What's New at BPL

"I Love My Library" Raffle Continues

The Bellevue Library and Bellevue Library Foundation extend a big "thank you" to all who contributed to the Foundation during the OmahaGives24 nonprofit fund-raising event on May 20. Approximately $4,500 was raised through the program, with those monies to be directed toward children's and young adult programs at the library. A day of fun and fund-raising is planned at the Bellevue Public Library on Wednesday, May 20, in connection with the OmahaGives24 program. The Foundation is continuing a raffle fund-raiser through May 30th. Tickets are available at the library for 12 themed baskets: Treasure the Memories; Go Nuts!; Summer Fun; It's a Girl Thing; Scooting with Barbie; Boys & Their Games; Water Fun; Treat Yourself; Feel Good, Look Good; Mom & Baby; Tailgating; and Outstanding Olde Towne. The Library and Library Foundation want to thank all of the following generous businesses and individuals for their support of the May20th OmahaGives24 event and for the raffle fund-raiser: Antiques on Franklin; Bedouin Star Dance Company; the Bellevue East High School AFJ ROTC members and Lt. Donna Brown; Bob's Gym; Charkay Salon; Chick-Fil-A; Dairy Queen; Drizzles Bakery; Erwin's Jewelers; the Fab 3 band members; Famous Dave's Barbeque; Fin-Tastic Fish; Hairmasters; Hi-Land Dairy; Joann's Fabrics & Crafts; Mama Kelly's; Marathon Ventures; Mary Peterson (and Paws dog Cooper); Merchandise It Up; Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant; Nebraska Parrot Rescue; No Body's Perfect; Omaha Bee Club; Omaha Children's Museum; Phyllis Bonds (and Paws dog Brody); Pizza Hut; Rachel Bielstein; Runza (Galvin Road); Skate City; Victoria Edwards, Pampered Chef consultant; Village Inn; and Westlake Ace Hardware.

Summer Reading Program Sign-up Starts May 18

Early registration for the children's and young adult 2015 Summer Reading programs will begin on Monday, May 18. Both programs will begin on Tuesday, May 26, and end on Friday, July 17. "Every Hero Has a Story" is the theme for the children's program (through 6th grade) and "Unmask" is the theme for the young adults' program (7th through 12th grades). In addition to a variety of events, a reading club is held for each program. Check out the children's program brochure by clicking here. To get more information on the young adult program, click here.

One Click Digital Audio Books

Bellevue Public Library patrons who like to listen to audio books, now have another source. Now offered is One Click Digital which provides access to downloadable eAudio books through Recorded Books. Some 3,700 exclusive titles are offered through One Click Digital. There are apps available for Android, Kindle, Nook, iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices. Create a new account, download the free app and begin the download process. Click the One Click Digital icon at left to get started.

More Digital Magazines Available

Bellevue Public Library patrons have access to even more digital magazines through the Zinio service. The library has joined the Central Nebraska Consortium and altogether the Zinio collection now includes over 100 magazines. Apps are available for the PC and most mobile devices. Click on the Zinio link at left to get started.

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.

Music on Freegal

Enjoy a variety of music through Freegal, a free, downloadable music service now available to Bellevue Public Library patrons. The Freegal Music Service allows library cardholders to download a select number of Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each week and stream a select number of hours each day at no cost. Also, Freegal Music Service has over 15,000 popular music videos which can be downloaded in the MP4 format. Library patrons have access to over 6 million songs in a wide variety of genres from 28,000 recording labels that originate in over 80 different countries, including the complete local catalogue of Sony Music Entertainment.

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 25, 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