The Dictionary, My Friend

I like big books and I cannot lie.  You see, my love for big books started when I received a dictionary as a high school graduation gift.  To be honest, this gift threw me for a loop because I had enjoyed reading fiction books up to that point.  Why would I need a dictionary?  I […]

Database Services Brings Changes to Website

If you have visited the Bellevue University Library web page recently, you may have noticed new changes to the Database Services page. Since July 1, our complete database collection has a new home in a specially-designed LibGuide. This new A-Z Databases index provides some great new user functionality, including the ability to search for specific […]

“Oz the Great and Powerful,” a review by Allison

Although prequels are not an uncommon occurrence, prequels produced 70+ years after the original movie are a very unique, and risky, undertaking. But that is exactly the challenge Disney’s new movie, “Oz the Great and Powerful,” set itself to tackle. Set before the events of the MGM classic “The Wizard of Oz,” this film chronicles […]

Health Literacy Month

Here’s to your health this month!  That’s right, October is all about your health.  This annual, worldwide, awareness-raising event has been going strong since Helen Osborne founded it in 1999. The theme for Health Literacy Month 2015 is “Be a Health Literacy Hero.”  It’s about taking action and finding ways to improve health communication.  Health […]

Matt finds five favorites on the ‘net

Happy October! For today’s blog post, we reach into the newsletter bag and pull out Matt’s review of five favorite websites and Barb’s electronic tips. Enjoy! AppleJack Festival As fall begins to roll in, many small towns have local festivals to celebrate the harvest season. One of the biggest in Nebraska is the AppleJack Festival. […]

Celebrate Banned Books Week by Reading the Classics! Pt. 3

Read Part 1 here and 2 here. #3 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce, 1916 James Joyce’s first novel, and by far his least notorious. Like other novels  on this list it was banned in the U.S. under Comstock Law, but in the ensuing decades since its publication it’s […]

Celebrate Banned Books Week by Reading the Classics! Pt. 2

Read Part 1 here. #7 Catch-22, by Joseph Heller, 1961 Even those who haven’t read the novel know what a ‘Catch-22′ is–such is the influence that Catch-22 has had not only on literature, but on modern thought. The novel follows John Yossarian, a bombardier in World War II. Within the novel, ‘Catch-22′ is a requirement among […]

Ep. 8: Banned Books Week Special Edition

Welcome to Episode 8 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes! “More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 8: Banned Books Week Special Edition Description: In this episode of the […]

Celebrate Banned Books Week by Reading the Classics! Pt. 1

Best-of lists rarely get much popular press, but when the Modern Library published its 100 Best Novels list in 1998 it ignited a storm of equal parts criticism and appreciation. The list became ‘famous’ in a way that lists almost never do, entering classroom curricula and to this day even being used by booksellers and libraries to […]

Library Celebrates the Freedom to Read with Banned Book Week Activities

Banned Books Week has arrived! Each year, the Bellevue University Library puts together a committee to generate ideas, contests, and promotion for Banned Books Week. This year, the committee has outdone itself! Swing by the library and you will get an eyeful of treats. By putting together a display of slightly charred books (no actual […]