Cinco de Mayo

For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas. But Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5th in Spanish, is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays.  Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated September 16th.  Rather, Cinco de Mayo is a day that commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla.

Today, Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one. It is seen as a day to celebrate Mexican pride, heritage and cultural achievements and experiences of people with a Mexican background.  In cities with a large Mexican population, it is a celebration that usually begins with a parade, along with businesses promoting Mexican food, drinks and music.

Nebraska’s south Omaha Latino community will host Cinco de Mayo events in Omaha May 4-6, 2018. Some of the highlights include mariachi bands, carnival rides, a Miss, Junior Miss and Little Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant, live music and a dazzling parade which begins on Saturday May 5th at 10:00am at the intersection of 24th & L Streets. For more information, please visit

If you would like more information, the Bellevue University Library has some wonderful resources available below:

Cinco de Mayo Celebrates Freedom for All People by S. Weddington.

El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition.  By David E. Hayes-Bautista.

Why Cinco de Mayo makes a great American holiday. Daily Herald. 

National Pet Month

Now that the weather is getting warmer and spring is finally here, what better time is it to adopt a pet, or even foster a pet, if you do not already have one?! Technically, National Pet Month is first observed from April 1 – May 7, 2018, in the United Kingdom, but it has branched out to the United States throughout the month of May. In fact, there is also a National Pet Day, which is celebrated each year on April 11th (founded by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige). Continue reading

Vietnam War: DVD Review

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 10 episode, 18 hour documentary, The Vietnam War, takes viewers through a time in history that not only shaped millions of people’s lives but  also shaped a culture.    The documentary takes viewers through the history of colonial Vietnam, the rise of Ho Chi Minh, and France’s doomed war, leading viewers into the beginning and ending of the American conflict.  The Vietnam War, is considered one of Burns’s saddest projects as it offers no uplifting message or happy ending.  It simply documents decades of bad decisions following bad decisions all culminating in a time of waste that took millions of lives for nothing.  It points out that the war was started with good intentions by good people but because of misunderstanding, overconfidence and Cold War mistakes, it turned into a tragedy. Continue reading

Getting to Know… Chrystal Dawson, Access Services Administrator

Hi Chrystal. What were your experiences with libraries before working in them? I went to a country school. From K-6th grade I attended a two-room school in which our library consisted of four tall shelves of chapter books, an encyclopedia set, a dictionary, a thesaurus, two short shelves of elementary picture books, and a bathtub full of pillows to lounge in while we read–oh, and we also had an Apple 2e computer with The Oregon Trail! We may not have had a very large selection of books, but I still found ones to read and do remember that the Boxcar Children were one of my favorite series, as well as the ‘choose your own adventure’ books. Continue reading

JoVE Science Education – Advanced Biology

Last month an in depth look of the database JoVE Science Education – Basic Biology was posted and discussed all that it can do for you when researching topics pertaining to Biology. For those of you who read the blog, or those of you hearing about this database for the very first time, there is exciting news, the next level in biology research will be explored with JoVE Science Education – Advanced Biology. Continue reading

Ellis Island Family History Day

Ellis Island is an immigration station that opened in 1892, and located between New York and New Jersey, served as the location for millions of newly arriving immigrants for more than 60 years. Today, April 17th is “Ellis Island Family History Day” designated by an official proclamation of the nation’s governors under the auspices of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., and the National Geological Society.  This day recognizes the achievements and contributions made to America by the people, their families, and their family’s family who began their life through Ellis Island.  On this day in 1907, 11,747 immigrants were processed–more than on any other day; hence, the reason April 17th was chosen in 2001 to be observed annually. Continue reading

Tech Talk in Our Newsletter

From the very beginning of the More Than Books newsletter, there has been a “Tech Talk” article. The first “Tech Talk” appeared in December 1997’s Vol. 1 No. 1 and began with a question: “Did you know that there is a Technical Services Department in the library?”   The article went on to discuss the ordering and processing of texts and books for the library and concludes by acknowledging those benefactors who had donated more than one-hundred books to the library in the preceding year.  Continue reading

Think Outside the Building: Not Your Typical Libraries

In spite of all the ways that libraries have been reinventing themselves over the past few years, when most people hear the word library they picture a building full of books.  But this does not work for everyone, as many people around the world cannot get to a traditional library.  Here are some of the non-traditional ways libraries come to them. Continue reading