John Ferak, author of "Bloody Lies: a CSI Scandal in the Heartland," will be sharing the tale of the shotgun slayings of Wayne and Sharmon Stock of rural Murdock in 2006. The book, already on the shelves at the library, provides an in-depth look at the many twists and turns that took place from the murders in April 2006 to March 2010.
Many people will remember the shock of the murders so close to home leading to the arrests and subsequent releases of Matthew Livers and Nicholas Sampson. Two teenagers who had been on a Midwest crime spree eventually confessed, and CSI investigator David Kofoed was convicted of a felony for planting evidence.
The 41-year-old author was an Omaha World-Herald reporter at the time of the murders and covered the sequence of events firsthand. He now leads an investigative newspaper reporter team in Wisconsin. Ferak cautions that there are three black and white photos of the crime scene in the book. "They help show visually what those at the crime scene saw." (from Cassgram, 6/9/2014) You can read more details on the book and the author on John Ferak's website.
Due to staff shortage, there will be no storytime on the following mornings:
Thank you for your understanding. We hope to see you on August 20 or August 21 when storytimes resume!
The picnic at Rhylander marked the end of the summer reading program, but there are still lots of activities through the end of July!
Movies @ Your Library are Wednesday afternoons, 1:00-3:00 pm, in the auditorium; call for the title each week. Free popcorn is provided at these family-friendly movies.
Crafts @ Your Library are Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 pm, in the library auditorium. Create a different project every week like treasure boxes, macchia bowls or fans, melty bead designs, and wind chimes!
Preschool Storytime is held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 10:00-10:30 am, in the Children's Area.
Video games can be played on Mondays, 4:00-6:00 pm, Wednesdays, 3:00-7:00 pm, and Thursdays, 2:00-7:00 pm.
Teens can pick up their "This is the Apocalypse" survival guides and register for the teen program beginning Thursday, June 5, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Your fearless human guide, Olivia, will be on hand to get you started on your journey. Return your survival guides before Thursday, July 10, not only to prove you're alive, but to qualify for prizes!
For a detailed list of activities, see the summer reading program brochure or the children's programs page.
No registration is required for any of the programs, and all programs are free to participants. Enjoy the summer with the library!
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 following regularly scheduled computer classes will be repeated this summer or fall: 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 sample class schedule. The classes are free, but class size is limited. Please call the library to register for the classes or to ask questions.
Jean Howland, center row, third from right
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 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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