Some children’s books deserve to be displayed, not only in the children’s room of the library, but also in the art gallery. Along a Long Road by Frank Viva (J-P V83a) is such a book. Viva, whose illustrations have appeared on the cover of the New Yorker, made an impression with this, his debut children’s book. The narrative is sparse, but the pages fill with the playful roundness of the words he chooses. Even the title “along a long road” rings with a sing-song sound that comes out differently each time you say it.
Sticking to a retro palette of primary colors, black, and white, Viva’s illustrations are stark. Yet each page rewards the careful observer with figures and scenes that invite stories yet to be imagined. Viva’s artistic method is also intriguing. According to the publisher, Along a Long Road “was created as a single, continuous thirty-five foot long piece of art.” One imagines that viewing the book in this way, as one continuous road, would be truly impressive. Would you be tempted to step into the road, hop on your bicycle, and pedal away? I would.
Check it out! Also check out Viva’s other children’s books, including A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse and A Long Way Away.
Due to heavy snow forecasted for Monday, March 3rd, the Read Across America story hour has been rescheduled for Friday, March 7th, from 10:30-11:30am. This is to ensure that the little ones to whom we’ll be reading can safely make it to Wheelock.
All other activities – Seuss menu in the cafeteria, lunchtime trivia, photo booth, and EarlBleck will be held as scheduled on Monday, March 3rd. We’ll see you there!
One of my first food-in-books memories center on Edmund in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The boy is so taken by enchanted Turkish delight that I myself became obsessed with it. Edmund’s undying devotion to this sweet treat had me convinced it was clearly the best candy in the world. But I had no idea what it was. I projected my own favorite sweet flavors onto this unknown substance and imagined it as a chocolaty/caramel substance, kind of like fudge. Well, I was wrong.
Turkish delight turns out to be a gel-based candy, often containing a variety of dried fruit and nuts, and it comes in citrus or floral flavors. It’s an incredibly varied kind of candy, with a seemingly endless potential for combinations. You can even make some at home, and try out your own flavor combos!
Try them all!
Oddly enough–I have never gotten around to trying it. Mostly because I don’t like nuts, or dried fruits very much for that matter. So when I learned what Turkish delight actually was, my visions of the candy perfection came to an end. But for someone who loves those flavors, Turkish delight could still be part of a childhood dream of finding the perfect candy. So, get out there and try all of those combos! But remember–watch out for any witches offering it to you!
It is back again for the 5th year in a row: Read Across America! The Wheelock College Library joins schools and libraries across the country in celebrating Dr.Seuss’s birthday and the importance of reading in the lives of young children. All the activities involved in the celebration will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Campus Center. Stop by and check out any or all of our events:
All Day Long: Seuss-Themed Menu
Dining Services will be serving items inspired by Dr.Seuss stories.
10:30am – 11:30am: Story Hour in the Wolf Room
Volunteer to read a Dr.Seuss book to kids from a local preschool. You can either sign up with Rosalind Gould, email@example.com, beforehand to volunteer or just drop by during Story Hour.
10:00am – 1:00pm: Photo Booth
Pose with a Seussified Lucy Wheelock while Adrienne Kisner, RD Extraordinaire, takes your picture.
10:00am – 1:00pm: EarlBleck Station
Experiment with Oobleck and magnetic Seuss poetry, provided by the Earl Center.
1:00pm -2:00pm: Children’s Book Trivia in the Dining Hall
Awesome prizes for the winning team! Emceed by Bryan McGrath.
Did you know that you can get one-on-one research help at the library? During the semester, we offer drop-in assistance 7 days a week, in the afternoons and evenings.
- Sunday through Thursday, 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm
- Friday & Saturday, 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
If you can’t make it in to the library, no worries! You can also call us (617-879-2222), email us (firstname.lastname@example.org), or chat with us from our website.
What can you help me with? We can help you at any point in the research process, whether you are still trying to settle on a topic, to refine your research question, to find scholarly articles or demographic statistics, or to format your paper and reference list in APA (or MLA, or Chicago) style.
Maybe it’s time to drop by the library!
We can be especially helpful when you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your own research, so don’t be afraid of getting in touch! We have been trained to help you find a way up, around, or through the obstacle standing in the way of your information-gathering.
Who will be helping me? Many talented people staff our drop-in hours and can assist you with your research. Some of us are librarians, and some of us are librarians-in-training. All of us are excited to assist students with their research projects! Get to know us a little better:
- Adam Williams, Instruction & Research Librarian
- Maric Kramer, eLearning & Reference Librarian
- Roz Gould, Access Services Librarian
- Louisa Choy, Digital Services Librarian
- Ann Glannon, Collection Development Librarian
- And our wonderful Public Services Assistants: June Thammasnong, Brian Hogue, Lauren Forsyth, Marva Tomer, Taylor Kalloch, Hillary Saxton, Katelyn Duncan, and Stacy Collins!
What if my project is really complicated? Are you doing an independent study, an honors paper, or a graduate research project? For more in-depth research needs, you can make an appointment ahead of time to meet with a research librarian for up to 60 minutes. It’s best to request these appointments a few days in advance. We can help you come up with a strategy for consulting a variety of sources in order to hone in on the ones that best suit your project.