What's New at BPL

Library Drive for Food Pantry

The Bellevue Public Library will be holding a Library Food Drive to benefit the Bellevue Food Pantry, starting Monday, June 19, and running through Friday, July 22. The public is welcome to drop off nonperishable food items during this time. The library is also offering some incentives for those who donate to the drive. The library is currently running Summer Library Programs for both children and young adults with the theme of "Build a Better World." Young adults (7th-12 grade and 2017 high school graduates) who bring in 1-4 items can earn weekly and grand prize drawing slips for SLP. Those who bring in 5 or more items will earn weekly and grand prize drawing slips and a prize wheel spin. Children (birth to 6th grade) who bring in 5 or more items will earn a grand prize drawing slip.  Adults can earn drawing slips to win one of 5 $10.00 BPL bookstore gift certificates. (Please note that there is a limit of redeeming these incentives once daily). Among the most needed items are the following: peanut butter, jelly, corn bread mix, rice, boxed dinners, condiments, pasta, pork and beans, boxed pudding mixes, pasta side dishes, pancake mix, maple syrup, baked beans (15-16 oz.), canned vegetables, Manwich/sloppy joe sauce, Kleenex, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. All items collected during the drive will be given to the Bellevue Pantry.

Personal Finance Programs

The Bellevue Public Library will host a series of FREE personal finance programs in June and July presented by Sequent Financial Planning. The first program, called Medicare 101 will be presented by Bob Glaze on Thursday, June 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. What are Medicare Parts A, B, C and D? What are the costs? Learn the important dates you need to be aware of as you consider Medicare options. The second program in the series is Estate Planning set for Tuesday, July 11. Third in the series, Long Term Care Planning, will be held on Thursday, July 13. And, the fourth in the series, Social Security Strategies, will be held Tuesday, July 25. All programs will begin at 6:30 p.m. Those planning to attend are asked to register at the main desk at the library (call 402-293-3157).

Park & Read

Join Mrs. B under the trees at Washington Park in Bellevue on Mondays through July 17 from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. for a special storytime as part of the Summer Library Program. She'll share some terrific stories and draw for prizes. Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch and a blanket or chairs. (Note: In case of inclement weather, Park & Read will be cancelled.) For more information on the Children's SLP, click here.

Sign up for Summer Programs

The 2017 Summer Library programs for both children and young adults have begun and continue through Saturday, July 22. This year's theme for both programs is "Build a Better World." Sign-up can be made during any of the library's open hours. For more information on the Children's SLP, click here. For more information on the YA SLP, click here.

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. 11, 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 (Please Note: No meals will be served on July 3 and 4).

Babysitting Certification Course

Become a safe and reliable sitter on Saturday, July 22, in a workshop provided by the American Red Cross. The course is open to 20 students, aged 11-18. Included are instruction on basic First Aid, basic child care, age-appropriate activities, emergency protocols, professionalism and leadership skills, growing your business, and more. The Red Cross student fee is $76.50, which must be paid at the time of registration (either by exact cash or check). You can register at the library's main circulation desk. This program is being offered as part of the 2017 Young Adult Summer Library Program.

FaxScan Now 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.

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