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Raptor Program this Friday, June 24

owlOwls and other raptors will be featured guests in the library auditorium on Friday, June 24, 3-4pm! Denise Lewis from Fontenelle Forest will be showing two to three of the permanent residents of Fontenelle Forest. She'll share the story of each bird and answer questions like "Why don't all owls have yellow eyes?" All ages are welcome, and there is no registration.


Crafter-Noon, June 25

Enjoy Crafter-Noon family fun on Saturday, June 25. Various materials will be provided to make crafts designed for preschoolers, older children, and adults. Toys will be available to entertain toddlers. You can bring your own board games from home, too.


Virtual Family Trivia, June 25

In partnership with the Bellevue Public Library, the Plattsmouth Library is offering Virtual Family Trivia on Saturday, June 25, 4-5 pm, via Zoom. This month's topic is Ocean Fantasy Trivia (mermaids, pirates, etc.). Teams must have at least two people, and one team member must be in pre-K to 6th grade. Chick-fil-A gift cards will be awarded to the top three scoring teams. Click here to register.

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Paws for Reading, June 29

Whether your children want to practice their reading skills, increase their confidence, or just love dogs, they can read to a certified therapy dog during Paws for Reading on the last Wednesday of the month. Bailey and Maggie regularly visit schools and hospitals in the area and have received AKC's Canine Good Citizen award. On Wednesday, June 29, 4:30-5:30 pm, one of them will be waiting for children to read to them. Children can read books found at home or check out books from the library to read. If you're looking for a specific title or books on a particular subject, call the library at 402-296-4154 x21.

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Friday Friends Playgroup - Every Week in June and July

The Friday Friends Playgroup provides opportunities for children ages 0-5 years to play on indoor playground equipment and make new friends! The Playgroup will be meeting in the library auditorium every week in June and July, 10:00-11:30 am, for indoor fun. The activity is free, with no registration.


Summer Reading Fun for All Ages

The summer reading program for all ages begins Tuesday, May 31! Children's activities include storytime at 10am and crafts, programs, games, and activities Tuesday through Thursday, 10:30am-12:30pm.

Children 0-5 years old: Record the number of books read and receive rubber ducks along the way. For every six books read, your name gets entered into a drawing for larger prizes.

Children 6-18 years old: Pick up a log to record every 30 minutes you read. Small prizes include things like fidget toys and snacks. For every five hours you read, your name gets entered into a drawing for larger prizes. Teen raffle prizes also include the option of a book of their choice (up to $25 library cost).

Adults, don’t feel left out! Enjoy reading and fun challenges each week in June and July. The challenge sheets feature crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and finding historical markers around town. You can enter your name in a drawing for prizes for each book read in June and July and for each challenge completed. The more you do, the more entries you will have in the drawing for gift cards or a book of your choice (up to $25 library cost).

The last day to turn in sheets is July 31. Names will be drawn on August 2.


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 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.


USDA Rural Development Office Day, July 14

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.

Single Family Housing Specialist Jill Straight 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, July 14, by calling 402-437-5736 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.


Bingo! on Wednesday, July 20

Bingo is the name of the game on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm in the auditorium. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of games. Remember, happiness is calling "Bingo!"

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Gaming Moved to Saturdays

The library now offers gaming every other Saturday, 1-3pm, in the auditorium. The library will set up its Xbox 360 and Wii gaming systems. You’re welcome to use any of the games the library has available for checkout (like Call of Duty or Minecraft) or bring your own games from home. You can even set up your own gaming consoles to enjoy with friends. The library can provide additional monitors if requested. Upcoming gaming days are June 18 and July 2, 16, and 30.

The library's new 75" smart TV will be installed soon!


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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 fines or overdue materials.

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


Free At Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available

Sarpy/Cass Health Department has provided the city with free At Home COVID-19 test kits. They’re available at city hall, the library, and the community center.

The kits are primarily designed to be used following instructions online using a webcam or a smartphone. A Certified eMed Guide will monitor the test. Before opening the package, go to or scan the code on the box. The results are certified in 15 minutes.

If you don’t have access to the Internet, you can follow the instructions provided with the kit.


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Hot Off the Press!

heat pressIt’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since the library participated in the Library Innovation Studio Project, from November 2017 to March 2018. A wide variety of makerspace equipment, including a 3D printer, CNC router, vinyl cutter, heat press, embroidery machine, robotics, and more were provided. With the laser cutter proving to be the most popular, the library raised funds and installed the laser cutter in January 2019.

When the Innovation Studio Project concluded in November 2021, the equipment that travelled around the state was made available to libraries which had participated in the four-year project. Plattsmouth Public Library staff were thrilled when they were notified that they would be receiving their first choice of equipment, the heat press and accompanying mug press! To their surprise, they also received about 18 bins of materials that could be used on the heat press and mug press, including hundreds of shirts for children and adults, aprons, cloth bags, mouse pads, glass tiles, aluminum signs, coasters, and much more.

The library is now taking reservations for people who want to go through the 20-30 minute training on the heat press and mug press. 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.





Read Books to Your Child, Earn Free Books

The "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program allows parents to earn free books for their youngest children while fostering a love of reading. Simply read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, or toddler. You can even count the same book multiple times as you re-read your child's favorite stories, and you can count books read in preschool or daycare.

The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten.caterpillar If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years.

When you sign up, you receive a reading log, instructions, and an indestructible board book. The reading logs have 100 images to help keep track of your reading. Simply cross out an image for each book read. For every sheet completed you get 2 stickers. After 5 sheets, you get another book. After reading 1,000 books, the child gets a copy of the Very Hungry Caterpillar with a bookplate for your child’s name and the date of completion.

There is no minimum age to get a library card. Get your little one a library card, and help instill a lifelong love of reading.

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Magazines Now Available in OverDrive

Most of the 3,258 magazines now available in OverDrive are in English. To limit just to magazines, you can choose "OverDrive magazine" as the format in the advanced search. You can also browse the magazines by subject after clicking on "Collections" at the top of the main screen.

You can borrow as many magazine issues as you'd like; they won't count against your six checkout limit for ebooks and audiobooks. Magazine issues are always available, so you don't have to worry about holds.

If you haven't tried the Libby app for OverDrive resources, check out the how-to videos. Libby is easy to use and offers a few additional features to the classic OverDrive app.


Break Up the Boredom with an Escape Room!

Library Supervisor Kenneth Turner has created an escape room to help kick the winter 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.


Free Online Resources for All Ages



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Charge Your Device While You Browse!

Now you can charge your phone, tablet, iPad, Kindle, or other device while you’re browsing or working on the computer in the Plattsmouth Public 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.

Get connected at your library!

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Schedule Laser Cutter Training

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The 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!

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


Yearbooks, Newspapers Digitized

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

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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.