National Nutrition Month!

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It’s hard enough keeping up with the daily requirements of work and home life, let alone getting the proper nutrition your body needs. Especially when fad diets exist and you can’t tell what’s actually going to work or not. That’s why National Nutrition Month exists – to give you a good way to think consciously about what you’re eating and what physical activity you engage in. It’s meant to bring attention to healthier choices on food that help you get the right nutrients. Continue reading

A Brief History and Overview of Common Keyboard Layouts

Whatever you type on, whether a computer, smart phone, or even typewriter, chances are very slim that you’re using anything other than a QWERTY keyboard layout. Named after the first six letters that appear on the top letter row and invented by Christopher Latham Sholes, this keyboard layout has been around in a recognizable form since 1873, and had been iterated on for years prior. It was originally designed with the intent that it would prevent the mechanical printing arms of typewriters from clashing against one another or jamming, a design process that took years of trial-and-error to perfect. Continue reading

How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England Book Review


This book was chosen on the basis of the title alone. It is packed full of “fun facts” and “did you knows.” Have you ever wondered where language starts, why we say the things we do, where it all comes from, and how the meaning of the words have changed over the years? For example, in today’s world when you call someone a louse you are in essence calling them an obnoxious person; but, during the Elizabethan Era, you are literally saying that they are covered in lice.

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National Credit Education Month

March is National Credit Education Month! This means that there is no better time to learn a bit about your credit score. While credit scores can be confusing, improving your score (or maintaining a good one) doesn’t have to be. Good credit has a large impact on your future financial state, as a higher score can allow for better interest rates on mortgages, cars, and credit cards. By using the resources and tips below, you will learn how to build and improve your credit.

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Albert Einstein’s Birthday

Albert Einstein is considered by many to be the greatest scientist of the twentieth century.  He was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany and grew up in Munich. Even as a young child, Einstein excelled at math and physics, teaching himself calculus at the age of 12.  In 1905, he received his doctorate in physics from the University in Zurich and published three scientific papers which subsequently earned Einstein professorships at well-known academic institutions in Germany.  When Hitler and the Nazis party came into power in Germany in 1933, Einstein emigrated to the United States, where he worked at Princeton.  Publishing more than 300 scientific papers and more than 150 non-scientific works throughout his lifetime, Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

To learn more about Albert Einstein as well as his work, click on the links below.

Albert Einstein:  The human side; glimpses from his archives by Helen Dukas.

Albert Einstein memorial lectures by Jacob Bekenstein

Einstein:  A to Z by Karen C. Fox and Aries Keck

Einstein:  His life and works by K.A.I.L.W. Gamalath

Einstein’s miraculous year:  Five papers that changed the face of physics by John J. Stachel

The Legacy of Einstein: A Collection of Essays in Celebration of the Year of Physics.  By S.R. Wadia.

Physics before and after Einstein by Capria Mamone


1905: Year of light: Einstein’s important discovery. (52 minutes)

Einstein’s mistake (3 minutes)

NOVA: Inside Einstein’s mind (53 minutes)


Ep. 35: Unique Digital Archives

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 35 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. 35: Unique Digital Archives

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin scour the internet to bring you their favorite digital archives collections. Covering everything from playing cards and medieval manuscripts to war letters and video games, they also squeeze in time to talk about books bound in human skin and, on a lighter note, reminisce about Lego sets from the ’90s.

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Research Assistance Program: The Personal Touch

Research Assistance Program?

Haven’t heard of it?

The Research Assistance Program (RAP) was launched on September 24, 2018.  It was formerly the “Personal Librarian Program.”   Why change the name?  The reference team wanted a better description of the program so students would know what they were getting.

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Research your PERSONAL story

Research your PERSONAL story

The second Sunday in March (this year March 9) is Genealogy Day. Genealogy is the term used to describe the quest to discover facts about our ancestors. Some people know more about their family history; some less. Some are very interested in the tidbits that are gathered on numerous generations over the years, and some are perfectly content to know nothing about extended family beyond their grandparents. Some family stories are ingrained in an individual whether they know it or not, because they have been repeated for years by older relatives. Some individuals know very little about their extended family. The starting point for any family research is to accept that EVERYONE has a story.

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