Plattsmouth Public Library

Upcoming Events


Library to Close at 5:00 on Thursday

The library will close at 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 20, because several staff will be attending the Nebraska Library Association conference on Thursday. We're sorry for any inconvenience.

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Pokemon Party, October 21

The library, in conjunction with the Community Center, is hosting a Pokemon Party on Friday, October 21, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Community Center. Activities include making a Pokeball catapult, a scavenger hunt, and cookie decorating. Games include Plinko, Catch the Charizard, Wii Pokemon, and a Pokemon and Trainers game. Pizza is free, and so is the event. You don't have to be a member of the Community Center or the library. Join us for lots of fun!


Reading Fun for Adults in October

The Plattsmouth Public Library is launching an Adult Reading Program beginning October 3. The program is designed to encourage adults to read and have fun in the library. The closing date is Friday, October 28, with prizes to be awarded that afternoon.

We've made it easy for you to unwrap your next good read. If you recommend a book, we will place it on T.U.T., our Thumbs Up Table. Submit a short form saying why you'd recommend the book, and your recommendation will be posted on T.U.T. as well. For every book recommendation you submit, you will earn five tickets to enter into the drawing for prizes. You can submit a maximum of five recommendations earning a total of 25 tickets.

Test your knowledge of all things literary or library-related with questions written by library staff. Answer the questions to earn tickets to enter into the drawing for prizes. A scavenger hunt will feature clues to different locations or collections in the library; find the locations and earn more tickets!

On Friday, October 28, at 4:30 pm, we will draw for prizes. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire! Read and have some fun! Call 402-296-4154 if you have any questions.


Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Sessions, October 20-December 1

Mary Ann Holland, Nebraska SHIIP Counselor, will be conducting three Drug Plan Comparison events in the library in preparation for Medicare Open Enrollment. The dates are Thursday, October 20, Tuesday, November 15, and Thursday, December 1.

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D (the prescription drug benefit) will be October 15 through December 7. Everyone who is currently enrolled in a drug plan and those who will be new to Medicare beginning in January should seek a drug plan comparison. Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare health plans, utilize the same open enrollment period from October 15 to December 7 with coverage beginning the first of January 2017.

To make an appointment, contact the Extension office in Cass County at 402-267-2205.


Flu Shots, October 25

Sarpy/Cass County Health Department will be providing flu shots in the library auditorium on Tuesday, October 25, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. The cost is $30. No appointment is needed.

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Celebrate Halloween at the Library on October 28

The Plattsmouth Public Library will be handing out treats and free books to all children participating in Halloween on Main on Friday, October 28, 4:00-5:00 pm. Find us on the corner of 4th and Main Streets.

To participate in the costume contest sponsored by the Main Street Association, be in the library auditorium by 5:15 pm on October 28. Judging starts at 5:30, and winners will be announced at 5:45 pm.


Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Library Opening with Music on Nov. 5

Music, nostalgia, and refreshments will mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Carnegie library on Saturday, November 5, 2:00-3:30 pm. A ragtime social at 2:00 will feature elements of a social from the 1910s including a special cake and the sale of rag balls. At 2:30, Humanities Nebraska presenter David Marsh will share stories and sing songs popular with pioneers in "Music of the Plains."









Children's Area Painting, Re-Carpeting Completed!

The children's area has been painted and re-carpeted! Thank you to all those who volunteered their time and muscle to move the books and furniture out, remove the carpet, then move everything back in - Steve and Velora Riese, Dave Ewing, John Hurst, Sam, James, Michael Mier, Elder Nokai, and Elder Evans. Thanks also to staff who spent hours on the project - Stacey Ewing, Ben Broshar, Jonna Carroll, Shelby Perkins, Barb Miller, Kirsten Wood, Evis Zamora, Michelle Smallridge, and Karen Mier.

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Of course, we couldn't have done it without the help of people who contributed money. The most recent donations came from the Plattsmouth Rotary and Lions Clubs and Pat's Kids. Thank you!

Take a look at more pictures of our new space on our Facebook page.

If you'd like to help fund the next phase, please make checks payable to the Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation and mail them to 401 Avenue A, Plattsmouth. The next phase includes painting and re-tiling the stairwell and kitchen.


Computer Classes in September and October

Learn more about your computer and the programs you use in a series of classes being offered on Tuesday nights at 6:00 pm from September 13 through October 25. Classes designed for the novice as well as those more versed in computers are offered: Basic Computers, Basic Internet, Using the Internet Wisely, Word Processing, Intermediate Email, and Excel. A different class is taught each week; most are two hours long. You can sign up for all the classes or only the ones that interest you. The 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.

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Book Sale, November 18-20

The Friends of the Plattsmouth Public Library will be holding their semi-annual book sale in the library auditorium November 18-20. Books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and other items will be offered for great prices!

  • Friday, November 18, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 19, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 20, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
This is a great time to stock up on winter reads. While you’re shopping, you can renew your membership in the Friends of the Library or enter the raffle for a Husker gift basket as well.

Next Adult Game Night is November 18

Join the fun at the next Adult Game Night on Friday, November 18, 7:00-9:00 pm, in the Plattsmouth Public Library auditorium. Adult 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.





Free Magazines and Audiobooks Online

The library has started two new services to bring more free online materials to our cardholders. Zinio for Libraries provides access to about 150 free online magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Gun Digest, House Beautiful, Men's Fitness, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, and Woodworker's Journal. Lovers of audiobooks will enjoy OneClickDigital's downloadable audiobooks with about 5000 adult and nearly 3000 children audiobooks. This will dramatically increase the number of audiobooks available to our patrons, supplementing those found in OverDrive.

Library cardholders will have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines and audiobooks which are easily accessed on a computer, MAC, and most Internet-enabled devices like iPads and Kindle Fires. Multi-user means more than one person can read a magazine issue or listen to an audiobook at the same time so there's no waiting.

The first time you use either collection, you'll need to Create an Account in Zinio or Register in OneClickDigital. Be sure to enter your patron barcode with PP, a space, and your five-digit number. Using PP for Plattsmouth Public differentiates our library from others using the collections.

To access Zinio, click this link. Search for an issue, and check it out. You can read it on your computer or download the Zinio for Libraries Reader App to read it on your device. You don't have to "return" the magazine. Check out magazines as often as you want. You can even sign up to get an email when the next issue is available.

To access OneClickDigital, click this link. You can search for audiobooks by author, title, or narrator. You can also browse these same categories or browse by genre. Click on the cover image to read a description, hear a preview, add it to your wish list, or check it out for 14 days. Download the audiobook to your device, and enjoy!

These services are provided by RBdigital from Recorded Books, the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital media. The company owns an exclusive catalog of more than 22,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors.









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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.

What Should Go in the Cornerstone Now?

Thank you to the approximately 300 people who attended the opening of the cornerstone at the library on April 23. The library has received several questions about the next stage, so the library would like to provide a few answers.

First, the contents of the old cornerstone won’t be included in the new receptacle since they are too fragile. They are currently on display in the library and all efforts will be made to preserve them. The guestbook, donated by Perfect Touch Binding, that was signed on April 23 will also be protected and used for our November event that will celebrate the opening of the library on November 1, 1916.

The library is still taking suggestions for what to include in the new receptacle. Several people have suggested gadgets like a smart phone or iPad. These items, along with any other technology, will not be included because of the strong possibility that no one will be able to read the contents in 100, 50, or even 20 years from now. Technology changes too fast, and batteries would corrode any other materials in the receptacle.

Library staff is narrowing the list of items that will go into the receptacle as well as trying to find the best kind of receptacle to put them in so they will last over time. If you have any suggestions, call the library at 402-296-4154 x24 or talk to staff when you visit the library. Thanks to Ken “Andy” Anderson who removed the cornerstone and will be sealing the new cornerstone in place later this month.

If you’re interested in having a copy of the videorecording that was made during the opening of the cornerstone or a copy of the original 1915 blueprints on CD, please contact Karen Mier at 402-296-4154 x23. Copies will be made available at cost.








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!

SUBMIT your memories of the people and activities of the Plattsmouth Library. You can handwrite them and drop them off at the library or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We'll share them during our celebrations.


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!

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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.


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