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Solar Eclipse Live Streaming, August 21

Area residents have a unique opportunity on August 21 to see a total solar eclipse! In a rare event, the path of the eclipse will cross the entire United States, with great viewing opportunities across Nebraska. In the Plattsmouth area, we will see a 99.1% eclipse due to the trajectory (see image to the left).

In case the skies are cloudy on August 21 or if you want to see what it's like in the totality zone, the library will be playing a live stream of the eclipse in the auditorium from noon to 1:30 pm. The library will also have a few pairs of glasses on hand for anyone in the area to borrow for a few minutes at a time.

While supplies last, the library will be handing out FREE solar eclipse glasses! Since the library has provided the public and parochial schools with glasses for children in school on August 21, the library is handing out glasses only to residents of Plattsmouth or those who have a current Plattsmouth Library card. Limit 2 per family. If you need more glasses or when the library runs out, you can check these websites for instructions on how to create a homemade viewing device that you can use to view the eclipse safely.

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Creating pinhole viewers

More information on the eclipse is available here. Videos shown during the July 28 presentation are linked below in case you'd like to share them with family and friends.

What is a solar eclipse? - 3 min. 46 sec.
Total eclipse 2017: the outreach event of the decade - view the video from 2:10 to 14:10; may need to download Webex when you click on Playback
Total Solar Eclipse U.S.A., August 21, 2017 (simulation) - 1 min. 31 sec.
Why you really should see the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 - 9 min. 13 sec.
NASA jets chase the total solar eclipse - 1 min. 12 sec.

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Let's Play Jeopardy! at Fun-tastic Friday, August 25

Join us on Friday, August 25, at 1:30 pm for a rousing game of Jeopardy! Trivia enthusiast Kirsten Wood has created a series of questions that will tickle your brain in a friendly competition. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public; no reservations are needed.

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Your Input is Sought on Makerspace

The Plattsmouth Library has an opportunity to apply for makerspace equipment through the Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities project. The equipment includes a 3D printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, CNC router, embroidery machine, Arduino, Makey Makey, soldering machine, video creating equipment, and more. This three-year project was made possible with a grant of $530,732 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) in partnership with University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension, and Regional Library Systems.

The library is seeking input from individuals and businesses who might have an interest in learning how to use the equipment or learning more about the project. If our application is accepted, our library would be able to use the equipment for five months to gauge which pieces garner the most interest. More information on the project can be found on the NLC website.

If interested, please contact Karen Mier at 402-296-4154 x23 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Improved Access to e-Audiobooks and e-Magazines

The library offers e-books and audiobooks through the OverDrive service, and it offers OneClick Digital audiobooks and Zinio e-magazines through Recorded Books. Beginning June 27, you will only have to search two services instead of the current three services. Recorded Books will be launching a new app on June 27 that will allow you to search the OneClick Digital audiobooks and Zinio e-magazines at the same time.

The new app from Recorded Books, called RBdigital, will be launched on June 27. The unified RBdigital app offers

  • Audiobooks and magazines in a single mobile app
  • Significantly improved user experience and navigation
  • In-app preview, checkout, renewal and title overview for finding sought-after content
  • App notifications to patrons for user engagement and technical support
  • Simple menu structure and expanded help pages for all user levels

On June 27, the link on the library’s website will automatically take you to the new interface. You can download the app to your device at your convenience. For more details, check this list of FAQs on the new service.

In early June, OverDrive also updated its interface, allowing for easier checkouts, renewals, and placement of holds. If you haven’t looked at OverDrive for e-books and audiobooks recently, check it out now.

Both of these services are provided free of charge to anyone with a Plattsmouth Public Library card. Visit the library or call 402-296-4154 x24 if you have any questions or need help downloading to your device.
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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.

 

Adult Game Nights 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.

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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.