January is National Mentoring Month

teammates mentoring logoJanuary is often known as a time of self-improvement, goal setting, and New Year’s Resolutions. It is also a great time to reach out and help others, and it just so happens that January is National Mentoring Month. According to mentoring.org, this annual celebration of mentors helps to “recruit new mentors, advance the mentoring field’s legislative priorities, and drive meaningful change for young people.”

If you are looking to become a mentor, there is a great local resource in Teammates.org. Started in 1991 by former Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Coach Tom Osborne, Teammates is an organization that connects youth with volunteer mentors. Mentors spend an hour each week with a student, sharing a hobby or special interest, helping with homework, or just talking and providing a sounding board for the student.

There are many benefits to students with mentors. Mentors provide some stability and support, and students are with mentors are more likely to graduate high school. If you are interested in volunteering for Teammates, you can apply online at Teammates.org.

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Library Website Update 2021

In the spring of 2021, the library completed an update of the Bellevue University Library website. This update was a year long process and the goal was to improve the navigation ability and ease of access for patrons. In order to do so, the drop down menu items were rearranged into more logical categories as well as condensed. To achieve this, three new landing pages were created: Library Apps, Recreational Services, and Alternate Borrowing Services. The new landing pages host multiple resources such as available board games, local area passes, or document delivery services. In addition, the comments page was updated to include the room bookings page for convenient access. You may have also noticed the new verbage on the updated drop down menus. All updates were created for the benefit of you, the patron. With an easier navigation process, fewer pages to sift through, as well as clear language for ease of use, resources can be accessed more efficiently. If you need technical assistance with any of our resources, contact Joel Hartung (402-557-7317) or Brandi Bengtson (402-557-7307) for help.


Sugar Awareness Week

I have found conflicting dates for when Sugar Awareness Week actually takes place. That could be due to the dates changing over the years or it changing between the United States and other countries.  Nevertheless, whether or not Sugar Awareness Week takes place in January or November, they are both good times to take a look at how much sugar you are eating on a daily basis.

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Travel Weekly Journal Review


As we all know, travel can be tricky, and if not planned correctly, it can go from five star to “I wish I never came” very quickly. Yet, who do you trust to help you plan that perfect trip? Travel Weekly can give ideas for what to do when your vacation plans fall through due to Covid. It can tell you the best cruises and road trips to take. In just one journal of Travel Weekly, you can find possible trips to take, places to stay, and things to do.

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Winter Time Getaways

Ah, Winter. The season notorious for its long, cold, and dark days is finally upon us. If you’d rather be sticking your toes in warm sand over wool socks, or sweating instead of shivering, you’re not alone.  Twenty-three percent of Americans prefer to go on vacation during the winter with the biggest lure being getting away from the freezing and dreary weather that the season brings. If you’re planning a winter time getaway or just day dreaming about somewhere tropical, here are three destinations within the United States that are sure to entice you.

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Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisies are commonly grown for their bright and  flowers.  They originate from South Africa. Most are hybrids of Gerbera jamesonii and Gerbera viridifolia.  Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) are tender perennials and will grow year-round in USDA Zones 8-11, but you can enjoy them in the spring and summer in any climate.  They come in various sizes and colors including pink, yellow, salmon, orange and white. Flower size is anywhere from 2 to 5 inches across and a height from 8 to 24 inches.  They are bred for their color and flower shape.  They can be grown both indoors and outdoors and are commonly used as cut flowers.  Plants thrive in full sun and sandy soil but tolerate light shade.  Choose a site with six to eight hours of sun.  Crown rot is a common problem with gerbera daisies. The crown should be visible above the soil and allowed to dry out between each watering. Plants can be mulched.

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Black Art: In the Absence of Light


Black Art: In the Absence of Light is a documentary directed by Sam Pollard that was released on HBO during Black History Month. The primary focus of the documentary is the “Two Centuries of Black American Art” exhibition curated by David Driskell in 1976. Over the course of the film, numerous Black artists were interviewed and artwork from the original exhibition all the way up to today is showcased.

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National Bird Day

The unusually warm weather last November was the perfect time for my parents and I to visit a local family-oriented attraction filled with activities that focus on enjoying nature, as well as educating the public on environmental conservation. The location is Fontenelle Forest, which is a 1,400-acre forest located in Bellevue, Nebraska. While visiting Fontenelle Forest, tourists can enjoy the area’s sights and sounds by visiting the nature center, exploring the hiking trails, and visiting the Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery area.

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