National Readathon Part 2

So last month was the National Readathon, a four hour reading marathon for promoting reading and literacy. I was super excited when I heard about it and posted about it here. In preparation for the Readathon I gathered a variety of works to have on hand. Some were titles that I had been meaning to read and others were old favorites that are always a fallback choice. Continue reading

Jake’s Tech Tools – The Internet Arcade


Welcome to the month of “love”, readers! This month, I would like to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart – video games. SPECIFICALLY, the arcade games of my youth. Many an hour and quarter was spent in a local Aladdin’s Castle at the mall, decimating what would have been hours of boredom with flashing lights, booming sounds, and the occasional redemption ticket for a plastic doo-dad. I will, however, let you on a little secret: there is a place on the internet where you can play hundreds of arcade classics right in your browser FOR FREE. Come with me now on a journey through time and space! Continue reading

Listen and BE INSPIRED on your morning commute

Talk like TED by Carmine Gallo

Each day I travel over an hour in my commute to work and home. Listening to the radio is always top of my list but there are days when I am ready to listen and learn something new as I drive. Audio books provide a welcome change to my morning. Selecting nonfiction titles, I find it akin to listening to NPR or other talk radio. It gets my mind energized and ready to start the day. Admittedly, I prefer audio books at the beginning of the day and music towards the end to help wind down. How about you? Do you like to listen to audio books? Where do you listen? Continue reading

A Century of Black History

Black History Month 2015

February is the month that we have celebrated African-American History Month since 1976 when President Gerald Ford extended the celebration from two weeks into an official month.  It all started back in 1915 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson pursued to honor the contributions of people of African descent in the United States through the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). Continue reading

February Offerings for “Library on the Go”

Nine months ago, the Bellevue University Library staff established an initiative which offers library materials to staff and faculty members with offices in the ESB and ASB one Friday a month over the lunch hour. Since June, more than 45 staff and faculty members who had not used the library before have checked out during these “Library on the Go” sessions. Continue reading

Irish Love Memes

On Saturday, the Omaha World Herald published a story of one woman’s collection of Valentine’s Day cards. The woman had saved decades of cards that she or her family had received from friends and relatives. My response to having read about her was extreme happiness from not having adequate room to save all those cards.

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Podcast Episode 3: Tech Trends for 2015

The “More Than Books” Podcast is back with the first new episode of 2015! 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.

Play ButtonMore Than Books Podcast – Episode 3: Tech Trends for 2015

Description:  This month, podcast hosts Jake and Joel discuss upcoming technology trends for the new year. Highlights include the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, Windows 10, modular smartphones, Virtual Reality, and everything they know about sports. Spoiler Alert: They don’t know very much about sports.

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Missed the first two episodes? It’s easy to catch up. Click here to access all episodes of the “More Than Books” Podcast!

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Interested in a Blind Date?

Blind Date with a Book display 1 Alright everybody, are you ready for an adventure? Valentine’s day is coming up soon and here at the library we’re hoping that we might just have a good match waiting for you! Blind Date with a Book is a display we’re going to have set up for the whole month. The idea is that we have our display shelf holding books that don’t let you see what they look like Continue reading