Author Archives: Robin Bernstein

Setting the Record Straight

When you think about “world records,” most people immediately think “sports.”  However, librarians are probably more familiar with the Guinness Book of World Records, published annually since 1955, acknowledging record-breaking human achievements.  Today, November 18, 2020, is “Guinness World Records Day.”  Celebrated every November, this day was first recognized in 2004, when the publication became the world’s bestselling book.  However, some believe it actually goes back to November 10, 1951, when Sir Hugh Beaver, manager of Guinness Breweries in Ireland, argued about the fastest game bird in Europe.

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National Online Learning Day

Traditionally, “National Online Learning Day” represented the achievements made via online schooling and those students attending.  This day began July 2016 to bring awareness to this evolving online technology making education more manageable and convenient.  However, this year due to COVID-19, this type of learning has been essential for families everywhere.  Online learning is available in various ways and involves preschool through college age students.  It helps people accomplish their goals of obtaining an education when circumstance may not allow for the brick and mortar approach.  The influence of technology has made this a reality.

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New Classes, New Faces, New Beginnings

Celebrated since the 1960s, “National Back to School Month” occurs every August. Teachers, schools, parents, and students are preparing for a safe and healthy return to learning and studying. Traditionally for students, back-to-school meant making new friends, renewing old acquaintances, shopping for new clothes and supplies, and doctor check-ups.  For teachers, back-to-school meant organizing their classrooms, developing lesson plans, and welcoming students.  This year, things may look and feel a little different; however, the anticipation of learning, growing, and succeeding still exists.

Did you know there is a term for the fear of going to school called didaskaleinophobia?”  It is a real condition suffered by 2-5% of children; however, adults experience it as well.  To help conquer some of the fears associated with going to school, here are some strategies you might try:

  1. Discuss with your family – support is a crucial step.
  2. Pursue your passion.
  3. Think positively.
  4. Prioritize your time commitments.

The Covid-19 pandemic will change the way conventional classes will be held; however, masks and social distancing is the highest priority as schools prepare to open.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following to keep you and your family safe:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water is not readily available—use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who experience symptoms and practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet away from others outside your household.
  4. Wear a “cloth” face covering over your mouth and nose when around others.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (i.e., tables, doorknobs, light switches, desks, computers/keyboards, phones, sinks, faucets, etc.).

Now, as you embark on a new adventure, here are some tips adults might want to consider:

  1. Choose a school that accommodates adult learners.
  2. Consider credit transferability when choosing a school.
  3. Choose a major that will help you reach your goals.
  4. Investigate online or hybrid programs.
  5. Make a plan to balance life, work, and school.
  6. Explore funding options.

Success is the ultimate goal in attending school; therefore, being equipped with the proper tools will set you on your path to victory.  For more information, or to learn more about how you can return to school safely, check out the many resources below and explore what the Bellevue University Library has to offer:

Bellevue University Library eCatalog

American Enterprise Institute

National Education Association

U.S. Department of Education

Back to School Month Pinterest Page

Do You Know Your Customers?


Today is “Get to Know Your Customers Day” acknowledged on the third Thursday of every quarter (January, April, July, October).  It is a reminder for businesses to take the time to get to know the people they assist, their needs, and their wants.  This recognition is applicable to any business setting, whether you are a corporation, department store, independent and locally owned business, or in our situation, a University Library.

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Watch Out Zoo…Here We Come!!!

What a way to start the month!!!  Zoos all around the country are starting to reopen just in time for “National Zoo and Aquarium Month.”  Coincidence?  Maybe…  However, now is an excellent time to think about venturing out once again and visiting your local zoo. In 1982, President Ronald Regan proclaimed June as “National Zoo and Aquarium Month” for playing a major role in the cultural life of our nation and conservation.  The proclamation goes on to say that zoos and aquariums have become a valuable and unique asset.1
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Preserving the Past

Have you ever heard the saying “the world is your oyster” and wondered what it meant?   It originated with Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor,” but in modern times has taken on a new meaning.  The quote is more widely used in a motivational or inspirational context; meaning that you can achieve anything you want in life and/or go anywhere because you have the ability and opportunity to do so.  So…what better time to get out and enjoy seeing and visiting new places?  Everywhere you go, there is more to discover…

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How Prepared Are You?

April 30, 2014, was the first “America’s PrepareAthon! Day.”  It originated with President Barack Obama’s National Preparedness initiative to increase awareness about natural disasters and how to be safe and prepared.  Since a crisis can happen at any time, now is great time to have an emergency plan.  As we have seen with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, being prepared is on everyone’s minds.  So what does it mean to be prepared and what can you do?

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National Credit Education Month


How fiscally responsible are you?  Do you know what your credit rating is?  Do you know how to wisely use credit cards?  If the answer to these questions are “I don’t know” then it might be time to find out.  March is “National Credit Education Month” and tailor made for those who want to manage their finances.


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Slow Cooking for Everyone

January just happens to be National Slow Cooking Month and a great time to make delicious warm meals on a cold winter’s day.  Slow cooking and crock-pots are used interchangeably; however, crock-pots are a brand of slow cookers that come in various shapes and sizes and just about every major appliance company now makes their own interpretation.

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