Love My Library


How would you describe a library?  A building?  A book depository?  Computer Lab?  Learning Environment?  Quiet?  Well, many libraries are that and so much more…

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The Legacies of Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder

From the time I was in elementary school, one of my favorite authors has always been Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was the second of four daughters of a pioneer family that traveled from Wisconsin to Kansas to Minnesota to South Dakota in the 1870s and 1880s. The Ingalls family experienced the hardships of blizzards, crop failures, prairie fires, and severe illness before Laura was 21, but they also had the blessings of a loving family, good neighbors, steadfast friends, and a profound faith in God. When she was a Missouri farm wife in her sixties, Laura wrote some fictionalized memories of her growing-up years in what are now known as the “Little House” books.

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February is Creative Romance Month

While you may see February as the ultimate month of love, why not spice it up this year by expressing your adoration in a creative way? Romance doesn’t have to be predictable. Don’t overthink it either! All you need for a bit of romance is love, excitement, and a bit of mystery! Although traditional romantic ideas are always a safe bet, try your hand at one of these suggestions for a well-received surprise.

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Control Your Wasted Time

February is National Time Management Month.  I could give you a list of apps to help you manage your time and organize your projects and activities and that may work for some people.  If we are honest, what we may need to look at is what are we doing with our time?  Are we using it wisely?  We all need to take breaks, but what are we doing on those breaks? Continue reading

Norman Rockwell’s Birthday

Norman Rockwell was an American painter, illustrator and author born in New York City February 3, 1894. He began studying art at 14 years old and became a prolific artist, producing more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime.  While still in his teens, Norman Rockwell worked as an art director for Boys’ Life and worked as a freelance artist illustrating for a variety of young people’s publications.

Norman Rockwell is best known for depicting the simplicity and innocence of small-town American life in his creations of calendars, postcards, stamps, booklets, catalogs, magazine covers and posters. In 1916, at the age of 22, Rockwell began working for The Saturday Evening Post creating whimsical artwork covers. Then, after working for The Saturday Evening Post for 47 years,  Rockwell began to work for Look magazine.  During his 10-year association with Look, Rockwell painted pictures illustrating some of his deepest concerns such as America’s war on poverty and Civil Rights.  Some of Rockwell’s best known works are “Rosie the Riveter,” “Saying Grace,” the “Willie Gillis” series, and the “Four Freedoms” series.

In 1977, Rockwell received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died peacefully at his home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at the age of 84.

To learn more about Norman Rockwell and his work click on the links below to view some of The Bellevue University Library’s resources.


100 Artists Who Shaped World History by Barbara Krystal

Norman Rockwell’s America by Christopher Finch.

Norman Rockwell’s People by Susan Meyer

Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective by Norman Rockwell


Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait (48 minutes)


A to Z World Business Database Review

Want to market your business or deal with a business in a foreign country? Asking yourself, “Where do I go for information on how to do business with that country? Which one shall I choose?” A to Z World Business could be the database for you. Choose from over 100 Country Business guides on 120 topics, plus 77 global market tools that cover subjects like business information, import/export, compliance and taxation. Continue reading

Making Work Fun!!!

Do you enjoy working?  Do you wake up each morning looking forward to going to work?  Do you smile when you think of your place of employment?  If you do, then today is for you…  Today is “Fun At Work Day,” and it’s celebrated each year around this time.  The exact date is unclear as some say it is the last Friday of January, while others tend to think it is always on January 28th.  This blogger decided it was today to coincide with her birthday and to share some tips for making work fun!!!


“Have Fun At Work Day” is advantageous to both employers and employees.  When employees are happy, productivity increases and retention is high.  Employers who foster a positive work environment benefit by retaining loyal, healthier, and creative people.  Most employers allow some latitude in the workplace, but be sure you do get permission before you try some of tips below as you don’t want to turn this day into “Not So Fun at Work Day.”

  • Celebrate birthdays and work anniversaries
  • Compliment co-workers
  • Decorate your workspace
  • Get up and walk around a few minutes a day
  • Have a pizza social
  • Play music while you work
  • Start a “Fun” Committee

Humor is perhaps the best way to have fun at work.  The workplace needs humor.  It not only boosts creativity, but it also increases communication, health, and leadership skills.  Humor can diffuse conflict, get people to listen, improve decision-making and problem solving skills, and also help connect and collaborate with others.

So if you dread going to work, why not blow off a little steam today and try some of the tactics above.  You may have heard the quote “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life…”  Well this blogger loves her job and going to work is a blessing as she is surrounded with the best people who make the Bellevue University Library FUN every day!

Ep. 34: Tech Trends for 2019

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 34 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. 34: Tech Trends for 2019

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin recap the good, the bad, and the ugly technology to come out of CES 2019. Tech discussed includes 5G, VR, over-the-air wireless charging, electric vehicles, ridiculous televisions, veggie burgers, robots, and smart-everything. What is their favorite thing to come out of the expo? Listen to find out!

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

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