Author Archives: Lorraine Patrick

National Meatloaf Day October 18th

Now that we are into the fall weather with chilly temperatures, it seems appropriate to mention that every year on October 18th is National Meatloaf Appreciation Day. This bizarre observance is a relatively new holiday, which was created in 2018 by “Serious Eats.”  There is no documentation confirming National Meatloaf Appreciation Day as a “National” Day. And there is no presidential proclamation or congressional records either.

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Expanding Library Instruction for Student Athletes: A Real Game-Changer

Reference Librarian, Lorraine Patrick, recognizes that information literacy and outreach to the campus community is essential to remaining relevant in a dynamic learning environment. Due to Lorraine’s student-centered thinking and ingenuity, one of her SMART goals for 2019-2020 was to collaborate with an athletic coach to offer two engaged library learning activities for an athletic team.

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Coronavirus Research Database Review

To keep the Bellevue University community informed of the first influenza pandemic of the 21st century, the Bellevue University Library recently added a new ProQuest database titled, “The Coronavirus Research Database” to the list of Library Databases.  This timely resource includes ongoing coverage of the most urgent Coronavirus news, as well as open-access to research articles, conference proceedings, and dissertations from the world’s trusted leading publishers.

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Cheer Up the Lonely Day

The COVID-19 outbreak has clearly prevented individuals from visiting friends, family and neighbors as often as they once had.  As a result, many individuals have experienced loneliness due to the social distancing guidelines, as well as the limited options for socializing.  Persons who are shut-in, in nursing homes or with no relatives or friends to look in on them may be particularly vulnerable and, consequently, begin feeling lonely, sad and depressed.  Lonely people have few friends and loved ones.  They may be elderly or see people on an infrequent basis. Continue reading

Hug Your Cat Day on June 4, 2020

Hug Your Cat Day, also referred to as National Hug Your Cat Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated on June 4th of every year.  It is one of those pleasingly straightforward holidays adding a little warmth and companionship into your life.  No matter how bad or troubling life gets, you can always count on your furry friend to be there for you.  Cats will express great affection towards their human, especially if they are treated with consistent affection.  Even though your cat may be spoiled the other 364 days of the year, cat owners can express a little extra love to their feline companions with a big hug or an extra scratch between their ears or under their chin. This will not only make your cat feel good, studies have shown that giving your cat an extra hug or scratch will lower the owner’s blood pressure and decrease stress.

The Bellevue University Library has some wonderful resources about cats. Below are a few for you to enjoy.  

Cat Culture: The Social World of a Cat Shelter by Janet Alger and Steven Alger.  ProQuest E-Book Central, 2002.
Cat Purr (6:08 Alexander Street video)
The Cat Expert by Rebecca Watson. SF447.W38 2010
Dewey:  The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. By Vicki Myron SF445.5.M97 2008. Dewey’s Nine Lives:  The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions. By Vicki Myron SF445.5.M974 2010.


National Train Day on May 9, 2020

Trains—those powerful machines that have inspired so much of history and have done amazing things for economies and industries all over the world. Known also as the “iron horse,” trains cross thousands of miles across the countryside and all over the world, transporting goods and passengers to far-flung places and later returning them back to their original location. 

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National Oreo Cookie Day

National Oreo Day is a holiday that celebrates the well-known and loved Oreo cookie. On this day in 1912, Oreo was first used on the trademark forms, which is why March 6th is known as National Oreo Cookie Day.  Oreo cookies were first developed by the National Biscuit Company over 100 years ago. The first Oreos sold for $.25 cents a pound and were sold in cans.  Nine years later, the National Biscuit Company decided to change the name to the Oreo sandwich. After World War II, the Oreo sandwich underwent another name change, becoming the Oreo Creme Sandwich. Continue reading

Galentine’s Day February 13th

We know that in February there is Valentine’s Day which occurs every year on February 14th, but did you know that there is another holiday before Valentine’s Day?  It is called Galentine’s Day and it is celebrated annually the day before Valentine’s Day on February 13th.  Rather than romantic love, the theme of Galentine’s Day is friendship, namely the friendship between women.

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Compliment Day

Let me begin by saying it is so nice of you to read this blog today.  I can see that you are an inquisitive and intelligent person.  Yes, it is Compliment Day.  It is a day where we can say something positive about the people we see every day. Not only do compliments make other people feel good, but also did you know that giving compliments is a form of leadership and influence?  This is because people love to be around positive people, and will be more likely to follow their example and listen to their ideas.

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