What's New at BPL

Adult Reading Program March 31-May 9

The Bellevue Public Library is holding its 2014 Adult Reading Program from Monday, March 31, to Friday, May 9. This year's theme is "Literary Elements," and persons 18 years and older are encouraged to register any time during the program. Prizes will be drawn weekly and at the end of the final week. This year's grand prize, donated by the Friends of the Bellevue Public Library, is a Nook HD (7-inch) tablet. Those participating in the program turn in title slips of books they have read or listened to and are then eligible for the prize drawings. A number of free events are also planned. For more details, click here. Sponsors of the program include the Friends of the Bellevue Public Library, the Bellevue Library Foundation, and these business sponsors: B&B Classic Dogs, Baker's Supermarket, Shopko, and Target.

Fun At-home Activities for Children

There will be no morning storytimes presented from April 22 through May at the Bellevue Public Library as the Children's Department gets ready for the 2014 Summer Reading Program. Brochures for the reading program will be available soon. First-day registration will be held on Monday, May 19. In the meantime, the Children's staff have devised a number of fun activities for parents and children to share at home. Click on these links to check out these at-home activities and to learn about a month-long Facebook contest.

Freebies Frenzy

"Freebies Frenzy" is being hosted by the Bellevue Public Library on Monday, April 21, starting at 6 p.m. Nicole McDonald, Momsavemoney.net, will help those attending to discover new ways to save money by getting free food, gift certificates, etc., and what "free" offers to avoid. This event, which is part of the 2014 Adult Reading Program, is open to the public FREE. There will be refreshments and door prizes.

Natural Homemade Soap

Learn how to make natural laundry detergent and other homemade cleaners at a workshop with Carol Erkens on Thursday, April 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. This FREE program is being held as part of the 2014 Adult Reading Program and is open to the public. There will be refreshments and door prizes.

YA Movie Matinee

A YA Matinee will be held on Friday, April 25, from 3:45 to 5:20 p.m. The featured movie for this teen event will be "Gravity." No sign-up is necessary.

New Book Club Kits

The Bellevue Public Library has added a number of new book club kit titles available for check-out to area registered book clubs. New titles include the following: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker; The Beach Trees by Karen White; Body Surfing by Anita Shreve; The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty; Distant Hours by Kate Morton; The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe; Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris; Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts; The Good American by Alex George; Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls; The Killing Floor by Lee Child; Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini; Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene (this is the 2014 One Book One Nebraska selection); One for the Money by Janet Evanovich; The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason; The Round House by Louise Erdrich; The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis; While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax; The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond; Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers; and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. The library wants to thanks all those who have donated kits towards this program and shared their love of reading. There are now more than 180 kits available. For more information about the book club kit program and a complete list of titles, click here.

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 26, 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