What's New at BPL

City Seeks Community Input With Budget Survey

The City of Bellevue is in the process of developing its fiscal year 2015 - 2017 biennial budget. Again this year, the City is requesting input from the public to ensure that city services are meeting public needs and expectations. Citizens of Bellevue are encouraged to fill out a brief online survey to provide input on how their tax dollars are spent now and in the future. To take the survey, click here. For a full story from the City's website, click here.

Adult Reading Program Continues Through May 16

Registration begins Monday, April 6, for the 2015 Adult Reading Program at the Bellevue Public Library. This year's theme is "Escape the Ordinary."During the program, patrons 18 years and older can turn in title slips to the books they've read or listened to (OverDrive and OneClick Digital ebooks and downloadable audio books count) and enter drawings for prizes. Five weekly prizewinners will be drawn, and an additional five winners will be drawn for the grand prizes. The Friends of the Bellevue Public Library will award a mobile tablet device as the grand prize. Other prizes are being offered by these sponsoring businesses: B & B Classic Dogs, Baker's, Don & Millie's, Runza, Shopko and Target. In addition, 12 free events are being planned. Final date for the program will be Saturday, May 16. To see the complete listing of events and for more information on the 2015 Adult Reading Program, click here.

Movie Day on April 25

The Bellevue Public Library will hold Movie Day on Saturday, April 25, featuring the film "Guardians of the Galaxy." Come in and enjoy this film that is fun for all ages, starting at 3:30 p.m. Popcorn will be provided.

Special Program on Tibet

Learn about the land and culture of Tibet in a special program on Thursday, April 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bellevue Public Library. Pam Arbuckle will talk about her recent trip to the highest region of the world in "Tibet -- The Roof of the World." This program, which is FREE to the public, is a special event of the 2015 Adult Reading Program at the library.

50+ Jobs Workshop

Nebraska Workforce Development will present a workshop at the Bellevue Public Library on Thursday, April 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. geared toward persons 50 years and older who are interested in entering the workforce. This program is FREE to the public and registration is not required.

"Frog Prince" Puppet Show

A special puppet show will be presented at the Bellevue Public Library on Wednesday, April 29, starting at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Bellevue Women's Club, the classic tale of "The Frog Prince" will be performed by puppeteer Brian Henning. This program is FREE and open to all ages.

One Click Digital Audio Books

Bellevue Public Library patrons who like to listen to audio books, now have another source. Now offered is One Click Digital which provides access to downloadable eAudio books through Recorded Books. Some 3,700 exclusive titles are offered through One Click Digital. There are apps available for Android, Kindle, Nook, iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices. Create a new account, download the free app and begin the download process. Click the One Click Digital icon at left to get started.

More Digital Magazines Available

Bellevue Public Library patrons have access to even more digital magazines through the Zinio service. The library has joined the Central Nebraska Consortium and altogether the Zinio collection now includes over 100 magazines. Apps are available for the PC and most mobile devices. Click on the Zinio link at left to get started.

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.

Music on Freegal

Enjoy a variety of music through Freegal, a free, downloadable music service 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: Memorial Day--Monday, May 25, 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