What's New at BPL

Holiday Music Concerts

The Bellevue Public Library has planned three programs for its annual Holiday Music Concerts. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, choral students from Bellevue East will perform at 12:30 p.m.; on Wednesday, Dec. 10, choral students from Bellevue West will perform at 12 Noon; and on Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Riverside Ringers will perform at 12 Noon. These FREE concerts are brown bag events, and all ages are encouraged to bring their lunches and come and enjoy the music. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

Open House

The Bellevue Public Library will hold an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, December 5, to honor Lupe Mier, who is retiring as director.  Mier has been director of the library for over 25 years, and he will step down from that post on Dec. 12.  The library encourages all members of the public and Nebraska library community to honor his service by attending the open house. For additional information on Mr. Mier's service to the city and library, read this article on the City of Bellevue's website.

Christmas Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Bring your child's pre-registered stuffed animal or doll to the Bellevue Public Library between Dec. 3-6 (Choose something your child won't miss for a few days!) for a special Stuffed Animal Sleepover: The Christmas Edition. Mrs. B, Miss Michelle and our teen volunteers will throw a sleepover party for them on Dec. 6 and 7. The animals' activities and antics will be photographed and video recorded. Stuffed animals may be picked up Dec. 8-10. Children will receive a commemorative DVD in time for Christmas. This is a FREE event, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Stop by the library or call 402-293-3157 to register. And, check out this video from the Stuffed Animal Sleepover held as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program.

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: Thanksgiving Eve--Wednesday, Nov. 26, closed at 5 p.m.; Thanksgiving Day--Thursday, Nov. 27, CLOSED all day; Thanksgiving Friday--Friday, Nov. 28, 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