Author Archives: Matthew Colbert

Saint Patrick’s Day

St. Patricks DayOne day each year the city of Chicago dyes the Chicago River green, what would possess the citizens of the Windy City to dye their river green? Saint Patrick’s Day of course!  It’s not just a river, pubs and bars in the United States and The Emerald Isle will be serving green beer, signs and shirts reading “Kiss me I’m Irish” will be in abundance, and anyone not wearing green is libel to get pinched.  The question here is who was Saint Patrick and why do we spend every March 17 enjoying all thing dyed green? Continue reading

New Tutorials

tutorials2016 saw the debut of Bellevue University Library’s brand new, up to date website. A decision was made that all of our current database tutorials should reflect this change and that new tutorials should be created.  After studying three years of data concerning tutorial usage, a list was created to help us decide which tutorials should be created first. Continue reading

A Box of Chocolates

Box of chcolatesIt is February once again and that means that all the grocery stores and drug stores will be stacked with heart shaped boxes of chocolates intended for that special someone in your life for Valentine’s Day. There are many kinds of chocolate available, but clearly America’s favorite form of this addictive confectionary is milk chocolate which accounts for over 85% of the solid chocolate eaten in the United States.  Yet pure cocoa cannot create this delectable candy.  The question is how was it created and how is it produced today? Continue reading

The Rose Bowl

rose-bowlThe College Football Bowl season is well underway and on January 2nd Penn State Nittany Lions and the Trojans of The University of Southern California (USC) will play in 103rd Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California.  Traditionally the game features the champion of the Big Ten Conference and what is today the Pac12 Conference. Many kids who have grown up in the Big Ten foot print hope to see their team play in sunny Pasadena on a cold dreary New Year’s Day (unless New Year’s Day is on a Sunday) for Midwest glory at the  “Grandaddy of Them All.” Continue reading

Then one foggy Christmas Eve..

rudolph-coverYou know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall the famous reindeer of all? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  We’ve all heard the song, but how did this lonely young red nosed reindeer win a place in our hearts every Christmas and become synonymous with the season? Continue reading

Columbus Day

landing-of-columbusGrowing up many of us might remember this little diddy, “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” In the United States every second Monday during the month of October is celebrated as Columbus Day. Christopher Columbus was the Genoan navigator who convinced King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain that he could get to the East Indies by travelling west. Given three ships the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Nina,  Columbus began his historic voyage.  On October 12, 1492 he sighted what is today the island of San Salvador, thus giving him the title of the first European to discover the New World. Continue reading

National Voter Registration Day

voter-registration_logo_2013Tuesday, September 27 is National Voter Registration Day across the United States.  There are several events planned throughout the country to help unregistered voters let their voice be heard at the ballot box.  The genesis of the National Registration Day came following the 2008 fiasco when 6 million eligible voters were kept out of the process because they were unaware of registration deadlines or did not have the information about how to register.  Continue reading