Catalpa Tree and Its Caterpillars


I have seen a lot of catalpa trees and there are some on Bellevue University campus along the sidewalk as you walk into the library.  The catalpa is sometimes called the Indian bean tree for its production of a distinctive fruit that resembles long, thin bean pods that can grow up to two feet long.  A catalpa does make a statement with its big, bold leaves, masses of fragrant bell-shaped flowers and a grandiose habitat.

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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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My Favorite Books Episode 7: Frank Herbert’s Dune

Welcome to the seventh episode of the My Favorite Books podcast!

In this episode, Sierra provides a mini-review of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

You can listen to the latest episode here.




Summary from Goodreads:


“Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for…

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.”


Music Attribution:

Wisdom of the Mountains

by Serge Quadrado

Arabic Sadness

by Serge Quadrado



The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

Mango Scavenger Hunt


Do you love mangos? Me too, but this scavenger hunt is not about finding mangos; it is all about discovering language! Mango Languages is an interactive and fun way to learn any one of 70 languages.  Go traditional with Italian or French or Spanish, or go a little rogue with Swahili, Thai, or Uzbek.  Or, just for a bit of fun, learn Pirate or Shakespeare.



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Staff Recommendation “Exoplanets”

What we recommend: Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life beyond Our Solar System by Michael Summers and James Trefil

What it’s about: Exoplanets is a fantastic exploration of planets that exist outside our solar system. This is a very relevant topic in the science community as the ongoing search for life or life-sustaining planets continues. Summers and Trefil discuss many of the exoplanets that we know about and highlight planets such as one with diamond rainstorms and one encased entirely in ice that may yet hold life below the surface. For more incredible and almost too cool to be true scientific phenomenon, check out Exoplanets.

Why we recommend it: Though there are details in this book that sound like they have to be fake, it is simply full of true scientific discovery. Exoplanets is a great book for anyone interested in science, space, or even just looking to learn some new facts. As an audiobook, it makes for a perfect option for readers on the go as well.

You can find full details for the book in our eCatalog.

Photo credit – goodreads website

Halloween Fun Facts



Halloween is a celebration of all things spooky, and in the United States, it’s surrounded by a few odd traditions. Here are a few interesting facts about how some of today’s practices got started as well as other fun tidbits about the unique holiday.

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The Gift of Gab…

If you have ever visited the Blarney Stone, built into the battlements of Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland, you would know that it endows the “gift of the gab” to anyone who kisses it.  It makes you wonder if talk show hosts are compelled to visit it before accepting and undertaking a TV talk host assignment.

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Health Journal

Health is a journal focusing on women’s health. Topics cover: beauty, mind and body, food, and life.

Every issue includes the following sections: “From the Editor,” “The Share,” “Health Advisory Board,” and “What I Know Now.”

Even though it is geared toward women, there are articles for everyone. Some feature articles include Simone Biles talking about what it takes to win Olympic gold, power plate, information on hiking, and recipes for salmon.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

While the internet has matured over the last few decades, so have cyber threats. Because of this, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) designates October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The event, now in its 18th year, is designed to raise awareness of cybersecurity best practices to help keep you safe online.

This year’s theme, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart,” is a continuation of last year’s theme. Each week of the month focuses on a different aspect of cybersecurity, with weekly themes including “Be Cyber Smart,” “Phight the Phish!,” “Explore. Experience. Share,” and “Cybersecurity First.” These themes highlight different online threats, and the tactics needed to avoid falling prey to them.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is part of the “STOP. THINK. CONNECT” campaign to educate users on common cyber threats. When doing anything online, be sure to #BeCyberSmart.

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