What's New at BPL

Book Sale Jan. 23-Feb. 5

The Bellevue Library Foundation will hold a book sale from Monday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Feb. 5. During the book sale, the public will have an opportunity to fill a paper bag full of sale items for $5.00. Volunteers will run the sale during normal library hours. All monies will go to the Foundation to help support library programs and services.

Winter Cafe for Teens

Teens can beat the winter's chills by enjoying two Winter Cafe dates this January. Winter Cafe will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 3:40 to 5:40 p.m. and on Friday, Jan. 27, from 3:40 to 5 p.m. They'll enjoy hot cider, cocoa, tea, and snacks. Teens are invited to come after school and play tabletop games, color, study, and chat. They can snuggle up to a steamy beverage next to a crackling fire ( ... on TV).

Book Buzz for 2017

Find out about some of the most-anticipated books of 2017 at the Friends of the Bellevue Public Library meeting on Saturday, Jan. 28, starting at 1 p.m. After a short quarterly business meeting for members, the Friends will present "Book Buzz 2017," with teasers for the newest book releases. A door prize will be awarded to one lucky attendee. All are invited to come and discover opportunities to support the Bellevue Library

New Children's Programs for the New Year

The Children's Department at the Bellevue Public Library will be starting up some new programs with the new year. Back by popular demand is Storytime for Niños on Tuesdays at 1:15 p.m., starting on Jan. 3. Preschoolers and their parents/caregivers are invited to join the Spanish V students from Bellevue East High School in learning the Spanish language. Also returning is the Storytelling Club on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 10, as youths in 1st through 12th grades learn about public speaking from two storytellers from the Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Storytelling (OOPS). New this coming year is the Graphic Novel Club which will run on Mondays, starting Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. Children will also have an opportunity to enjoy Pajama Snory-Time on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. and Kids Movie Mania on Monday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. In addition, a Tabletop Game Day will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 4 p.m. And, also new this year is the I Like to Move It, Move It Storytime on Monday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. for children who'll dance, read some books and dance some more. Please contact the Children's Department, 402-293-3157 for more information on these and other programs.

Computer Classes

Feeling out of your depth when you're at the keyboard? Sign up for one of our Computer Classes* and learn the basics to give you the confidence to get going. These free classes will be held on Tuesdays, Jan. 3 (Basic Skills), Jan. 10 (Internet), Jan. 17 (Email), and Jan. 24 (Intro to Google Services), starting at 9:30 a.m. (*Registration required; sign up at the front desk).

Nebraska 150 Challenge

Bellevue Public Library is participating in the Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge as part of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial celebration in 2017. The Challenge is designed to introduce readers to books by Nebraska authors and to share in a community of readers during the sesquicentennial celebration. The Challenge List includes 42 titles from a larger “Nebraska 150 Books” list, and runs from now until Feb. 28, 2017. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grand Prizes -- participants read all 42 titles of the Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge List; Gold Prizes -- participants read 12 books from the Challenge list; and Silver Prizes -- participants read 6 books from the Challenge list. Readers participating in the Challenge can download an entry form or the full 150 Reading list from the Nebraska 150 website at www.nebraska150books.org. The Nebraska 150 Books program is a partnership between the Nebraska Literary Association, the Nebraska Historical Society and the Nebraska Library Association.

"I YMy Library" Wristbands Fund-Raiser

The Bellevue Public Library Foundation is selling "I YMy Library" wristbands as a fund-raiser. The wristbands, which will sell for $1.00 come in a variety of colors and in both adult and youth sizes. 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 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: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- Monday, Jan. 16, 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