Author Archives: Robin Bernstein

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

Feeling Bored?

Tired of the same old dull routine?  Well, you are in luck!!!  July is “Anti-Boredom Month.”  How this came to be is unknown; however, it is believed to have derived from a spoof organization which satirized the media with their annual list of the most boring films of the year.  Nevertheless, boredom is a real condition that can strike at any time.  There are many misconceptions related to boredom; such as, boredom is multi-faceted, boredom can be alarming, boredom is a stress state, and boredom is a relatively new concept.  What people do not realize is that every one of us has a natural weapon at their disposal—creativity.  We all have the ability to turn new and imaginative ideas into reality.  Research shows that you will be less likely to feel bored when you are active; therefore, here are a few suggestions to make the month less boring:

  • Try a new hobby – scrapbooking, sewing, woodworking, knitting
  • Physical action – kickboxing, indoor rock climbing, yoga, or hiking.
  • Discover the outdoors – camping, boating, nature walks
  • Explore your community – farmer’s market, festivals, volunteer work, visit your local library
  • Learn something new – career skill, new sport, reading
  • Family time – classic board games, vacation

If you are feeling inspired and would like to explore more ways to fight the boredom blues, check out these resources — there’s something for everyone:

Bellevue University eCatalog

Cool Websites to Look at When You’re Bored

Top 100 Greatest Movies of All Time

Fun Inexpensive Hobbies to Try

Boredom Buster Pinterest Board

The goal is to remain entertained.  George Harrison once quoted “The Beatles saved the world from boredom.”  Whether that is true or not, the Beatles certainly made the 60’s more lively.  So find something today to liven up your day.

We Salute You!

May is “National Military Appreciation Month,” dedicated to those who are currently serving and veterans of the United States Armed Forces.  Throughout the month there are celebrations to acknowledge the contributions of all those who served.  This event was introduced into legislation by Senator John McCain and Representative Duncan Hunter in 1999, and both Senate and House called upon the president to issue a proclamation for observance, which is renewed annually.  Continue reading