World Emoji Day

July 17th is World Emoji Day.  Emoji, a Japanese expression, roughly means “picture word” and was developed in 1990 by Shigetaka Kurita. While working for NTT Docomo, a Japanese telecom company, Kurita design these picture words as a feature on their pagers to make them more appealing to teens.  Continue reading

DVD Review of “Coco”

The latest animated film from Disney/Pixar Animation Studios, “Coco,” is a celebration of music, family, and Mexican culture. The story revolves around Miguel Rivera, a twelve year old boy in Mexico whose greatest dream in life is to become a musician. He aspires to be just like his personal hero, the world-famous musician and film star, Ernesto de la Cruz. However, Miguel’s great-great-grandmother and her daughter were abandoned by her musician husband and, as a result, music has been strictly forbidden in his family for years. It is because of his family’s ban on music that Miguel lives his musical life in secret, learning to sing and play guitar while hiding his passion from his relatives who want him to go into the family business. 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.

Tips to Help You Stay Positive

Some days are great, most days are just good, and then we have those days that just wind up being bad.  On the bad days, what do you do?  Do you let them drag you down? We can change our approach to turning a bad day into a good day by using some of the tips below:

 

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World Chocolate Day

Today is World Chocolate Day, and what better way to celebrate than by devouring your favorite chocolate?! World Chocolate Day occurs on July 7th and is recognized across the world.  This is the day that chocolate was first introduced in Europe. Of course, there are other “chocolate” celebratory days throughout the year. International Chocolate Day occurs on September 13th in the United States. National Chocolate Day, which was created by the National Confectioners Association, occurs on October 28th, and National Chocolate Lover’s Month is an entire month devoted to chocolate, celebrated in February. Continue reading

Ep. 30: Summer Reading Club

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 29 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 30: Summer Reading Club

Description:  Joel and Colin take a break from discussing more serious topics and instead talk about what they’ve been reading recently and what books they recommend others pick up. Despite reading fairly different material from one another, they nonetheless find common ground in their enjoyment of horror, parody, and science-fiction, and wind up with so much to talk about that they might have to record a Summer Reading Club Part 2 soon!

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Books and Movies with Villains, Oh my!

A library is full of worlds and villains hidden within the pages of our books. The question is – why do we often find ourselves loving the bad guy? Why do we have fandoms, Pinterest boards, and Counter Displays devoted to these Villains? Well, villains are a key part of stories. If they aren’t believable, there is no story, no conflict, nothing for the hero to defeat. Some may be more anti-heroes, out for themselves but not evil as their story progresses – Loki Laufeyson is a case and point for this. A villain in Avengers but throughout the rest of the Marvel universe, he’s mischievous and has some good points to his character. Some villains you can understand why they are the way they are. You sympathize with them and sometimes they’re put together so well that you can believe their motives. Continue reading

Storm Before the Storm Book Review

Mike Duncan examines the period from 146 to 78 B.C.E. in Roman history that illustrates the beginnings of the collapse of  the Roman Republic.  After achieving victory at the end of the Punic Wars, three wars between Rome and Carthage (located in North Africa), many citizens returned home to their farms and found them beyond repair and were forced to move to cities.  Their lands were then bought up by both rich plebeians and wealthy patricians.  The loss of farm land created shrinkage in the number of the middle class citizens and initiated a slow decay in traditional values of the republic.  Economic inequality began the destruction of the republic. Continue reading