What's New at BPL

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.

Unmask! Book Review Contest

Seventh through 12 grade students and 2015 high school graduates are invited to participate in the Unmask Book Review Contest running through Monday, Aug. 31 at the Bellevue Public Library. Participants can read any young adult book, then complete a book review sheet and earn prize entries (rules are with the review sheets). There will be three winners. The first prize winner will get a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card, a superhero tote, lanyard, penciles and magnetic picture frame. The second place winner will receive a $20 Books-a-Million gift card, superhero tote, lanyard, pencils and magnetic picture frame. The third place winner will receive a superhero tote, lanyard, pencils, magnetic picture frame and three boxes of candy. Prizes are on display in the Young Adult area of the library. Book review sheets are available at the front desk. The first 45 participants will receive a superhero candy sucker. For more young adult programs, click here.

Storytimes Resume in September

Storytimes for children will resume in September, starting with a Pajama Storytime on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Baby & Me Storytime, Toddler Storytime, and Preschool Storytime programs all begin the week of Sept. 14th at their usual times. Other children's programs include the popular Pawsitive Reading, Lego Club and ChapterChat Book Club. For more information on upcoming children's programs, click here.

New NebraskAccess Resources

Bellevue Public Library, in partnership with the Nebraska Library Commission, offers a wealth of online information through NebraskAccess online resources. As of July 1, Nebraska residents will have access to a refreshed lineup of 15 databases, including 13 new resources that have been added to expand access to a wide variety of information. Community residents looking for free, reliable sources to create a family history, establish a small business, learn about medical conditions, get homework help, find a good book, plan for retirement, or research thousands of other topics will find information in NebraskAccess. These resources are available to Nebraska residents at no cost with funding from the State of Nebraska and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. To access these new resources, click on "Online Resources" above.

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. 7, 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