Author Archives: Allie OConnor

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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First Winter Olympics – 1924

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…


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Does Anyone Know this is Mystery Series Week?

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.

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Voice of Melody, Book Review PS3616.O945 V65 2018

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

Aging in America LibGuide

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.

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Library on the Go – Highlights of 2017

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