Teens, grades 7-12, are invited to spend their winter break at the library for movies, crafts, and gaming, all from 1:00-3:00 pm. Attend events and earn raffle tickets. You may win a zombie dashboard figure, a zombie mug, or a $25 Amazon gift card!
Tuesday, December 23 - Movie Day (free popcorn!) Saturday, December 27 - Game Day Tuesday, December 30 - Craft Day Wednesday, December 31 - Movie Day (free popcorn!) Saturday, January 3 - Game Day and PRIZE GIVEAWAY!
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!
The next Adult Game Night will be on Friday, January 16, 7:00-9:00 pm. These 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.
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.
Living Stories Living Libraries is a new blog or series of stories on the Internet. It was launched in June by a recent graduate of George Washington University for people to tell what libraries mean to them. They are looking for people to write a few sentences or a few short paragraphs about how a library has impacted their lives. The goal of the blog is to promote the changing world of the library, help libraries and those who use them to connect and share ideas, create a tool for library advocacy, and reach people who have not yet discovered what libraries can do for them. Go to Living Stories Living Libraries to submit your story or read what others have written.
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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