Space, the final frontier.

Pluto!Did you know that July 20th was Space Exploration Day? I was pretty stoked when I found out because, to me at least, space is a pretty big deal. Space Exploration Day has been celebrated since the early 1970’s and marks the anniversary date of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Each year since, space explorers have honored this day with more discoveries of the vast universe. Continue reading

I Think I Forgot

MemoriesI Forgot Day was on the 2nd of July. I meant to put this post up then, but it slipped my mind.

Don’t you hate that? Forgetting things? You have so much going on that everything just becomes harder to remember? Continue reading

Jake’s Grill Tools – National Grilling Month


Welcome back readers! Rather than looking into technology, we’re celebrating National Grilling Month! I’m taking a step back from my usual post for one of my favorite summer pastimes: true barbecue! I’m not talking about grilling out in the backyard with some pieces of chicken and mystery-meat hot dogs; I am talking about smoking hunks of meat for long periods of time and going through the ritual. ACTUAL BARBECUE! Let’s get into IT! Continue reading

National Park and Recreation Month

Park Rec MonthAmerica has celebrated July as “Park and Recreation Month” since 1985. That is 30 years we have had to enjoy several beautiful parks across this nation. This year also commerates 50 years of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). What does this mean for the park lover in all of us?

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Instagram and the Genius Hour

InstagramInstagram is a social media tool that is growing in popularity, especially in libraries.  It is similar to Facebook in that pictures and short videos are posted and viewers can ‘like’ different posts. I have been using Instagram for about a year and have learned new terminology such as dropbox, hashtags, reposts, liking, tagboard, following, and sharing.   Additionally, I have learned that Instagram is meant to be both educational and entertaining.  When researching the #LibrariesofInstagram during my Genius Hour, I noticed that there are common whimsical threads, such as #bookface and #shelfie.  A bookface is the combination of a unique bookcover image that is aligned to a human person.  A shelfie is a self-photo in the library’s book stacks. Continue reading

The Moon and Its Protectors

Full-moonLike the sun and other elements of nature, the moon has been revered as magical. It’s symbolized many goddesses and followed many paths of lore. Werewolves change at the sight of it being full in the sky; a man lives in it, etc. One thing that has not changed is the memorizing effect it has on people no matter the time of month. Continue reading

Summer Solstice

Summer SolsticeThis Sunday brought the first day of summer to June. To others it may go by Midsummer’s Eve and ‘the sun stands still’ but you may know it as the Summer Solstice.

There’s just something about the welcoming of summer and the longest day of the year that says magic. People spend their time praying to ancestors and nature, hoping for prosperous summer tidings. Thousands visit places like Stonehenge and Avebury every year to see the sun rise. The sun creates life and contributes to the circle of existence. It’s full of magic if for no other reason aside from the fact that people think it is. It’s a long standing tradition to perform rituals or ceremonies on Midsummer’s Eve. Continue reading

Podcast Episode 6 – Comic Books: Days of Future Past

Welcome to Episode 6 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.

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Description: In Episode 6, Jake and Joel discuss the history of comic books, from their initial rise in popularity, all the way through the deluge of comic book movies being released today. Topics include the Golden Age of Comics, the backlash against the medium in the 1950s, the Comics Code Authority, the Silver Age, the Modern Age, and comics on the silver screen.

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