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.

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.

Variety of Craft Programs

Be creative and try your hand at a variety of upcoming craft programs offered at the Bellevue Public Library. An origami class will be held on Friday, June 9, starting at 2:30 p.m. Then on Wednesday, June 14, learn how to crochet in a program offered at 1 p.m. On Monday, June 19, create a unique, decoupage flower pot using patterned paper and pictures. Registration for these FREE events is requested to ensure enough materials are on hand. All supplies and materials are provided -- including the flowers for the flower pots!

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.

"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: Indpendence Day -- Tuesday, July 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