What's New at BPL

Seeds Starter Class & Seed Share Program

Get your green thumb geared up for spring with two upcoming programs at the Bellevue Public Library. On Sunday, Jan. 21, a Seed Starter Class will be held at 2 p.m. Learn which seeds you can start early and which seeds go directly in your garden. Other topics will include garden planning and natural fertilizing methods. Follow that up with the Seed Share program on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 12 to 2 p.m. Get an early start on your planting at this program -- pick up some seeds and bring seeds to share with others. Both events are FREE to the public.

Winter Cafes for Young Adults

Winter is here but young adults can come in from the cold and enjoy some comforting food and activities at two Winter Cafe events at the library. The first will be held Thursday, Jan. 25, from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy hot cider, cocoa, tea, and snacks. Hang out after school and play tabletop games, paint watercolors on mini-easels, study and chat. Snuggle up to a steam beverage next to a crackling fire -- on the TV. Then on Tuesday, Jan. 30, enjoy a Winter Cafe stressbuster event with hot beverages, comforting TV fire, tabletop games and this month's stressbuster activity creating no-sew, heat therapy bags (Microwave to heat up or place it in the fridge to make a soothing cool pack).

Slimetacular for Kids

A Slimetacular craft event for children will be held at the library on Saturday, January 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. This time, participants will be making cloud or "fluffy" slime. This program is geared toward children through sixth grade. Younger children should bring a helpful adult. Pre-registration is required. Please stop by the main desk at the library or call 402-293-3157.

Outsmart the Scammers

Start the new year right by becoming better equipped to outsmart scammers in a workshop on Saturday, Jan. 20, starting at 10 a.m. Presenter Lou Zuccarello will help attendees learn how to outsmart the scammers' tactics and avoid instances of fraud. No registration required; a door prize will be awarded.

Kids Liboratory: Invisible Ink

Children are invited to attend this month's Liboratory program on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. This month's activity will focus on Invisible Ink. Those attending will make invisible ink and then use it to write messages to their table-neighbors. Pre-registration is required. Please stop by the main desk at the library or call 402-293-3157.

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: Presidents Day -- Monday, Feb. 19, 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