More Than Books Podcast – Library on the Go Edition – Ep. 3 – Miracle on 34th Street and Christmas in New York

Welcome to Episode 3 of the More Than Books Podcast: Library on the Go Edition!

Description: Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast: Library on the Go edition. Episode 3! In this episode Jessica, Allison, and Sierra discuss the history of Christmas in New York, and how the Christmas Classic Miracle on 34th Street has become the classic that we all know and love today.

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Mortal Engines DVD PN1995.9 F36 M67 2019

“It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.”

This is where our tale begins, in a world that will – eventually – be our own. In this post-apocalyptic future, society revolves around the philosophy of Municipal Darwinism; a dog-eat-dog world, or rather, more specifically, for the setting of Mortal Engines, a city-eat-city world. The earth has been made inhabitable by a cataclysmic event in the far past, and in the future, “cities ride on wheels, consuming each other.” A technological ecosystem has sprung up the wake of civilization, a brutal, unforgiving world that bring triumph to the strong and powerful, and culls the weak, all in a bid for survival. Smaller cities, which inevitably end up consumed, are used for their resources, both for mechanistic purposes (i.e. fuel, machine parts, or as metals to be melted down), and a food resource (humans captured by larger cities are either enslaved or used as a source of… protein). Yes, you read that correctly. Protein.

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Games and Puzzles Benefits

“Pass Go and collect $200!” Without being given any more context than this, half a billion people across the world already know the meaning behind this phrase and where it originates from. That’s because Monopoly, since the 1930s, has been one of the most popular board games internationally among friends and families alike. Included in that same list of popular games are Clue, Scrabble, Battleship, and Trivia Pursuit. These kinds of board games gained heavy popularity within the late 19th century/ early 20th century as living rooms within homes became epicenters for entertainment. Families were encouraged to spend time together gathered around a coffee table in the family room or in the dining room to play cards, chess, checkers or other table games. Board games and puzzles are engaging, strategic, and fun. But are there more benefits to participating in these activities than just the pure enjoyment of friendly competition and the possibility of winning? The answer is yes! Completing puzzles and playing board games have been shown to have a number of internal health and social benefits among their long term players.

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Communication LibGuides

If you want a breakdown on the topic of communication, take a look at the Bellevue University Library’s Libguide on “Communication” for your needs. This Libguide includes resources for topics such as Communication Fundamentals, as well as, Email and Digital Communications. Other sections delve deeper into the utilization of Public Speaking and takes a look at various aspects of Corporate Communication.

This Libguide has beneficial resources in the format of e-books, articles, videos and websites to assist users in their research. Communication Fundamentals, Excuse Me: The Survival Guide to Modern Business Etiquette, and The Power of Data Storytelling are just several examples of the resources available in this guide. This Libguide works to provide information on the broad topic of communication by breaking it down into easier focus points. This newly unveiled Libguide is up-to-date and full of information available with the click of a button.

Take a look at this Libguide at:, or view our selection of other great LibGuides at For more information about LibGuides or general research help, please contact the Bellevue University Library Reference Desk by email:, phone: 402-557-7313, or by using 24/7 Chat service found on the library website.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 24 No. 4, Fall 2021.

Great American Smokeout 2021

The Great American Smokeout is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS). It is held on the third Thursday of November. This social engineering event focuses on encouraging Americans to quit tobacco smoking. People are challenged to stop smoking for at least 24 hours assuming that their decision not to smoke will last longer, hopefully forever.

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November is National Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage MonthEvery November, a number of United States institutions like the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian, the National Park Service, and more come together to celebrate and pay tribute to the history of Native American people. This is commemorated as Native American Heritage Month.

The National Native American Heritage Month website includes online exhibitions of Native American Constitutions and Legal Materials, photographs from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and many other archival and virtual collections from museums around the country. It also has a section for teachers, which can be used as teaching aids to help tell the stories of Native American tribal communities.

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Bellevue University Library is hosting a Lunch and Learn presentation titled “Standing Bear: Walking Towards Justice.” This Lunch and Learn, hosted by Rick Galusha, will occur today in the Library from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. The presentation will also be available via Zoom. It will also be recorded and made available to the entire Bellevue University community. In this presentation, Rick Galusha will discuss the figure Standing Bear and his contributions to history.






Fun Facts Fall 2021


It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library.  Let’s see what fun facts Jessica found when she browsed through the reference related materials.

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National Recording Registry

What does Kermit the Frog, President Roosevelt, and Janet Jackson have in common? Their voices will be preserved forever.

I told you about the National Film Registry NFR (on Oct. 8, 2021) that preserves important films and movies for all time but this time we will talk about its’ twin, the National Recording Registry NRR. The idea is the same as the film one: permanently preserve sound recordings that are deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress. The recordings do not have to be the best recordings or professionally produced. As long as they are important to American culture, they will be considered for preservation. Just like the NFR, there is some criteria to be met before being inducted to the NRR. These are: the recording has to be at least 10 years old, have a copy exist (they prefer the original but if that does not exist, a copy will be preserved), and may contain music (can be a single song or a whole album), non-music, spoken word, or broadcast sound.

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National Origami Day

National Origami Day celebrates an art that is almost as old as paper itself. The art of origami evolved over centuries, leaving a paper trail, so to speak, that spans cultures and countries. Though the origins of origami not entirely clear, this much is certain, this tradition could not have predated the invention of paper. Origami is literally the art of paper folding, whose very name is derived from the Japanese words, ori, meaning to fold and kami, meaning paper. Despite its close association with Japan, it would not have been possible without China’s invention of paper in sheet form in 105 A.D. It is likely that the precursors of origami, known in China as zhezhi or folded paper, developed shortly thereafter.

It took another 400 years before paper made its way to Japan in the 6th century by way of Buddhist monks. Origami in Japan was first used exclusively in religious ceremonies due to the expense of paper. Later, wealthy families who could afford this expensive handmade material, began to use paper for their correspondence. They liked to include an intricately folded piece of paper with their letters, partly to flaunt their wealth. It would be another 13 centuries before Japan’s industrial revolution in the late 19th century made paper available to the masses. It was not long before origami was embraced as a leisurely activity and raised to an art form.

Of course, origami eventually found its way to Europe, possibly evolving from napkin folding, a popular practice in the 17th century. Paper folding really took off when it became part of the German kindergarten school curriculum. The founder of kindergarten, Friedrich Fröbel, believed it to be an easy way to introduce geometry. This early exposure to paper folding led to the flourishing of origami across Europe.

The United States was a little slower to discover origami; New Yorker Lillian Oppenheimer introduced it to the U.S. and Great Britain in the 20th century. Her OrigamiUSA organization is still active today with an annual two-week convention beginning on her birthday, October 24th and ending on November 11th, National Origami Day.

Facts Along the Paper Trail

True origami uses only a single sheet of square paper, folded without use of scissors, tape, or markings, and constructed entirely through folds. You could think of it as a logic problem or brainteaser, but many people are up to the challenge, as evidenced by the many books and patterns available.

Kirigami is a variation that allows the use of strategic cuts. It comes from the Japanese words “kiru” (to cut) and “kami” (paper).

Golden paper nuggets (yuanbao) became a part of traditional Chinese funerals by around 900 AD. They were folded in the likeness of ingot currency and with the intention of being cast into a fire at the end of the ceremony.

European folding patterns usually used a 45 degree angle, while Japanese folding patterns often used a 22.5 degree fold.

No story about origami would be complete without mentioning the tradition of folding 1000 paper crane within one year. It is said that accomplishing this will grant you happiness and eternal good luck. Why 1000 cranes? Cranes in Japanese folklore are said to live 1000 years. Origami cranes that are folded into a group of 1000 are called senbazuru and are usually made of many different colors of paper, and strung together to be hung from a ceiling.

You can read more about these and many other fascinating facts about origami and its history at these links:

National Origami Day – November 11, 2021

Origami: How the Ancient Art of Paper Folding Evolved Over Time and Continues to Inspire

A Brief History of Origami

The History of Origami (All About Japan)

History of Origami

The Story of Sadako Sasaki and the Hiroshima Peace Cranes

1,000 Origami Paper Cranes for Good Fortune