What's New at BPL

Vote for Playground Equipment

The Belleuve Public Library Children's Department has initiated a campaign to try and win an Imagination Playground for the Bellevue/Offutt AFB community. If they are winners, the playground will provide local children a free, fun, creative outlet packed with fresh air and exercise. The public is invited to help by voting each day from Sept. 28 through Nov. 18 (the site accepts one vote per person each day). The organization which garners the most votes will win the Imagination Playground (valued at $7,500). To cast your vote for the Bellevue Public Library, click on this link. For photos, videos, testimonials, and lots of info on the equipment: http://www.imaginationplayground.com/  ‚Äč
Please be sure to designate the library as follows:
Organization: Bellevue Public Library
Organization City: Bellevue
Organization State: Nebraska

"Go Big Red" Raffle for the Library

The Bellevue Public Library is currently holding a "Go Big Red" raffle to benefit the Bellevue Library Foundation. The raffle will run through Nov. 15 with the winner announced on Monday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $1.00 each, or six for $5.00. The monies raised will be used by the Foundation to support library programs and services. Included in the basket are the following items: two Nov. 27th tickets to the Nebraska-Iowa football game; two Nebraska coffee mugs with hot chocolate; two children's Husker knit caps; two red crocheted scarves; a $25 gift card to Fazoli's; Husker chocolates in a candy jar; Husker coasters; a red water bottle; a Husker stadium blanket; and tail-gaiting items including three Hothands hand warmers, a Husker bumper sticker, Husker corn beads, Husker cowbell, Husker plates and napkins, Husker tablecloth and red pennant banner. Tickets are available at the main desk at the library.

Friends Program on Tibet

Join the Friends of the Bellevue Public Library for their annual meeting on Monday, Oct. 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy learning about Tibet. Special guest will be Pam Arbuckle, who will talk on "Tibet: Roof of the World." This FREE program is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The public is encouraged to join the Friends and to share their passion for books, learning, and libraries. Help support your local library by planning and volunteering at programs and special events. For more information, contact Frankie Hannan, Adult Services, at 402-293-3157.

Storytelling Club

Learn new skills while having fun in a new Storytelling Club that will run on Tuesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.! This program is free and open to current third and fourth grade students. Learn the art of storytelling with to local tellers. This eight-week session club will conclude with a performance for family and friends. Snacks will be provided, as well as any materials needed for the class. Contact, the Children's Department at the library for more information (402-293-3157).

Cereal for Books

The Bellevue Public Library's Children's Department is seeking the public's help with a program to get free books for children's event prizes. Select Kellogg's products, available only at Walmart, have a code printed inside the box. That code can be cut out and given to a staff member at the library. Another option is to go online, submit the codes, redeem them for books of your choice, then donate the books to the Children's Department! All help with this special program is appreciated.

Eagle Scout Project To Help Library

Leevi Reber, a 14-year-old Life Scout with Troop 299 in Bellevue, is currently a volunteer at the Bellevue Public Library, helping as a Junior Friend during the recent summer reading program. Reber is planning an Eagle Scout project to help improve some of the library's landscaping features. He noted that he, his family, and his Scout troop will be doing the following: placing a new bench near the butterfly garden; taking out weeds in two garden areas; planting new flowers; removing a dead ornamental tree and planting a new one; putting in new mulch around landscape features; re-furbishing the "John E. Rice Library" sign; and sanding and re-staining four picnic tables used for many functions and activities. "A lot of this is labor, but we will need to purchase some supplies, such as flowers, a tree, wood stain, brushes, and, of course, a bench," Reber said. He is in the process of raising funds for his Eagle Scout project and noted that if there are any extra monies after all the costs of the project have been paid, those monies will be donated to the library for services and programs. To help Leevi Reber fund his Eagle Scout project, click here.

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: Veterans Day-- Wednesday, Nov. 11, 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