Plattsmouth Public Library

Upcoming Events


Mental Health First Aid Class on April 11

You may know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. You know how to call 911. But can you administer first aid in a mental health crisis? What does depression or anxiety look like? What would you say to someone who says he is thinking about suicide? How can you help in a panic attack?

Kim Porter, a Mental Health First Aid instructor, is offering a free Mental Health First Aid class on Saturday, April 11, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the Plattsmouth Public Library. The 8-hour course teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.

As a certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructor, Ms. Porter has completed 5 days of training and has met certification requirements. She holds a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a Paralegal Certificate from Denver Paralegal Institute. She has 10 years of experience in caring for mentally ill patients directly, both as a Certified Nurse's Aide in an Alzheimer's facility and a Mental Health Technician at Lasting Hope Recovery Center. As part of her current position, Kim teaches coping skills to patients recovering from mental health crises.

Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

One in five adults develops a mental illness. By learning more about depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance abuse, you will be prepared to help a friend, family member, or colleague when they need you most.

Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course – first responders, teachers, leaders of faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens. Take the course, save a life, strengthen your community.

Please register for this FREE course before April 10 by contacting Ms. Porter at 402-445-2795 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Computer Classes in March and April

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 1:00 pm beginning March 3: 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.


Join the American Girl Book Club on April 11

Enjoy a movie with the American Girl book club on Saturday, April 11, 10:00 am to noon. If you have an American Girl doll, you can bring her with you.

The focus for the book club is Samantha, the 1904 orphan who lives in New York City with her grandmother. In her honor, Kirsten Wood, Youth Services Librarian, will help you make big hair bows, valentines, and picture frames for you to take home.

Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Miss Wood at 402-296-4154 x21.


Adult Game Night, April 17

Join us for the next Adult Game Night on Friday, April 17, 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.


Your Taxes Can Benefit the Friends of the Library

The only good thing about taxes is helping the Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library while you’re doing your taxes! Through the H&R Block Nonprofit Referral Program, new clients can pick up a form at the Plattsmouth Library and take it with them to H&R Block. H&R Block will donate $20 to the Friends of the Library for every new client that brings in this form. Every dollar the Friends earn will benefit the library. Other donations to the Friends can be dropped off at the library.

tax forms

Basic Tax Forms Received

The Internal Revenue Service has reduced the number and quantity of federal tax forms that it sends to libraries. The library has received multiple copies of Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ, but we will not be getting any instruction booklets. Nebraska's Department of Revenue stopped sending copies to libraries several years ago. Copies of both federal and state tax forms can be printed at the library for 10 cents a page or 20 cents for double-sided copies.


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.

Grant photo - Spring 2014

Jean Howland,
center row,
third from right







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!

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.

Library Hours

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Fri. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun. 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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