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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

Umbrella Month

umbrella monthSince March is Umbrella Month, allow me to tell you a little bit about the history of the umbrella and how they are being used today. Umbrellas have been in existence for thousands of years, when umbrellas were originally used to shade important persons from the sun. But soon people realized that umbrellas functioned as a wonderful shield from the rain.

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Copyright Center: Images, Photos, and Graphics! Oh My!

frogs_on_benchHave you ever been in the middle of creating a Power Point presentation and you realize that you need an eye-catching image to capture your audience’s attention? Have you asked yourself, “Where can I find some free images to add to my project and avoid any copyright concerns?”

If your answer is the Bellevue University Library’s Copyright Center, you have already discovered the right place! In fact, the Copyright Center contains an “Images” page that lists the Library’s image database, Britannica Image Quest, plus various other image websites, that allow you to use photos for free!

Let me start with Britannica Image Quest. Currently, this is the Library’s only image database. Image Quest provides access to over two million images from collections such as the National Portrait Gallery, Getty Images, National Geographic Image Collection, and DK Images, to name a few.  All you have to do is search for the image, download it, and give the image attribution using the credit line already provided. It is as easy as that!

If using Image Quest did not quite give you the images you were looking for, where can you go next? Hopefully we all know that we cannot just perform a Google search and use any image that we find, right?! Well, as long as you perform that search by filtering the usage rights to your type of use, there may be plenty of images you can use. However, this is only one image website, but there are plenty more!

One of my favorites right now is called Pixabay. All images on this site are released under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license which means the images can be altered, downloaded, distributed, and used however you wish. Plus, attribution is not required. Many of the photos have the stock photography quality and look, but without that lovely watermark.

Another wonderful website with CC0 images is Unsplash. Anyone can submit a photo or collection on this site and share with others. You can search the newest photos or search through various collections to find the perfect photo.

Perhaps you are looking for more of a graphic or icon rather than a photo. Try the website, Noun Project, which will allow you search all kinds of icons, many which are added daily.

There are many other websites listed on the Images page of the Library’s Copyright Center. Hopefully this will give you a start as you are searching for images or photos. Please let us know ( if you discover any new sites that might be helpful to others. As always, thank you for supporting the Bellevue University Library Copyright Center!

Get Your Vote On!

vote-imageTuesday, November 8, 2016 is Election Day!  With all of the political TV & radio commercials, yard signs, billboards, and Facebook rants, it’s difficult to forget that election season is upon us.  Hopefully that means you either voted early or plan to vote on this day. However, if you have decided not to vote at all, please reconsider that decision. Voting may not be important to you now, but your vote could change the future for you and your kids.

Before I get too far, let me provide you with a brief history of Election Day itself and why it is this time of year. In 1845, Congress passed Election Day as the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. This is primarily due to all of the farmers during that time period. On Sunday, the farmers were in church and Wednesday was a market day.  Since farmers needed a good day to travel to a polling location, Tuesday was the best day for their schedule. As far as the month, November was the best time of year since it was after a busy harvest season and before the treacherous winters.  Hence, Election Day occurs on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Now, allow me to fast forward to today and to the importance of voting. Trust me, I’m not going to voice my opinion on whom you should vote for, I just want to encourage you to vote. This year, I must admit that I do have a much greater appreciation for all of the politicians who have and are running for local and state level office because my spouse is running for an office. I never knew just how much work, effort, and time they spent knocking on people’s doors and attending events and functions to get their name and face out there! In fact, I have helped with the campaign and now know about all of the countless hours involved of not only bagging up informational pieces to hang on the doors, but also the door-knocking itself. Let’s just say it’s a TON of work, but pretty exciting too!

Furthermore, the ballot includes so much more than the presidential candidates (if this is why you do not want to vote this year), but also for other offices such as the U.S. House of Representatives, Senate, city offices, and important Legislative bills. In fact, this time on the Nebraska ballot, Bill 268 is listed which is the death penalty bill, and it is up to you whether you would like to repeal or retain it. Feel free to visit this helpful website for Nebraska voters:, to learn more about the candidates and bill. And, if you have not quite made up your mind about the presidential candidates, you can visit to review their stance on various issues.

I’ll stop right here so you have time to go out and vote on November 8!