Poetry Edition

April is an exciting month here at the library! Not only have we been celebrating National Library Week, but it is also National Poetry Month! Both are interesting, fun, and important things to be aware of, and even participate in. They also tie in to each other really well. Where better than to look for poetry than at your library? Continue reading

Laughter is a Good Remedy

April JokeWe as humans enjoy happiness. Humor creates laughter and happiness that bubbles through us. It creates endorphins that course through our body. I laugh almost every time I do something klutzy, such as trip. I love laughing and it often brightens my day. Granted, puns usually cause grimaces, but that makes me happy. To celebrate National Humor Month, I wanted to share the benefits of laughter and some of my favorite puns. Continue reading

Library on the Go! April 17th

Library on Go BOOKS 2The “Library on the Go” team will return to the upper lobby of the ESB on Friday, April 17th, from 11:30 – 1:00. All Bellevue University staff and faculty members who will be in the area are encouraged to stop by the tables to browse, let the team know what your favorite genre or author is, and check out library items on these topics: Comedy, Earth Day- Going Green, Graphic Design, and best sellers.

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Love Your Library Contest

Here it is National Library Week and it is the perfect time to share why you “Love your library!”

All you have to do is either upload a video or write a letter about why you love your library.  It is that easy!  Then one of our vendors, SirsiDynix, will award the winner a $100 Visa gift card and the library will get up to $2,000. You win and your favorite library wins!!!  See more details in the poster below and at love your library contestContinue reading

Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.)

D.E.A.R. couch & libraryme!  April 12, 2015 is recognized as “Drop Everything And Read” day.  When was the last time one of us has dropped everything and read?  For me, it was last evening at 8:00 p.m., having put my four- and two-year-old children to bed for the evening.  I picked up Samuel Beckett’s How It Is, an intriguing little text that mixes poetry with prose.  The narrative highlights a protagonist who is literally wading through mud, a metaphor for lower-level feces:  that substance most of us call on when uttering expletives.  The protagonist comes up for air every few arm strokes, as if he were swimming in the mud.  It isn’t exactly clear from the story.  He is carrying a bag, and he is trying to tell us the story of Pim: before Pim, the time of Pim, and after Pim.  He catches glimpses of beautiful imagery above the mud every so often, but then he is wading through the mud again.  Ah, according to Beckett’s narrator, that’s how it is! Continue reading

Legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)

FDR 370 years ago this coming Sunday, on April 12, 1945, our war-weary world experienced an added shock when it was reported in the newspapers and on the radio that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was dead. FDR had been president for more than 12 years at the time of his death, the only person to serve more than two terms. Continue reading

Podcast Episode 4: The Internet Archive

Episode 4 of the “More Than Books” Podcast is finally here! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more.

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More Than Books Podcast – Episode 4: The Internet Archive

Description: In this episode, Jake and Joel discuss the purpose and history of the Internet Archive, as well as browse the wide selection of media, games, and more freely available through this great resource.

Click the above link to stream or download this month’s podcast!

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Ten Jazz Albums for Jazz Appreciation Month, Pt. 1

160_206040-WYou’ve likely seen that it’s Jazz Appreciation Month, but if you’re not already into jazz, the genre can admittedly be a tough nut to crack. It’d be an easy thing to list some of the all-time classics and encourage you to give them a listen (and indeed, I’ll list a few in Pt. 2), but better still would be to list some newer jazz albums, which frequently fuse popular contemporary genres and jazz together to ultimately create something that may make for a better gateway for the uninitiated than the discographies of the greats. Continue reading

Jazz Appreciation Month: Billy Strayhorn

Jazz Apprec 2015

This year, Jazz Appreciation Month and Smithsonian Jazz celebrate Billy Strayhorn.  

This portrait of Strayhorn was painted by artist Keith Henry Brown. Billy Strayhorn was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger. He is best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington for nearly three decades. His compositions include “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Chelsea Bridge,” and “Lush Life.” During the month of April, you can request a free copy of this poster. Continue reading

Vincent van Gogh

Vase With Irises Against a Yellow Background

March 30th is the anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s birthday. He was born in 1853 in the Netherlands and died in France on July 29, 1890. Vincent van Gogh is considered to be one of the greatest Dutch artists. He is known for his Post-Impressionist work, which had a lot of influence in 20th century art.


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