National Parks and Recreation Month

Now I know what you’re thinking but while I am all for celebrating television, this month is not celebrating a TV show with Star Lord in it. Parks and Recreation month is a national event that lasts the month of July. It is to help encourage spending time outdoors as well as bring attention to the many parks that exist for visitation. It’s sometimes hard to spend time outdoors, though, especially if you live in a high traffic city or somewhere hot. Not to mention as the year goes on, there aren’t always places you can go to enjoy the spring or fall seasons. That’s where National Parks come in. You can enjoy an expansive place, sometimes with landmarks, and get back to nature. It’ll help you unwind from the stress of work or house chores, even if it’s just to have a barbecue or a stroll through the park. Continue reading

Tech Talk Summer 2019

The Bellevue University Library has kept current in the library world by offering more electronic journals than print so that they are available to everyone.  So, what are the differences between electronic journals and print? Is one better than the other?  That depends on you and your needs.  One of the areas that the Technical Services department of the Freeman/Lozier Library works with is journals and they can answer these questions.

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Sinister Six 1st Appearance: Mysterio

Mysterio

Real Name/Alias: Quentin Beck, Dr. Ludwig Rinehart

1st Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #13, June 1964

Place of Origin: Not stated

Profession: Super Villain, Hollywood Special Effects Engineer, Actor

Affiliations: Sinister Six, Maggia

Partnerships: The Tinkerer

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National Simplicity Day

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden

National Simplicity Day is celebrated annually on July 12, in honor of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday. The poet, philosopher, and author of Walden and “Civil Disobedience” was a fierce advocate of finding personal fulfillment in simplicity, independence, self-reliance and nature. His most famous work, Walden, is an account of time he spent living alone at Walden Pond, and is considered a classic of American literature.

On National Simplicity Day, take a page from Thoreau’s book and let go of the daily distractions and busyness of life. Turn off your phone, computer and television. Instead, go outside, take a walk and reflect on the harmony of nature. Sit by a pond, read a good book, and enjoy the simple things in life.

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Hello, Can you Hear Me?

Cell phones are one of the greatest inventions of all time, and have become essential and quite fashionable.  People schedule their activities, shop, play games, take photographs, communicate, etc.  You will seldom see anyone without a cell phone these days.  So why are these devices constantly under scrutiny?  July is bringing awareness to these sometimes nuisances as it has been designated National Cell Phone Courtesy Month by a Palm Beach, Florida manners expert and Sprint.  Jacqueline Whitmore enlisted the phone company and decided in 2002 to increase phone etiquette by encouraging people to think before using their phones in public places and to consider others before engaging in conversations.

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Social Wellness Month

July is Social Wellness Month. Social Wellness refers to the relationships we have and how we interact with others. It involves building healthy, nurturing and supportive relationships as well as fostering a genuine connection with those around you.  Our relationships can offer support during difficult times so take some time this month to evaluate your relationships. Continue reading