Create beautiful birds, flowers, or bird houses using papier mache at Fun-tastic Friday on April 28, at 1:30 pm. Debi Baumert from Colour Art Studios will guide you through the process of adding colorful papier mache to preformed designs that will brighten any room.
With Waterford at Woodbridge's sponsorship, the cost to make most designs is only $5; the owl is $10. Call the library at 402-296-4154 x24 for reservations so enough supplies will be available. The program is for adults only. Light snacks and drinks will be served.
Do you have a box, closet, computer, or attic full of your personal or family archives? Join Amy Schindler, Director of Archives & Special Collections at UNO's Criss Library, on Thursday, May 4, at 6:30 pm, to find the help you need to preserve those precious memories.
This presentation will provide basic tools and knowledge to better care for and protect your collection of photographs and scrapbooks to ensure they are accessible far into the future. Attendees will leave with practical ideas in hand and resources for further information.
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 plattsmouthlibrary.org.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Read about the local newspapers and high school yearbooks that have been digitized and made available to the public.
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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