Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, is sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, days of frenzied shopping mostly at the big retailers. The hustle and bustle of these impersonal transactions is a stark contrast to the quieter more customer focused neighborhood shops. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Small Business Saturday, which was started by American Express in 2010. The goal was to encourage people to “shop small” and spend more of their dollars at local businesses. The Small Business Administration, which helps Americans start, build, and grow their businesses, became a co-sponsor in 2015. People have embraced and supported this day, spending a record $17.8 billion in 2018, but this year small businesses need your support more than ever.
The 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:
People are fascinated by wildlife, but are the enemy of wildlife too. National Wildlife Day is observed on September 4 in order to spread awareness of the human impact on wildlife and the need to protect it. The day was founded in 2006 in memory of Steve Irwin, nicknamed the Crocodile Hunter and well known Australian wildlife conservationist. Wildlife can be found in all ecosystems including deserts, forests, rainforests, plains, grasslands, and other areas, even the most developed urban areas, but much of it is rapidly disappearing.
It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library. Let’s see what fun facts Margie found when she browsed through the reference related materials.
For much of the country, June is the start of the summer season and brings with it an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month has been observed in June since 1991, originally as a way to promote growers and the grilling season. The details of how it originated are unclear, but it seems obvious why the month of June would be perfect. Supermarkets overflow with colorful choices not available in winter, farmers’ markets spring up offering fresh local produce, and for those who have the space, there is nothing better than fresh produce straight from your garden.
The Bellevue University Library has not let the Covid-19 pandemic cancel their annual National Library Week celebration. It will just be a little different this year, but first some background about the week itself. Back in the 50s, libraries weren’t worried about the Internet, but they were worried that people were spending less time reading books and more time listening to the radio and watching television. So the National Book Committee was formed in 1954 to encourage people to read more. By 1957, they had developed a plan for National Library Week in cooperation with ALA (American Library Association) and the Advertising Council. The first National Library Week was celebrated in 1958 with the theme, “Wake Up and Read” and it has been celebrated every year since. After the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA took over complete sponsorship.
This year’s theme is “Find Your Place at the Library,” and everything was going according to a plan that included an Open House, Lunch and Learn, READ posters, Used Book Sale, contests, and more. Then Covid-19 happened and there was no Plan B. Being resourceful librarians, as we are here at the Freeman Lozier Library, we didn’t let that stop us. With the week rapidly approaching, we put our heads together, and came up with a plan for a virtual National Library Week.
Here is what is happening:
- “Clif Mason Knocks the Stars Senseless” webinar – Originally scheduled as a Lunch and Learn, Bellevue University’s own Dean of Arts and Sciences, Clif Mason, will instead do a virtual reading from his recently published books of poetry, Knocking the Stars Senseless and The Book of Night & Waking. Join us live on Zoom at 12:30, Thursday, April 23 or watch the recording later. Dr. Mason is always a pleasure to listen to.
- READ posters – If you don’t know what these are, they are photos taken of students and staff holding a favorite book and inserted into a READ background. This year, you will take your own photo and submit it, and we will insert it into a new background, especially created for this year’s event by library staff. We will print them out and hang them in the library, as well as send you a digital copy. Let people see what you love to read when we post it on our social media.
- Enter one of these, or all of these contests, for a chance to win a gift card: “Caption the Past” a photo archive caption contest, “Find Your Place: A Library Scavenger Hunt” Facebook Contest, and “Picture This: Match the Photo” a Pinterest contest.
- There may not be an Open House this year, but we will still be giving out our Friend of the Library award as well as presenting our first Librarian of the Year award. Watch the video on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, April 22.
The week will be celebrated April 19-25, and all the details are on the National Library Week page on our website and on our social media. Be part of this unique celebration by participating in the week’s online events, and above all, know that no matter what, you have a place at our library!
What do Charles Darwin, Emily Dickenson, Albert Einstein, Mozart, Nikola Tesla, and Michelangelo all have in common? They are a just few of the many famous people in history who are thought to have been on the autism spectrum. More contemporary figures who show signs of being on the spectrum are Tim Burton, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs, even television characters – who doesn’t know Sheldon? Autism has many faces; you probably know someone who falls somewhere on the spectrum. In fact, autism affects about 1 in 59 children in the U.S. today, with boys being four times more likely to be diagnosed as autistic than girls. Though statistics may seem to show autism is on the rise, it was not until well into the twentieth century that it was diagnosed as a mainstream condition. Nevertheless, prevalence of autism in children in the U.S. has increased by almost 120% in the last 20 years, making it the fastest growing disability. It often carries a stigma and is misunderstood. April is Autism Awareness Month and a good time to learn more about this common disorder.
There is a new kind of LibGuide in town, a series called “Hot Topics.” The LibGuides in this series focus on the topics that everyone is talking about and usually disagreeing about. The first in the series is available now. Climate change is a topic that raises questions about what causes it, how much effect human activity has on it, or whether it is an entirely natural part of the life cycle of the Earth. Some people even deny it exists at all. The Hot Topics: Climate Change LibGuide provides an abundance of resources of all types that address these issues.
It seems like there is a day for everything, so why not bagels! Today, January 15, is National Bagel Day. Of course, everything has its story and this is the story of the bagel.
What is going on in the area of campus just to the north of the Learning Center? You might have noticed that space was cleared, large landscaping pavers installed, and little plants appeared everywhere on the hill. This is actually a garden of native Nebraska plants and just the beginning of a three year innovative project, the Bellevue University Sustainability Learning Lab. Partially funded by a $200,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the lab will be a bonus to both students, especially biology and sustainability management students, and the community. Commenting on the award, Dr. Dennis Joslin, Executive Director of the Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation, sums it up by saying, “The Sustainability Learning Lab has tremendous potential to benefit the State of Nebraska by raising awareness and educating future generations of students and citizens about how to conserve, enhance and restore natural environments.”