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Babysitting Clinic, June 15

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“Building Better Babysitters”, a program of the University of Nebraska Extension Office, will be offered at the library on Saturday, June 15, 10am-3pm. Learn about child development, age appropriate activities for youth, safety, nutrition, and the business of babysitting. Participants receive a Babysitting guide booklet and a babysitting “kit” with some basic first aid supplies and activity supplies. Designed for youth ages 11-18, the clinic has a limited number of spots. Call the library, 402-296-4154, ext. 21, to register. Bring your own lunch.

Children's Summer Reading Program

SRP 2024Plunge head-long into reading and attend magic, craft, and other programs during the library's summer reading program! Pick up a reading log at the library and start tracking your reading. You can even earn points for attending a program or reading to others.SRP2024programs

Programs, including crafts and other activities, are on Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am. Regular programs like Story and a Movie, Outdoor Storytime & Play, and other programs can be found on the children's summer reading program calendar. Special programs include Wildlife Encounters and a representative from the Natural Resources District. Adam White, who has performed in Las Vegas, will amaze you with his magic on Wednesday, June 12, at 3pm. Additional details are below!

  • Magician Adam White - Wednesday, June 12, 3pmfire station storytime20240618
  • Fire Station Storytime - Tuesday, June 18, 10-11am
  • Wildlife Encounters with live animals - Saturday, June 22, 10:30-11:30am
  • NRD Dart Delta20240710Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (Adam Sutton) with salamanders Dart and Delta - Wednesday, July 10, 3-4pm
  • Linda Stephen, origami artist and author - Saturday, July 13, 10:30-11:30am

Wildlife Encounters - Saturday, June 22

Wildlife Encounters20240622Wildlife Encounters will bring wildlife for everyone to see and sometimes touch on Saturday, June 22, 10:30-11:30am. Which animals do you think they will bring?

Storytelling Meets Origami - Saturday, July 13

origami20240713Linda Stephen, origami artist and author of “The Day We Went to the Park,” will be at the library on Saturday, July 13, 10:30-11:30am, to do storytime and an origami art program. Participants will make their own origami flower or caterpillar to take home. Adult help is recommended for children under age 8. “The Day We Went to the Park” received a 2021 Nebraska Book Award Honor for Illustration.

Adult Summer Reading Program Underway

adult SRP2024Enjoy reading and fun challenges each week from May 20 to July 1 in the library's summer reading program for adults. The challenge sheets feature crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and finding historical markers around town. For each book read and for each challenge completed during the program, you’ll receive a scratch-off sticker. Scratch it off to reveal a small prize, or “try again”. Every other week, we will have drawings for a large prize (book of your choice up to $25 library cost) from tickets turned in. The more you do, the more chances you’ll have.

Junk Journaling

Junk Journal Junkies, June 19

Junk journal junkies can now attend regular get-togethers where you can create your own junk journals. Gatherings will be the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 5:30-7:30pm. You can use a variety of supplies at the library to start or continue your journaling. Bring your own journal or we will provide one for you. Anyone ages 15 and up is welcome to attend.

Pokemon Gym Day, June 22

Pokemon Gym202406Prepare your Pokémon for the next Gym Day on Saturday, June 22, 1-3pm, in the auditorium. Bring your Nintendo Switch to battle the gym trainers and gym leader in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Those who are able to beat the gym trainers advance to the next stage to battle the gym leader. Beat the trainers and receive a specialty badge! Collect all the badges for a special reward!

Teen Murder Mystery, June 29

It's a Murder Mystery night on Saturday, June 29, 5-7pm! Youth ages 13+, come to the library after hours for snacks and a live action murder mystery game. Players work together in groups of two to solve the clues around the library – all in a race to be the first to discover who dunnit! Call 402-296-4154 x21 to register!

Mindful Moments Story Time, July 8

Mindful MomentsMatthew from Family Connections will be offering a Mindful Moments Story Circle on Monday, July 8, 10-10:30am, at the library. This is an interactive story time centered around social emotional learning designed for children ages 2 and up.

Use Stickers to Complete the Picture

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The library is featuring two StickTogether™ 40" x 36" mosaic puzzle posters that everyone can help complete. These posters have pictures with nearly 4,000 squares waiting to be filled in with 1/2" colored stickers. Everyone who visits the library will receive 5 stickers to place on the poster. If you check anything out, you'll receive 5 additional stickers. As more stickers are put on the poster, you'll be able to see what the image is. The first one to correctly guess what the picture is will receive a gift card to a local store.

 Puzzles, Board Games Available for Checkout

board gamespuzzle2Many patrons have helped put together a puzzle in the library. Now you can borrow puzzles to make at home, too! Puzzles range in size from 300 to 1000 pieces and check out for one week, but you can renew them if you need more time.

Next time you're in the library, check out our board games! Titles include Candy Land, Clue, Sorry, Lexogon, Race for the Galaxy, Operation, Trouble, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Apples to Apples, Yeti in my Spaghetti, and Codenames. Board games are great for a fun family game night and help expand your creativity. They've also been found to decrease stress, so check out a board game from your library!

Free Radon Test Kits Available

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department is pleased to offer free short-term radon test kits. Pick up a kit to protect your own health as well as the health of your family members.

Outdoor Musical Instruments Installed!

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outdoor instruments installedThe outdoor musical instruments have been installed, and they are ready for your enjoyment!

The project was started in the fall of 2022 with the purchase of five Samba drums. Since then, the library has added eight Calypso Chimes, a Cavatina (like a xylophone), and a music book with eight songs to play on the Cavatina. To top off the project, the library will provide a rubberized surface material in the spring to make it safer and easier to access in all types of weather.

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cavatinaThis project was funded by city capital improvement funds, Cass County Tourism – visitcasscounty.com, and by state aid funding appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, granted and administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

FREE MONTHLY ACTIVITIES

Activity Ages Dates Notes
Bingobingo fall Adults 3rd Wednesday, 1:30-2:30pm
Next date: June 19
We provide the bingo cards.
Needlecraft ClubNeedlecraft Club All 1st Thursday, 6-7pm and 3rd Tuesday, 10am-noon
Next date: June 18, 10am
Beginners or seasoned pros, bring your crocheting, embroidery, quilting, or other projects to work on.
AniManga ClubAnime202302 Grades 5-12 2nd Thursday, 4-5:30pm
Next date: July
Watch and discuss an anime or manga series. Snacks provided.
Bad Art Clubbad art club202401 Ages 11+ 2nd Wednesday, 4-5pm
Next date: July
 
Bookworms & Beyond
Homeschool GroupHomeschool Group
Homeschoolers 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1-3pm
Next date: June 13, 27
Connect with other homeschool groups.
Chess ClubChess Club202401 Ages 10+ 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 11:30am-12:30pm
Next date: June 19
Learn how to play or teach others to play
Crafternoon   2nd Friday and 3rd Wednesday, 12:30-1:30pm
Next date: June 14, 19
 
D&D Heck Fire ClubDD202210 11-18 years 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10am-2pm
Next dates: June 15
"One-Shot" sessions, 1-3pm, every Sunday
For novices and experienced players.
More Dungeons Masters are needed.
Family Board GamesBoard Game Day202209 All 1st and 3rd Fridays, 6-8pm
Next dates: June 21
Play new and old games or bring your own.
Hosts: Adam and Nicole Vraspir
Friday FriendsFriday Friends 0-5 years 2nd and 4th Fridays, 9:30-11:30am
Next dates: June 14, 28
Play on indoor playground equipment
and make new friends.
Junk Journal JunkiesJunk Journaling202406 Ages 15+ 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm
Next dates: June 19
Use library supplies to continue or start your own journal; journals provided if needed
Just Dance - NEW!Just Dance202406 Ages 11+ Tuesdays, 1-2pm
Next dates: June 11,18,25
 
Lego Clublego club202406 All ages 1st and 4th Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
Next dates: June 25
The library supplies the Legos.
Library Beats for Little FeetLibrary Beats 18 months-3 years Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30-10am
Next dates: June 13,17,20
Engages young minds in the magical world of music, encouraging them to groove, giggle, and grow
Manic Magic MondaysManic Magic202406 Ages 13+ 1st and 3rd Mondays, 5-7:30pm
Next dates: June 17
Bring cards if you have them; some supplies provided. No registration.
Mixed Mediamixed media202406 Ages 10+ Mondays
Next dates: June 17
Materials provided; all skill levels welcome.
Paws for ReadingPaws For Reading202403 All youth 3rd Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: June 19
Children read to certified therapy dogs.
Registration preferred, not required.

Pokemon Trading & Training DayPokemon Trading and Training 202406

Grades 2+ 2nd Saturday of odd-numbered months, 2-3:30pm
Next date: July 13
Bring your Nintendo Switch to battle the gym trainers and gym leader. Beat the trainers and earn a badge.
Saturday Morning CartoonsSaturday Morning Cartoons All youth 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 9:30-11am
Next date: Summer
Family-oriented cartoons. Pajamas
welcome. Cereal provided.
Silent Book Club202401Silent Book Club Grades 4-12 2nd Tuesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: July
Bring a book or borrow one and read with fellow book lovers where the Magic of Books meets the Peace of Silence.
Teen Book Clubteen book club Grades 8-12 4th Saturday of even months, 1-3pm
Next date: June 22
 
Teen Volunteersteen volunteers202403 Ages 13-18 4th Tuesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: TBD
Discuss volunteer opportunities, upcoming programs, and Advisory Board.
Trading and Training Daytrading cards Grades 2+ 2nd Saturday (odd-numbered months), 2-3:30pm
Next date: July 13
Trade Pokemon, magic, sports, Yu-Gi-Oh and other cards and train your Pokemon in preparation for the next gym day.
Video Gamingvideo games All youth Fridays, 2-4:30pm
Next dates: June 14,21,28
Play your games or ours on 75" TV.
Wii, Xbox 360, Switch, or your own.
Youth BingoYouth Bingo All youth Select Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30pm
Next dates: June 18
 

Reading Suggestions

Booklist Reader

Whether you're hunting for your next book, selecting for a book club, or getting ideas for kids, you'll find great selections in the Booklist Reader, a companion to the magazine that we use to select titles for our library. Enjoy a new issue each month free of charge.

Free Passes to Area Attractions

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The library has free passes to Lauritzen Gardens, Durham Museum, and Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods. These library passes must be checked out and returned within one week. The only thing you need is a library card in good standing - no overdue materials or fees for lost or damaged items.

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Each pass is a little different. The Lauritzen Garden pass admits 2 adults and their children under age 18 for one use. The Durham Museum pass admits 2 adults and children within that household or up to 4 grandchildren but only once every six months.

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The Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods passes admit 2 adults and up to 5 children. Each pass is for a specific day of the week so, if you check out a Monday pass, you have to visit on a Monday. Visitors also receive $5 off a membership if purchased on the day you use the library pass. You can use the pass for a discount in the gift shop, attend special member-only events, and attend for free any programming on the day of your visit.

Sorry, but the library can't put a pass on hold, but you can call ahead to make sure one is available before you come.

Search Your Genealogy for Free at the Library

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The library is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library which means it has access to more genealogy resources. There are only a few hundred affiliate libraries in the country.

The popular web service has over 6 billion searchable names and 2 billion images of historical genealogical records. FamilySearch adds over 300 million free genealogical records and images online yearly from all over the world and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land and court records from more than 130 countries. Access FamilySearch from a library computer to set up your free account.

Besides FamilySearch, the library provides access to Ancestry Library Edition from computers in the library and to My Heritage from the library or home.

Read Any Size Print with New Video Magnifier

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The Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired has provided an ONYX Deskset Video Magnifier to all Nebraska public libraries to better serve our visually impaired patrons. You don't need a library card to use the machine, and it's very easy to use. It features the ability to change colors or display white text on black. It provides reading lines or a mask that helps you follow along on the page, and it can magnify up to 106x. It's also great for reading prescription bottles and viewing images. Stop by the library to use it or to see a short demo.

Plattsmouth Newspapers Online, 1857-2021

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The library recently converted the remaining backfiles of the Plattsmouth Journal to microfilm so all Plattsmouth newspapers from 1857-2021 are accessible and searchable on the Internet or in the library. University of Nebraska-Lincoln's website, Nebraska Newspapers, has hosted eight newspapers from 1865-1939  for about 10 years. Last year, History Nebraska turned over its backfiles to newspapers.com which now includes 31 Plattsmouth newspapers from 1857-2008. To complete the archive, the library now offers the 2009-2021 Journal issues for searching in the library. The project to make the 2009-2021 Journal issues available was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Hot Off the Press!

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heat pressIn fall 2021, the library received a heat press and accompanying mug press! The library also has hundreds of shirts for children and adults, aprons, cloth bags, mouse pads, glass tiles, aluminum signs, coasters, and many more items to be imprinted with the presses.

Call the library for a 30-minute training or to make a reservation to make your own items. During training, you will be able to create your own design or use a sample design provided by the library. You can print one mug and one other item (shirt, mousepad, or any other material) for free. Beyond that, items cost anywhere from 25 cents to $4.

Schedule Laser Cutter Training

laser dinosaurThe library has a laser cutter capable of etching on wood, glass, ceramic tiles, cork, metals, and many other materials. It can be used by anyone who has completed the one-hour training session. Call the library, 402-296-4154, ext. 24, to schedule training or to reserve time to work on your projects.

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You don’t need to have a library card or even live in Plattsmouth to use it. It can be used for personal or business purposes, so think about how you might benefit from the opportunity!

See some of the items we've made with the makerspace equipment!

Charge Your Device While You Browse!

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You can charge your phone, tablet, iPad, Kindle, or other device while you’re browsing or working on the computer in the library. You don’t even need a cord since the charger already has several different connectors for Apple, Android, and other devices. The charger is at the main circulation desk and can accommodate up to 8 devices at a time. The charger is plugged into an outlet, not a computer, so your data is secure.

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The library also has a card reader that will allow you to read data from a camera memory card or other micro or mini SD card. The reader has slots for four different kinds of cards. It connects to the computer with a USB cord. You don’t need to have your own cord for your camera or other device. Just ask for the reader so you can download pictures or other files from your device while you're in the library.

Yearbooks, Newspapers Digitized

Read about the local newspapers and high school yearbooks that have been digitized and made available to the public.

Visit Our Patio!

the patio is finished!

The library has a patio in the back of the building! It was constructed in 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.