Author Archives: Robin Bernstein

You’re a Grand Old Flag

George M. Cohan wrote the lyrics “You’re a grand old flag, You’re a high flying flag, And forever in peace may you wave…” as a tribute to the American flag for the musical George Washington, Jr. in 1906.  This patriotic song can be heard all around the United States to commemorate “National Flag Day.”  June 14th officially became known as National Flag Day on August 3, 1949, when President Truman signed an Act of Congress making this designation.  However, Flag Day was officially established by a proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916, to remember the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777.  Congress adopted the “Stars and Stripes” as the American flag on this day in 1777, displaying 13 stripes and 13 stars.  While it is not a federal holiday, it is observed all across the country and the state of Pennsylvania is the only state that observes this day as a state holiday.

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is upon us and it means many things to many people—Spring, May Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, just to name a few.  But did you know it is also a time to celebrate the achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their contributions to the culture, society, and history of the United States?  In 1978 Congress passed Pub. L. 95-419 directing President Carter to issue a proclamation to designate a week; however, in 1992, Congress passed Pub. L. 102-450 which permanently designated May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.”  Why was May chosen?  Well…the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the US on May 7, 1843, and the Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869, which the majority of those who worked on it were Chinese immigrants.

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Whooooo Loves Owls?

This blogger loves owls!!!  Many people love owls.  What is the fascination with owls?  Could it be that in ancient Greek mythology, the owl is associated with wisdom and good fortune?  After all, the phrase “Wise Old Owl” may have come from the “little owl,” the messenger of Athena, who is the goddess of wisdom.  Could it be the eyes?  Their eyes are unlike any other bird species, usually the first thing you see on an owl is their eyes, and they have superior night vision.  Even F. Scott Fitzgerald created a character in The Great Gatsby only known as “Owl Eyes,” who encounters Gatsby in his library during a party.  Coincidental that a character named Owl Eyes is in a library where wisdom is usually associated?  This blogger thinks not…  Owls have been used throughout literature and portrayed as wise; but ironically they are not very good problem solvers.  So while they are probably not any smarter than a lot of other birds, they are still portrayed as such.  Continue reading

Love My Library

 

How would you describe a library?  A building?  A book depository?  Computer Lab?  Learning Environment?  Quiet?  Well, many libraries are that and so much more…

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Making Work Fun!!!

Do you enjoy working?  Do you wake up each morning looking forward to going to work?  Do you smile when you think of your place of employment?  If you do, then today is for you…  Today is “Fun At Work Day,” and it’s celebrated each year around this time.  The exact date is unclear as some say it is the last Friday of January, while others tend to think it is always on January 28th.  This blogger decided it was today to coincide with her birthday and to share some tips for making work fun!!!

 

“Have Fun At Work Day” is advantageous to both employers and employees.  When employees are happy, productivity increases and retention is high.  Employers who foster a positive work environment benefit by retaining loyal, healthier, and creative people.  Most employers allow some latitude in the workplace, but be sure you do get permission before you try some of tips below as you don’t want to turn this day into “Not So Fun at Work Day.”

  • Celebrate birthdays and work anniversaries
  • Compliment co-workers
  • Decorate your workspace
  • Get up and walk around a few minutes a day
  • Have a pizza social
  • Play music while you work
  • Start a “Fun” Committee

Humor is perhaps the best way to have fun at work.  The workplace needs humor.  It not only boosts creativity, but it also increases communication, health, and leadership skills.  Humor can diffuse conflict, get people to listen, improve decision-making and problem solving skills, and also help connect and collaborate with others.

So if you dread going to work, why not blow off a little steam today and try some of the tactics above.  You may have heard the quote “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life…”  Well this blogger loves her job and going to work is a blessing as she is surrounded with the best people who make the Bellevue University Library FUN every day!

Do You Have a Story to Tell?

Holidays are a special time when family members gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the New Year, and everything else in-between.  Many families have their own unique traditions and that is what “Family Stories Month” is all about—sharing those stories with family and friends.  “Family Stories Month” happens every November, which conveniently follows “Family History Month” in October.  Therefore, now is an excellent time to listen and record stories to preserve them for the next generations to come. Continue reading

It’s National Arts & Humanities Month

Every October, millions of Americans are given the opportunity to explore the importance of the arts and humanities in our lives and communities.  As we embark upon “National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM), cities and towns are organizing innovative activities and events celebrating the impact the arts.  One such campaign is via Instagram requiring people to #showYourArt2018 by posting daily themes. Today’s theme (October 3rd) is to post the word “art,” which the Bellevue University Library has done.  Other suggestions can be found at https://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/images/2018/by-program/NAHMShowYourArt2018.jpg. Continue reading