Author Archives: Lorraine Patrick

The Origin of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, also known as “Turkey Day,” is a uniquely American holiday rich in cultural traditions.  The Thanksgiving holiday became an official federal holiday set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and approved by Congress in 1941.  Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Continue reading

The Origin of Halloween

From carving pumpkins to wearing costumes, Halloween is a unique holiday that has something for everyone.  This holiday originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.  In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints.  The evening of October 31st was known as All Hallows Eve and later Halloween.   When the colonists came to America in the 1800’s, Halloween was extremely limited because of the rigid Protestant belief system.

However, as the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups and the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge.  Colonial Halloween festivities included the telling of ghost stories, dancing and singing.  By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common.  In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with Irish immigrants in 1846 due to the potato famine.  The Irish helped to popularize Halloween with traditions such as trick-or-treating, and dressing in costumes.  Over time, Halloween has evolved into a community-based event with child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating, haunted houses or corn mazes, and pumpkin carving.    Americans today spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.

Be sure to stop in the Bellevue University Library to see our Halloween decorations and borrow one of the suggested titles below.  The Bellevue University Library is open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-10:30pm, Saturdays 8:00-5:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am-5:00pm.

The Devil’s Detective:  A Novel by Simon Unsworth PR6121.N795 D48 2015

Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackson PR6102 R325 L36 2015

The Silence of Ghosts by Jonathan Aycliffe PR6055.A82 S55 2015

The Shadow Land: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova PS3611.O74927 S53 2017

Shirley Jackson:  A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin PS3519.A392 Z64 2016


Did You Know? Fall 2017 Edition

did-you-knowThe 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:


The Library is offering more online library instruction sessions? 
Due to the success of the evening online library instruction sessions, the Reference Department is offering daytime online instruction using Blackboard Collaborate.  The next two daytime online instruction sessions will be Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., and on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. Both online library instruction sessions are Central Standard Time.  The links to sign up for either session can be found on the Library Events Calendar located in the    bottom right hand corner of    the Library’s website  We will continue to offer online library instruction using Blackboard Collaborate in the evening.

The Library collected cans for the all campus food drive? 
The Library collected 274 cans for Bellevue University’s 4th Annual Food Fight.  The Library Staff then competed with other departments to come up with a creative design using the cans.  The Library staff created an iron throne.  All proceeds were donated to the Bellevue Food Pantry to help the local community.

The Library has a new flag?
Based on a student recommendation, the Library recently purchased a Bellevue University flag which has been placed next to the Nebraska flag and the United States flag in the back of the Library.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 20 No. 4, Fall 2017.

BRUIN Homecoming 2017

SONY DSCThe week of Monday September 18-22, 2017, Bellevue University alumni, students, faculty and staff banded together to begin a new tradition on the Bellevue University campus.  This new tradition is BRUIN Homecoming!  Throughout the week there were special student activities on campus including a photo scavenger hunt, intramural co-ed dodge ball, and an evening bonfire.  Continue reading

Library Staff Honor Barbara Haney at Retirement Party

RetirementLively classical and patriotic tunes drifted through the Bellevue University Library on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 3:00pm, as the Bellevue University Library staff paid tribute to Barbara Haney, who after 25 years of dedicated service decided to officially retire.  Library staff members, Allie O’Connor (clarinet) and Lorraine Patrick (viola) kicked off the retirement party playing music by classical composers such as Mozart, as well as adding a few patriotic tunes.

As the crowd of Bellevue University employees gathered in the library, a surprise video was shown that was created by the Library staff and the Audio-Visual department thanking Barbara for her 25 years of service (23 of which were in the Library). One colleague, Allie O’Connor, summed up Barbara’s role as “positively impacting so many people she has no idea how much she will be missed.”  Barbara and her family were deeply touched.

A beautifully matted and framed date due card was gifted to Barbara with library staff signatures next to the day they began working with her.  Date due cards were once used in libraries and were placed in book pockets before computers. She was also given a humorous book written by Dr. Seuss and an Amazon gift card.

Barbara Haney originally thought no one would come to her retirement party.  However, she was overwhelmed by the large turnout and graciously shared how much she has enjoyed working in the Bellevue University Library as the Interlibrary Loan and Circulation Supervisor.

Barbara Haney is best known around the Bellevue University campus as being “the very nice lady with the lovely English accent.”  To the Library Staff, Barbara is best known for putting people at ease, having a keen eye for decorating and photography, and for making delicious English sausage rolls.  She is also known for her outgoing personality and for being a good listener.  As a way to remember her and her service, a section of the Library will be dedicated to her.

Barbara plans to spend her retirement traveling with her husband and spending more time with her grandchildren.  She will continue to stay in touch and will stop by for special events.

Congratulations Barbara- we wish you the best!

Animal Science: Journal Review

Animal ScienceAnimal Science Journal is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal that contains original research and serves as the leading source of new knowledge and perspective in animal science. Published six times a year by Wiley-BlackwellAnimal Science Journal is the official English peer-reviewed publication of the Japanese Society of Animal Sciences. Articles in the Animal Science Journal pertain to animal and poultry science which include genetics, breeding, engineering, anatomy, nutrition, environment, behavior and reproduction. Continue reading

July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month

Cell Phone Courtesy MonthJacqueline Whitmore, author of “Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work” is the official founder of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month.  The purpose of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month is to encourage cell phone users to be more to be more mindful of passersby while using their electronic devices. Continue reading

Bellevue University Graduation Activities 2017

Commencement CeremonyOn Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd, smiles and laughter filled the campus as Bellevue University graduates celebrated with their families and friends on completing their educational milestone.  On Friday, Bellevue University students and their guests attended a Graduation Open House in the Margre H. Durham Student Center on the main campus. Continue reading

Bed Bugs in a Library?

Bed Bug Sign

This year the Bellevue University Library Staff celebrated its 20th year offering a Professional Growth Day for library staff. The day provided an opportunity for Library Staff to come together and present for 10 minutes each on a library-related topic.  This year, Professional Growth Day was on Wednesday March 8, 2017. The  presentation that I did was, “Bed Bug Prevention in Libraries.” Continue reading