Author Archives: Jessica Omer

Born to be Hanged G535.T478 2022

The year is 1680, and it is the heart of the Golden Age of Piracy. It is a time of sun, sand, sea, and adventure. Keith Thomson’s book, Born to be Hanged, focuses on a group of what became known as gentlemen pirates in the South Sea, now known as the Gulf of Mexico. These gentlemen pirates were known for rescuing a native princess from the Spanish, hijacking and sinking Spanish ships, and attacking and plundering Spanish towns and forts all along the coast from Panama to the Isla Duque de York. Throughout the book, Thomson explains the history of pirating in the 1600s, and helps the reader to understand what a swashbuckling pirate really was.

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Library Storywalks

Someone once said that the path to enlightenment is paved with books. Yet, who knew that you could literally walk through a topic at your library. A StoryWalk is an immersive activity involving both physical and digital parts of the library’s collection. It inspires patrons through photos, documents, literature, and audiovisual means. Participants can walk through the life of a young Jewish girl living in Europe, delve deep into the mythologies of many different cultures, or explore the many different aspects of the world of forensics.

The StoryWalk program was created in 2007, by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont. Thanks to her collaborating with her local library and their collective efforts, StoryWalks have been installed in all 50 states across the country as well as around the world.  StoryWalks have become a movement within the library world for the past several years. In most cases, the public library will take a children’s book and dismantle it to create several stations along a walking path, through a park or a city allowing children and adults to combine their love of the outdoors with healthy activities and reading.

The Freeman Lozier Library, located on campus, has enjoyed offering many different types of literary opportunities for the Bellevue University community, ranging from book clubs to speaker presentations. However, our favorite by far is our StoryWalks. Our program is a little different then what you would normally find at your local library. Rather than dismantling a book, we create several in-depth multi-part displays showcasing different areas of one central topic. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the library has planned four StoryWalks that focus on several topics. Our first StoryWalk took place in August, and it focused on the topic of forensics, it included displays on area such as forensics and digital forensics, crime scene investigation, true crime, and fictional forensics such as the show CSI. The library’s second StoryWalk was released in November and focused on mythology, where we took an in-depth look at mythologies from Greek, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic cultures and histories.  Our third and most recent StoryWalk premiered in February and focuses on women inventors, where we included an amazing poster exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Our fourth StoryWalk for this year will debut in May and will focus on Jewish history and showcase several different topics encompassing history and culture.

The goal of the library’s StoryWalk program is to help the Bellevue University community to experience new and exciting ideas, and to share new and wonderful knowledge, experiences, interests, and skills. StoryWalks are not only a way to start a conversation to share the love of reading, but it is also a way to share your knowledge with someone else to preserve it for the future. The Bellevue University Library is excited to be a place where the University can provide new experiences and wonderful ideas for our community. For more information about this and other amazing events provided by the library staff, please contact us by email at or by phone at (402) 557-7313.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 25 No. 2, Spring 2022.

More Than Books Podcast – Library on the Go Edition – Ep. 4 – Gods and Goddesses of Mythology

Welcome to Episode 4 of the More Than Books Podcast: Library on the Go Edition!

Description: Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast: Library on the Go edition. Episode 4! In this episode Jessica, Allison, and Brandi discuss Gods and Goddesses of Greece, Norse, Celtic and Egyptian mythology, focusing both on the original legends and how they are seen in pop culture today.

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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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Fun Facts Fall 2021


It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library.  Let’s see what fun facts Jessica found when she browsed through the reference related materials.

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“Mary Queen of Scots” DVD PN1995.9.B55 M37 2019

Everyone knows who Elizabeth I is but how much do you really know about her rival for the English throne, Mary, Queen of Scotland? There have been many adaptions of her life; she has been played by the likes of Bette Davis, Judi Dench, and Helen Mirren. Most films show her as a power-hungry woman who went too far. However, director Josie Rourke takes a more accurate look at the life of the Scottish Queen. Rourke shows the Queen’s fall to be caused not by her want of power, but by the number of treacherous men around her who schemed and lied to get what they wanted. The film focuses on Mary’s rise to the throne including three marriages, two murders, and a rape while following her attempts to secure herself as the successor to the English throne.

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“The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War” UB271.S652 M33 2018

Ben Macintyre’s book, The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, focuses on two people, Oleg Gordievsky the spy and Aldrich Ames the traitor. One spied on the USSR for Britain and one spied on the United States for the USSR. Both were traitors to their own homelands. Oleg Gordievsky was one of the most important spies of the Cold War. For 11 years, Gordievsky spied for MI6 against the Soviet Union. In his book, Macintyre talks about the moment every spy has where they face a crisis of faith, where the ideological scales fall from a believer’s eyes and they see the true nature of their home. For Gordievsky that moment was the “Prague Spring.” This event was a turning point in his life and started him down a path that would change his and his family’s lives forever.

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Travel and Leisure Journal Review

Whether you are an armchair adventurer or the next Dr. Livingstone, “Travel and Leisure” can help you plan your next great adventure.  Travelers are always looking for the best hotel, the best money saving tips, and the best places to go for relaxation and fun. Whether you want to go camping or stay at that five star hotel, “Travel and Leisure” can help you find the perfect place for your next vacation.

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Crafting in the Library

Recently, a group of adults met in the library and started cutting up books—really taking them apart. They tore, ripped and dismembered the books. Actions that would make any librarian or booklover cry; however, something magical happened. These destroyed books were born again… they had become art!

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