Six-Word Memoirs,

Oct. 16 through Nov. 22

Write a six-word Memoir from Oct. 16 to Nov. 22, and you could win a prize at the Plattsmouth Public Library! Sum up your life in six words (sure, your life story could fill a thousand pages, but sometimes a few words are all you need!) or sum up a book, literary character, or author. Memoirs may be funny or serious. You don’t have to write your name on the card, but it would be helpful to include the name of the author, book, or literary figure if you’re writing about them.

Enter as many times as you’d like. All memoirs will be entered for prize drawings, including passes to Fontenelle Forest and gift certificates. Drawings will be Nov. 22.

Game-arama on Oct. 17

Have you heard of Sudoku but don’t know what it is? Have you wondered what “adult coloring” is but didn’t know if you’d like it? Now you have a chance to try new games, indulge in old ones, or just gather for social time at the next Game-arama 6-7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month in the auditorium at the Plattsmouth Public Library.

The library has expanded its monthly Game Nights to include crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word search, adult coloring, and jigsaw puzzles. You can still play card games or board games supplied by the library or brought from home, but you can also try your hand at something new. Don’t know what Sudoku is? Someone will be here to help you.

The event is free and open to all ages. Bring snacks to share if you’d like; coffee and water will be provided.

DNA and Genealogy, Oct. 19

If you’re wondering what all the hype is about when it comes to DNA testing, join Wendy Callahan at the Plattsmouth Public Library at 6:30 pm. Thursday, Oct. 19, for “DNA and Genealogy.” Learn what your results can tell you and how DNA can help you solve family mysteries.

Callahan is the co-founder of The Rogue Genealogist which seeks to provide its members with a comfortable place to find support, grow as researchers, and socialize with fellow members. She also maintains the New England Genealogy website. She has blogs on both websites and has traced her family’s history with DNA testing of many of her family members.

Callahan will help you understand the purpose of DNA testing for genealogy, how to set DNA-based research goals, how to choose a testing company, what centimorgans and segments are, what their results mean, and what to do with those results once received.

She will also provide resources including a chart that shows the average relationship based on shared centimorgans and a comprehensive list of websites, blogs, Facebook groups and books.

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