Plattsmouth Public Library Upcoming Events

Memorial Day

Retrospective Look at Memorial Day, May 26

Do you know that what we call Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? It was a poignant observation recognizing the Civil War dead, and flowers were placed on the graves by local women. Join Kirsten Wood for Fun-tastic Friday on May 26, at 1:30 pm in the auditorium, for an exploration of the past and present of the Memorial Day celebration.

This program is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Library Closed on Memorial Day

The library will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. Thank you to all those who have served and are currently serving in the military.



Magician Kicks Off Summer Reading Program on June 6

Join the summer reading program fun beginning Tuesday, June 6, at 10:00 am at the library. Kirsten Wood has been building a great line-up of activities to match the "Build a Better World" theme. Special programs are scheduled for Tuesdays from June 6 through July 18, from 10:00-11:00 am. The reading program is for children in preschool through 6th grade completed.

Magician Jeff Quinn will offer family-friendly humor, lots of audience participation, and amazing magic on June 6. Jeff was the Grand Champion winner of the Children's Magician of the Year competition.

The ever-popular Movie Wednesdays are back. From June 7 through July 26, a movie will be shown at 1:00. Bring your favorite blanket or pillow if you want to lie on the floor. Enjoy free popcorn! The list of movies will be available in the library or you can call 402-296-4154, but licensing does not allow the library to advertise the titles online.

Project Days will begin at 1:00 on Thursdays from June 8 through July 27. Crafts for children aged 5-12 years are scheduled for 1:00 pm; projects for teens are scheduled at 2:00 pm.

There is no registration and all activities are free. Call 402-296-4154 if you have any questions.

Kids Cruisin Kitchen

Free Meals for Kids, May 30-August 11

While their classmates are swimming and playing outdoors during summer vacation, 146,000 Nebraska children worry about finding their next meal. The summer months are especially difficult for children at-risk for hunger and their families. Forty-two percent of children receive free or reduced school lunches and are seeking other resources for meals when school is out of session.

Food Bank for the Heartland and The Omaha Salvation Army recognize this need and collaborate during the summer for the Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen program (KCK). In its seventh year, KCK brings hot, nutritious meals free of charge to the places where children live and play. The Plattsmouth location this year is the Main Street Plaza on the corner of 4th and Main. Children 18 years of age and under are eligible for free meals. No one is turned away.

Funding for KCK comes from the Nebraska Department of Education, Child Hunger Ends Here, and from additional private donations.

Wild Birds

Attracting Birds to Your Yard, June 8

bird feederIf you love the beauty and elegance of colorful birds, join Marge Knudsen from Wild Birds Unlimited on Thursday, June 8, at 6:30 pm, in the library auditorium.

Do you know the 4 elements that will bring birds to your yard? Marge will discuss these 4 elements and how you can incorporate them into your back yard to maximize the number of bird species that visit your habitat.




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Black Elk Speaks Chosen as 2017 One Book One Nebraska

Wouldn’t it be great if people across Nebraska read an inspirational, redemptive story in 2017 and then talked about it with their friends and neighbors? That is exactly what will be happening throughout the state, with Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt (1881-1973) selected as the 2017 One Book One Nebraska. You can borrow the book from the library (call number 978.0049 Neihardt). The library also has this title available as an e-book and an e-audiobook through its OverDrive service. Access OverDrive from

Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people, offers readers much more than a glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity of humanity and Earth, conveyed by John G. Neihardt, have made this book a classic that crosses multiple genres and generations. Black Elk met the distinguished Nebraska poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and he asked Neihardt to share his story with the world.

John G. Neihardt was named Nebraska’s first Poet Laureate in 1921 by the Nebraska legislature. He was the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and philosophy. He also co-owned and edited the Bancroft Blade newspaper in Bancroft, NE. Neihardt served as a professor of poetry at the University of Nebraska and a literary editor in St. Louis, MO. He was a poet-in-residence and lecturer at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Neihardt was inducted posthumously into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1974. His house has been preserved as the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site, also known as the Neihardt Center in Bancroft, NE. The house museum site includes a prayer garden, Neihardt’s study, and a library.

The One Book One Nebraska reading program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Humanities Nebraska, and Nebraska Library Commission, is entering its thirteenth year. It encourages Nebraskans across the state to read and discuss one book, chosen from books written by Nebraska authors or that have a Nebraska theme or setting.


Computer Classes Available

Learn more about your computer and the programs you use in a series of classes offered throughout the year. 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. A sample 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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Solar Eclipse Coming, August 21

The library is partnering with Star_Net and the Omaha Astronomical Society to provide you with a great opportunity to view the Solar Eclipse scheduled to cross the United States on August 21. In our area, we will see almost a 100% eclipse due to the trajectory (see image to the left). Keep an eye on this page for dates and times of presentations. We will also help children make a safe device to view the eclipse during the summer reading program. We expect to have special glasses for viewing the eclipse available for free, and we will provide an opportunity for people to safely view the eclipse on August 21. More information on the eclipse is available here.


Adult Game Nights to Resume in September

Adult Game Nights, usually held on the third Friday of each month at 7:00 pm, will resume in September. Join us in the fall for more 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.


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.


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Mon. - Thur. 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun. 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
401 Avenue A
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
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