Author Archives: Diane Osborne

October is Crime Prevention Month

Crime PreventionIn 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council designated October as Crime Prevention Month.  October has become the official month for recognizing and celebrating the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities. Continue reading

Books for a Successful School Year

Successful Books


Bellevue University Library and its staff is ready to welcome you to another school year.  To help you be successful, I have rounded up several books to get you on a great start.  There are even more books in our display case to help you make the most of this next year and are ready for you to check out.  Just ask a staff member at the Circulation Desk and they will be happy to get a book for you in the display case. Continue reading

All About Apps Summer 2017

All About Apps


We all enjoy apps that help us in our everyday life.

We found a handful that you might be interested in adding to your collection.

Be sure to check these out!


WunderlistWunderlist (IOS, Android): A general, all around great app for keeping and sharing to-do lists that can significantly help keep a busy student on the ball with their day-to-day activities. The app is very simple to use; you simply enter in the name of your list, and then enter each item separately. Once a task is completed, you can check off the task and it is stored in “completed tasks.” Simple, light, easy to use and share lists.

Hangouts HangoutsMeet (Android): Ever since Google has rebranded the chat app to “Hangouts,” Google has been looking to expand the functions of the device in order to allow for more powerful, business usage in order to meet the demands of the ever-shifting business world. Hangouts Meet can support up to 30 participants, include a 1-click join button for users, and integrate with all the other Google apps (Calendar, People, etc.) to facilitate scheduling the meeting. This can be a fantastic alternative to students who need to have virtual meetings who are already using Google.

MeteorMeteor (Android): When working on a shared network, it can be challenging to know if the connection is going to be fast enough to do what you want to get done. Now, with Meteor, you have a quick speed test for your connection that gives you a realistic idea for the kind of connection you can expect over long-term usage, as well as a score for six apps and how those apps will work with your current connection. The app is ad-free and has zero cost. You cannot ask much better than that.

ScanbotScanbot (Android): When working with documents, books, and sources in general, it can be difficult to try and copy down everything you need in the moment. Rather than kill your wrists, using an app like Scanbot can dramatically save you time. Scanbot is considered one of  the best PDF scanner apps and can turn documents, receipts, whiteboards, and even QR and Barcodes into a PDF document. With a simplified user interface, you will wonder why you ever typed anything into your phone again.

PigmentPigment (IOS, Android): Everyone needs a break from studying, and the hobby-fad of adult coloring books is still alive and well. For those of us who simply do not have the disposable income to throw at the multitude of adult coloring books out there, Pigment might be a great option. This coloring app provides all of the tools one would need in order to color and save a neat piece of art. While the app does have a paid subscription that gives access to a lot more illustrations, the free version still has plenty to chose from.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 20 No. 3, Summer 2017 by Jacob Lee.

It’s Time to Relax!

Relaxation DayNational Relaxation Day is observed annually on August 15th.  It is a time to slow down, unwind, and relax!  Sundays used to be reserved for this day, but in today’s busy world, even that day is filled with sports activities and things we couldn’t fit in during the week. Continue reading

Made in the USA

Made in the USAOne of the main things Americans think about in July is Independence Day or the 4th of July.  Independence Day is the day we celebrate when the 13 colonies of America declared their independence from Great Britain. Well, there is another “holiday” that is similar to this when Americans celebrate our independence from all countries.  It is called, Made in the USA Day, and it is devoted to promoting merchandise, factory-made within the USA, and goods assembled within the USA. Continue reading

Happy Trails to You!

Trails DayEach year on the first Saturday in June, since 1993, American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day has brought together Americans of all walks of life to enjoy and experience America’s marvelous trails system.  Events held throughout the United States help promote awareness of the wide variety of benefits that trails provide, encourage people to discover their local trails, raise awareness of trail issues, and instill excitement for the outdoors. Continue reading

It’s Time to Graduate!

Graduation TraditionsMay is a busy month full of celebrations.

One of the biggest is graduation.

It is a time to celebrate your accomplishments and achievements over the past few years.  How much do you know about all the traditions behind that special day? Continue reading

Stress! What Can You Do About It???

stress wordsSTRESS!!!  We all could probably raise our hands and say that we have it and know that it is not a good thing.  Did you know that 1/3 of Americans believe they are living with extreme stress- and most feel it’s taking a toll on their home and work life!  That’s horrible, but what can we do about it?!?!

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