What's New at BPL

Change in Holiday Hours

Please note the following changes in the library's announced holiday hours. The library will now close at 12 Noon on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and be closed all day on Christmas Day. Also, the library will now close at 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, and be closed all day on New Year's Day. These changes are in line with announcement made by city administration regarding holiday hours for most city offices.

Holiday Music Concert

The Bellevue Public Library will host its final Holiday Music Concert of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 17, with the Riverside Ringers at 12 Noon. This FREE concert is a brown bag event, and all ages are encouraged to bring their lunches and come and enjoy the music. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

Craftzilla for Teens

A Craftzilla event for teens, "The Candy House Edition," will be held on Friday, Jan. 2, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the library. This program is geared toward seventh through 12 graders, but sign-up is not necessary. Teens are encouraged to build their own candy house or to construct one with friends. There will be music and refreshments. A candy house model is currently available for viewing at the front desk in the library. Learn more about the event on our Facebook page

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.

New Book Club Kits

The Bellevue Public Library has added 17 new kits to its Book Club Kit program. Registered book clubs from Bellevue, Plattsmouth, Papillion and La Vista, can check out the kits which include 10 copies of the book and discussion materials in a canvas bag. The newest titles are as follows: The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs; The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel; The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin; The Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra; Defending Jacob by William Landay; Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard; The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo; The House Girl by Tara Conklin; I'm So Happy for You by Lucinda Rosenfeld; The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline; The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller; The Son by Philipp Meyer; The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather; Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple; and Whispers of the Bayou by Mindy Starns Clark. For a complete list of kit titles, click here. Call the library, 402-293-3157 for more information.

Holiday Music on Freegal

Enjoy a variety of holiday music through Freegal, a free, downloadable music service is now available to Bellevue Public Library patrons. The Freegal Music Service allows library cardholders to download a select number of Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each week and stream a select number of hours each day at no cost. Also, Freegal Music Service has over 15,000 popular music videos which can be downloaded in the MP4 format. Library patrons have access to over 6 million songs in a wide variety of genres from 28,000 recording labels that originate in over 80 different countries, including the complete local catalogue of Sony Music Entertainment.

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: Christmas Eve--Wednesday, Dec. 24, closed at 12 Noon; Christmas Day--Thursday, Dec. 25, CLOSED all day; New Year's Eve --Wednesday, Dec. 31, closed at 3 p.m.; New Year's Day --Thursday, Jan. 1, 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