Author Archives: Chrystal Dawson

World Chocolate Day

Today is World Chocolate Day, and what better way to celebrate than by devouring your favorite chocolate?! World Chocolate Day occurs on July 7th and is recognized across the world.  This is the day that chocolate was first introduced in Europe. Of course, there are other “chocolate” celebratory days throughout the year. International Chocolate Day occurs on September 13th in the United States. National Chocolate Day, which was created by the National Confectioners Association, occurs on October 28th, and National Chocolate Lover’s Month is an entire month devoted to chocolate, celebrated in February. Continue reading

New Arrivals Summer 2018

We have received the following titles in the last quarter.


Check them out!

List compiled by Chrystal Dawson.


The French Revolution and Napoleon: Crucible of the Modern World  DC148.H863 2017

9 Habits of Project Leaders: Experience and Data-Driven Practical Advice in Project Execution  HD69.P75 S564 2017

Creating Value with Big Data Analytics: Making Smarter Marketing Decisions  HF5415.32.V475 2016

Effective People Management  HF5549.W431 2017


50 Top Tools for Employee Engagement: A Complete Toolkit for Improving Motivation and Productivity  HF5549.5.M63 M569 2017

Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform: Learning From Failure  HV9950.B497 2016

Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality  LA217.2.S34 2017

British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence  ML3534.P455 2017


The Handmaid’s Tale: Season One  DVD PN1992.77.H25 2018

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual  PR4038.M3 A49 2017

 The Kid  PS3558.A5133 K53 2016

Reckless Creed  PS3561.A8682 R43 2017

Kings of Broken Things: A Novel  PS3623.H4474 K5 2017

Decision Support Using Nonparametric Statistics  QA278.8.B43 2018

Molecular Biology: Sequencing Techniques and Applications  QH441.M65 2017

Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life  R726.8.W37 2017

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 21 No. 3, Summer 2018.


Get Hooked on Audiobooks

Now that June is here, summer is right around the corner. And during these summer months, many people take family vacations and head out on long road trips. However, these trips may also mean endless hours in the car, listening to impatient children ask if you are there yet every five minutes, all while viewing the less than picturesque corn and bean fields spanning hundreds of miles. Well, what better way to spend those long hours in the car than with an audiobook?!

Just imagine reclining back in your seat as you slide on those sound-blocking headphones, listening to a fascinating story while you close your eyes. You don’t even have to open that book that’s been collecting dust while sitting on your book shelf for months. Instead, you can just relax and let your book take you on a journey to another place while the kids are causing havoc in the back seat.

June is a great time to check out an audiobook since it is Audiobook Month. And, the Bellevue University Library has hundreds of audiobooks to choose from, and we are always adding to the collection. Feel free to search our online catalog, eCatalog, to see which audiobook titles may capture your attention. Also, take a peek at our “Get Caught Listening” Pinterest board which features many audiobook titles found in our collection. If you are ready to try out an audiobook, please stop by and we will gladly direct you to the variety of titles available to you. Audiobooks can be checked out to current students, faculty, staff, and alumni for 21 days and can be renewed once for another 21 days.

Here are a few of our newest titles that have been added to our audiobook collection:

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership





Into the Water






The Fix






The Holocaust: A New History





Old Souls: Compelling Evidence From Children Who Remember Past Lives





The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit




Will’s Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again





Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, The New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball

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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