What's New at BPL
Momaha Storytime: Cookies!
The Bellevue Public Library is partnering with Momaha, an online social network site, in presenting a monthly storytime for children and families. Held on the first Thursday of each month, this program will offer fun stories, songs, puppets and other activities. Milk and cookies will be provided by The Cake Specialist. Theme for this month: Cookies! This month's event is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Photo Tiles Craft Program
DIY Forever (crafts for adults): Photo Tiles will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, starting at 6 p.m. Those participating in this program will be able to use a digital copy of a photo and transfer it to decorative tile (Makes a great gift!). There is a $1 fee to help cover material costs and those interested should register at the library's main desk. For more information, please call the library at 402-293-3157.
Holiday Music Concerts
The Bellevue Public Library will host two Holiday Music Concerts this year. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Bellevue East High School's Vocal Jazz Group will perform. Then on Wednesday, Dec. 11, Bellevue West's West Connection and Project 424 music groups will perform. Both programs will begin at 12 Noon and are free and open to all ages. These are brown bag events, and those attending are encouraged to bring their lunches and to enjoy the music. Coffee and cookies will be provided.
Crafts & Cocoa
Come by the library on Friday, Dec. 13, and enjoy Crafts & Cocoa from 3 to 4:30 p.m. You can use the library's supplies to create a unique craft you can enjoy yourself or give as a gift. There will be hot chocolate to sip while you create. This is a drop-in event for children of all ages.
Come share your favorite recent books at a Book Brunch hosted by the Adult Services Department of the Bellevue Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. Join us for coffee, light brunch, and a good discussion of books. (No registration required.)
New Books for the New Year
This brown bag lunch event on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from Noon to 1 p.m. is for the whole family. The children's staff will read and highlight what they think are some of the best new books to be enjoyed in the new year. All children will receive a door prize. We will conclude this hour-long program with a traditional New Year's Eve countdown and confetti toss.
The Bellevue Public Library now offers the online language learning service Pronunciator to its patrons. The service offers 75 different languages and 50 ESL (English as a Second Language) skills sets. There are "postcard" courses for casual learners and more intensive interactive drills for the more serious learner. A full range of language skills is offered including reading, writing, listening and speaking. Pronunciator offers interactive phrases, audio lessons, drills and scored quizzes. In addition, there are downloadable PDF phrasebooks and cultural information. Patrons will need their library card barcode to log in and then set up their own account to begin. Click on this link to get started, or click on the "Online Resources" link above.
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 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: Christmas holiday -- Tuesday, Dec. 24, close early at 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 25, closed all day; New Year holiday -- Tuesday, Dec. 31, close early at 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 1, 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