Author Archives: Mary Barrett

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? DVD Review

For many children in the 1970s and 1980s, parents encouraged them to watch educational television shows, like those on PBS.  One popular show offered was Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, hosted by Fred Rogers.  While most children later distanced themselves from his soft-spoken affect and constant reassurances of personal acceptance in adolescence, as adults many have come to appreciate his messages.  This will be especially true after watching the biographical documentary by Morgan Neville, Won’t You Be My Neighbor.

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Did You Know? Winter 2019

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:


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National Wilderness Month

September is well underway.  That means an end to hot, sticky summer and the start of autumn: cooler weather, pumpkins, and beautiful foliage!  September also marks the anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964.  From 2009-2016, President Obama annually proclaimed September as National Wilderness Month in commemoration of that historic act.  While Wilderness Month has not been officially announced since 2016, the Wilderness Act remains an important moment in American history and a reminder to enjoy the wilderness we see every day but may take for granted.

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There are many ways in which those who practice Islam celebrate their faith, and one of the most prominent is the month of Ramadan. It comes with many rituals and beliefs behind it, just as any major religious period does. It is a time of practicing restraint and focusing on spiritual devotion. Continue reading

National Pie Day

It’s easy as pie!  That saying is at once both familiar and baffling to many.  To the uninitiated, baking a pie can seem intimidating, even difficult.  However, pie is one of the most popular dishes in America and spans all seasons.  One can literally eat pie for every meal of the day: quiche for breakfast, meat hand-pie for lunch, pot pie for dinner, and classic apple pie for dessert.    What makes pie so appealing?  The simple recipe template provides instant comfort, recognition, and versatility.  It is appropriate for every occasion, and (once the cook gets the basic technique down of course) is, in fact, very easy to prepare.

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Library Supports New Pathway Program

Applying to earn a college degree in the United States can be both an exhilarating and intimidating experience for those whose first language is not English.  Many of these potential learners are unsure if their English skills are proficient enough to support them through university level classes.  In an effort to provide necessary support to this growing population, Bellevue University is launching its Pathway Program this winter term.  The Bellevue University Pathway Program helps students who know English at an intermediate level or above and can benefit from improving their English before beginning a degree program.  English language learners will study English full-time over two or three semesters, while earning up to 30 credits toward their degree. Continue reading

National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Both American Humane and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) have dedicated the month of October as National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Adopt a Dog Month, respectively.  Though the names differ slightly, both organizations are committed to raising public awareness to the plight of shelter dogs and finding the forever homes all dogs deserve.  Shelters and rescue organizations around the United States are stepping up their efforts to promote their dogs during this very special month. Continue reading