Author Archives: Lorraine Patrick

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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National Letter Writing Day

Most letters and notes these days are comprised of texts, emails and instant messages. While great communication tools, there is a lack of personal feeling with electronic communications that one finds with letter writing. Taking the time to write a hand-written letter and sending it to someone is a nice way to brighten someone’s day.  On December 7th of every year, National Letter Writing Day brings connection through correspondence and is a day dedicated to the lost art of writing letters.

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National Deviled Egg Day

National Deviled Egg Day is celebrated on November 2nd of each year.  This popular hors-d’oeuvre or side dish is oftentimes seen at parties, family gatherings, and potluck dinners.  Since deviled eggs are so wildly delicious, people conduct various activities to celebrate the unique occasion.  One simple achievement to mark this unofficial holiday is to make deviled eggs at home, or perhaps buy some deviled eggs from a restaurant or the deli section of your local grocery store.

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Did You Know Fall 2021 Edition

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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Welcome Back Students

The Bellevue University Library is very excited to welcome back students this fall.  We understand that the pandemic has kept some away, but we have remained open throughout the duration of COVID-19, and are dedicated to serving you.  The Bellevue University has many activities planned for this year, and we have a lot of resources and services too.  Below is a list of the top 10 resources and services that we offer throughout the year.

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Relaxation Day

The lyrics of The 59th Bridge Song “Feelin’ Groovy” by Simon and Garfunkel from their 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme comes to mind as a song that could be appropriately enjoyed to commemorate “Relaxation day.” One lyrical phrase is: “Slow down, you move too fast. You’ve got to make the morning last.” In other words, relax! This is a day to remind yourself that it is okay to take a deep breath, slow down and take it easy; something we can easily forget as we forge ahead with our responsibilities and daily routines.

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Mysteries of Sleep DVD RA786.M97 2020

Within the last decade, there has been considerable research on the mysteries of sleep. This topic has not only baffled scientists for centuries, but to this day remains a remarkable mystery. In the video Mysteries of Sleep by Terri Randall, viewers learn about the broad spectrum of sleep in both animals and humans. One of the animals studied by scientists at the University of California Berkeley was the dolphin. Scientists believe that dolphins have a unique sleep cycle where they are in an awake-like state and a sleep state at the same time.  Another animal that was studied is the bat, which sleeps upside down in caves for as much as 20 hours a day, whereas humans spend one third of their lives (approximately 7-8 hours per night) in the unconscious, unresponsive, immobile state of sleep. In this video, scientists discover some cutting-edge research, providing researchers a new view inside the sleeping human brain. One discovery is that having a good night’s sleep each night is essential and quite possibly the single most important thing you can do every day.

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World Blood Donor Day

One of the popular ways to give back to your community and to help those less fortunate is by donating whole blood.  Every year on June 14th of every year, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).  This event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products.

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World Turtle Day

In July 2020, I went with my family to Holden Beach, North Carolina for a relaxing vacation.  While there, I learned that Holden Beach is not only a popular place for tourists- it is also a popular place for mother sea turtles to stake out a nesting site to lay their eggs. During this vacation, I saw first-hand how an environmentally friendly beach community has banded together with a dedication to preserve the endangered sea turtle population.

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