What's New at BPL

Tickets on Sale for Raffle Baskets

The Bellevue Public Library Foundation is currently selling raffle tickets for 12 baskets as an early segment of the OmahaGives 2016 event. Tickets for the baskets are $1.00, or six for $5.00. The baskets include numerous items for young and old, as well as gift certificates and gift cards from generous local businesses. Raffle ticket sales continue through May 25th, the official date of OmahaGives 2016. All proceeds will go to help support library programs and services.

Book Sale April 30 - May 8

A special book sale will be held at the Bellevue Public Library starting this Saturday, April 30, and running through Sunday, May 8. During the sale, the public will be able to fill a paper grocery bag with book sale room items for $5.00. All proceeds go to the Bellevue Library Foundation to support programs and services at the library. Book sale hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Stuffed Animal Hospital

The Bellevue Public Library will be holding a special "Stuffed Animal Hospital," May 1-31, as part of the OmahaGives 2016 fund-raising campaign. Has your child's favorite stuffed animal seen better days? Bring them in for a check-up to the library's "hospital" during the month of May. After a consultation with you and your child, we will address the general health of your stuffed animal and recommend any treatment options. Each $1.00 visit includes: Stuffed Animal Hospital paperwork; examination of the stuffed animal patient; recommendation for repair, if needed (If "injuries" are extensive and require more than 20 minutes to repair, an estimate will be given before any repairs are made.); repair, if needed; surface cleaning and grooming; hospital bracelet with patient's name; discharge paperwork and prescription. Join the staff and volunteers for a special "behind the scenes" look on Wednesday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. "Doctors" will be making repairs on the premises and will be available to answer questions.

Adult Reading Program

The 2016 Adult Reading Program at the Bellevue Public Library continues through Saturday, May 14. Adults may register at any time through the 14th and turn in drawing slips to be eligible for weekly prize drawings as well as the grand prize drawing at the end of the program. This year's theme is "Exercise Your Mind." The Friends of the Bellevue Public Library will be awarding two Kindle Fire tablets as grand prizes in this year's program. Other prizes will include T-shirts, book totes, pedometers, and various gift certificates. Sponsoring businesses include B&B Classic Dogs, Bellevue Little Theatre, Dairy Queen, Don and Millie's, Ground Zero Comics, John Edwards Salon, Runza, Speilbound, and Target. In addition, the Adult Services staff of the library have planned 15 special events for the Adult Reading Program. The public may participate in any or all of the events even if they do not participate in the reading portion of the 2016 ARP. More details on special events will be forthcoming. Call or stop by the library for additional information.

American Red Cross Babysitting Certification Course

Become a safe and reliable sitter at your library on Saturday, June 18th, 9:30 AM-5:00 PM! American Red Cross instructors will teach First Aid and CPR, basic care for infants and children, professionalism and leadership, growing your business, and more! (See redcross.org for further information.) Open to people aged 11-18, with a course maximum of 24 students.  Certification costs $76.50; each student will also receive a manual, reference guide, and CD-ROM. Register at the library Front Desk starting Monday, April 11th! Please be ready to pay at this time (check or exact cash amount.) 

"I YMy Library" Wristbands Fund-Raiser

The Bellevue Public Library Foundation is selling "I YMy Library" wristbands as a fund-raiser for the library starting on Monday, April 4. The wristbands, which will sell for $1.00 come in a variety of colors and in both adult and youth sizes. The fund-raiser is an early part of the OmahaGives event, which this year will be May 25th, and also just in time for the kickoff of the 2016 Adult Reading Program (see story above). The nonprofit Bellevue Library Foundation helps raise funds to support library programs and services for all ages. Help support your library with one of these colorful wristbands!

FaxScan Now Available

The Bellevue Public Library is now offering 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.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Checked your blood pressure lately? According to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), one of three U.S. adults have high blood pressure. You can have your blood pressure checked for FREE by DHHS staff at the Bellevue Public Library on the third Thursday of each month through August 2016 (NOTE: In April the date will be April 28th). The free screenings will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. High blood pressure is known as the "Silent Killer" and it raises your risk for heart disease and stroke. Don't miss an opportunity to know. For more information, please contact Chante Chambers at 402-595-1427.

Storytime 4 Niños

Preschoolers, homeschooled children, and their parents/caregivers are invited to join Señora Porras' Spanish 5 students from Bellevue East High School at the library every Wednesday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. (runs through May 11, 2016). The teens will teach Spanish through books, songs, games, and take-home activities. With 25 teens in the Spanish 5 class, children and parents are guaranteed lots of personal attention as they learn Spanish in this relaxed setting. Regular attendance is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. As with all children's activities at the Bellevue Public Library, this program is free and open to all children. For a video of the first week's program, click here.

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: Memorial Day -- Monday, May 30, 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