What's New at BPL

Seasons Celebration Family Fall Fund-Raiser

The public is invited to buy a ticket to win the Bellevue Public Library's Seasons Celebration Family Fall Fundraiser between Oct. 3 and Nov. 13th. Prizes included in the drawing are valued at more than $1,100. Among the prizes are the following: HyVee Thanksgiving dinner to serve 8 ($100); 2 Village Inn pies ($30); family photo shoot ($250) from Koren Smith Photography; Santa's Woods certificate to choose and cut your own Christmas tree ($100); 4 tickets to Disney's PJ Masks show at the Ralston Arena ($160); 2 tickets to a Creighton men's basketball game ($80); 4 tickets to Bellevue Little Theatre's production of M*A*S*H ($60); movie tickets ($40); 4 tickets to the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium ($150); gift cards to B&B Classic Dogs, Luigi's Restaurant, The Special Restaurant, Umami Asian Cuisine, Scooter's Coffee House and Jimmy John's; a Hugfun 53-inch Teddy bear; a Snow-Storm Viper Sled; holiday scented candles; a Hallmark Pics-n-Props photo prop kit; a Marathon Ventures gourmet coffee and nut basket; The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber; and a Cornhusker nutcracker. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5, and 12 for $10. The winner will be announced on Nov. 14th. All proceeds go to the nonprofit Bellevue Library Foundation to support library programs and services.

Treetime for Young Adults

The fall season officially started in September, but does it feel like fall yet? (Hopefully) cool, crisp weather plus hot mugs of pumpkin spice tea, apple cider and snacks will get young adults in the autumnal mood. Come to the left library lawn and sit down on blankets spread out under the trees. Relax, read, play games, or dabble in watercolors on our mini-easels. Note: In case of inclement weather, the event may be rescheduled.

Kids Liboratory: Fingerprints

Check out Bellevue Public Library's new program series, Kids Liboratory, for children in grades 3-6 on Friday, Oct. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. The first session will be The Science Behind Fingerprints. Fingerprints help solve crimes every day, but how? Could you solve a "crime" if your only clues were a missing cookie and a plate with a mysterious fingerprint? You'll have to sign up to find out! (Pre-registration is required.)

Fright Theater for Young Adults

A horror movie double feature with pizza, popcorn, and other snacks will be held for young adults on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m. Showing on our big screen will be the horror-comedy thriller Get Out (3:00 to 4:44 p.m.) and the terrifying trapped-in-space flick Life (4:50 to 6:30 p.m.). Permission slips for those under 17 years old are available at the library or on social media. Bring your signed slips to the front desk or to the event. Want pizza while watching? Sign up at the front desk so we know how much to get! Please note: The library closes at 5 p.m., but the event will continue until 6:30 p.m.

Meet an Olympian

Thane Baker, a four-time Olympic medalist in track will be a special guest speaker at the library on Sunday, Oct. 22, starting at 2 p.m. Baker won one gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal in the Helsinki games in 1952 and the Melbourne games in 1956 and was a World Record holder. The four-time All-American and Retired Colonel in the USAF will share his experiences in this program for all ages.

Family Halloween Events

Bellevue Public Library's Children's Department will be holding two Halloween related events. On Sunday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. they will be participating in Trick-or-Treat in Olde Towne Bellevue. Those stopping by the library's tent for the Olde Towne event can say hello to Rutiger the Magician, who will be performing in a FREE event at the library on Monday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Enjoy Halloween treats on both days.

FaxScan 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: Veterans Day -- Friday, Nov. 10 (City Observed holiday), 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