Plattsmouth Public Library

Upcoming Events


Trucking Around the World, October 8

Join representatives from Werner Trucking at the library on Thursday, October 8, for all things trucking. Beginning at 6:10 pm, a Werner semi will be parked in the back parking lot of the library for anyone to get an up-close look at and into a semi. Following this, Werner staff will take us around the world as they track their trucks. Truck drivers will share tales of their lives as truck drivers and talk about driving as a profession. Join us for a fun evening for the entire family.


Computer Classes, October through November

Learn more about your computer and the programs you use in a series of classes running every Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm from October 13 through November 24. Computer classes designed for the novice as well as those more versed in computers will be 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 class schedule. The classes are free, but class size is limited. Please call the library to register for the classes or to ask questions.


 Closing Early on October 15

Due to a staff shortage on Thursday, October 15, the library will close at 5:00 pm. Many staff will be attending a conference in Lincoln that day. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Adult Game Night, October 16

Join the fun at the next Adult Game Night on Friday, October 16, 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.


Questions About Medicare?

Mary Ann Holland, retired UNL Extension Educator and Trained Senior Health Insurance Information Program Professional, will be conducting Medicare Part D open enrollment events at the library on Thursday, October 22, and Tuesday, November 17. Ms. Holland will be available by appointment between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm to explain enrollment and compare the various plans available. The best way to ensure you have the plan you need is to make an appointment with the Cass County Extension Office at 402-267-2205. You may also contact the SHIIP office directly at 1-800-234-7119 with Medicare questions.



Celebrate Halloween at the Library, October 30-31

The library will be handing out treats and free books to all children participating in Halloween on Main on Friday, October 30, 4:00-5:00 pm. We will be on the corner of 4th St. and Main St.

To participate in the costume contest sponsored by the Main Street Association, be in the library auditorium by 5:15 pm on October 30. Judging starts at 5:30, and winners will be announced at 5:45 pm.

On Saturday, October 31, the library will be offering storytime, showing movies, and offering crafts all day. No registration is required for any of the events.

  • 10:00-10:30 am - Spooky Storytime; drop-ins are welcome.
  • 10:30-11:30 am - Two animated short movies with free popcorn and apple juice.
  • 10:30 am - 1:00 pm - At your own pace, you can create "Crafts on the Go," including create your own bookmarks, Frankenstein door hangers, foam pumpkin decorating, and Jack-O-Lantern stickers.
  • 1:00-3:00 pm - A full-length movie with free popcorn and lemonade.

Dinner with General Grant, November 5

The library will host its sixth annual Humanities Nebraska presentation on Thursday, November 5, with Dinner with General Ulysses S. Grant. A stew dinner will be served at 6:00 pm followed by a presentation by Dr. Tom N. King as General Grant. Relive the war years through the eyes of General Grant. Reservations are required; please call 402-296-4154 x24.

This program is funded by Humanities Nebraska.HumanitiesNeb


Evelyn McKnight to Address Book Club, November 7

Local author Evelyn V. McKnight will be joining the Plattsmouth Book Club for discussion of her book A Never Event on Saturday, November 7, at 10:00 am. The book, co-authored with Travis T. Bennington, is set in Fremont, Nebraska. It is a true account of the horror of the largest healthcare-transmitted outbreak of hepatitis C in American history. Over 850 patients, including Dr. McKnight, who were already battling cancer were exposed to the deadly hepatitis C virus; nearly 100 contracted the illness. The discussion is open to the public in the upper level of the library.


Holiday Closings in November

The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, for Veterans Day as well as on Thursday and Friday, November 26-27, for Thanksgiving. Have a great time celebrating with family and friends.


An Evening with Senator Bill Kintner, November 12

A Voter Information Project (VIP) Library Event on Thursday, November 12, will feature guest speaker State Senator Bill Kintner in the library auditorium. Arrive at 6:30 pm for a tour of the library which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. At 7:00, Senator Kintner will talk about current and upcoming activities. Later, Kathy Holkeboer from VIP will talk about Voter Information Project Nebraska and its resources. Refreshments will be served.


Book Sale, November 20-22

The Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library will be holding their semi-annual book sale in the library auditorium November 20-22. Books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and other items will be offered for great prices! Since their last sale was held in the Aaron James Bookstore, many of the items for sale have never been offered before.

  • Friday, November 20, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 21, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 22, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

This is a great time to renew your membership in the Friends of the Library or enter the raffle for a gift basket as well.


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.


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.

The high school was missing only 16 of the yearbooks covering 1948-2014. Thanks to the following individuals who helped 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've digitized thousands of yearbooks for libraries, high schools, and museums around the country. We talked to several libraries in Nebraska who used their services, and they were pleased with the results.

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 $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, 2015, 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!


Practice for Your Driver's License Test Online

The library has partnered with, 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 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!


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.

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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