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Golden Sower Award

Golden Sower Book Club for Kids, March 6

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Children ages 7-10 can register for the library’s Golden Sower Family Picture Book Storytime being held via Zoom, 10-10:30 am, on the first Saturday of every month through May. Each month, a Golden Sower nominated book will be read. The March title is We Don't Eat Our Classmates, by Ryan T. Higgins. You can also pick up a craft bag for each month’s project from the library. Free books will be given to the first five families signed up each month. If you have any questions, contact Kirsten Wood at 402-296-4154 x21.

 

Weekly Activity Bags at the Library

Each week, a new To-Go Bag is available for parents to pick up for their children. Each bag contains the materials needed for a craft. The bags are available from the children’s area any time the library is open. There’s no need to call ahead – just drop in when it’s convenient.

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Reading Has Gone to the Dogs! - March 20

Because children love animals, the library is offering Paws for Reading, a program where children can read to Bailey and Maggie, two certified therapy dogs, on the third Saturday of the month. Bailey and Maggie regularly visit schools and hospitals in the area. On Saturday, March 20, 10-11 am, they will be waiting for children to read to them via Zoom. Register for 15-minute time slots using SignUpGenius so the login information can be emailed to you. 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 Kirsten Wood at 402-296-4154 x21.

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Tax Forms Available

The library has free copies of the basic federal tax forms – Form 1040/1040-SR (for taxpayers age 65 or older) as well as the instruction booklets. Any other federal forms and all state tax forms can be printed from the IRS and the Nebraska Department of Revenue sites either at home or at the library. The library charges 10 cents a page (20 cents for double-sided) to make copies.

 

How to Use Curbside Service

Place your items on hold by signing into your account in the library catalog or call us at 402-296-4154 x24. Call us when you arrive at the library (back door recommended). We will check out the items to you and place them outside. Once we are inside the library, you may retrieve your bag of goodies!

 

Free Online Resources for All Ages

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Dinner with an Author, April 5

The Plattsmouth Library is partnering with the Bellevue Public Library for Dinner with an Author on Zoom on the first Monday of the month, 6-7pm, through April 5. Each session features a discussion with a different children's author and has a unique preregistration link. Six autographed copies of the author's book will be given away at the end of each event. Registration and attendance are free.

April 5 - McCall Hoyle, author of Stella. Pre-registration link.

 

Live Storytime Online

Bring excitement into your home every Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00-10:30 am, with online storytime. Join Miss Kirsten as she reads stories to young children, roughly ages 3-5 years old. To receive the login information, sign up on SignUpGenius. Attend as often as you’d like.

 

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.

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Magazines Now Available in OverDrive

Since OverDrive acquired RBdigital in August, all ebook, emagazine, and e-audiobook content from RBdigital has been transferred to OverDrive. Holds, wish lists, and checkout history were not moved to OverDrive.

Of the 3,258 magazines now available in OverDrive, most (2,400) are in English, 182 are in Spanish, and the remaining 858 are in various other languages. 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. You will never have to wait for a magazine issue since they are available for simultaneous use, meaning use by multiple people at the same time.

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.

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Library Opening

 

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The Library is Open!

The library is open to the public seven days a week. Curbside service continues, but users of any age can enter the building to browse and check out items in person, make copies, send faxes, use a computer or the laser cutter, or use one of our other services. Hours are:

  • Monday-Thursday, 9am-7pm
  • Friday, 9am-4pm
  • Saturday, 9am-3pm
  • Sunday, 1-4pm

Staff will be wearing masks, but masks are optional for the public. If you would like a mask but don’t have one, the library has some for free while supplies last. Social distancing is required.

Books, DVDs, and other items being returned should still be deposited into the book drops in front of and in the rear of the building. This allows staff to handle them with gloves and quarantine them for 7 days.

The library hopes to open the auditorium to the public in the next phase.

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Friday Friends Playgroup - SUSPENDED

The Friday Friends Playgroup provides opportunities for children to play and make new friends! The Playgroup meets in the library auditorium on the first and third Friday of every month, 10:00-11:30 am, for indoor fun. The Playgroup will resume when groups are allowed in the meeting room again.

Children ages 0-5 years can play on inside playground equipment and make new friends! The activity is free, with no registration. The Playgroup is jointly presented by the library and PECC/Cass County Head Start. Call Kirsten at 402-296-4154 x21 if you have questions.

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Bingo! SUSPENDED

Bingo is the name of the game on the third Friday of each month at 1:30 pm in the Plattsmouth Public Library auditorium. Join us when groups are allowed in the meeting room again. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of games. Refreshments will be served. Remember, happiness is calling "Bingo!"

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USDA Rural Development Office Day - SUSPENDED

Do you want to own a home? Does your home need repairs? USDA Rural Development will hold an office day at the library on the second Thursday of each month from 9:30 am-4:00 pm when groups are allowed in the library again.

Single Family Loan Assistant 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 by calling 402-437-5736 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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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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Laser cutter user manual

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.