What's New at BPL

Holiday Music Series

The Holiday Music Series gets underway at the Bellevue Public Library starting on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 12 Noon. Bring your sack lunch and listen to some live seasonal music. This week's performers will be the Ring of Flutes. This program is free and open to all ages. Other dates include: Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 12 p.m. with Bellevue West's West Connection and Project 424 groups; Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 12 p.m. with the Bellevue East Jazz Ensemble; Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. with Bellevue East's Take II and E. St. Jazz groups; and Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 12 p.m. with the Lowis Music Duo.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMO)

The Bellevue Public Library is an official Come Write In center for drop-in writers participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMO) in November. Participating writers will try to complete 50,000 words in 30 days. In addition, the library is scheduling the "write in" date sessions for Sunday, Nov. 12, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 26, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 27, from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Kids Liboratory on Morse Code

The second program in the Kids Liboratory series will focus on Morse code. Whether by beep or by flash-of-light, kids will have fun learning to communicate with their friends using this early 1800s form of communication. Children need to pre-register to attend this event which will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Taste Bud Challenge

Young adults are invited to put their taste buds to the test in this culinary challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Can you taste the difference between name and generic brand snacks? Take the Taste Bud Challenge -- blindfolded! Who will be crowned as the ulitmate Taste Bud Champion? Please note: Challenge snacks will be for participants first and they may be in limited supply.

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: Thanksgiving Holiday -- Wednesday, Nov. 22, close EARLY at 5 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24, 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