Author Archives: Lorraine Patrick

Sister’s Day

All siblings have their arguments, but deep down sisters are forever.  Sisters are with you through thick and thin, laughing with you during the good times, and crying with you during the bad.  They can even make you a little crazy at times. For many of us, a sister is one of the most important people in our lives. Continue reading

Creative Beginnings Month

If it has been awhile since you have been creative, the month of May is the month devoted for you to energize yourself and enrich your life with a creative beginning.  Perhaps this is the time to learn to play a new instrument, enroll in a cooking class, or start a new craft project. The possibilities are endless.

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Please Pass the Pecans

If you find yourself snacking more and are looking for ways to select healthy and delicious snacks, you will be happy to know that the NPSA (The National Pecan Shellers Association) has designated April as National Pecan Month.  During this entire month, the NPSA encourages all children and adults to consider snacking on pecans as a way to “pack a nutritious punch” to their daily diets.

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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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