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Six-Word Memoir Deadline is November 22

Write a Six-Word Memoir by 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.


Library Closed November 23-25

The library will be closed Thursday through Saturday, November 23-25, for Thanksgiving and for painting. The painting on the upper floor that was started in September will continue on Friday and Saturday. The library will be open regular hours on Sunday, November 26, noon-4:30 pm.

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Innovation Studios Equipment is Here - Schedule Your Training

The Plattsmouth Public Library is the first library to receive the Library Innovation Studios Project equipment which was installed the week of November 6. The equipment includes a 3D printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, CNC router, embroidery machine, heat press, Arduino, Makey Makey, soldering machine, video creating equipment, and more for a period of 21 weeks.

The library is looking for individuals who would like to be trained on the equipment and those who would like to mentor additional users. If you’re interested in being trained or if you’d like to donate wood, fabric, and other materials that are needed for making projects, please contact the library at 402-296-4154 x24.

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.

Consumables used for training are free. When training is completed, individuals can purchase materials from the library or use donated materials for free. A list of needed materials should be available by next week.


Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Session, November 28

Mary Ann Holland, Nebraska SHIIP Counselor, will be conducting one more Drug Plan Comparison event in the Plattsmouth Public Library on Tuesday, November 28, in preparation for Medicare Open Enrollment.

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.

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Game-arama on November 21

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.


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.