International Artist Day

Do you have an appreciation for art?  Are you interested in art?  Do you want to learn more about art?  If the answer to any or all three questions is “yes,” then today is your day.  International Artist day began in 2004 to recognize artists and the contributions they make.  This day inspires communities to promote their local artists own ideas and celebrate the influences they have on American and world culture.  October 25th is the chosen date because it is Pablo Picasso’s birthday; however, any day is appropriate for hosting an International Artist Day event. Continue reading

Bellevue University Archives Re-designed

ArchivesA new feature of the Library’s website which we have not yet made much note of is the re-designed Bellevue University Archives landing page and the new look of the archives themselves. You can find the new archives landing page from the Find drop-down menu on the Library’s homepage, where you can find links to all of the collections in our archives broken down by broader categories, as well as links to search and browse the archives. 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

October is Crime Prevention Month

Crime PreventionIn 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council designated October as Crime Prevention Month.  October has become the official month for recognizing and celebrating the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities. Continue reading

World Egg Day

Today is World Egg Day!  In the U.S., our eggs are generally unpreserved (other than being refrigerated) and unfertilized white chicken eggs and, if not used as one ingredient in another dish, are generally eaten fried, scrambled, or hard-boiled. Would it surprise you to learn that the kinds of eggs we eat and how we prepare them represent but a small fraction of what kinds of eggs are used and how they’re prepared worldwide? Continue reading

Read It and Eat! National Cookbook Month

Who needs cookbooks when you have Pinterest, AllRecipes, food blogs and numerous other online recipe sites?  It’s true – it has never been easier to instantly get your hands on myriad versions of any dish you can imagine, complete with photos and step by step instructions, not to mention reviews, ratings, and suggestions from readers, but there is just something so satisfying and much more permanent about the look and feel of a real cookbook.  October is National Cookbook Month and a perfect time to celebrate the wide variety of mouthwatering cookbooks available today.

A cookbook, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is technically a “book containing recipes and other information about the preparation and cooking of food.” This clinical definition doesn’t begin to describe most cookbooks on the market or in kitchens today. Though cookbooks have been around for hundreds of years, at least as far back as the 3rd century BC, they have come a long way, even since the early days of modern all-purpose cookbooks like Betty Crocker, Good Housekeeping, and Joy of Cooking, venerable old standbys though they are.  Now you can find shelf after shelf (or page after page if you are shopping online) of richly illustrated cookbooks devoted to every kind of food and cuisine, opening your eyes and mouth to new cultures and traditions.  Other cookbooks cater to every type of cooking, cook, food, or diet imaginable. Some are devoted to cooks in a hurry, including eattweet: a twitter cookbook, a collection of 140 character recipes, or how about this 1989 cookbook, Manifold Destiny,  recipes you can cook on your car engine as you travel – now that’s a timesaver!  There are even cookbooks for pets; what cat wouldn’t love a helping of mackerel asparagus mousse from the Kitty-Cat Cookbook? If you are into heavy metal, you really can’t pass up Mosh Potatoes, a cookbook featuring “recipes, anecdotes, and mayhem from the heavyweights of heavy metal.”

The list of specialized cookbooks goes on and on, but one category close to all book lovers’ hearts is the literary cookbook. If you have a favorite book, there is a good chance there is a cookbook based on it, from children’s books to classics to pop culture and best sellers.  Amazon lists hundreds of such books, but here is a small sampling:

Whatever your food preference, there is sure to be a cookbook devoted to it. For even more examples of unusual cookbooks, as well as a brief history of cookbooks, check out the links below, then celebrate this month by pulling out a favorite cookbook or treat yourself to a new one.  Bon Appetit!

Resources:

10 of the best new cookbooks of 2017

12 Cookbooks Every Book Lover Needs

Cookbook History

Eating your words: the joy of literary cookbooks

Literary Cookbooks

The Most Exciting New Cookbooks for Fall 2017

Did You Know? Fall 2017 Edition

did-you-knowThe Freeman/Lozier Library is always changing to keep up with the latest trends and services to offer you our best.  Our More Than Books newsletter has a “Did You Know” section that keeps you informed about the changes that have taken place in the library.  Here is the latest news from that newsletter:

 

The Library is offering more online library instruction sessions? 
Due to the success of the evening online library instruction sessions, the Reference Department is offering daytime online instruction using Blackboard Collaborate.  The next two daytime online instruction sessions will be Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., and on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. Both online library instruction sessions are Central Standard Time.  The links to sign up for either session can be found on the Library Events Calendar located in the    bottom right hand corner of    the Library’s website library.bellevue.edu.  We will continue to offer online library instruction using Blackboard Collaborate in the evening.

The Library collected cans for the all campus food drive? 
The Library collected 274 cans for Bellevue University’s 4th Annual Food Fight.  The Library Staff then competed with other departments to come up with a creative design using the cans.  The Library staff created an iron throne.  All proceeds were donated to the Bellevue Food Pantry to help the local community.

The Library has a new flag?
Based on a student recommendation, the Library recently purchased a Bellevue University flag which has been placed next to the Nebraska flag and the United States flag in the back of the Library.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 20 No. 4, Fall 2017.

Let’s Get Ready to be Organized!

JournalIt’s hard to not feel the impending nerves that come with the holidays, after all – it is October. Halloween will happen soon enough and we’ll soon be hearing Christmas songs in stores. Planning for school as well as everyday life can be stressful. Luckily, there are many helpful tips out there on how to take out a bit of the guess work for Get Organized Week. Continue reading