What's New at BPL

Library Reopened After Power Outage

The Bellevue Public Library has reopened for business after a power outage at the facility Thursday. The library thanks the public for their patience through this event and says a big "thank you" to all the city crews and OPPD who helped solve the issue. Please call the library at 402-293-3157 if you have any library account issues.

Teen Karaoke Postponed

Due to the heat and continued issues with air conditioning at the Bellevue Public Library, the Teen Karaoke event planned for this Friday, July 22, is being postponed to a future date. Please check library media for a rescheduled date announcement.

Summer Reading Programs

Registration for this year's Summer Reading programs for children and for young adults continues at the Bellevue Public Library. The theme for the children's program is "On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read" and it's for all children from birth to incoming sixth graders. A variety of events are planned and there is a reading club as well. All activities are free of charge and do not require a library card. For more information on the Children's Summer Reading Program, click here. The young adult program theme is "Get in the Game ... Read." Youths who are incoming seventh through 12 graders and 2016 high school graduates are eligible to participate. Young adults can win prizes when they read, volunteer and attend special events. For more information about the Young Adult Summer Reading Program, click here.

Retirement Transitions Seminars

The Bellevue Public Library will be hosting four retirement transitions seminars in July and August, featuring guest presenters from Sequent Planning LLC. All financial seminars are FREE and open to the public. The first seminar will be on Tuesday, July 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. and will cover the topic Medicare 101 with guest speaker Bob Glaze. On Thursday, July 28, Lauren DeGroot will present a program on Social Security Strategies starting at 6:30 p.m. In August, Bill Brown will talk about Estate Planning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9. And the fourth seminar will feature Cathy Wyatt in a 6:30 p.m. presentation on Long-Term Care Planning. Sign up for one or all of the seminars at the library or by calling 402-293-3157. For more information on these seminars, click here.

Nebraska 150 Challenge

Bellevue Public Library is participating in the Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge as part of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial celebration in 2017. The Challenge is designed to introduce readers to books by Nebraska authors and to share in a community of readers during the sesquicentennial celebration. The Challenge List includes 42 titles from a larger “Nebraska 150 Books” list, and runs from now until Feb. 28, 2017. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grand Prizes -- participants read all 42 titles of the Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge List; Gold Prizes -- participants read 12 books from the Challenge list; and Silver Prizes -- participants read 6 books from the Challenge list. Readers participating in the Challenge can download an entry form or the full 150 Reading list from the Nebraska 150 website at www.nebraska150books.org. The Nebraska 150 Books program is a partnership between the Nebraska Literary Association, the Nebraska Historical Society and the Nebraska Library Association.

Kids Cruisin' Kitchen at Library

Kids Cruisin' Kitchen will serve free meals to children at the Bellevue Public Library through Friday, Aug. 5. They will be here from 12 to 12:30 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday. The program is sponsored by the Omaha Salvation Army, Food Bank for the Heartland, and Hunger Free Heartland. Hot, nutritious meals are provided FREE of charge to children who are 19 years of age or younger and their families. All food must be consumed at the library; no take-home meals are permitted. Note: No meals will be served on July 4. The Children's Department of the library is planning to hold programming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the same time as the Kids Cruisin' visit. For more information, contact the library at 402-293-3157.

"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 is now offering 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.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Checked your blood pressure lately? According to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), one of three U.S. adults have high blood pressure. You can have your blood pressure checked for FREE by DHHS staff at the Bellevue Public Library on the third Thursday of each month through August 2016. The free screenings will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. High blood pressure is known as the "Silent Killer" and it raises your risk for heart disease and stroke. Don't miss an opportunity to know. For more information, please contact Chante Chambers at 402-595-1427.

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: Labor Day -- Monday, Sept. 5, 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