What's New at BPL

Eclipse Events

On Monday, Aug. 14, a The Great American Eclipse program featuring Dr. Jack Gabel, PhD, Creighton University, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Bellevue Public Library. Dr. Gabel will talk about what to expect with the eclipse, why total solar eclipses are so rare and spectacular to see, good places in the region to view the eclipse in its totality and what the view will be like in and around Omaha. Safe viewing and photography tips will also be discussed. This is a family-friendly event, and all ages are welcome. Eclipse safety glasses (limit of 2 per family) will be given out to event attendees. Also, the library will be participating with Arrows to Aerospace Crafts in Washington Park on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 12 to 3 p.m. These craft activities are geared for children and will focus on the 2017 solar eclipse and Nebraska's 150th anniversary. Eclipse safety glasses will be handed out while supplies last.

Party & Book Sales Benefit Library

The Bellevue Library Foundation is holding a special EPIC (Event & Party Item Clearance) sale Aug. 3-13. The public can fill a plastic shopping bag full of a variety of event and party items (donated by Nobbies) for only $3.00. There are many types of items for Halloween, weddings, birthday parties and more. In addition, the Foundation is extending its Bag of Books book sale until Aug. 13th. In this sale, the public can fill a brown grocery bag full of book sale items for $5.00. All proceeds from both sales are used by the nonprofit Foundation to support library programs and services.

Program Aug. 17 on Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt is the 2017 One Book One Nebraska selection, honoring the state's heritage during Nebraska's 150th anniversary. For Neihardt, meeting Black Elk to write his history is a story in itself. Timothy Anderson, author of Neihardt's biography and a speaker with Humanities Nebraska, will give a presentation called Black Elk Speaks: Walking with a Dream on the story behind this iconic book on Thursday, Aug. 17, starting at 6:30 p.m. This presentation, which is part of the Arrows to Aerospace celebration, is FREE and open to the public.

New Name & App for Downloadable Services

Patrons who have been using OneClick Digital for downloadable audiobooks should be aware that the service has been renamed as RBdigital (see icon at left). Along with the new name, RBdigital also has a new app that combines the OneClick Digital audiobook with the Zinio for Libraries magazine app. For the first time, patrons can now access aubiobooks and magazines all from one app. Click here for the RBdigital user's guide to the audiobook and magazine app.

Kids Cruisin' Kitchen Meals

The Kids Cruisin' Kitchen will be offering hot, nutritious meals free of charge to children 18 years of age or younger and their families from May 30 to Aug. 9, 2017, at the Bellevue Public Library. Sponsored by the Omaha Salvation Army, Food Bank for the Heartland, and Hunger Free Heartland, lunch will be served from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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: Labor Day -- Monday, Sept. 4, 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