What's New at BPL

Holiday Music Series

The 2017 Holiday Music Series continues at the Bellevue Public Library. Bring your sack lunch and listen to some live seasonal music. Performances this week include: Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 12 p.m. with Bellevue West's West Connection and Project 424 groups;  and Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. with Bellevue East's Take II and E. St. Jazz groups. The final performance in the series will be on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 12 p.m. with the Lowis Music Duo. These programs are free and open to all ages.

Stressbusters for Young Adults

Young adults can get some stress relief during finals week and beyond with these activities planned in December. On Monday, Dec. 18, enjoy a Pop-up event in the YA area and play tabletop games, color, enjoy hot cocoa and tea and share self-care strategies on our dry erase board. Then on Tuesday, Dec. 19, attend the YA Matinee featuring Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for an after-school movie with munchies, starting at 4:30 p.m. On Dec. 20th from 4 to 6 p.m., attend the mini-Gamefest and make DIY stress balls. Another Pop-up event will be held in the YA area on Thursday, Dec. 21, starting at 3:30 p.m. And, on Friday, Dec. 29, fizz away your worries with a DIY bath bombs workshop; drop in anytime between 2 and 4:30 p.m.

Remember December Scrapbook Class

Save your holiday bits and bobs and join our Remember December: Scrapbooking Class on Thursday, Jan. 11, starting at 6 p.m. We supply the festive ephemera, paper and a binding machine -- no albums required! Come away with a mini-scrapbook to remember your December holiday season. Items you might want to bring include: family photos, wish lists, copies of letters to Santa, holiday greeting cards, favorite recipes, gift tags, buttons, wrapping paper, stickers, invitations, ribbons, bows, programs, doilies, favorite hymns, handwritten memories or traditions, or children's artwork. Most such items which are flat will work. (Pre-registration is required; please stop by the Circulation desk or call 402-293-3157.)

Inklings Writer's Group

Make a resolution to write more. Come introduce yourself, your writing style, and your publication goals at these initial events on Friday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. We will meet once a month to share and critique. (Pre-registration is required; please stop by the Circulation desk or call 402-293-3157.)

Holiday Iris Folding Art

Learn how to use the art of paper layering to create articles for the holidays in a Iris Folding Art craft program on Monday, Dec. 11, starting at 6 p.m. All supplies for this class will be provided, but pre-registration is required (call 402-293-3157).

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: Christmas & New Year's Holidays -- Sunday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, CLOSED all day; Monday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, CLOSED all day; Sunday, Dec. 31, New Year's Eve, CLOSED all day; Monday, Jan. 1, New Year's Day, 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