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“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”  The opening lines from J.K. Rowling’s book have become quite iconic to fans since first being read 20 years ago.

On June 26th, 1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (also released under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US) was the first book by Rowling to be published in her Harry Potter series. Continue reading

Beneath the Surface: Book Review

Beneath the SurfaceJohn Hargrove’s book, “Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish,” tells the story of his life and career at SeaWorld. Beginning with his first visit to SeaWorld when he was six-years-old, his obsessions with wanting to work with Orcas started.  This book travels through his almost 14 years as a senior Orca trainer, working in all three SeaWorld locations in the United States, as well as  one in Spain and France.  Continue reading


StatistaSearching for resources needing to complete a research paper can be tricky. One helpful resource that is often neglected during the research process is statistics.  To acquire relevant statistics in order to improve a research project, check out the database Statista. Continue reading

New Arrivals for Summer 2017

SummerWe have received the following titles in the last quarter.


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List compiled by Barbara Haney.


Sum 2017 #1101 Smart Questions to Ask On Your Interview HF5549.5.I6 F757 2016
Capturing Our Stories: An Oral History of Librarianship in Transition Z720.A4 S65 2017
The Giraffe: Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior QL737.U56 S56 2016
Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History DVD UB373.D438 2015
Addiction in the Family: What Every Counselor Needs to Know RC564.K464 2016

Sum 2017 #2Succeeding as a Political Executive: 50 Insights From Experience JK723.E9 L38 2016
Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games
BF408.B566 2016
Education and Social Media: Toward a Digital Future LB1044.87.E28 2016
Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web: What Everyone Needs to Know HV6773.15.C92 H58 2017
A School of Our Own: The Story of the First Student-Run High School and a New Vision for American Education  LA306.G74 L48 2016

Sum 2017 #3How Science Works: Evolution: The Nature of Science & The Science of Nature QH366.2.E5355 2016
Man Vs. Mathematics: Understanding the Curious Mathematics That Power Our World QA8.4.R48 2016
Life as Sport: What Top Athletes Can Teach You About How to Win in Life BF637.S8 F3 2016
Enter the Drones: The FAA and UAVs in America UG1242.D7 C37 2016
Sleeping Your Way to the Top: How to Get the Sleep You Need to Succeed QP425.C73 2016

Sum 2017 #4

The Toyota Way to Service Excellence: Lean Transformation in Service Organizations
HD9710.J34 L55 2016
Representative American Speeches, 2015-2016 PS668.2.R48 2016
Brave Hearts: Indian Women of the Plains E78.G73 A37 2017
Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight, What They Believe HV6433.I722 N36 2016
Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World ML421.B4 L39 2016

Sum 2017 #5Mastering Online Genealogy CS21.Q55 2016
People F1rst Leadership: How the Best Leaders Use Culture and Emotion to Drive Unprecedented Results HM1261.B753 2017
The Huawei Way: Lessons From an International Tech Giant on Driving Growth by Focusing on Never-Ending Innovation HD9696.A3 C5925 2017
Writing Skills Success in 20 Minutes a Day PE1112.O45 2016
Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work HF5381.H35 2017

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 20 No. 3, Summer 2017.

Celebrate with Nebraska 150 Books!

Nebraska 150 booksOne way to celebrate the Nebraska Sesquicentennial during this banner year of 2017 is to add some titles from the Nebraska 150 Books initiative to your summer reading program. In 2015 a book selection committee of teachers and librarians devised a list of literature that spans the time that Nebraska has been a state and is aimed to encourage readers to learn more about our state. The committee came up with 6 criteria to winnow the possible 14,000 titles by 4,000 authors to a more manageable 150 books.

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Founding of McDonald’s Restaurant in Our Archives

McDonaldsThe Bellevue University Archives are home to a small collection of quite unique documents, possibly the only ones of their type that are available for public viewing in the world.  They are the work of Thomas Dolly, a one-time student at Bellevue University, and are the result of ten years’ worth of correspondence with Richard (Dick) McDonald, who, with his brother Maurice (Mac) developed and opened the first McDonald’s restaurant, and whose detail-oriented approach to fast-food restaurant design arguably still shapes the fast-food industry today. Continue reading