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.
95 years ago, for the first time in the modern era what is now known as the Winter Olympics opened in Chamonix, France. Chamonix is in the French Alps, near Mont Blanc and the borders of Switzerland and Italy. In the last week of January,1924, the event was known as International Sports Week. Some of the 18 events for amateur competitors were; speed skating, figure skating, ice hockey, cross-country/Nordic skiing, ski jump, the luge, bobsledding, and a combination of skiing and shooting known as the biathlon. A total of 258 athletes…
For five months in 2018, the Anne Ray Foundation supported a PBS campaign to encourage viewers to read, discuss, vote for, and cajole others to vote for their best-loved fiction book(s). The idea was introduced by Meredith Vieria on May 22, and during that PBS program the website with the 100 choices (https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/vote ) was introduced. Continue reading
This Sunday marks the centennial of the end of World War I. The warring factions of that vast conflict agreed to a cease-fire on the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918. Treaty negotiations would drag on for months, but in western Europe weapons of the combatants were silent at that time.
Did you know that October 1 – 7 has been designated as Mystery Series Week? I certainly didn’t! One source that I read said that one of the small American independent publishers, Purple Moon Press, decided to proclaim the first full week in October to honor fictional crime solvers who consistently close the case.
This novel highlights the lives of three generations of residents of the New England island of Nantucket during the heyday of the whaling industry in the mid-19th Century. The male islanders make their living as merchants, farmers, teachers, lighthouse keepers, and crews of the various whaling vessels. Continue reading
More and more of us have parents or grandparents who are more than 85 years old. Their generation has unique challenges, and the Aging in America LibGuide is one source to use to gain a perspective on how to help your extended family when decisions need to be made. The LibGuide gives you format choices as to how to obtain the information. Continue reading
Few annual events are as eagerly anticipated in Iowa as the influx of bicycle enthusiasts from all over the world who journey to that state to test their prowess and participate in RAGBRAI. For the uninitiated, RAGBRAI is an acronym for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, so named because it was first proposed in 1973 by two columnists for the Des Moines Register, John Karras and Donald Kaul.
This digest-sized journal is published by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) in 11 issues annually (July and August are combined). Continue reading
Library on the Go is an initiative that was begun in the summer of 2014, to see if transporting library material to Bellevue University employees who work in the Administrative Services Building and Educational Services Building would increase the Library’s circulation. One Friday each month except December, a team of three, four, or five library staff members selects two or three topics and gathers and transports library formats on those topics to the upper lobby of the ESB. This blog will summarize the eleven Library on the Go events of 2017. Continue reading