What's New at BPL

A BIG "Thank You" for Your Support

The Bellevue Public Library wants to say a big "THANK YOU" for all the support received during the OmahaGives 2016 campaign completed on Wednesday, May 25.  With your help, the nonprofit Bellevue Library Foundation raised over $7,000 to be used toward library programs and services for all ages. Thank you to everyone who generously donated online or in person, participated in the Stuffed Animal Hospital, bought wristbands, or purchased raffle basket tickets (Please Note: All raffle winners have been contacted). In addition, the library sends out a special "Thank You" to all the presenters and performers during our three days of Fun Family Activities for OmahaGives and to those businesses who generously shared items for our raffle baskets or for the three days of events.   For a list of these performers and business contributors, click here.

Summer Reading Program Registration

Registration for this year's Summer Reading programs for children and for young adults begins on Monday, May 23, at the Bellevue Public Library. The theme for the children's program is "On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read" and it's for all children from birth to incoming sixth graders. A variety of events are planned and there is a reading club as well. All activities are free of charge and do not require a library card. For more information on the Children's Summer Reading Program, click here. The young adult program theme is "Get in the Game ... Read." Youths who are incoming seventh through 12 graders and 2016 high school graduates are eligible to participate. Young adults can win prizes when they read, volunteer and attend special events. For more information about the Young Adult Summer Reading Program, click here.

Kids Cruisin' Kitchen at Library, May 31-Aug. 5

Kids Crusin' Kitchen will serve free meals to children at the Bellevue Public Library from Tuesday, May 31, to Friday, Aug. 5. They will be here from 12 to 12:30 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday. The program is sponsored by the Omaha Salvation Army, Food Bank for the Heartland, and Hunger Free Heartland. Hot, nutritious meals are provided FREE of charge to children who are 19 years of age or younger and their families. All food must be consumed at the library; no take-home meals are permitted. Note: No meals will be served on July 4. The Children's Department of the library is planning to hold programming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the same time as the Kids Cruisin' visit. For more information, contact the library at 402-293-3157.

Stuffed Animal Hospital

The Bellevue Public Library will be holding a special "Stuffed Animal Hospital," May 1-31, as part of the OmahaGives 2016 fund-raising campaign. Has your child's favorite stuffed animal seen better days? Bring them in for a check-up to the library's "hospital" during the month of May. After a consultation with you and your child, we will address the general health of your stuffed animal and recommend any treatment options. Each $1.00 visit includes: Stuffed Animal Hospital paperwork; examination of the stuffed animal patient; recommendation for repair, if needed (If "injuries" are extensive and require more than 20 minutes to repair, an estimate will be given before any repairs are made.); repair, if needed; surface cleaning and grooming; hospital bracelet with patient's name; discharge paperwork and prescription. Join the staff and volunteers for a special "behind the scenes" look on Wednesday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. "Doctors" will be making repairs on the premises and will be available to answer questions.

"I YMy Library" Wristbands Fund-Raiser

The Bellevue Public Library Foundation is selling "I YMy Library" wristbands as a fund-raiser for the library starting on Monday, April 4. The wristbands, which will sell for $1.00 come in a variety of colors and in both adult and youth sizes. The fund-raiser is an early part of the OmahaGives event, which this year will be May 25th, and also just in time for the kickoff of the 2016 Adult Reading Program (see story above). 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 is now offering 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.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Checked your blood pressure lately? According to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), one of three U.S. adults have high blood pressure. You can have your blood pressure checked for FREE by DHHS staff at the Bellevue Public Library on the third Thursday of each month through August 2016 (NOTE: In April the date will be April 28th). The free screenings will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. High blood pressure is known as the "Silent Killer" and it raises your risk for heart disease and stroke. Don't miss an opportunity to know. For more information, please contact Chante Chambers at 402-595-1427.

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: Memorial Day -- Monday, May 30, 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