Getting to Know… Margie McCandless, Reference Support Specialist

Hi Margie! First question; why do you work in a library? I think I have just always felt at home in libraries. My first real job as a senior in high school was as a page in the children’s department at the newly opened Swanson Branch. It had only been open three weeks when I started and I worked my way through college there. So it just seemed natural to choose library science as a minor and area of certification for my education degree–the only type of library degree offered in Nebraska at the time. I was a school librarian in two schools in Houston, but mainly was a faithful weekly volunteer for many years at all my children’s grade schools and a sometimes substitute librarian. Continue reading

The Colors of Christmas

There are several colors which are traditionally associated with Christmas.  The first two colors many of us think of are red and green.

I began to question do these colors have any special meaning and what do they represent?  Are there any other colors associated with Christmas?

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Ep. 33: Game Night: Board Games to Break up the Monopoly Monotony

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 33 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. 33: Game Night – Board Games to Break up the Monopoly Monotony

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin discuss the new generation of board and party games that have been replacing tired-out classics like Monopoly at game nights and family gatherings the world over in recent years. Games discussed include CatanCarcassonneTicket to RidePandemicPandemic: Reign of CthulhuPandemic Legacy: Season 1MysteriumMonikers, the Jackbox Party Pack series, and Brass: Birmingham. Several role-playing games are also mentioned in quick succession, including Dungeons & DragonsFiasco (Coen brothers movie simulator), Apocalypse World (Mad Max simulator), Night Witches, and Tales from the Loop

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Enjoy These Recipes for National Chicken Month

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts-Now with tips for a baked version! this honey garlic chicken is our most popular recipe for good reason.

Those cold winter nights, finals week, and the holidays coming up make it hard to want anything but comfort food. Well, you’re in luck, December has just the perfect day to enjoy all the comfort food you want. Comfort Food Day is December 5th and what better comfort food than some recipes with warm and filling chicken? These recipes are sure to bring some comfort to you and anyone else who needs comfort from a home cooked dish or two.

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2018 National Book Awards

The National Book Awards is a prestigious event celebrating noteworthy titles published within the past year. This award is sponsored by the National Book Foundation, an organization that strives to promote and celebrate literature in America. In each of the five categories, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature, one winner is picked by a panel of judges. This November marks the 69th year of the National Book Awards, and the ceremony (which is available for public viewing here) was hosted by Nick Offerman.

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American Made Matters Day

Did you know that November 19 is American Made Matters Day? Of course you didn’t, until now!  To be fair, it has only been around since 2013, and the celebration is pretty low key – no parades or fireworks – just a request to buy American made. The organization behind it, American Made Matters, was founded appropriately on July 4, 2009 with a mission to educate consumers on the importance of buying “Made in the USA” products. Sponsors include American made retailers, patriotic organizations, and local businesses who understand that American made matters, not just on November 19, but every day.

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