Showing Appreciation to our Student Workers

Gift Bags

As part of National Student Employment Week, Library student workers received Dr. Seuss gift bags full of snacks, toys, bookmarks, and school supplies.

When you visit the Library, theirs is the first face you see.  With a smile and a friendly tone, they answer questions, refer you to a variety of campus services, help you checkout reserves, assist you with locating materials in the library, and troubleshoot various technical issues that arise.

When not assisting patrons, they help keep the stacks orderly, make sure returned items are properly shelved, provide valuable feedback on how they and their peers perceive library services, and process new materials for use.

If you have not guessed already, I am talking about the Library’s talented, dedicated, and hardworking student workers, without whom the Library could not function.  Indeed, by providing the first interaction that many patrons have with the library while simultaneously completing important tasks that keep the library running, student workers are vital to the Library.

Day in and day out, I know that I can depend on our student worker staff to provide outstanding service and for that I am truly grateful.  That is why I would like to acknowledge our exceptional student worker staff and thank them for all that they do to further the Library’s mission and help us meet the information needs of the Wheelock College community.

I would like to extend my immense gratitude and appreciation and wish the student workers listed below a happy Student Employment Week:

  • Caitlyn Britton
  • Caitlyn Ennis
  • Caprice Mitchell-Scott
  • Cathryn Fernandes
  • Chelsea Leclerc
  • Claudia Barnard
  • Gleidymar Rivera
  • Jenna O’Leary
  • Kaleigh Carrington
  • Kate LaGattuta
  • Kiara Valentin
  • Kirsten Robinson
  • Mia Mendoza
  • Miles Carey-Snow
  • Nicole Shine
  • Torri Plank
  • Tyler Valois
  • William Weir
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Literary Cosplay

After 10 years of living in Boston, I finally went to my first Anime Boston.  Anime Boston is an annual convention that celebrates and promotes Japanese animation, comics and pop-culture. I don’t keep up with anime as much as I used to but part of the appeal of an event like this is just immersing yourself in the culture. And one of my favorite parts of this culture is cosplay. Cosplay is a type of performance art in which participants dress up as a character often from video games, anime, or comics. Many cosplayers create their elaborate costumes by hand – sewing, gluing, molding and piecing together ideas that existed only in an imaginary or virtual world. The art of cosplay has grown over the years and has created celebrity cosplayers and even a reality show! And as we all know, once you have a reality show, you’ve really made it in this world.

Cosplay isn’t just limited to anime and comics. Some of my favorite literary characters have been brought to life by cosplayers. As I read, I form images in my mind as to what the characters and the setting look like. It’s one thing to see it in my head, but to see it brought into the real world is truly incredible.

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Mistborn cosplay by Ellen Hyde of Hyde Designs

Mistborn – I love the Mistborn series written by Brandon Sanderson. He is a master at creating rich and detailed worlds. In this series, Allomancers are people who are born with the ability to “burn” metals which give them special abilities such as increased strength, speed or the ability to influence the emotions of others. While Allomancers can only burn one kind of metal, giving them access to only one special ability, Mistborn can burn all metals which makes them especially powerful. To distinguish themselves from regular Allomancers, Mistborn wear special cloaks that enable them to blend in with the night mists. See more of Ellen Hyde’s work at her website, Hyde Designs.

A Surprise Pride and Prejudice Engagement

A Surprise Pride and Prejudice Engagement

Pride and Prejudice – This Jane Austen cosplay is just beyond words. A family planned an elaborate Pride and Prejudice surprise engagement in which they put on hand sewn Regency dresses and acted out various scenes from the novel ending, of course, with Mr. Darcy proposing to Elizabeth Bennett. It also helps to have family members who look as if they’ve stepped out of a BBC period drama.

Moaning Myrtle at Dragon Con 2013

Harry Potter – With the end of the books and movies, some of us may be experiencing a little Harry Potter withdrawal.  Thankfully, there are other ways to revisit Hogwarts. While it may seem pretty easy to cosplay as a Hogwarts student (Sweater, white collared shirt, tie, done.), these people definitely took it to another level. By the way, there’s an entire convention dedicated to Harry Potter!

Marauder’s Map dress by Ali

Marauder’s Map dress by Ali.

The map on this dress was hand drawn using a fine point Sharpie! See more details on Ali’s Tumblr.

Steampunk Rowena Ravenclaw by Aleta Pardalis

Steampunk Rowena Ravenclaw by Aleta Pardalis

Aleta Pardalis is a genius at creating steampunk interpretations of well known characters. See more of her work on her website!

Who would you like to cosplay as? Are you a cosplayer? If you are, we would love to see your creations! Share links in the comments!

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Of Winter and of Winners

I was tempted to write a library blog about beach reads, or at least books that featured spring.  Not Boston spring, mind you, but real spring where flowers bloom, trees bud jewel-bright leaves, and the warm breeze tickles your face.  However, whenever I set upon a course to list even one book that might fit the bill, I fell into deep existential despair.

“Be hearty,” whispered Boston spring.  “This is the weather that forged a nation.”  I ignored it and continued to weep bitterly.  I tried to dry my dampened cheeks with the soft, inviting pages of summer reads, but the tears had already frozen to my face.

Cover of The Crossover by Kwame AlexanderTo cheer myself, I instead turned to the 2015 American Library Association youth media award winners.  (To check out the entire impressive list, go here.)  This year, the winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature was “The Crossover,” written by Kwame Alexander.  A beautiful song of a book, Alexander juxtaposes brotherhood, growing up, life, death, and basketball with a meter that ranges from lyrical to frenetic.  Two Newbery Honor Books also were named: “El Deafo” by Cece Bell, and “Brown Girl Dreaming,” written by Jacqueline Woodson.  Don’t feel badly for the two runners-up, particularly Woodson’s book.  It has already won so many awards that you won’t be able to see the cover through the stickers that will cover it.

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The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults went to “I’ll Give You the Sun,” written by Jandy Nelson.  The year 2015 was a good one for books about twins, as both books feature them as protagonists.  Told by two narrators in two different time frames, Nelson’s novel also shows the delicate strands that knit family’s together may be repaired no matter how frayed they become.  Four Printz Honor Books also were named: “And We Stay,” by Jenny Hubbard, “The Carnival at Bray,” by Jessie Ann Foley, “This One Summer,” by Mariko Tamaki, and “Grasshopper Jungle,” by Andrew Smith.

 

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I admit that I had picked “Grasshopper Jungle” as my bet for the Printz winner.  I loved it because it is so deliciously twisted.  Though maybe it now appeals to me because it shows that the human will is pretty weak compared with the raw power of the environment; a feeling with which I am currently well-acquainted.

“See,” whispered Boston spring anew. “Are you sure you want the natural world to wake from its frozen sleep?”

Touché, Boston spring. Touché.

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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month! In honor of this 28th anniversary of the event, we have installed a display and browsing shelf that highlights the library collection. The display illustrates the progress that women have made throughout history and across the globe. The books on the browsing shelf showcase different women and women’s issues from various eras and regions. There are books on women in the arts, women in education, women social workers, and women writers. Some of the books include biographies about famous local women such as Mary Baker Eddy and Jane Addams.

Pictured: Lucy Wheelock and grade school children Photo Credit: Wheelock Archives

Women have had a major impact on history. We invite you to explore and enjoy the plethora of books we have selected for you in honor of Women’s History Month.

If you want to know more, visit the following websites for more information about WHM.

Resources for Education

 

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Read Across America 2015

Join us for Wheelock’s 6th annual Read Across America celebration on Monday, March 2nd! Read Across America is an annual event held on the birthday of beloved children’s book author, Dr. Seuss, and promotes the importance of reading in the lives of children.

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Our main event is the Story Hour in the Wolf Room from 10:30am – 11:30am and we’re still in need of volunteers to read out loud to small groups of preschool children. Contact Charles Owen at cowen@wheelock.edu to sign up!

Can’t make it to the Story Hour? Don’t worry, there are other ways to join in on the fun! We’ll have a themed photo booth and hands-on activities sponsored by the Earl Center in the Campus Center from 10:00am – 1:00pm. And don’t miss out on the Seuss themed menu in the Campus Center Dining Hall!

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