Plattsmouth Public Library

Upcoming Events


Employers Needed for Job Fair on February 27

The library is planning its first job fair for Saturday, February 27, 1:00-3:00 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.

Non-profits needing volunteers can look forward to a Volunteer Fair on Saturday, March 12, 1:00-3:00 pm. This will be your organization’s chance to line up volunteers or members for your civic organization. If interested, a representative from the organization should contact Ms. Mier for more details.








Library Sprucing Up! Donations Needed

The library is preparing for the 100th anniversary of the building this year. We will have programs in April and November honoring the laying of the cornerstone in April 1916 and the opening of the library in November 1916.

In September, the Library Foundation mailed letters to about 125 local businesses asking for donations. To date, 24 donations have been received. We thank the following for their donations:

Bill and Marilyn Rishel  Jenz Salon Pro Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Cass County Bank Johnson & Pekny, LLC Ray and Sharon Smith
DC Waterhole Bar La Fiesta Rishel & Pfeifer, PC
Denice Eaton-Heim, CPA McKnight Family Dental Russ Kathol
Diversified Enterprise, Inc. Michael A. Schuldt Schott Enterprises
Frontier Lighting, Inc. Mom's Cafe Steube's Thriftway #909
Hy-Vee Plattsmouth Conservancy VanderVeen & Goracke
Janet McCartney Plattsmouth State Bank Woodhouse Auto Family

auditorium-renovationsThe Plattsmouth Conservancy graciously donated $1500 to pay for the refinishing of the front doors. Shawn Koke removed the kick panels from the front door to reveal what is believed to be the original finish, then matched that finish. The kickplates were cleaned up and painted a brass finish. The before and after pictures show how beautiful the doors look now. He also refinished the inside set of doors.

With the additional donation funds, the auditorium has been painted, and the library will soon be installing new carpet in the auditorium. Other planned improvements include replacing the trellis dividers with curtains and installing cabinet doors for the storage space under the stage.

The Friends of the Library have agreed to pay $2000 toward the replacement of a short range of shelves upstairs to replace some piecemeal shelving. Another $1000 will be used towards other planned improvements.

The Library Foundation is seeking additional funds to continue the improvements such as painting the outside railings and inside the library and replacing the tiles on the stairwell. Any size of donation helps. If a check is preferred, make it payable to the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) and fully tax-deductible. In the meantime, you can stop in the library to see the progress we've made so far. We hope you'll agree that our beautiful library is beginning to shine!

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Read to Buddy, February 13 and 27

The library is going to the dogs! Well, actually, a therapy dog is coming to the library. On Saturday, February 13, and Saturday, February 27, from 10:00-11:00 am, children will be able to read to Buddy, a Greater Swiss Mountain dog.

The program is designed to encourage children to read. Children’s reading and communication skills improve when they participate in such a program. When reading to a dog, children sometimes feel more comfortable and the dog is non-judgmental about the child’s reading ability. Buddy doesn’t care if the child stutters or stumbles over words along the way.

Buddy is registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Inc. in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As a therapy animal, Buddy has been trained and tested for health, safety, appropriate skills, and temperament. He will sit patiently while a child reads to him.

Call 402-296-4154 to reserve a 15-minute time period for your child to read to Buddy. Parents are encouraged to stay in the room to observe. Children should come to the library a few minutes before their appointment so they can select a book to read from the library’s collection.


Register Now for Everything Chocolate, February 20

Chocolate and fun will be the main ingredients at the sixth annual Everything Chocolate event at the library on Saturday, February 20, at 7:00 pm! The evening will be full of chocolate treats, including chocolate fondue, games, and door prizes.

You can register for the chocolate competition. Enter your favorite chocolate appetizer or dessert; no alcoholic beverages accepted. Judges will be Martin Montgomery, Jan Baker (from Stan’s Bakery), and Kit Ostaseski (formerly, owner of the Chocolate Moose). The entries will be judged based on taste, presentation, and originality. After the judging, attendees will be able to sample the entries.

Chocolate treats may also be brought to share without being entered in the competition.

Call the library (402-296-4154 x24) soon to register as seating is limited!


Adult Game Night, February 19

Join the fun at the next Adult Game Night on Friday, February 19, 7:00-9:00 pm, in the library auditorium. Game nights, usually held on the third Friday of each month, are great gathering times for friends who want to play card games or board games. You may bring your own games or play one of the library's board games, including Yahtzee and Rummikub. If you'd like, bring a snack to share; coffee will be provided. No registration is required.


Medicare Maze Explained, February 23

On Tuesday, February 23, 1:00-2:00 pm, Amy Warsocki-Begley will present "The A, B, C, and Ds of Medicare" in the library auditorium. This session is for educational purposes only and is open to the public.



Find a Launchpad at Your Library

The library has purchased four Launchpads, tablets pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free learning apps created just for children. They are available for checkout, just like books, movies, and magazines.

Each Launchpad has a different set of apps, with at least 10 apps on each device. The 7” high-definition touch screen and external speaker are protected by a durable protective case. Three devices are designed for children aged 5-7 years old; one device is designed for children 3-5 years old.

All you need is a library card to check out one of the devices. Don’t have a library card yet? If you live in Plattsmouth, the card is free; outside the city limits, the cards cost $30 per family.

Visit the children’s department or call 402-296-4154 x21 if you have any questions.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Get your child interested in lifelong learning and reading early with the "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program. Sponsored by the library, it’s an exciting and fun way to kick-start your child's success in school.

Each child will receive a very simple reading record. Every book read to your child – by you, during library storytime, at a daycare, by family members – counts towards the total. You can even count the same book more than once if you read it more than once. Simply cross out a picture in the reading log to indicate you’ve read a book. After 100 books are read, bring the reading record to the library for a special sticker and a new reading record. Reach the goal of a 1000 books, and your child will receive a brand new book with a special sticker inside!

Reading records can be picked up at the library beginning Monday, December 14.


Computer Classes Available

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: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Using the Internet Wisely, Word Processing, Intermediate Email, and Excel. A different class is taught each week; most classes are two hours long. Brief descriptions can be found on this sample class schedule. The classes are free, but class size is limited. The next series of classes will be offered in the afternoons in January or February. Please call the library to register for the classes or to ask questions.


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 library, the Main Street Association, and several other local sites link to "Community Calendar." If you’d like to add the calendar to your Favorites or Bookmarks, you can click on the image to the left. If you'd like your public event listed in the calendar, please contact Karen Mier at the library, 402-296-4154 x23, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


High School Yearbooks Digitized

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

The library and the Plattsmouth High School partnered with OCI, an Oklahoma company, to digitize the yearbooks. OCI offered its services for free. The yearbooks were loaned to OCI for digitization, then returned to the owners. The entire process took about six weeks.

Anyone can look through the digitized yearbooks on a public computer in the library. In the meantime, library staff is investigating copyright issues related to making the yearbooks available from the library's website and related to individuals who want to make copies of the disks.


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.






Library Foundation Receives Grants for Digitization

On April 24, 2015, the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation received its second $5,000 grant from Midlands Community Foundation to continue its digitization of the Plattsmouth Journal. This award brings the total funds raised to $55,058.65 or nearly 57% of the $95,802 goal! Funds have come from the Nebraska State Records Board ($23,742), Midlands Community Foundation ($10,000 over two years), the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation ($2,000), the Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library ($3,000 over two years), the Plattsmouth Community Foundation in 2013 and 2014 ($3,000 over two years), and donations received by the Library from individuals or groups (over $13,000).

The cost to digitize the entire collection of Plattsmouth newspapers at the library, 1865-2008, is approximately $95,802. The library has already had 100 reels of microfilm dated 1865-April 1979 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!

the patio is finished!

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.

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