“Oz the Great and Powerful,” a review by Allison

Oz the Great and Powerful 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

Health Literacy Month

Here’s to yourHealth Literacy 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

Matt finds five favorites on the ‘net

Apples, Jean-Talon Farmer's Market, Montreal, QuebecHappy October! For today’s blog post, we reach into the newsletter bag and pull out Matt’s review of five favorite websites and Barb’s electronic tips. Enjoy!

AppleJack Festival
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

Celebrate Banned Books Week by Reading the Classics! Pt. 2

Read Part 1 here.

#7 Catch-22, by Joseph Heller, 1961

Catch22Even 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

Ep. 8: Banned Books Week Special Edition

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome 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!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 8: Banned Books Week Special Edition

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.

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Library Celebrates the Freedom to Read with Banned Book Week Activities

Banned Books candyBanned 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

Practical Guide for Genealogy Provides Helpful Tools

Genealogy : a practical guide for librariansBOOK REVIEW“Genealogy: A Practical Guide for Librarians”

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