Author Archives: Lorraine Patrick

National Preparedness Month


September has been designated National Preparedness Month by the American Red Cross.  During this month, households across the country are encouraged to develop emergency plans in the event of a home fire or natural disaster (such as a flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, or thunderstorm).  Below are some tips to get you started on your Family Emergency Plan. Continue reading

National Simplify Your Life Week

As you know from the previous post, the first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week.  Simple living is different for each person, but in general, a simplified life means that you are getting rid of clutter (both mental and physical) so that you can have more time and space for the things that you enjoy.  This is a week to think about what you enjoy in life as well as getting rid of the things you dislike.  Continue reading

Tips to Help You Stay Positive

Some days are great, most days are just good, and then we have those days that just wind up being bad.  On the bad days, what do you do?  Do you let them drag you down? We can change our approach to turning a bad day into a good day by using some of the tips below:


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Library Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

Emergency situations can happen unexpectedly anytime and anywhere.  Although emergency situations at the Bellevue University Library are extremely rare, policies and procedures have been put in place should a disastrous event or emergency occurs.  According to the ALA (American Library Association), a library disaster is any incident “that threatens human safety and/or damages or threatens to damage a library’s collections, contents, facilities or services.”  Although the word “disaster” is a strong word, generally synonymous with “catastrophe,” it is important to note that an event does not have to be catastrophic in order for it to be disastrous in a library.

Proactive measures designed to handle medical emergencies and disruptions in service were created approximately 7 years ago.  Due to recent upgrades, as well as personnel changes, we decided to take a closer look at the Bellevue University Library’s Disaster Preparedness Manual and update it to reflect current practices.  The purpose of the Disaster Preparedness Manual is to be a resource should a medical emergency, disruption in service (such as a power outage or water main break) or emergency occur that would jeopardize the building’s structure, the library collection, or the safety of library staff and patrons (customers).

For example, in the event of a natural disaster, such as a tornado, the Library has two classrooms designated as tornado shelters for library staff and patrons.  If library materials are damaged due to water or mold or fire, steps have been put in place to salvage damaged library materials.  The Disaster Plan Manual also provides the names and phone numbers of local companies that specialize in recovering library materials.  Other topics covered in the manual include steps to repair insect damage, vandalism, and flood damage.

In addition to preserving library materials, the Library’s Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Manual also includes the necessary steps needed in the case of other rare situations such as a gas leak, bomb threat, shelving unit collapse, suspicious package, active shooter, and medical emergency.

It is our hope that we will never need to use the manual, but we are also mindful that these situations could occur.  We have the peace of mind that current processes, procedures, and resources are readily available to keep the Library staff, patrons, and resources safe and secure.

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

Cinco de Mayo

For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas. But Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5th in Spanish, is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays.  Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated September 16th.  Rather, Cinco de Mayo is a day that commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla.

Today, Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one. It is seen as a day to celebrate Mexican pride, heritage and cultural achievements and experiences of people with a Mexican background.  In cities with a large Mexican population, it is a celebration that usually begins with a parade, along with businesses promoting Mexican food, drinks and music.

Nebraska’s south Omaha Latino community will host Cinco de Mayo events in Omaha May 4-6, 2018. Some of the highlights include mariachi bands, carnival rides, a Miss, Junior Miss and Little Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant, live music and a dazzling parade which begins on Saturday May 5th at 10:00am at the intersection of 24th & L Streets. For more information, please visit

If you would like more information, the Bellevue University Library has some wonderful resources available below:

Cinco de Mayo Celebrates Freedom for All People by S. Weddington.

El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition.  By David E. Hayes-Bautista.

Why Cinco de Mayo makes a great American holiday. Daily Herald. 

Keep America Beautiful

For more than six decades, the non-profit organization Keep America Beautiful has served as a steward of litter prevention. Founded in 1953 in Stamford, CT, Keep America Beautiful has more than 600 community affiliates and engages more than 5 million volunteers.  The mission of Keep America Beautiful is to inspire and educate people to improve and beautify their community environments.  Continue reading

Go Further With Food for National Nutrition Month

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight, or to maintain a healthy weight, the Bellevue University Library has some helpful resources to coincide with the month of March, which is National Nutrition Month.

National Nutrition Month is an educational campaign that focuses on the significance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise along with eating nourishing and nutritious meals.  The campaign known originally as “National Nutrition Week” was first launched in 1973 by the American Dietetic Association (ADA).  By the beginning of 1980, due to an intense increase in popularity, the House of Delegates expanded National Nutrition Week to National Nutrition Month.

Each year, National Nutrition Month has a different theme.  The theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food.”  This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is focused on educating the public in making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Here is a top 10 list of recommended key tips for maintaining a healthy weight and developing good lifestyle habits.

  1. Make healthy living a priority for yourself and your family.
  2. Choose to eat good, healthy food.
  3. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  4. Change to healthy recipes that are tasty and filling.
  5. Eat breakfast every day.
  6. Consider eating your main meal in the middle of the day instead of in the evening.
  7. Eat vegetables first.
  8. Plan and prepare your meals for the following week.
  9. Eat before you feel hungry.
  10. Go for healthy snacks to avoid the sugar crash.

For more information and interesting facts about nutrition, the Bellevue University Library has the following items to keep you on track towards maintaining your healthy weight.  All items can be borrowed for 3 weeks.  You can do it!

The Athlete’s Plate:  Real Food for High Performance by Adam Kelinson TX361 A8 K45 2009

Food Ethics by Paul Pojman and Katie McShane TX357.F639 2015

The Top 100 Fitness Foods 100 Ways to Turbocharge Your Life by Sarah Owen TX361 A8 O95 2009


On Valentine’s Day Make It A Movie Night

It is officially Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. As you head out to buy cards, candy, or flowers, it might be a good idea to stop by the Bellevue University Library first and check out some of our great movies. From comedies to adventures to dramas, the Bellevue University Library offers a wide variety of movies that feature love stories that will win you over.  With that in mind, get a bowl of popcorn, your chocolate and one of the ten films below that can be borrowed from the Bellevue University Library for one week.

Casablanca DVD PN1995.9.F54 C35 1999  In December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Edge of Love DVD PN1995.9.M27 E34 2009 When legendary poet Dylan Thomas reconnects with Vera, his teenage sweetheart, a romantic rivalry begins between her and his wife Caitlin. As the   women begin to bond an unusual trio is formed. The threesome live in bliss until Vera’s husband, a handsome soldier, returns from fighting in the war and jealousy erupts, threatening the trio’s fragile happiness.

I Hate Valentine’s Day DVD PN 1995.9.M27 I338 2010 Genevieve Gernier has a strict philosophy on dating. Her rule: no more than five dates with a man to ensure that she will never get dumped. When Greg Gatlin buys a restaurant nearby her flower shop, they start dating.  However, after five dates, Genevieve is not happy with her rule and does not know how to meet Greg again. The rule that she swore to never break, could end up breaking her heart.

I Love You Beth Cooper DVD PN 1995.9.M27 I23 2009 When Denis, proclaims his love for super-popular Beth Cooper during his valedictorian speech, everyone is speechless. But the real shock comes that night when Beth shows up at Denis’s house with her two best friends to show him how the cool kids party. Beth decides to show him the best night of his life.

Like Crazy    DVD PN1995.9.M27 L55 2012 When a British college student falls for her American classmate, they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey–only to be separated by circumstances beyond their control.

Love Actually DVD PN1995.9.M27 L68 In Love Actually, the Prime Minister is smitten with his caterer; a widower’s young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a writer falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother copes with her potentially unfaithful husband; and a lovelorn American is desperately attracted to a colleague.

Loving DVD PN1995.9.B55 L685 2017  This film is a true story about Richard and Mildred Loving, an inter-racial married couple living in Virginia during a turbulent time of racial tension.  Despite their legal marriage license, they were arrested by local police.  Their arrest ultimately led to a legal battle that ended at the United States Supreme Court.

Management DVD PN1995.9.M27 M36 2009- Mike Cranshaw has a chance meeting with Sue Claussen when she checks into the motel owned by Mike’s parents in Arizona. A bottle of wine jump starts a unique courtship between two different kinds of people who are both looking for the same thing: a sense of happiness.

The Notebook DVD PN1995.9.M27 N68 2005  Noah Calhoun regularly visits Allie Nelson who is in a nursing home  because of Alzheimer’s. He reads to her from an old, faded notebook containing the account of a young couple, how they met, fell in love and confronted obstacles to their happiness.

Singing in the Rain DVD PN1995.9.M86 S564 2000 Singin’ in the rain is a musical filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly’s fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain.

Please note that the DVD collection is now located in the compact shelving located in the back of the Library. Please ask a member of the Library staff if you need assistance locating them.