The Origin of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, also known as “Turkey Day,” is a uniquely American holiday rich in cultural traditions.  The Thanksgiving holiday became an official federal holiday set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and approved by Congress in 1941.  Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. The first Thanksgiving is believed to have occurred […]

Applied Mathematics LibGuide

Whether multiplying ingredients to make a party-sized batch of treats, or calculating compound interest, you will most likely encounter some sort of math challenge in life that takes a bit more than  in-your-head calculation to solve. We often do not realize how much math knowledge we have forgotten until faced with a special project or […]

Giving Thanks

Every year at Thanksgiving many begin their traditional meal by going around the table and asking everyone what they are thankful for this year. It’s a sweet little ritual and forces everyone to focus on what is positive in their lives. And then we eat. And nothing changes. So lately I’ve been wondering what “giving […]

It’s Not Easy Being Green: America Recycles Day

This November 15th is America Recycles day! It takes place every year in the middle of November to highlight ways to recycle. It is much like earth day with a focus on how to reduce our carbon footprint. Pinterest has so many ideas for what can be reduced, reused, and recycled. Also known as up-cycling, […]

World Kindness Day

Have you ever gone through the drive-thru for your coffee and the barista tells you that the person in front of you paid for your coffee? Doesn’t that just make your day? And, as a result you decide to “pay it forward” by paying for the person’s coffee behind you. Well, this is just one […]

Mango Languages Database

It may have been a long time since those high school language classes that you were required to take. You might not have even seen the value in learning a foreign language at the time, but the world is shrinking as people from many nations interact on social networks, on the college campus, through travel, […]

Fun Facts Found @ the Library Fall 2017

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 Matt found when he browsed through the Reference stacks.   No state’s rural area has a higher standard of living than Iowa’s.  Education and culture have long been of great importance to […]

National Novel Writing Month

Who knew that it was National Novel Writing Month?  Certainly not this blogger.  However, as a writer, it is great to see that there are initiatives continuing to encourage writing.  This internet-based project, often shortened to “NaNoWriMo” takes place during the entire month of November.  This event started 18 years ago with 21 participants and […]

The Origin of Halloween

From carving pumpkins to wearing costumes, Halloween is a unique holiday that has something for everyone.  This holiday originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.  In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints.  […]

Journal of Business Strategy Review

If you are a senior and/or middle manager in organizations and industries,  this journal is for you.  Journal of Business Strategy contains articles from leading academics as well as business writers and consultants.  The articles have a practical focus designed to help develop successful business strategies. The journal covers the following topics: diverse marketing strategy, […]