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Library Closed July 3-4

The library will be closed Friday and Saturday, July 3-4, for a celebration of our nation's independence. We will be open on Sunday, July 5.

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Roy Smith as "the Last Civil War Veteran" on July 9

Plattsmouth residents will have the opportunity on Thursday, July 9, at 6:30 pm, to meet Private Daniel P. Smith, also known as "the last Civil War veteran," in the library auditorium. Private Smith will share tales of survival in the "War of Northern Aggression."

Private Smith was born and raised in Culpeper County, Virginia. He enlisted in the army of Northern Virginia in 1861 and served under Stonewall Jackson until he was captured in May 1864. He spent the rest of the war in the prison camp at Ft. Delaware until he was released in June 1865. Private Smith will share his experiences surviving four years in some of the most important battles of the war.

Following the end of the war, he returned to his home where he married his sweetheart, Sarah Yowell. The Smiths had three children in Virginia before they moved to Fremont County, Iowa, where they spent the rest of their lives farming and raising their family of 12 children.

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Community Calendar Available

The Main Street Association and the Plattsmouth Public Library have launched a community calendar for the listing of public events in the Plattsmouth area. The City of Plattsmouth, the Plattsmouth Public Library, the Main Street Association, and the Cass County Historical Society Museum all link to "Community Calendar." Other organizations are adding their public events to the calendar and will be linking from their websites soon. In the meantime, if you’d like to add the calendar to your Favorites or Bookmarks, you will find the link on the right side of this page.

An informational meeting for local organizations will be held in the library, 401 Avenue A, on Thursday, June 25, at 5:30 pm. Local organizations can send a representative who is interested in being responsible for adding the organization’s public events to the calendar. If you have questions, please contact Karen Mier at the library, 402-296-4154 x23.

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Summer Reading Program, June 2 - July 30

Join other young superheroes in the auditorium for "Every Hero Has a Story," the 2015 summer reading program!

Tuesdays mornings, 10:00-11:00 - make superhero costumes and gadgets
Wednesday afternoons, 1:00-3:00 - movie day!
Thursday afternoons, 1:00-2:00 - make puppets and stage a performance

See the Children's Programs page for more details.

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High School Yearbooks to be Digitized

Thanks to the Plattsmouth High School and several other donors, the Plattsmouth High School yearbooks will be digitized from 1948-2014!

The library and the Plattsmouth High School are partnering with OCI, an Oklahoma company, to digitize the yearbooks. OCI has offered its services for free. The yearbooks will be loaned to OCI for digitization, then returned to the owners. The entire process will take about five weeks.

The high school is missing only 16 of the yearbooks covering 1948-2014. Thanks to the following individuals who have helped us complete the set: Marcia Hostetter, Charles Caverzagie, Ron Schneider, Janice Hild, Barry Joal, and Mel Todd!

The company uses a machine that does not damage the book. They have already digitized thousands of yearbooks for libraries, high schools, and museums around the country. We’ve talked to several libraries in Nebraska who have used their services, and they are pleased with the results.

Thank you so much to those who have loaned us their yearbooks!

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Are Your DVDs Scratched?

The library does more than loan books. Besides having a wide collection of movies and TV series on DVD for you to check out, library staff can also clean your personal DVDs, CDs, or video games for $2.00 per disc. The library received a new CD/DVD cleaner in February 2013. It's great for cleaning dirty or scratched discs, often restoring them to a new condition.

Want to Preserve Your Papers?

And, if you have something you want to preserve from wear and tear, you may want to consider getting the item laminated. The library will laminate name tags, fishing or hunting licenses, book covers, posters, pictures, or anything else that is flat or very thin. The charge is $1.50 per foot. The laminator can accommodate items up to 27 inches wide. To save time, call the library before you come so the machine can warm up.

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Library Foundation Receives $5,000 Grant for Digitization

The Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation received a $5,000 grant from Midlands Community Foundation to continue its digitization of the Plattsmouth Journal. On April 24, Library Foundation President Pat Meisinger and Library Director Karen Mier attended a reception hosted by Midlands Community Foundation for the grant recipients. Midlands provides grants to non-profit organizations in Sarpy and Cass counties.

This award brings the total funds raised to $55,058.65 or nearly 60% of the $92,610 goal! Funds have come from the Nebraska State Records Board ($23,742), Midlands Community Foundation (two $5,000), the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation ($2,000), the Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library ($3,000 in two gifts), the Plattsmouth Community Foundation in 2013 and 2014 ($3,000 in two years), and donations received by the Library from individuals or groups (approximately $13,316).

The cost to digitize the entire collection of Plattsmouth newspapers at the library, 1865-2003, is approximately $92,610. The library has already had 91 reels of microfilm dated 1865-1974 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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Computer Classes

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 offered on a regular basis: 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 sample class schedule. The classes are free, but class size is limited. Please call the library to register for the classes or to ask questions. The next series of classes will be offered in September.

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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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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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