Author Archives: Mary Barrett

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

Audio Book Review on Exoplanets

exoplanetsThe fall of 2017 is an exciting time for North American star-gazers: a full solar eclipse on August 21, a meeting of Venus and Jupiter on November 13, and an especially visible Geminid Meteor shower on December 13.  These events as well as continuous astronomical discoveries are drawing a great deal of attention from the general public.  Scientists catalog new planets and other space objects every day, and many are postulated to be suitable for the support of life.  Unfortunately, these exciting advancements are often shrouded in scientific jargon and advanced mathematics which make them effectively inaccessible to the average person. This new audiobook offers a concise overview of current scientific knowledge concerning these newest breakthroughs. Continue reading

Inside Out: DVD Review

Inside OutPixar Animation has spent the last two-plus decades answering this compelling question: “What if (insert animal/thing) had feelings?  Toy Story: “What if toys had feelings?”  Finding Nemo: “What if fish had feelings?”  Cars: “What if cars had feelings?”  And now, Inside Out: “What if feelings had feelings?”  This film follows Riley, a young girl voiced by Kaitlyn Dias, and her emotions, Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black), in this coming-of-age story.  Continue reading