Dr. William Rishel, DVM, will talk about his mission trips through Christian Veterinary Mission to Nepal, India, Uganda, and Bolivia on Thursday, February 5, at 6:30 pm, in the library auditorium. Dr. Rishel is a Plattsmouth veterinarian whose short term trips include several in the U.S. to the Navajo, Apache, and Lakota Sioux Reservations. He has shared his knowledge with veterinary students and people from remote villages for over 10 years, helping them learn how to better care for their animals.
The Internal Revenue Service has reduced the number and quantity of federal tax forms that it will send to libraries. As of January 19, the forms still have not arrived, but we expect to receive multiple copies of Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ. We do not expect to receive the 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.
Jump in your Tardis to enjoy an afternoon of Doctor Who fun on Saturday, February 14, 12:00-3:00 pm, in the library auditorium. Play Doctor Who Team Jeopardy at 1:00 or play Doctor Who Yahtzee. You can also try your luck with a Tardis Scavenger Hunt. Make your own papercraft Tardis model, make an Adipose out of marshmallows, or fingerknit a scarf in the Doctor's craft area. For your viewing pleasure, watch the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who. Jammie Dodgers, popcorn, and tea will be served!
All activities are free and open to the public. Any age can attend, and no registration is necessary. Come and have some fun all you time lords, Daleks, Weeping Angels, and other creatures found along the time continuum! Contact Kirsten at 402-296-4154 if you have any questions.
Join us for our fifth annual Everything Chocolate event on Saturday, February 21, at 7:00 pm! The evening will be full of chocolate treats, including a chocolate fountain, games, and door prizes.
You can also register for the chocolate competition. Enter your favorite chocolate appetizer or dessert. Judges will be winners from past chocolate competitions including Kenda Zamora and Ginger Tuttle. The entries will be judged based on taste, presentation, and originality. After the judging, attendees will be able to sample the entries. Chocolate treats may also be brought to share without being entered in the competition.
Call soon to register as seating is limited!
Join us for the next Adult Game Night on Friday, February 20, 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.
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!
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 on a regular basis: 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.
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.
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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