Author Archives: Allie OConnor

As a Chapter Ends

This is my last week as a Bellevue University staff member. I was hired in August 2001 as one of the eight full-time staff members at the Freeman-Lozier Library, to assist the three Reference librarians in sending Outreach items to members of the Bellevue University community who didn’t attend class here on campus. Online classes had begun in 1996 and more and more students and faculty wanted to have items shipped. Continue reading

The 2020/Coronavirus Connection

One of the major changes anticipated for the library when 2020 began was that the north section of the building would be getting new carpeting. As that process was progressing, the words “major changes” took on a whole new meaning on March 13, 2020, when employees of Bellevue University were informed of the next-day decisions due to the insidious arrival of the coronavirus in the United States. Continue reading

Consider Participating in Family Stories Month

When I was growing up one of the magazines in our household was Readers’ Digest, and a consistent feature in that publication from 1939 – 1967 was “The Most Unforgettable Character I have Ever Met”. Those brief biographies of famous and not-so-famous individuals was usually the first section that I read when each new issue arrived. Do you have an “unforgettable character” in your extended family? The one that grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins talk about frequently when they are gathered together? Or perhaps one that you met and made a deep impression on you?

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Celebrate the Vision of the Statue of Liberty

On this day 134 years ago, thousands of New Yorkers gathered on the shores, in windows, and cramming aboard all kinds of floating craft on a wet and foggy day to get a view of the activity on Bedloe’s Island in New York harbor. There had been some action on Bedloe’s for two years, and today everyone would be able to see what all the excitement was about. A huge (152 feet tall) copper statue had been under construction for over a year, and October 28, 1886, it would be dedicated. But the backstory leading up to the unveiling was a study in persistence..

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Elvis the Phenomenon

Each generation has their popular music icons, and for those who were teens in the 1950s and 1960s one of the biggest was Elvis Aaron Presley. Two weeks out of the year, the radio DJs and TV schedulers for years concentrated on his music and his film career. One is the second week in January, to commemorate his birth in Tupelo, MS on January 8, 1935. The other is the third week in August in memory of his death at age 42 on August 16, 1977. On Sunday, he will have been gone from this life for 43 years, but his voice and legacy live on.

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Vacation Reads

Most summers, those of us who enjoy reading look forward to a vacation read. Maybe it is a throw-back to the summer reading programs that some of us participated in when we were in elementary school. Or perhaps you were one who paid attention to the reading lists that the junior high or high school English teachers made available and encouraged you to delve into over the summer. For me, my vacation reads usually fall in one of three categories: thick books, sequels, or discovering a new author.

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Did You Know? Summer 2020


The Freeman/Lozier Library is always changing to keep up with the latest trends and services to offer you our best.  Our More Than Books newsletter has a “Did You Know” section that keeps you informed about the changes that have taken place in the library.  Here is the latest news from that newsletter:

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Nebraska Bikers have a Year to Anticipate

Usually June brings eagerly awaited annual activities for Nebraskans to participate in, read about, or view: College World Series, Papillion Days, Swimming Trials, Vacation Bible School. More to the point for this blog, there are also two major bike rides – the Tour de Nebraska and Bike Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN). In this spring of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated social distancing, the June activities have been postponed until 2021. The routes will remain the same and the host towns are the same, just a year later. Why have two June marathon bike rides? What is the difference between Tour de Nebraska and BRAN?

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Everybody has a story

Genealogy has been a keen interest of mine since elementary school. Most of us who participate in this hobby were introduced to the fascinating pastime of discovering stories about your forebearers by a relative; in my case it was a spinster schoolteacher who was one of my maternal great-great aunts. May is Personal History Awareness month, and a prime time to consider preserving your family heritage. Everybody has a story: juicy, mundane, illegal, shocking. Even if the thought of writing your family history makes you gulp, you can begin gathering facts for others to enlarge on. Or, check with your cousins to see if any of them are working on this never-ending project and how you can help.

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