What's New at BPL

Red Cross Babysitting Course Set Nov. 26

A Red Cross Babysitting Certification course will be held at the Bellevue Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This course, which will be led by American Red Cross personnel, does require registration and a student fee of $76.50. Registration can be made at the front desk of the library. Please Note: There is a limit of 10 students for the course. For more information, please contact the library at 402-293-3157.

Midday Music Performance Oct. 26

Take a break from your day and enjoy a FREE music performance at the Bellevue Public Library at the Midday Music event Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 12 Noon. Featured performers will be the Circle of Flutes ensemble. Snacks and coffee will be provided and all ages are welcome.

Halloween Magic Show

Abracadabra, alakazoo, we want to celebrate Halloween with you! Join the Children's Department at the Bellevue Public Library for a Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. There will be monster cookies, mystery punch and other activities in addition to the magic show. Then Rutiger the Magician will dazzle with his amazing magic show from 3 to 3:40 p.m. Non-gory costumes are encouraged.

Computer Classes

Feeling out of your depth when you're at the keyboard? Sign up for one of our Computer Classes* and learn the basics to give you the confidence to get going. These free classes will be held on Tuesdays, Oct. 18 and 25, starting at 9:30 a.m. (*Registration required; sign up at the front desk).

Nebraska 150 Challenge

Bellevue Public Library is participating in the Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge as part of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial celebration in 2017. The Challenge is designed to introduce readers to books by Nebraska authors and to share in a community of readers during the sesquicentennial celebration. The Challenge List includes 42 titles from a larger “Nebraska 150 Books” list, and runs from now until Feb. 28, 2017. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grand Prizes -- participants read all 42 titles of the Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge List; Gold Prizes -- participants read 12 books from the Challenge list; and Silver Prizes -- participants read 6 books from the Challenge list. Readers participating in the Challenge can download an entry form or the full 150 Reading list from the Nebraska 150 website at www.nebraska150books.org. The Nebraska 150 Books program is a partnership between the Nebraska Literary Association, the Nebraska Historical Society and the Nebraska Library Association.

"I YMy Library" Wristbands Fund-Raiser

The Bellevue Public Library Foundation is selling "I YMy Library" wristbands as a fund-raiser. The wristbands, which will sell for $1.00 come in a variety of colors and in both adult and youth sizes. The nonprofit Bellevue Library Foundation helps raise funds to support library programs and services for all ages. Help support your library with one of these colorful wristbands!

FaxScan Now Available

The Bellevue Public Library is now offering a self-serve FAX system to the public. With the FAXScan24 system, voice instructions from the handset guide the user through the entire transaction. Payment is made using a credit or debit card. The FAXScan24 system is available during all open library hours. Look for the FAXScan24 kiosk near the public copy machine.

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 -- Friday, Nov. 11, CLOSED all day. Thanksgiving Eve -- Wednesday, Nov. 23, close at 5 p.m.; Thanksgiving Day -- Thursday, Nov. 24, CLOSED all day. Day After Thanksgiving -- Friday, Nov. 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