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USDA Rural Development Office Day, February 9

Do you want to own a home? Does your home need repairs? USDA Rural Development holds an office day at the Plattsmouth Public Library on the second Thursday of each month from 9:30 am-4:00 pm.

Loan Specialist Sharon Kluck will be available to assist those who are seeking to own a rural home or already own a rural home that is in need of repairs. Schedule an appointment for Thursday, February 9, by calling 402-437-5035 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

Harry Potter Movie Club2023

Harry Potter Movie Club, January 15-March 5

You're invited to the Harry Potter Movie Club, running on Sundays, 1-3:30pm, from January 15 through March 5. Relive the adventure with the movies played in order. For every movie watched you can earn a button badge and wooden token. Attend all the movies to collect them all! Refreshments will be served.

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Tiny Art Show, February 10-March 4

Show off your talent at the library's first Tiny Art Show! Anyone aged 2 years and up can submit an entry, and the library provides the 4"x4" canvas and an easel. The general rules are:

  1. One entry per person.
  2. Your project must fit on the 4"x4" canvas that is provided free of charge by the library.
  3. Any medium can be used - paint, markers, clay, fabric, etc.
  4. Return your completed project by Friday, February 10.

The entries will be split into four age groups: 2-5 years, 6-11, 12-18, and 19 and over. The art will be on display in the library from February 13 through March 4. During this time, the community will be able to vote for their favorite piece in each age group. You can cast a vote for each age group once a week.

On Saturday, March 4, the community votes will be tallied, and the winners will be announced at a reception at 6pm. Gift cards will be awarded to the winners. Refreshments will be served, and raffle prizes will be available. Artists can take their pieces home after the art show.

If you have any questions, contact Jessy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-296-4154 x20.

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Teen Murder Mystery, February 25

Teens aged 13-18 are invited to participate in a Teen Murder Mystery on Saturday, February 25, 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy an evening of "Whodunit" Murder Mystery in the Dark. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Please register here or call the library at 402-296-4154 x21. Don't Forget Your Flashlight!

Booklist Reader

Reading Suggestions

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 MONTHLY ACTIVITIES

Activity Ages Dates Notes
Bingobingo fall Adults 3rd Wednesday, 1:30-2:30pm
Next date: February 15
We provide the bingo cards.
Needlecraft ClubNeedlecraft Club All 1st Tuesday, 4-5pm
Next date: February 7
Beginners or seasoned pros, bring your crocheting, embroidery, quilting, or other projects to work on.
Anime ClubAnime202301 Grades 5-12 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 4-5:30pm
Next date: February 9. 23
Watch and discuss an anime series. Snacks provided.
D&D Heck Fire ClubDD202210 11-18 years 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10am-2pm
Next dates: February 4, 18
For novices and experienced players.
More Dungeons Masters are needed.
Drop-in Craftsdrop in crafts202301 All 4-5:30pm
Next dates: February 8, 21
All materials provided. See the flyer for details.
Family Board GamesBoard Game Day202209 All Thursdays, 6-7:30pm
Next dates: February 9, 23
Fridays, 6-8pm
Next dates: February 3, 17
Play new and old games or bring your own.
Hosts: Adam and Nicole Vraspir
Friday Friends202209Friday Friends 0-5 years 1st and 3rd Fridays, 10-11:30am
Next dates: February 3, 17
Play on indoor playground equipment
and make new friends.
Lego ClubLego Club All Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
Next dates: February 8, 22
We provide the Legos and Duplos.
Paws for ReadingPaws for Reading All youth 3rd Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm
Next date: February 15
Children read to certified therapy dogs.
Registration preferred, not required.
Saturday Morning CartoonsSaturdayCartoons All youth 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 9:30-11am
Next date: February 11, 25
Family-oriented cartoons. Pajamas
welcome. Cereal provided
Teen Book Clubteen book club202212 Grades 8-12 4th Saturday, 11:30-12:30
Next date: February 25
Teens will discuss the book selection, do an activity, and select the next book.
Trading CardsTrading Cards Grades 2+ 3rd Saturday, 2:30-4pm
Next date: February 18
Trade Pokemon, magic, sports, Yu-Gi-Oh and other cards.
Video GamingVideo Games202212 All youth 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 1-3pm
Next date: February 11, 25
Play your games or ours on 75" TV.
Wii, Xbox 360, Switch, or your own.
FamilySearchMosaicTreeLogo

Search Your Genealogy for Free at the Library

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.

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Read Any Size Print with New Video Magnifier

 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.

Lauritzen

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Free Passes to Area Attractions

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.

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.

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.

Journal

Plattsmouth Newspapers Online, 1857-2021

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.

 

heat press shirts

Hot Off the Press!

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.

Made with a laser cutter:
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Laser cutter user manual

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.

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!

laser trainSee some of the items we've made with the Innovation Studio equipment!

 

Break Up the Boredom with an Escape Room!

Library Supervisor Kenneth Turner has created an escape room to help kick the indoor doldrums. Try your luck escaping from a world turned topsy-turvy. Additional digital escape rooms, some for free, can be found in this Library Journal article.

 

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Charge Your Device While You Browse!

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.

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.

the patio is finished!

Visit Our Patio!

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.