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Which is yes.


Spring evokes the muse.  Green things, long buried under ice and cold are awakened through some sweet mystery of God and plant.  The sun warms the earth and the heart–in climates like ours there is a shared knowledge that the dark days are past–the streets are full of bikes and the trees full of hammocks.

In the library this month, we joined e. e. cummings in celebrating everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. To us that meant combining the best things April has to offer–the changing season and those who pen it: poets.

The month began with a handful of librarians combining their creative talents and upcycling a bunch of discarded books into beautiful art–giving books a second life through mobiles, lamp shades, and wreaths.

Poetry had a very strong presence throughout the library as well.  Favorite lines of poetry were written onto windows, magnetic poetry was available in the lobby, and a poetry book art contest was organized.  Students took pages from discarded books and, using the words on the page, traced out a new poetic message.

The winners, announced only a few days ago, were Kyleen Russell & Carlos Martinez.

The month continued with a Spring Fling Primetime event that featured poetry recitations, singing, and plenty of dirt cake.

Angela Shannon’s poetry class also read some of their original works at a special Primetime event last week.

We wrapped up the festivities this week with a plant giveaway–sharing spider plant and pothos clippings from our library’s plants with the students.  All 65 plants were gone in less than two days.

We hope you were able to enjoy some of our poetry and spring events with us this month!  We enjoyed sharing the joy of warm weather and green things with the Bethel community. If you have any ideas for future events you would like to see in the library, please let us know!

Photo Credit: 1. April Harding 2-4. Erica Ross

Erica Ross is Boss


Okay, so she’s not the boss, but she is the boss of 25 student workers at the Library. Erica is the Circulation Manager at the Bethel University Library. Before coming to work at the University Library in the summer of 2013, Erica was the Circulation Coordinator at the Seminary Library. She graduated from St. Kate’s last spring with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

What do you look forward to most about nice Minnesotan weather?

I am so happy I can finally open the windows of my house. Also, I am determined to paint the exterior of my house this summer. It is going to happen!

What is the title of the last book you read or listened to?

I am currently listening to the audiobook, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. We recently added it to our collection and I kept eyeing it. I am really enjoying it and learning so much! The narrator, Archie Panjabi, has a voice that is wonderful to listen to.

What app can you not live without?

Instagram. I love it. It is so addicting! I am currently managing three accounts: personal, my Etsy shop, and the BU library. Follow it @bethellibraries (my little promotional plug).


(Image: Instagram)

Etsy shop? What’s that?

Etsy is an online marketplace where people sell their homemade and vintage goods. I make sweater mittens, card catalog jewelry, and embroidered pick-up lines to sell in my shop, Bookstack Bobbins. I also make custom orders: one time, I made an embroidery hoop of Abe Lincoln holding a green Lightsaber for one of my circ. students!


(Image: Bookstack Bobbins)

What word do you almost always misspell?

Ugh. I am a horrible speller! I can’t even think of one word I spell wrong because I spell so many wrong! I always get confused with the “i before e” rule. It just doesn’t make sense! And when does an e come before or after an l? Who knows… basically spelling is not my strength.

What food can you not stand?

Peas. Peas are the worst! They just are little green mushy things that pop in your mouth and the flavor is horrible. Gross!

What are you currently binge-watching?

I love Netflix! My husband and I just finished binge-watching Broadchurch. So gooooooood! But my husband and I are still suffering from withdrawal after finishing seasons 1-5 of The Walking Dead.


(Image: Wikipedia)

Do you know any random handy dandy tips or tricks?

After you paint your nails, spray on some Pam Cooking Spray on top of the wet polish. It will dry instantly. Don’t forget to wash the oil off after!

Would you rather hear a constant buzzing noise or have the same song stuck in your head?

I would rather hear the same song over and over because then I could have little mini dance parties in my head.

Would you rather read one sentence of a book a day or read the same book over and over again?

Probably the same book over and over again, but both would be painful!

Any random facts you would like us to know?

I have had my ears pierced since I was 1 day old.

If you have any questions for Erica, please feel free to stop by the library, send her an email, or give her a call!

Erica Ross



We Have a Winner!


This week is National Student Employee Appreciation Week! To show how much we value our student workers, every year Bethel faculty & staff nominate students for Student Employee of the Year. This year the committee accepted 13 nominations, and it was recently announced that our very own library student worker, Taylor Delzer, is the winner

We might be biased, but we think there is no one more deserving of this award than Taylor!  In her time, she’s trained a number of her fellow student workers, and three of her supervisors! She shows the same passion and care for her work as the full-time library staff. We’re so happy to see her honored with this award, but so sad that she’s graduating this spring! If we’re unlucky in any way, it’s that she’s chosen to become an accountant instead of a librarian!

We asked Taylor some important questions about life and the library.

What’s your first library memory?

When I was younger, we used to bike up to our public library with all the neighborhood kids–it was like a pack of eight of us–and we’d all hang out and get books.

What is your spirit animal?

I don’t like cats, but everyone says I’m like a cat because I like to do my own thing. I guess I would say I’m more of a wild cat, like a snow leopard. They are independent, tenacious, and fierce….Or maybe I’m like a sea otter. Because they’re so cute and they just like to chill…. or maybe I just like sea otters.

What’s your comfort food?

Anything Hazelnut. Is that weird? But not actual Hazelnuts….

What is one lie your parents told you as a child that you still kind of believe even though you know it is not true?

When I was little my dad told me to hide my cat and my sister before the Easter Bunny came or the Easter Bunny would steal them. Because he said when he was a kid the Easter Bunny stole his dog and little brother. He later admitted he was kidding but I still hid my cat in my room to protect him from the Easter Bunny… but not my sister. My dad did a lot of stuff like that. I’ve learned not to take him too seriously.

What’s your favorite part about your job?


My favorite thing about my job is the people. I like working with the Interlibrary Loan team. I like training them and seeing them grow and develop in their roles at work and at Bethel. I’m always super impressed with how fast they learn!

My favorite library task is searching for missing books. You just can’t beat the feeling of finding a book that was missing.

What song do you like to belt out at the top of your lungs in the shower or while driving?

There are so many.  Lately, I like “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. Otherwise, “Don’t Stop Believin” is always a good one.

What book are you most excited to read next?

How to be a Heroine, or What I’ve Learned from Reading too Much by Samantha Ellis. I feel like it’s going to combine other books I’ve read that I’ve enjoyed, like Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. Plus, I read too much, so I can definitely relate.

What’s the place you most want to visit in the world?

New Zealand. One of my roommates studied there and it’s so pretty. I just want to go there and explore. And I want to learn to surf.

And because of Hobbits?

A little bit.