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Cornerstone Contents Revealed

Approximately 300 people attended the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the laying of the library cornerstone on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in the library's parking lot. Children from the Plattsmouth Middle School sang three songs and presentations were made by Mayor R. Paul Lambert, historian Harlan Seyfer, and library patron Gail Johnson.

Those in attendance were able to see Public Works Director Gary Helwig and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Jesse Clark remove the receptacle from the cornerstone. "Sattler" and "April 19" were written on the bottom of the metal box. April 19, 1916, is the day the cornerstone was laid; Sattler had just been elected mayor. From the Plattsmouth Journal dated April 6, 1916, "For mayor, John P. Sattler, the democratic candidate, received a majority of 97 over Mayor E. J. Richey, the present occupant of the office...." The box and some of the papers had a considerable amount of rust on them, so not everything was legible.

The mayor, Mr. Seyfer, Margo Prentiss from the museum, and Library Director Karen Mier helped describe the contents before they were put in protective sleeves for preservation and for better viewing. The items in the cornerstone are identified below and are on display in the library.

  • Pennies – 5 wheat pennies dated 1909 (2), 1910 (2), 1914, and an Indian head penny dated 1902
  • 2-page history of the library signed by the members of the Library Board
  • A list of some of the Plattsmouth High School students and the year they expected to graduate
  • A paper from Warga & Shuldice, general contractors, signed by Jess Warga
  • Business cards from Dr. John Stuart Livingston, Weyrich & Hadraba Red Cross Drug Store, John G. Wunderlich "candidate for Sheriff" (he won in 1916), and Paul Stadelman

Library staff and members of the Plattsmouth Conservancy were dressed in period attire. Attendees enjoyed buttermilk pie and pumpkin pie while the Plattsmouth Community Band played.


Read to Capone, May 9 and 23

Children can read to Capone, a Shar pei-Rottweiler mix, at the Plattsmouth Public Library on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. The next visit from Capone will be Monday, May 9, from 4:00-5:00 pm.

Capone is registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs Inc. in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As a therapy animal, Capone has been trained and tested for health, safety, appropriate skills, and temperament. He will sit patiently while a child reads to him.

Call 402-296-4154 to reserve a 15-minute time period for your child to read to Capone. Parents are encouraged to stay in the room to observe. Children should come to the library a few minutes before their appointment if they want to select a book to read from the library’s collection or you may bring a book from home.


Steampunk for Simpletons, May 12

Wendy Callahan, local author of "Steampunk for Simpletons: a fun primer for folks who aren't sure what steampunk is all about," will answer your questions about steampunk on Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 pm, in the auditorium.

New people discover steampunk every day. Often, their first question is "What is steampunk?" Their second question is "What do steampunks do?" Wendy will expand on those questions and include a guided tour through the world of steampunk.

Adjust your goggles and pith helmets, and prepare to learn about the history of this whimsical aesthetic as well as the literature, art, music, costumes, and communities that help it thrive.








Library Sprucing Up! Donations Needed

The library is preparing for the 100th anniversary of the building this year. We will have programs in April and November honoring the laying of the cornerstone in April 1916 and the opening of the library in November 1916.

In September, the Library Foundation mailed letters to about 125 local businesses asking for donations. The library would like to thank the more than 30 businesses and individuals for their donations:

Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority,
    Neb. Gamma Chapter
Guadalupe and Karen Mier  
Alyce Green Hy-Vee Mom's Cafe
Anne Begley Janet McCartney Plattsmouth Conservancy
Barbara & Alfred Dietrich Jenz Salon Plattsmouth Garden Club
Bill and Marilyn Rishel Johnson & Pekny, LLC Plattsmouth State Bank
Burton and Jill Van Denburg Kola Curttright Pro Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Cass County Bank La Fiesta Ray and Sharon Smith
DC Waterhole Bar Larry and Eleanor Biederman Rishel & Pfeifer, PC
Denice Eaton-Heim, CPA Main Street Jewelers Schott Enterprises
Diversified Enterprise, Inc. Marjorie Vickerman Steube's Thriftway #909
Frontier Lighting, Inc. McKnight Family Dental VanderVeen & Goracke
Glenda Hervey Michael A. Schuldt Woodhouse Auto Family


auditorium-renovationsThe Plattsmouth Conservancy graciously donated $1500 to pay for the refinishing of the front doors. Shawn Koke removed the kick panels from the front door to reveal what is believed to be the original finish, then matched that finish. The kickplates were cleaned and painted a brass finish. The before and after pictures show how beautiful the doors look now. He also refinished the inside set of doors.

A mix of donation funds and city funds were used to paint and to install new carpet and cabinet doors for the storage space under the stage in the auditorium. The Friends of the Library paid $2100 to replace a short range of shelves upstairs. The exteriors of the metal doors and outside railings will be given a new coat of paint before our April 23 opening of the 100-year-old cornerstone.

The Library Foundation is seeking additional funds to continue the improvements such as painting and carpeting the children's area and replacing the tiles on the stairwell. Any size of donation helps. If a check is preferred, make it payable to the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) and fully tax-deductible. In the meantime, you can stop in the library to see the progress we've made so far. We hope you'll agree that our beautiful library is beginning to shine!

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Computer Classes

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; most classes are two hours long. A sample schedule with 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.


Adult Game Night to Resume in the Fall

Adult Game Nights, usually held on the third Friday of each month, will resume in the fall. These events 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.


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.






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.


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