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Albert Einstein’s Birthday

Albert Einstein is considered by many to be the greatest scientist of the twentieth century.  He was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany and grew up in Munich. Even as a young child, Einstein excelled at math and physics, teaching himself calculus at the age of 12.  In 1905, he received his doctorate in physics from the University in Zurich and published three scientific papers which subsequently earned Einstein professorships at well-known academic institutions in Germany.  When Hitler and the Nazis party came into power in Germany in 1933, Einstein emigrated to the United States, where he worked at Princeton.  Publishing more than 300 scientific papers and more than 150 non-scientific works throughout his lifetime, Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

To learn more about Albert Einstein as well as his work, click on the links below.

Albert Einstein:  The human side; glimpses from his archives by Helen Dukas.

Albert Einstein memorial lectures by Jacob Bekenstein

Einstein:  A to Z by Karen C. Fox and Aries Keck

Einstein:  His life and works by K.A.I.L.W. Gamalath

Einstein’s miraculous year:  Five papers that changed the face of physics by John J. Stachel

The Legacy of Einstein: A Collection of Essays in Celebration of the Year of Physics.  By S.R. Wadia.

Physics before and after Einstein by Capria Mamone


1905: Year of light: Einstein’s important discovery. (52 minutes)

Einstein’s mistake (3 minutes)

NOVA: Inside Einstein’s mind (53 minutes)


Norman Rockwell’s Birthday

Norman Rockwell was an American painter, illustrator and author born in New York City February 3, 1894. He began studying art at 14 years old and became a prolific artist, producing more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime.  While still in his teens, Norman Rockwell worked as an art director for Boys’ Life and worked as a freelance artist illustrating for a variety of young people’s publications.

Norman Rockwell is best known for depicting the simplicity and innocence of small-town American life in his creations of calendars, postcards, stamps, booklets, catalogs, magazine covers and posters. In 1916, at the age of 22, Rockwell began working for The Saturday Evening Post creating whimsical artwork covers. Then, after working for The Saturday Evening Post for 47 years,  Rockwell began to work for Look magazine.  During his 10-year association with Look, Rockwell painted pictures illustrating some of his deepest concerns such as America’s war on poverty and Civil Rights.  Some of Rockwell’s best known works are “Rosie the Riveter,” “Saying Grace,” the “Willie Gillis” series, and the “Four Freedoms” series.

In 1977, Rockwell received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died peacefully at his home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at the age of 84.

To learn more about Norman Rockwell and his work click on the links below to view some of The Bellevue University Library’s resources.


100 Artists Who Shaped World History by Barbara Krystal

Norman Rockwell’s America by Christopher Finch.

Norman Rockwell’s People by Susan Meyer

Norman Rockwell: A Sixty Year Retrospective by Norman Rockwell


Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait (48 minutes)


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In January 1983, United States President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  This is a Federal holiday scheduled on the 3rd Monday in January of every year commemorating the life of Dr. King. Martin Luther King Jr. He was a Baptist minister and influential social activist who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death in 1968. Through his activism and inspirational speeches, King played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens. He also created the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Among several other honors, King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and continues to be remembered as one of the most influential and inspirational African-American leaders in history.   To learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. the Bellevue University Library has some wonderful resources in various formats.  To find out more about Martin Luther King, Jr., check out some of the resources available through the Bellevue University Library listed below or even more in our catalog.

From Civil Rights to Human Rights:  Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice by Thomas F. Jackson

The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.: From “Solo” to Memphis by David J. Garrow

My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coretta Scott King

The Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Hanes Walton, Jr.

The Word of the Lord is Upon Me by Jonathan Rieder.


1968 (6 minutes)

The Assassination of Martin Luther King (26 minutes)

King: Legacy of a Dream (24 minutes)

King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis (82 Minutes)


DVD Review: “Nature’s Great Race” DVD QL754. N383 2017

If you are interested in the fascinating world of nature, you are sure to enjoy a PBS production of Nature’s Great Race. This 180 minute DVD is divided into three segments showcasing the trials and tribulations of an elephant migration (segment 1), a caribou migration (segment 2), and a zebra migration (segment 3).  In each segment, you will see how millions of animals travel hundreds of miles and overcome fearsome obstacles to reach their destinations.

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If you adore peanut butter, you will be happy to know that the entire month of November is dedicated to you! Peanut butter can be used in almost everything and is a common item in most food pantries nationwide. One little known fact is that peanuts are not nuts, but rather legumes which have nutritional components of healthy oils, fiber and protein. Continue reading

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.