Although prequels are not an uncommon occurrence, prequels produced 70+ years after the original movie are a very unique, and risky, undertaking. But that is exactly the challenge Disney’s new movie, “Oz the Great and Powerful,” set itself to tackle. Set before the events of the MGM classic “The Wizard of Oz,” this film chronicles how carnival magician and shyster Oscar Diggs became the great wizard and savior of the Land of Oz, and learned how to become not just a great man, but even a good one. Continue reading
Here’s to your health this month! That’s right, October is all about your health. This annual, worldwide, awareness-raising event has been going strong since Helen Osborne founded it in 1999. Continue reading
As fall begins to roll in, many small towns have local festivals to celebrate the harvest season. One of the biggest in Nebraska is the AppleJack Festival. Nebraska City’s historic festival annually draws between 60,000 and 80,000 people to Nebraska City to celebrate the kickoff of the apple harvest. Apple pie, apple cider, apple cider donuts, candy apples, caramel apples, apple fritters, apple salad…pretty much anything you can imagine made from apples are available at the AppleJack Festival. With over 6 craft fairs, a parade, street dances, a classic car show, live music, and a 3-day carnival, for one weekend Nebraska City becomes the Apple Capital of the World. Continue reading
#3 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce, 1916
James Joyce’s first novel, and by far his least notorious. Like other novels on this list it was banned in the U.S. under Comstock Law, but in the ensuing decades since its publication it’s received few other bans or challenges, unlike Joyce’s next novel on this list. Continue reading
Read Part 1 here.
#7 Catch-22, by Joseph Heller, 1961
Even those who haven’t read the novel know what a ‘Catch-22′ is–such is the influence that Catch-22 has had not only on literature, but on modern thought. The novel follows John Yossarian, a bombardier in World War II. Within the novel, ‘Catch-22′ is a requirement among the airmen that if they are mentally unfit to fly they do not have to, but if they attempt to rationally prove themselves unfit to fly they are considered too sane to be mentally unfit to fly missions. Continue reading
Welcome to Episode 8 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! 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. Now available on iTunes!
Description: In this episode of the “More than Books” Podcast, the celebration of Banned Books Week and look at the controversy surrounding New Zealand’s banning of “Into the River” by Ted Dawe.
Best-of lists rarely get much popular press, but when the Modern Library published its 100 Best Novels list in 1998 it ignited a storm of equal parts criticism and appreciation. The list became ‘famous’ in a way that lists almost never do, entering classroom curricula and to this day even being used by booksellers and libraries to advertise their collection. Continue reading
Banned Books Week has arrived! Each year, the Bellevue University Library puts together a committee to generate ideas, contests, and promotion for Banned Books Week. This year, the committee has outdone itself! Swing by the library and you will get an eyeful of treats. By putting together a display of slightly charred books (no actual books were harmed), the library aims to bring awareness to our students, faculty, and staff on their freedom to read. What does having the freedom to read mean to you? Continue reading
Although the title indicates that it is written for librarians, many aspects of this guide by Western Kentucky University librarian, Katherine Pennavaria, will benefit any person doing research on her/his family heritage. Early in the first chapter, the author urges anyone who decides to begin researching your family history to START NOW by finding the person in your extended family who knows the most about other family members (hopefully one who likes to talk), and record an interview with that person. Continue reading
This week is Banned Books Week and I wanted to discuss comics since recently it was also National Comic Book Day. Whether you’re into Marvel comics, DC comics, or any other type, they’ve often been targeted. Our display case of banned books holds several comic books such as V for Vendetta and The Watchmen.