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Enter "DASH for the STASH" for a Chance to Win $1,000

Nebraska is one of five states participating in the DASH for the STASH investor education/protection program and contest taking place April 15-May 15, 2015. The Plattsmouth Public Library has partnered with the Investor Protection Institute (IPI) to promote the event as part of Financial Literacy Month. Participants in the DASH for the STASH contest will be entered for a chance to win $1,000 for an Individual Retirement Account.

Research shows that the four focuses of DASH for the STASH – financial fraud, building a nest egg, selecting financial advisers, and the cost of investment fees – are all topics about which many investors need to learn more.

The DASH for the STASH contest works much like a scavenger hunt but, instead of collecting objects, players gather information and leave answers to quiz questions. To play, read the four posters in the library, access the quiz question for each poster using a mobile device or a computer, and choose an answer.

A DASH for the STASH winner in each of the five states and the District of Columbia will be awarded $1,000 to open or add to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), thanks to the nonprofit IPI, the Connecticut Department of Banking, the District of Columbia (DC) Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking’s Securities Bureau, the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Securities Department, the Iowa Insurance Division’s Securities Bureau, the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State’s Securities Division, and the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance.

IPI is an independent nonprofit organization that advances investor protection by conducting and supporting unbiased research and groundbreaking education programs. It serves as an independent source of unbiased and non-commercial investor education materials.

Winners will be chosen in early June in a random drawing of eligible participants who log the correct answer for all four posters. They will receive the prize as $1,000 to open or add to an IRA, sent directly to the winner’s bank or brokerage firm for the express purpose of opening or making a 2015 contribution to an IRA.

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Computer Classes April 28 to June 9

Learn more about your computer and the programs you use in a series of classes. Computer classes designed for the novice as well as those more versed in computers are being offered each Tuesday at 6:00 pm beginning April 28: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Using the Internet Wisely, Word Processing, Intermediate Email, and Excel. A different class is taught each week. 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.

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Practice for Your Driver's License Test Online

The library has partnered with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to provide free online Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) practice tests for your driver's license. These tests are based on the real DMV written exams so they turn new drivers into safer drivers.

Availability and accessibility are important to the creators of Driving-Tests.org and the library. Therefore, the site allows users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.

The Driver Education program contains the following Nebraska-specific information:

  • 10 car practice tests
  • 6 motorcycle practice tests
  • 1 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice test
  • 2 online driver’s manuals (car and motorcycle)
  • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions

Get started today at Driving-Tests.org!

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Learn a New Language with Pronunciator

Several weeks ago, the library offered a trial of a new language-learning service called Pronunciator. Pronunciator uses real-life situations and actual conversations with native speakers to more effectively teach a new language.

Due to favorable response, the library has purchased a subscription to Pronunciator. Now you can log in with your library card number and Pronunciator will keep track of your progress in learning any of the 80 languages and 50 English-as-a-Second-Language courses! Learn in the comfort of your home or use an app on your mobile phone or tablet.

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Grants Help Library to Digitize Plattsmouth Newspapers

Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation Vice-President Jean Howland and Library Director Karen Mier were present at the awarding of the Midlands Community Foundation grants for spring 2014. Midlands presented the Library Foundation with a check for $5,000 to help the library continue its digitization of the Plattsmouth newspapers from 1865-2003!

On March 27, 2014, the Plattsmouth Community Foundation announced that it was awarding $1,000 to the Library Foundation for the digitization project. Arline Anderson, Treasurer of the Library Foundation, and Library Director Karen Mier were present at the ceremony.

These most recent awards brings the total funds raised to $48,958.65 or approximately 53% of the goal! Funds have come from the Nebraska State Records Board ($23,742), Midlands Community Foundation ($5,000), the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation ($2,000), the Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library ($2,000), the Plattsmouth Community Foundation in 2013 and 2014 ($3,000), and donations received by the Library from individuals or groups (approximately $13,100).

The cost to digitize the entire collection of Plattsmouth newspapers at the library, 1865-2003, is approximately $92,610. The library has already had 82 reels of microfilm dated 1865-1963 digitized and some of the data has been incorporated into the Nebraska Newspapers project hosted by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Because standards set by the Library of Congress are being used, the Plattsmouth newspapers can be incorporated into the Nebraska project and considered for inclusion in Chronicling America, a national database of digital newspapers hosted by the Library of Congress.

By converting the Plattsmouth newspapers on microfilm to a digital format, they will be accessible on the Internet and can be searched online from any computer with Internet access. You won't have to know the date an article was published in order to find any information like you do with microfilm. With a digital format, you can search the newspapers by keyword, just like you do on Google. The digital format also allows you to access the newspapers from home and print them from home if you have a printer.

If you would like to donate to this project, there are two ways you can help. One way is to donate to the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation, 401 Avenue A, Plattsmouth, NE 68048; every dollar helps us reach our goal sooner. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so your donations are tax-deductible.

The second way you can help is to donate old newspapers which are missing from the microfilm reels. The library has created lists of the issues that are missing from The Plattsmouth Journal, the Plattsmouth News-Herald, and the Plattsmouth Daily Herald. If you find any of the needed issues, please let us know. You can either donate them to the library or you can loan them to us until they are microfilmed by the Nebraska State Historical Society, then they would be returned to you. We hope you can contribute to the success of this project. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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.

Library Hours

Mon. - Thur. 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun. 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
401 Avenue A
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
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402-296-4154
402-296-4712 fax
plattsmouthpubliclibrary@hotmail.com

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