What's New at BPL

Mother-Daughter Quilling Quest

The Bellevue Public Library is hosting a new crafting program for mothers and daughters. Called the Mother-Daughter Quilling Quest, the first session will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. All materials for this paper crafting activity will be supplied. Space is limited to 10, so pre-registration is required. The second part of the program will be held on Saturday, March 18th.

Seussathon Coming

The 14th annual Seussathon reading marathon will be held at the Bellevue Public Library on Thursday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Persons of all ages are invited to share their love of reading by taking part in this event that celebrates the life and works of children's author Dr. Seuss. Come and go anytime during the day at your convenience. Along with having a chance to snuggle up and read your favorite Seuss classics, there will be freebies, door prizes and refrehsments.

Mario Kart 8 Tourney

Teens are invited to register for participation in a Mario Kart 8 Wii U Tournament slated at the library for Friday, March 24. The tournament will include qualifying rounds and a tournament bracket. The event will begin with a check-in and review of the rules, and the tourney will go until 6:30 p.m. Registration for this event continues until March 21. Contact the library, 402-293-3157, for more information.

Tax Forms

The Bellevue Public Library will offer limited federal tax forms this year, including the basic 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms and instructions. NO state forms are available from Nebraska. Other federal forms are available online from the IRS website, or by calling 1-800-829-3676. The IRS Office in Omaha is at 1616 Capitol Ave., Omaha, NE 68102, and 402-233-7232. State forms are available online from the Nebraska Department of Revenue, or by calling 1-800-742-7474 (NE and IA), or 402-741-5729.

Nebraska 150 Challenge

Bellevue Public Library is participating in the Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge as part of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial celebration in 2017. The Challenge is designed to introduce readers to books by Nebraska authors and to share in a community of readers during the sesquicentennial celebration. The Challenge List includes 42 titles from a larger “Nebraska 150 Books” list, and runs from now until Feb. 28, 2017. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grand Prizes -- participants read all 42 titles of the Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge List; Gold Prizes -- participants read 12 books from the Challenge list; and Silver Prizes -- participants read 6 books from the Challenge list. Readers participating in the Challenge can download an entry form or the full 150 Reading list from the Nebraska 150 website at www.nebraska150books.org. The Nebraska 150 Books program is a partnership between the Nebraska Literary Association, the Nebraska Historical Society and the Nebraska Library Association.

"I YMy Library" Wristbands Fund-Raiser

The Bellevue Public Library Foundation is selling "I YMy Library" wristbands as a fund-raiser. The wristbands, which will sell for $1.00 come in a variety of colors and in both adult and youth sizes. The nonprofit Bellevue Library Foundation helps raise funds to support library programs and services for all ages. Help support your library with one of these colorful wristbands!

FaxScan Now Available

The Bellevue Public Library offers a self-serve FAX system to the public. With the FAXScan24 system, voice instructions from the handset guide the user through the entire transaction. Payment is made using a credit or debit card. The FAXScan24 system is available during all open library hours. Look for the FAXScan24 kiosk near the public copy machine.

Recycle Bins at BPL

The Bellevue Public Library will be supporting the City of Bellevue's and GreenBellevue's recycling program by providing blue, plastic recycling bins starting on Monday, Dec. 1. New city residents can pick up their bins and existing residents can pick up replacement bins at the library during regular open hours (an MUD bill will be requested for verification). Please refer all recycling service questions to Public Works, Wastewater Division at 402-293-3135.

Watt Detectors

Go "green" and save money and energy. The Bellevue Public Library is partnering with the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) in the Watt Detector program. Through the program, the library will provide for checkout a "Watt Detector" kit from OPPD. The library currently has two kits, which include a Watt Detector device and instructions. The Watt Detector calculates per household appliance how much money or energy is being spent on an hourly, daily, monthly or yearly basis. The device measures use based on OPPD rates. Patrons can check the kits out for three weeks. Ask for the Watt Detector kits at the front desk.

Got Email?

Got email or have you changed your email address recently? The Bellevue Public Library now sends out email notices for overdue items, bills and holds. We also use email to send pre-overdue courtesy reminders three days before an item is due. If you have an email address and would prefer this form of notification, tell us so we can update your record today. (Your email address will be used only for notices and will not be used for any solicitation on our part, nor shall it be made available to other organizations. We value your privacy.)

Library's Holiday Hours

Bellevue Public Library announces the following holiday hours: Easter Sunday -- Sunday, April 16, CLOSED all day. For more information on the library's hours for the year, click on About BPL from the top menu and then click on "Hours."

The Bellevue Public Library is a Department of the City of Bellevue, Nebraska