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National Pet Month

Now that the weather is getting warmer and spring is finally here, what better time is it to adopt a pet, or even foster a pet, if you do not already have one?! Technically, National Pet Month is first observed from April 1 – May 7, 2018, in the United Kingdom, but it has branched out to the United States throughout the month of May. In fact, there is also a National Pet Day, which is celebrated each year on April 11th (founded by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige). Continue reading

National Library Week – April 8-14, 2018

It’s National Library Week which means we have a lot of activities and events going on to celebrate this special week. In fact, this year celebrates the 60th anniversary, which was first sponsored in 1958 to encourage more people to read as many people were buying radios and televisions at the time. The American Library Association (ALA) has additional information on their website if you would like to read about the history of the 60th anniversary and how it all began. Continue reading

March is National Optimism Month

Do you see a glass of water as half full or half empty? Optimists will see it half full while those pessimists will see it half empty. However, even if you think from a pessimistic point of view (which is only partially due to inborn factors), it’s not too late to start thinking more optimistically, which in turn will provide you with many benefits.

Optimism brings greater success, better emotional and physical health, more happiness, and less stress. So, maybe it’s time to start practicing how to be more optimistic, and what better month than March to start for National Optimism Month! Being optimistic takes a little bit more than “looking on the bright side of things.” It involves changing the way you think, developing new habits, and focusing on accepting those habits and new ways of experiencing life.

Here are 5 tips on how you can be more optimistic (by Henrik Edberg, The Positivity Blog):

  1. It is not too late to change your life.
  2. Don’t make mountains out of molehills.
  3. Find a more helpful way to view your troubles.
  4. Focus on the small steps you can take.
  5. Learn to reduce and handle worries.

I’ll leave you with a few quotes to motivate you to be more optimistic:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“Go out of your way to talk optimistically about everything.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou


Origami Social Media Library Contest

Do you have origami skills? Or, can you fold a piece of paper? Fantastic, we have a contest for you!

The Library would like you to submit a photo of your best origami creation AND either follow the Library’s Pinterest or Instagram accounts OR comment on this blog post to be entered into the contest to win a $15 Amazon gift card! It’s that simple!

Last week was the kick-off to this contest as we hosted an Origami and Afternoon Tea event on January 31. It was a lot of fun!  Here are a few pictures from the event, and you can find more on the Out of This World Origami Pinterest board.

So, what do you need to do? Here are the rules to be entered:

  1. Take a photo of your origami creation and email the photo to: With your photo submission, make sure to include your name, patron type, and if you followed our Instagram and/or Pinterest page or commented on the blog.
  2. Either follow the Library on social media OR comment on this blog post:
  3. Must be a current student, faculty, staff, or alumni to enter.
  4. Enter the contest by February 28, 2018 to be eligible.

If you need assistance with how to make an origami creation, please visit some of the links listed below. Step-by-step instructions are great, but YouTube videos are more helpful, as you can pause the video or slow it down to your speed. Also, here is a link to download some free origami paper templates.

We hope that this contest will bring awareness to the Library’s social media presence and that you will follow us! Since the Library markets so many of our events through our social media outlets, we want you to know what’s going on! We will even add your origami photos to our “Out of This World Origami” Pinterest board so you can share your masterpiece with your friends and family! You have until Wednesday, February 28, 2018, to enter so start folding now!

Helpful websites and videos used in the Origami & Afternoon Tea event: – Image instructions sorted by category such as: animals, toys, flowers, paper airplanes, birds, and boxes. – PDF Image instructions of various things. – Wiki How to make origami demonstrated through step-by-step slide images. – Origami videos – Cherry blossom – Ring – Cube – Crane – Fox – Throwing Star/Pinwheel – Butterfly – Elephant – Heart – Bird

Did You Know? Winter 2018

The Freeman/Lozier Library is always changing to keep up with the latest trends and services to offer you our best.  Our More Than Books newsletter has a “Did You Know” section that keeps you informed about the changes that have taken place in the library.  Here is the latest news from that newsletter:

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National Trivia Day

The sounds for what were recorded by moving a microphone next to a TV set?

In what month is the Earth closest to the sun?

In case you haven’t guessed it, today (January 4), is National Trivia Day, which is observed across the United States. Continue reading

Shop for the Holidays at the Book Fair!

December is here, which means the holiday shopping season is upon us. Perhaps you have already started your shopping or even finished by now, whichever the case; it’s time to shop some more while you are at Bellevue University! Yes, you read that correctly, whether you are on campus attending class, studying, practicing sports, working, or teaching, you also need to find time to SHOP! Continue reading

World Kindness Day

Have you ever gone through the drive-thru for your coffee and the barista tells you that the person in front of you paid for your coffee? Doesn’t that just make your day? And, as a result you decide to “pay it forward” by paying for the person’s coffee behind you. Well, this is just one kind gesture of how people celebrate World Kindness Day, which is happens to be today – November 13. Continue reading

Words Have Power in Banned Books Week Events

BDisplay Caseanned Books Week is celebrated each year in the fall, to bring awareness to the freedom to read. Even though some books are banned or challenged in schools for various reasons, libraries support open access to all expressive works. The American Library Association is a strong advocate for the freedom to read and publishes the top banned and challenged book lists yearly to raise awareness and promote reading these books. This year’s theme was “Words Have Power.” Feel free to view the list of the banned/challenged books that Bellevue University Library has available in its collection. Continue reading