"Every Hero Has a Story," and we are going to be making plenty of stories this summer at the library! Join other young superheroes in the auditorium every Tuesday morning, 10:00-11:00, from June 2 through July 28. Each week, children will make part of a superhero costume; at the end of the program, they will have a complete costume from cape to shield to armband. Children will make other items like a batmobile and play superhero games.
No registration is necessary, and the program is free to all children from age 3 to those who have completed 6th grade. Get the kids out of the batcave, and bring them to the library to be transformed into a superhero!
"Movie Day" will be Wednesday afternoons, 1:00-3:00, in the library auditorium. We will be serving our delicious (and free) popcorn while we enjoy a family-friendly movie. All ages are welcome!
Learn how to make paper mache puppets with costumes as part of "Puppet Universe" on Thursday afternoons, 1:00-2:00. When the puppets are completed, we'll stage a performance with the other members. This workshop is free and open to all ages with no registration necessary.
Lawson McDowell, a local author of books on trains, Charles Manson, and World War II, will be talking about his latest book, Ginny Cooper's War, in the library auditorium on Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 pm. His newest book is "a story of war, love, and Tibbets' Enola Gay." It's a story of an extraordinary young woman who went to work in the aircraft assembly plant near Omaha during World War II. The plant workers included mothers and wives of the men fighting the war, men too old to go to war, and young men waiting for their chance to fight. Some of the topics addressed are gender inequality, unionization, espionage, and unexpected love.
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!
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 6:00 pm beginning April 28: 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.
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:
Get started today at Driving-Tests.org!
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 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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