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Celebrate National Library Week with Pronunciator - and Win a Free T-shirt!

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.

To celebrate National Library Week, April 13-19, the library will give away four t-shirts promoting Pronunciator. During the week, every time you check out any materials in the library or use one of the library's computers, you can enter your name in a drawing for one of four t-shirts! Visit the library as often as you'd like, but please only enter your name once each day.

 

Library Closed April 18 and 20

The library will be closed Friday, April 18, and Sunday, April 20, for the Easter holidays. The library will be open Saturday, April 19, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Program, April 24

David Hayes, co-founder of Dillon's House, will share startling stories and statistics of prescription drug abuse and how you can help on Thursday, April 24, at 6:30 pm in the library auditorium.

Prescription drug abuse kills more Americans every year than heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines combined. Unfortunately, more and more teenagers believe prescription drugs, which are easy to find at home, are a “safe” alternative to these street narcotics.

Dillon's House is named after Dillon Hayes, David's teenage son who died in his sleep after an unintentional overdose of a prescription drug. The Millard North High School sophomore had, along with some friends, tried some prescription drugs that were not prescribed to him.

In the wake of this tragedy, Carey Pomykata and Dillon's father, David, founded Dillon's House with the hope of sparing more families from such needless loss.

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Computer Classes in March and April

The following regularly scheduled computer classes will be offered from March 19 through April 30: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Using the Internet Wisely, Word Processing, Intermediate Email, and Excel. A different class is taught each Wednesday at 6:00 pm. 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.

 

Next Adult Game Night May 16

Adult game nights, usually held on the third Friday of each month, 7-9 pm, are great gathering times for old friends and new 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. The next game night is Friday, May 16.

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Tax Forms Available

The library has received the following 2013 tax forms from the IRS.

1040 + instruction booklet Schedule A Schedule D
1040A + instruction booklet Schedule B Schedule EIC
1040EZ + instruction booklet Schedule C Schedule F
  Schedule C-EZ  

Forms not in this list can be obtained directly from the Internal Revenue Service at irs.gov or they can be printed in the library for 10 cents a page.

Nebraska State tax forms are only available online from the Nebraska Department of Revenue. Additionally, you will need the Public High School District Code, which is 1313001 for Plattsmouth School District and 1313056 for Conestoga School District.

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Library Receives Grants to Digitize Plattsmouth Newspapers

On March 27, 2014, the Plattsmouth Community Foundation announced that it was awarding $1,000 to the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation to help the library continue its digitization of the Plattsmouth newspapers from 1865-2003! Arline Anderson, Treasurer of the Library Foundation, and Library Director Karen Mier were present at the ceremony.

This most recent award brings the total funds raised to $38,958.65 or approximately 42% of the goal! Other funds have come from the Nebraska State Records Board ($23,742), the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation ($2,000), the Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library ($2,000), the Plattsmouth Community Foundation in 2013 ($2,000), and donations received by the Library from individuals or groups (approximately $8,000).

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 digitized and is working with University of Nebraska at Lincoln to incorporate the data from 1865 to September 1939 into the Nebraska Newspapers project. 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 Location & Hours

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

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