What's New at BPL

Our Thanks for OmahaGives 2017

The Bellevue Public Library and the Bellevue Library Foundation want to thank all who contributed in any way to the 2017 OmahaGives fund-raising campaign. Our thanks to those who supported our raffle sales (All winners have been contacted!). Our great thanks also to all those who contributed online or in person during OmahaGives 2017. All proceeds from this annual fund-raiser go to the Foundation for library programs and services. We appreciate your support and generosity!

Early Signup for Summer Programs

Early signup for the 2017 Children's and for the Young Adult Summer Reading programs continues through Saturday, May 27. Both age level programs officially begin on Sunday, May 28, and will conclude on Saturday, July 22. This year's theme for both programs is "Build a Better World." Signup will be held 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.

1910 Sears Motor Buggy to Visit

The Bellevue Public Library will host a display of a 1910 Sears Motor Buggy on Thursday, June 1, from 1 to 2 p.m. This special visit is being made in commemoration of Nebraska's Sesquicentennial celebration. During this event, which is open to all ages, attendees can view the buggy and talk to its owners. In addition, Sarpy County Museum will provide a hands-on display of artifacts from the early 20th century. There will be free refreshments and activities for kids.

Kids Cruisin' Kitchen Begins May 30

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).

City Budget Survey

The City of Bellevue is in the process of developing its Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget. Once again, the City is requesting input from the public to ensure that city services are meeting citizen needs and expectations. With this in mind, Mayor Rita Sanders and City Administrator Joe Mangiamelli would like to invite all the citizens of Bellevue to fill out a brief online survey to provide input on how their tax dollars are spent now and in the future. The survey is available now through Monday, June 5, 2017. To access the City's page in reference to the survey, click here. To go to the survey, click here.

Magician Show on Saturday, May 27

Join staff, family and friends of the Bellevue Public Library as we kick off our 2017 Summer Reading Program for children with an abracadabra and an alakazam! Rutiger the Magician will be here to entertain and delight all who attend in a special program from 3 to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 27. This free program is open to all ages.

Volunteer Training Sessions

Want to help with the Young Adult 2017 "Build a Better World" Summer Library Program? Earn volunteer hours (plus incentives) and help out our community by: handling sign-up, reading logs, and prize wheel rewards, cleaning up after special events, & more! These volunteer opportunities are open for those in the 7th-12th grade (including current 6th graders). Those interested will need to attend a short training session. Come to ONE of the three sessions being held in the library's large meeting room: Thursday, May 25, from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.; Friday, May 26, from 3 to 3:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 31, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Those volunteering will need to submit a completed Bellya volunteer application before or during the training session. Applications can be found at the library front desk or here: http//bit.ly/2pAnmxU.

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: Memorial Day -- Monday, May 29, 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