Children's and Family Programs for September

Great Books for Great Kids

Visit the Galvin Road Runza on Tuesday, Sept. 16, order in the dining room or from the drive-thru, and 15 percent of your purchase will be donated to the Bellevue Public Library for use in purchasing children's books!

ChapterChat Book Club

Join other 1st through 6th graders for this after-school book club which meets every Wednesday except the first Wednesday of the month. Michelle, the new Children's Assistant, will read aloud a few chapters each week until the book is completed. The club's activities may also include ice breakers, book discussion, end-of-book trivia contests and prize drawings. After-school snacks will be served. The first book will be Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee. Students do not need to purchase the book or read it ahead of time.

Crafterschool Club

It's quick! It's crazy! It's Crafterschool Club! Use the library's craft supplies and let your creativity shine during this one-hour program. No pre-registration required.

Momaha's Bellevue Storytimes


The Bellevue Public Library is partnering with Momaha, an online social network site, in presenting a monthly storytime for children and families. Held on the first Thursday of each month, this program will offer fun stories, songs, puppets and other activities. September's event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, featuring a guest storyteller from The Rockettes, who will be in town promoting their upcoming performance at the Orpheum Theater. Milk and cookies will be provided by the Galvin Road Runza. A Momaha representative will be on hand to answer questions and provide take-home activities for children.

More Connections to You


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 Legos® @ Your Library


The Legos® @ Your Library programs resume this month include the following sessions: Monday, Sept. 8, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. Thousands of Legos® will be available for imaginative play at each event. Note: Due to a possible choking hazard, children MUST be at least 4 years old to participate. Parents are welcome to stay and build with their children. Please do not bring your own Legos®. This project is supported in part by state aid funding appropriated by the Nebraska Legislature, granted and administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

 Storytimes: All storytimes are open to the public and registration is NOT required. Storytimes are held in the library's large meeting room unless otherwise noted.


Baby & Me

These storytimes are held on Tuesdays and repeated on Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. and are best for infants from birth to 24 months and their parents/caregivers, but older siblings may also attend. Each 30-minute session features a simple story, music, rhymes, puppets and other age-appropriate activities. NOTE:No storytimes April 18 through May.

Toddler Storytimes

These programs are held on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. and are designed especially for children ages 2 to 3 years old and their parents/caregivers. Stories, songs, puppets and activities are included in each 30-minute session. Older and younger siblings are welcome to come. NOTE:No storytimes April 18 through May.

Preschool Storytimes

These are held Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and repeated at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. These "letter a week" storytimes are geared towards children ages 3-5 years old and their parents/caregivers. Early literacy skills will be emphasized through books, songs, nursery rhymes and fingerplays. Following each 45-minute storytime, children will be invited to stay for simple enrichment activities such as art, manipulative play and games. Siblings welcome! NOTE:No storytimes April 18 through May.

Pajama Storytime

The Pajama Storytime in September will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. This 30-minute storytime will feature a variety of new and classic bedtime stories. Children are invited to wear their pajamas and to bring a blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal. This storytime will take place in the children's area.

Papa Bear Storytime

This monthly event is designed especially for children 3 years and older and their Papa Bear (daddy, grandpa, uncle, foster dad, etc.), but everyone is welcome. We will share stories, songs, crafts, and puppets during this 30-minute program. It will take place in the children's area. The next date for this event is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.

 Other Activities


Pawsitive Reading

Pawsitive Reading will be held in two sessions on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (with Cooper) and from 2 to 3 p.m. (with Brody). Specially-trained therapy dogs love children to read to them, and young readers can practice their reading skills in a non-threatening environment. Pre-registration is required and the 15-minute time slots fill up quickly. Call or visit the library for more information or to reserve a time slot.

Do It Yourself Table

Stop by the DIY Table (located behind the children's catalog computers) any time you visit the library to do a simple craft and other activities centered on a monthly theme. This month: Back-to-School activities.

Scurry Up and Read!


Sponsored by the Bellevue Public Library and Pizza Hut, this reading club is designed to encourage and support parents' and caregivers' efforts in helping children become lifelong readers. This program is for children ages 2 to 5 years old who are not yet in kindergarten. Children who meet or exceed their goal for a month receive a coupon for a free Personal Pan Pizza. Sign up at the front desk and receive your packet of monthly bookmarks. This program runs from September through April.

 Ongoing Programs


Golden Sowers

Count on the library to provide your child with those materials selected annually by Nebraskans for the Golden Sower competitions.  Lists are available in September.

Junior Friends

If you are in grades 6-12, join our Junior Friends and volunteer to keep the children's area neat, participate in programs and parades, and just enjoy reading and talking about reading. The Junior Friends are funded by the Bellevue Library Foundation.

The Bellevue Public Library is a Department of the City of Bellevue, Nebraska