More Than Books Podcast – Library on the Go Edition – Ep. 2 – Prague: A Vampire Hotspot

Welcome to Episode 2 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 2! In this episode Jessica and Allison discuss why the city of Prague is considered one of the biggest vampire locations in the world. They focus on the mythology and folklore of the region and how the historical and anthropological records demonstrate the belief in vampires though the recorded events of vampire panics and vampire hunts.


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1st Appearance: Venom


Alter Egos: Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan, Flash Thompson

1st Full Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #300, May, 1988

Place of Origin: Gorr’s unnamed planet

Species: Symbiote

Affiliations: Sinister Six, Dark Avengers, Thunderbolts, S.H.I.E.L.D.

Partnerships: Spider-Man, Eddie Brock, Flash Thompson

Created by: David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane Continue reading

Did You Know Fall 2021 Edition

The Freeman/Lozier Library is always changing to keep up with the latest trends and services to offer you our best.  Our More Than Books newsletter has a “Did You Know” section that keeps you informed about the changes that have taken place in the library.  Here is the latest news from that newsletter:

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Fall Activities

If you couldn’t already tell by the slight chill in the air as the wind blows, the changing color of the leaves on the trees, or the variety of pumpkin-spice flavored goodies you can now find at coffee shops and stores, fall is officially upon us. As the sweltering heat of the summer starts to cool down, we begin to remember why fall is 33% of American’s favorite season. There’s an array of ways to enjoy this season, including baking, watching seasonal movies or shows, and outdoor activities that are only offered around this special time of year. Here is a collective list of ideas and activities to get even the summer lovers in the autumn mood.

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My Favorite Books Episode 6: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Welcome to the sixth episode of the My Favorite Books podcast!

In this episode, Sierra provides a mini-review of The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

You can listen to the latest episode here.




Synopsis from Goodreads:

“A thrilling and original coming-of-age novel for adults about a young man practicing magic in the real world.

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.

At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren’t black and white, love and sex aren’t simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price.”


The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

“How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice from White People” Audio Book PN6165.H84 2018

What is the best tactic black Americans can use to avoid being shot by the police? With the proliferation of recording devices and resurging drive to right continuing injustices against people of color in the United States, a lot of focus has been directed toward police violence toward African Americans. Amid calls to ‘defund the police’ and roll back qualified immunity doctrine for officers, some white commentators have also offered advice to the black community on how to avoid the violence entirely. In his book, How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice from White People, D.L. Hughley translates this “helpful” advice into workable steps, upon which an implicitly black audience can act to successfully “not get shot.” However, the bottom line argument in D.L. Hughley’s scathing satirical commentary is simple: “don’t be black.”

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Books Unite Us

What are your plans for the week of September 26th through October 2nd? Be sure to leave room on your calendar for library activities and contests as we celebrate Banned Books Week. But first, maybe you are not sure what Banned Books Week is all about. Are we really banning books? Will there be a bonfire? Actually, it is quite the opposite; it is all about celebrating our freedom to read without censorship. Books on all topics are available in our libraries and bookstores to anyone who wants to read them. Try to imagine not having this freedom and choice. That freedom, that we take for granted, is worth protecting and celebrating, and is precisely why we set aside a week every year to do just that.

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