Hispanic Heritage Month (Mes de la Herencia Hispana)


Hola! Welcome to Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration running from September 15th through October 15th.

Wait a minute! I thought a month starts on the first and not the 15th! Why does Hispanic Heritage Month go through the middle of two months??? Well, it is because of the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, which happened on September 15, 1968. The honor is carried until October 15th because Mexico, Chile and Belize, also, celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12th.    Continue reading

A Bellevue University Treasure: World War II Veteran Interviews on DVD

Most of us had or have at least one extended family member or family friend who either fought in World War II or was active here on the home front during the war. Have you been able to sit down with them and listen to their stories? For many of the World War II veterans, the people that they met and the places that they experienced formed an indelible, life-long memory. Many of them need to be coaxed initially to share these memories, but once prompted their tales take you back to the 1940s and the feelings that they had as 17 to 30-year-olds. Continue reading

Travelling Companions – GPS Apps


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Summer may be leaving us quickly but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still benefit from some assistance every now and again while traveling here, there, and everywhere. So whether you’re just hopping to the corner store and back, or experiencing a new reality through your smartphone, Global Positioning System (GPS) apps can alter the way you look at the world around you. Three, two, one, let’s jam! Continue reading

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Back to School Trends

BackpackAh September… that means cooler mornings, apples, football, Labor Day, and the Remembrance of Sept. 11th.  Most of all, it means goodbye to the dog days of summer and hello to school – for most of us that is.   Continue reading

Inventions for Tomorrow

 Well, here it is, the last infographic post in the series on Inventors and Inventions.

I don’t know about you, but I think this has been a fascinating study of the past and how we have come a long way in making life easier.  I hope you have learned that like the great inventors, there are no mistakes, we must simply step back and try again.

Today’s post is taking us into the future and giving us a look at the possibilities that lie ahead.  What is there left to invent, you ask?  Plenty!  What is interesting about this infographic is that it begins in 2013.  Did their predictions come true?  Were they close?  What about 2014?  Does any of this sound realistic?

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Cats, Dogs, and Bird’s oh my!

Providing food, rides, hilarity and company, Pawsanimals happen to be everywhere. There are clothes for our pets and tricks to be taught with treats to give. The internet is posted with our favorite cat pictures and animals like Boo and Grumpy Cat are now toys. Animals are so ingrained in our lives that we even have holidays like Happy Cat Month (September) for them. We have pets because they can turn any shadowy day into one of happiness. They’re a companion to talk to and to cuddle with when life gets rough.

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National Inventors Month: Nikola Tesla

132_1250275-WTesla is a big name right now. The car company, that is. I suspect that most people are aware of the historical figure Nikola Tesla; if nothing else, decades of pop culture obsession with him (in comics, film, television, video games, but especially in steampunk and science-fiction literature) have made his name a household one, frequently mentioned alongside Thomas Edison‘s. Continue reading

Jake’s Tech Tools – Audio / Inventors Appreciation Month



Welcome back, readers! Two important themes are running this month: National Inventors Month and Audio Appreciation Month! So, I decided to mix those themes together and look at inventors of influential audio technology. I found this information using the databases here in our library. Without further ado, let’s get this done. Continue reading

Worlds 10 Best Inventions

 Welcome back to our infographic series on National Inventors Month!

As we have learned this month, some of the purposes of an invention is to make a task easier or completed quicker. Overall, the goal is to make some kind of improvement. There are so many inventions that have changed the world for the better. If you ask anyone born in the last 20 years what the worlds best inventions have been, I am sure that the world-wide web and smart phones would be on the top of their lists. Try living a day or a few hours without these and see how you do. If you had made a list of your favorite top 10 inventions, what would be on your list? Continue reading