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Prepare for Medicaid Initiative on November Ballot, October 23

A member of Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) Health Care Action Team will explain Initiative 427, Medicaid Expansion in Nebraska, in the library auditorium on Tuesday, October 23, at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. This non-partisan issue will appear on the November 6 ballot.

Tens of thousands of Nebraskans are uninsured, in spite of bi-partisan support for the solution - Medicaid Expansion. "Medicaid Expansion in Nebraska - Now It's Up to You" will explain the background of the issue, what Medicaid is, and what Medicaid Expansion will mean — and NOT mean — for Nebraska. Questions and concerns are welcome.

OTOC's members are institutional, mostly church congregations, rather than individuals. OTOC supports issues; it never endorses candidates. Issues are researched and possible solutions are investigated.

Tales of Poe

Tales of Poe Performance, October 25

Metropolitan Community College's Theatre Program will perform “Tales of Poe” at the Plattsmouth Public Library on Thursday, October 25, at 7:00 pm, in the auditorium. These dramatizations are the same as those being presented by the troupe this month at the Joslyn Castle to SOLD OUT crowds.

The performances will include five of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and three of his poems. The dramatizations will include The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death, The Imp of the Perverse, Annabel Lee, The Spirits of the Dead, and The Raven.

The production is part of Joslyn Castle's Art & Literary Festival. The event, celebrating the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe, is free and open to the public.


Trick or Treat on Main, Costume Contest on October 26

The library will be handing out free books and pretzels to children on the corner of 4th Street and Main Street on Friday, October 26, during Trick or Treat on Main. The costume contest will be held at the Main Street Plaza. In case of rain or very cold weather, the contest will be moved to the library.

Poe month

Escape Room Highlights Poe Month

The library will be celebrating the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe during the month of October with displays and a Poe escape room. Get acquainted, or reacquainted, with one of the masters of horror and suspense.

You don’t need to know about Poe’s life or his works to participate in the escape room. Teams of up to three people can try to escape the room in less than one hour. Be the team with the fastest escape time by October 15 to win tickets to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch. Anyone who tries to escape the room during October, whether successful or not, will be entered into a drawing for gift cards and other prizes at the end of the month.

Do you think you can escape the Poe room? Call the library at 402-296-4154 to reserve a time!



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A Couple of 830 Mile Long Conversations, November 1
- Reserve Your Seat at the Humanities Dinner

Stuart Chittenden believes that when people get together and talk, ideas flow. Hear about Stuart’s Nebraska project, "a couple of 830 mile long conversations", at the library on Thursday, November 1, for the ninth annual humanities dinner presentation. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm followed by Stuart’s presentation at 6:30 pm.

Inspired by Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, Stuart Chittenden traveled the side roads of Nebraska in 2015, talking to residents about their lives, their stories, and their communities. His goal was to discover people and, in so doing, reveal Nebraska.

In Stuart’s words, a couple of 830 mile long conversations is “a project illuminating Nebraskan voices.” Traveling through small towns, he engaged in dialogue with Nebraskans. “I sought to discover the state, its landscapes, its people and myself.”

Stuart is a British expatriate who has lived in Omaha for 10 years. He came “to appreciate and to be curious about the state beyond the city.” He believes that “conversation helps us to live better and well, as individuals, families, and communities.” New possibilities are created by communicating with others, bridging social divides that separate those we don’t know or understand.

Stuart founded Squishtalks to design and deliver conversation programs for corporate and non-profit organizations. Clients have included Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, First National Bank, Mutual of Omaha, Kiewit, Habitat for Humanity, Joslyn Art Museum, and Girl Scouts of Nebraska.

He’s a speaker with TEDxOmaha and has been a Big Brother and served on the Omaha Public Library Board of Trustees. He’s an amateur poet and host and co-producer of Lives on Mind & Soul 101.3 FM radio.

This FREE event is open to the public. Since a pulled pork dinner will be served, call the library at 402-296-4154 x24 for reservations.

Made with a laser cutter:

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Library Foundation Receives Grant for Laser Cutter!

Midlands Community Foundation recently notified the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation that it has been awarded a $3000 grant for a laser cutter! The Library Foundation has been working with the library since April to raise funds for the project. The laser cutter was the most popular piece of equipment used during the Library Innovation Studios project last winter.

The laser cutter is very versatile. It can be used to etch on wood, glass, ceramic tiles, and coasters; it’s even been used to etch on Legos and a brick. It can also cut intricate designs from paper!

The cost of the Universal VLS 3.50 laser cutter, which has a larger engraving area and faster laser than the machine used during the testing period, is $16,065. With the software, computer, a small inventory of birch, and a cabinet to hold the cutting apparatus, the total cost of the project is $17,315. As of October 11, the library and the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation have raised over $11,850! If budgeted funds are included, the library is less than $1200 away from reaching the goal! Thanks to the following individuals and businesses for their donations.

Judy Bell
Cass County Bank
Alfred G. Dietrich
Marilyn Rishel
Joanne Furlong
Plattsmouth Lions Club
Larry and Elly Biederman
Pat Meisinger
Dean and Marilynn Meisinger
Millard and Janice Carnes
Anne Begley
DC's Waterhole
Plattsmouth State Bank
Earl Babbe
Kathy Algya
Peg Chesley
Julie and Carl Dodd
Charles Babcock
Schott Enterprises
Brad Ksiazek
Janet McCartney
Carroll Hudson
Country Bar and Grill
Karen and Lupe Mier
Hy-Vee customers
Jean Mikkelson

If you'd like to donate, please deliver or mail checks to the Plattsmouth Public Library, 401 Avenue A, Plattsmouth, NE 68048. Checks may be made out to the library or to the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation. You may also donate online through Network for Good, with the option of donating anonymously. These funds will only be used for the purchase of a laser cutter; they will not be used for any other purpose. If you have any questions, contact Karen Mier at 402-296-4154 x23 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Friday Friends Playgroup, November 2

The Friday Friends Playgroup will meet in the library auditorium on November 2, 10:00-11:30 am, for indoor fun. Children ages 0-5 years can play on inside playground equipment and make new friends! The activity is free, with no registration.

The Playgroup meets on the first Friday of every month and is jointly presented by the library and PECC/Cass County Head Start. Call Kirsten at 402-296-4154 x21 if you have questions.

No Bingo! in November

Bingo will not be scheduled in November because the Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held on the day Bingo is normally scheduled. Bingo will resume with several special features on Friday, December 21.


Breastfeeding 101 on November 29

Katie Graves, RN from the Sarpy/Cass Health Department, will help expectant mothers and new mothers become comfortable with breastfeeding their babies. Breastfeeding 101 will be held at the library on Thursday, November 29, 6-8 pm.

Although breastfeeding is natural, it still takes practice. Katie will help you establish a good understanding about breastfeeding, breastmilk, and the Sacred Hour. By the end of the class, you will be more confident and you will understand how it supports your baby's growth and development. A breast pump will be provided during class if you're 36 weeks pregnant.

Support persons are encouraged to attend. If you have questions, contact Katie at 402-537-6973. You can find the full list of prenatal classes on the Sarpy/Cass Health Department website.


USDA Rural Development Office Day, December 13

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

Single Family Housing Technician Jill Divelbess 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 Jill for Thursday, December 13, by calling 402-437-5748 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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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Computer Classes

Learn more about your computer and the programs you use in a series of classes. 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. Consult this sample class schedule to determine if you want to sign up for all the classes or only the ones that interest you. The classes are free, but class size is limited. Please call the library to register 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.