National Inventors Day – Michael S. Hart

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When we think of inventions and inventors, we often think of Edison and his (non-original) light bulb, or Tesla and A/C electricity (at least I do). We forget that modern inventions are much more than “slap-chops” and “ostrich pillows” made to alleviate daily frustrations. Technological inventions that have no tangible creation can be kind of hard to call inventions; yet, there is one that has made an undeniable impact on libraries – eBooks! So, let’s learn something about their creator: Michael S. Hart. Continue reading

Read any good inventions lately?

REVOLVING BOOKCASE. - Steel engraving, 19th century.Get set to invent everybody because May is National Inventor’s Month! It’s pretty awesome to think about how every gadget, gizmo, and thing-a-ma-bob there has ever been, (not to mention all the whoozits and whatzits galore that are out there) were invented by regular people. How cool is that? Being the literary nerd that I am, I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about when a few literary genres were “invented” and by whom. Continue reading

Take Time to Visit a Museum Today

MuseumsInternational Museum Day began 39 years ago to promote the value of museums in society’s development and the exchange of ideas around the globe.  It is celebrated each year on May 18th, with a new theme.  The 2016 theme is “Museums and Cultural Landscapes.”  Over 145 countries participate in the event encompassing more than 35,000 museums.  Participation among museums is increasing and many now offer free admission. Continue reading

Database Data – My Heritage

My HeritageFor some of our younger patrons, researching your family history and compiling genealogical information may not necessarily be a hobby you enjoy or something that interests you; however, many of our older students and community users do take an interest in genealogy.  Thankfully, the Nebraska Library Commission has given us access to the MyHeritage database for libraries, aptly named MyHeritage Library Edition.   Continue reading

To Protect the Earth From Devastation

As this week has definitely proven – storm season has started and flowers are beginning to show signs of life. Thus has begun gardening season!

That’s what this month is – National Gardening Month. Of course, this month also has a day to celebrate the Earth and how to help the Earth grow and prosper. Earth Day was April 22nd and while it has passed, there are still many ways to keep our awareness alive each day.

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Ep. 13: Harper Lee and the Mystery of the Manuscript

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 13 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. 13: Harper Lee and the Mystery of the Manuscript

Description: Joel and Jake discuss the controversy surrounding the publishing of Go Set a Watchman and the strange decisions of the Harper Lee estate.

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

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