prize per person.

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PHS Vocal Choir Performs on February 23

Help us welcome the Plattsmouth High School vocal choir to Fun-tastic Friday on February 23, at 1:30 pm, in the auditorium. The choir will be performing under the direction of Chris Work. The program is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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Job Fair on March 1

The library is hosting its third annual Job Fair on Thursday, March 1, 3:00-6:00 pm. Employers who would like to participate are encouraged to call Karen Mier, Library Director, at 402-296-4154 x23. Each employer will be provided with table space and chairs.

Free Book February

Free Book February

To help spread the love of books in February, children from 0 to 18 years old can get a free book every time they visit the library this month!

Children aged 0-12 can pick a ticket off the book board in the children's library. If you find a sticker, you get to choose a free book from the cart! One book per day per winner. Up to five books will be given away each day. Teens can choose a book from the cart next to the Teen section upstairs. Visit often!

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Tax Forms

Multiple copies of Forms 1040 and 1040EZ and the instruction booklets for Form 1040 are available in the library. Other forms and instruction books will be made available as soon as they're received. Nebraska's Department of Revenue stopped sending tax forms to libraries several years ago. Copies of both federal and state tax forms can also be printed at the library for 10 cents a page or 20 cents for double-sided copies.

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Friday Friends Playgroup, March 3

Are the kids feeling cooped up this winter? Join the Friday Friends Playgroup on the first Friday of every month, 10:00-11:30 am, for indoor fun for ages 0-5 years.

Meet in the auditorium any time from 10:00 to 11:30 am to play on inside playground equipment and make new friends! The activity is free, with no registration.

The program is jointly presented by the library and PECC/Cass County Head Start. Call Kirsten at 402-296-4154 x21 if you have questions.


USDA Rural Development Office Day, March 8

Do you want to own a home? Does your home need repairs? USDA Rural Development holds an office day at the Plattsmouth Public Library on the second Thursday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Single Family Housing Specialist Rebecca Adams 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 Rebecca for Thursday, March 8, by calling 402-437-5748 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Bingo! on March 16

Bingo is the name of the game on the third Friday of each month at 1:30 pm, in the auditorium. The next bingo day is March 16. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of bingo games. Refreshments will be served. Remember, happiness is calling "Bingo!"



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Schedule Your Training on the Innovation Studio Equipment

Hundreds of hours of training have been completed on the Innovation Studio equipment at the library. Library staff continue to schedule training sessions, but you can schedule one-on-one sessions by calling 402-296-4154 x24.

Nine staff have been trained on an average of 6 machines each for a total of 56 training sessions. Over 50 community members have been trained on an average of 2 machines each, totaling more than 100 training sessions. The staff person with the most training has been trained on 11 machines or programs. The community person with the most has been trained on 6 machines or programs.

Most of the training has been done on the laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC router, vinyl cutter, and embroidery machine. The Studio equipment also includes a heat press to create your own designs for t-shirts, aprons, or other material. Lego Mindstorm, Makey Makey, and Arduino are available for those who like computers and electronics. A button maker and laminator will inspire the traditional crafter in you. Audio editing equipment, along with a keyboard, will help you create new sounds. A camera and green screen allow you to be creative with still pictures or video.

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 30 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. The Plattsmouth Library will have the equipment until the end of March 2018.

You can study the operating procedures for the equipment or read the policies before you attend a training session, if you'd like.

Consumables used for training are free. When training is completed, individuals can purchase materials from the library or use donated materials for free. The library especially needs wood and glassware used in the laser cutter. Please consult the list of needed materials for specifics.

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


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.


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.