As this week has definitely proven – storm season has started and flowers are beginning to show signs of life. Thus has begun gardening season!

That’s what this month is – National Gardening Month. Of course, this month also has a day to celebrate the Earth and how to help the Earth grow and prosper. Earth Day was April 22nd and while it has passed, there are still many ways to keep our awareness alive each day.

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Ep. 13: Harper Lee and the Mystery of the Manuscript

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 13 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. 13: Harper Lee and the Mystery of the Manuscript

Description: Joel and Jake discuss the controversy surrounding the publishing of Go Set a Watchman and the strange decisions of the Harper Lee estate.

Click the above link to stream or download this month’s podcast!

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Save Your Stuff and Pass it On!

Preservation WeekPreservation Week is here to help you “save your stuff and pass it on!”  Did you know that in 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that U.S. institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63% of the whole). A treasure trove of uncounted additional items is held by individuals, families, and communities. Continue reading

Jazz Appreciation Month: Diamonds in the Rough

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and there is nothing more that I love to write about than awesome Jazz music, of which there is a plethora. Last year, I gushed about my love of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, which is one of the first Jazz albums I owned as an undergrad in music education. Since that time, I’ve really tried to expand my horizons when it comes to Jazz. I give you five fairly unknown Jazz albums that I think anyone can enjoy. Continue reading

Titanic Remembrance Day

TitanicThe day that will live in infamy is April 15, 1912, the day the R.M.S. Titanic sank.  Although, it hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean at 11:40 p.m., on April 12th, we remember the Titanic today!  It was on her maiden voyage from England to New York that tragedy struck.  Due to the number of insufficient life boats, more than 1,500 passengers died in the icy waters that fateful night.  This is the day to observe and remember. Continue reading

Drop Everything And Read Day Are you ready to be a D.E.A.R. and Drop Everything And Read? D.E.A.R. day is April 12th, in honor of author Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Originally the event was regulated to just the one day but is now also celebrated all month long. The D.E.A.R. program was set in motion by Beverly Cleary— thanks to her introduction of it in her book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Continue reading

National Library Week 2016: Libraries Transform

Libraries Transform LogoNational Library Week is kicking off today, and we’ve got events lined up all this week for you to participate in! Keep reading for a summary of everything going on at the Library this week.

  • Contests
  • April 10th-16th
    • Reading in a Unique Place Photograph Contest
      • Submit a photo of yourself reading in a unique place to for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all encouraged to participate.
    • Guess the Number of Bookworms in the Jar Contest
      • Guess the number of gummy worms that are in the jar in the Library, without going over, for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card.
  • National Library Week Open House
    • Wednesday, April 13th, 2:00-3:30 pm, Library
    • Celebrate National Library Week and find out who our next Friend of the Library is while enjoying refreshments and listening to the Library’s band, Sounds of Knowledge.
  • “Do Space: Explore, Learn, Create” Workshop
    • Thursday, April 14th, 4:00-5:00 pm, Library Classroom 460
    • Caitlin Lombardo will present on the Do Space, located at 72nd & Dodge St. in Omaha. Membership is free, so come to this workshop to learn about all the innovative technology that you can make use of at the Do Space. Click here to register.
  • READ Posters
    • April 11th (11:00 am-1:00 pm), April 13th (1:30-3:30 pm), April 14th (3:30 – 5:30 pm), Library
    • Have your photo taken with your favorite book and made into a READ Poster!
  • Book Sale
    • April 10th-16th, Library
    • Buy books for $.50 each or three for $1.00, magazines for $.10, and videos for $1.00
  • Library on the Go
    • Friday, April 15th, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, ESB 3rd floor atrium
    • University employees who work in the ASB and ESB can check out books at Library on the Go.

We hope that you’ll be able to visit the Library during the week and participate in some of the above events!