Plattsmouth Public Library

Upcoming Events


Library Closed Two Days for Thanksgiving

The library will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26-27, for Thanksgiving. Have a great time celebrating with family and friends.


Low Vision Magnifier at the Library

In order to gauge interest in a desktop low-vision magnifier, the library has a Topaz EZ with a 20” screen on temporary loan from NanoPac. It’s designed to help people with low vision read any text or view pictures with ease.

The machine magnifies text and images up to 78 times. It has built-in, bright LED lighting for a bright surface without glare. You can choose to read black on white, white on black, or color text and images. The large screen allows you to read more text while minimizing movement of the book or prescription bottle on the platform.

The library would like to know if there is enough interest in the community to purchase one to be used in the library. Please take a few minutes to see how it works and provide us with your feedback.


Chef Corey Hall, December 3

Chef Corey Hall, the Plattsmouth Hy-Vee Chef, will talk about his experience on Guy's Grocery Games and demonstrate some tips for holiday entertaining on Thursday, December 3, at 6:30 pm, in the library auditorium.

Chef Corey grew up in Plattsmouth and started his culinary journey in 1992. He has worked in many of Omaha’s finest restaurants, country clubs, and institutions, learning from and apprenticing to some of Omaha’s most creative and talented chefs. He has held many positions from the grill to the sauté station, from salads and dessert to line supervisor, sous chef, and executive chef.

Chef Corey's passion for serving great food and his love for outdoor grilling and slow smoking have led him to become the 171st "Certified Master BBQ Cook" in the world. He specializes in teaching customers how to cook with fresh new ingredients so you can bring his recipes and dishes to your family table.

Join us for an evening of tips and tales.


Holiday Party, December 14

Visit with Santa and enjoy storytime and crafts at the library’s annual Holiday Party on Monday, December 14, 5:30-7:00 pm.

Join us for storytime from 5:30 to 6:00 pm with books and music with our special guest, Miss Cheryl. We'll make our own jingle sticks which we'll ring to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6:00 pm.

Bring your camera to get your little elves’ pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus until 7:00 pm in the library auditorium. Cookies and juice will be served, and children can make a snow globe to take home.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.


Adult Game Night, December 18

Join the fun at the next Adult Game Night on Friday, December 18, 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.


Winter Break at the Library, December 21-31

Spend your school winter break at the library! All events are free; no registration is required.

  • Craft Day Mondays, 1:00-3:00 pm, include making Snow Paint Pictures and Snow Slime.
  • Movie Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, in the auditorium include an interactive Harry Potter movie on Tuesday, December 29. Celebrate Harry’s birthday and acceptance into Hogwarts and get sorted into a house with fun props and snacks!
  • "Bored" Games Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, in the children’s area. We have Yahtzee, Clue, Monopoly, and Zombie Dice or bring your favorite game from home to play. Test your skills at the Speed Stacking Cups!
  • Ring in the New Year at Noon on Thursday, December 31, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, in the auditorium. Make your own party hat and noisemaker for the festivities. Storytime and snacks will close out the party.

Computer Classes Available

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 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 sample class schedule. The classes are free, but class size is limited. The next series of classes will be offered in the afternoons in January or February. Please call the library to register for the classes or to ask questions.


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 library, the Main Street Association, and several other local sites link to "Community Calendar." If you’d like to add the calendar to your Favorites or Bookmarks, you can click on the image to the left. If you'd like your public event listed in the calendar, please contact Karen Mier at the library, 402-296-4154 x23, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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.

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 Grants for Digitization

On April 24, 2015, the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation received its second $5,000 grant from Midlands Community Foundation to continue its digitization of the Plattsmouth Journal. This award brings the total funds raised to $55,058.65 or nearly 57% of the $95,802 goal! Funds have come from the Nebraska State Records Board ($23,742), Midlands Community Foundation ($10,000 over two years), the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation ($2,000), the Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library ($3,000 over two years), the Plattsmouth Community Foundation in 2013 and 2014 ($3,000 over two years), and donations received by the Library from individuals or groups (over $13,000).

The cost to digitize the entire collection of Plattsmouth newspapers at the library, 1865-2008, is approximately $95,802. The library has already had 100 reels of microfilm dated 1865-April 1979 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

Mon. - Thur. 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun. 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
401 Avenue A
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
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