Letter Writing Day

Today is Letter Writing Day. With the rise of internet communication letter writing has arguably become something of a lost art, or perhaps even an altogether obsolete one. Why take the time to compose a letter (handwritten or typed) and post it when you can send a quick text or email that the recipient will receive almost instantly? Continue reading

Ep. 26: Modern Fantasy on Film and TV

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 26 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. 26: Modern Fantasy on Film and TV

Description: Joel and Colin discuss the popularity of the Game of Thrones television series, reminisce about fantasy films from the 80s and 00s, and wonder if fantasy is in for a resurgence in popularity on television, as networks compete to play host to the next Game of Thrones-style success. They particularly focus on the forthcoming adaptations of Lord of the Rings and The Witcher.

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Library Supports New Pathway Program

Applying to earn a college degree in the United States can be both an exhilarating and intimidating experience for those whose first language is not English.  Many of these potential learners are unsure if their English skills are proficient enough to support them through university level classes.  In an effort to provide necessary support to this growing population, Bellevue University is launching its Pathway Program this winter term.  The Bellevue University Pathway Program helps students who know English at an intermediate level or above and can benefit from improving their English before beginning a degree program.  English language learners will study English full-time over two or three semesters, while earning up to 30 credits toward their degree. Continue reading

Meaning of a Christmas Card

The custom of sending Christmas cards started in 1843 in the UK by Sir Henry Cole.  He was a government worker who had helped to set up the new “Public Record Office” (Post Office) where he was an Assistant Keeper.  He looked for a way that the office could be used more by ordinary people.


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DemographicsNow Database

If you are searching for a new and exciting form of data that can really take your business research to the next level by emphasizing trends found in demographic information from the United States, look no further than the database, DemographicsNow. Continue reading

National Games and Puzzle Week

Today marks the tail end of Thanksgiving Week, and also of National Games and Puzzles Week. Working up the energy to do anything on the weekend after Thanksgiving can be difficult (those who are into shopping excepted), but one thing you might consider is playing tabletop games. Many families already have a tradition of playing games during Thanksgiving Week–for example, the older generations of my family plays the card games Up and Down the River (known by dozens of names, including Oh Hell, Contract Whist, Mormon Bridge, and Rats) and Hearts, whereas the younger generations, myself included, often play our own games, usually newer board games or card games we’ve discovered for ourselves. Continue reading

The Origin of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, also known as “Turkey Day,” is a uniquely American holiday rich in cultural traditions.  The Thanksgiving holiday became an official federal holiday set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and approved by Congress in 1941.  Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Continue reading

Applied Mathematics LibGuide

Whether multiplying ingredients to make a party-sized batch of treats, or calculating compound interest, you will most likely encounter some sort of math challenge in life that takes a bit more than  in-your-head calculation to solve. We often do not realize how much math knowledge we have forgotten until faced with a special project or aptitude test. If you find the once-memorized equations from high school math are starting to get a bit fuzzy, it may be time for a quick refresher to sharpen those skills. Continue reading

Giving Thanks

Every year at Thanksgiving many begin their traditional meal by going around the table and asking everyone what they are thankful for this year. It’s a sweet little ritual and forces everyone to focus on what is positive in their lives. And then we eat. And nothing changes.

So lately I’ve been wondering what “giving thanks” really means. Most of us would say that it means volunteering and sending money to charities. But feeling gratitude is a instinctive and deeply personal experience. Most describe it as a warm sensation in their chest that brings happiness. So how do we give that?

All of us can probably name a family member or co-worker that we don’t get along with.  Maybe we are too much alike or we are exact opposites.  I am sure we can also think of an incident at a store, restaurant, or business where you felt that the other person was rude or treated you unfairly.  Have you ever taken a moment and thought about what that person may be going through?  Have you “walked a mile in their shoes?”

This reminded me of a blog post that I read in the Huff Post titled, “What Does ‘Giving Thanks’ Really Mean?”  After mentioning a similar incident about a mean person, the author of the article went on to discuss the following:

“Last month when the foliage was its most vibrant, I mentioned to a scientist patient of mine how the leaves, like many people, are more beautiful right before they die. He told me that the bright colors are always in those leaves and they are hidden by the green chlorophyll. And when the chlorophyll diminishes in the fall, the true colors emerge. But do we really have to wait until the autumn of our lives for these colors to emerge? I wondered if we really had to wait until the autumn of our lives? Of course not, there are things we can do to make that happen earlier.

So between my scientist and my cousin Donald I realized what “giving thanks” really means. It means looking in someone’s eyes until you can see their vibrant colors beneath the chlorophyll, beneath the mask or the bravado or the prickly personality.

Try it with someone you love. Then try it with someone you don’t think much about — the person that pumps your gas or checks you out at the grocery store. Even try it with someone you have antipathy for — look in their eyes until you can find the tender heart and the vibrant colors beyond their skin color or body shape or behavior.

Because once you find their humanity you will discover your own vibrant colors. And then you will care deeply. And then the world begins to change.”

So, this Thanksgiving season I hope you will find out what it really means to give thanks.