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Its Library Lovers’ Month

Three reasons to be a library lover:


Libraries provide access to information, technology, resources, space, the internet, museums, the list goes on and on.

Past, present, and future are brought together

In addition to books and articles which provide an intellectual link between past and future, many libraries also provide physical connections to the past in the form of archival collections and spaces to create and reach for the future in the form of makerspaces.


Okay, so as a librarian/archivist myself, perhaps I am a little bias here. That being said, librarians are awesome! Librarians are one of the best resources available libraries, they are your guides to the multitude resources available.

Why are you a library lover?


WINNER: Pumpkin Decorating Contest

And the winner is…

*drum roll*


 “The Three Little Pumpkins and the Big Bad Gourd”


Congratulations to the IT & Campus Services departments. This is their second consecutive pumpkin contest win! This year’s voting results were SO close, and all submissions deserve a huge round of applause. Make sure to join in the fun next October to see if you can out-craft the reigning champions.

A Celebration of Reading: The Boston Book Festival and 1C1S

Boston Book Festival is an annual celebration that “promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city”[1] and it is being held on Saturday, October 15 in Copley Square.   Most events are free and first-come, first-served.  However, some workshops do require advance registration.

The Boston Book Festival will feature dozens of exhibitors, along with over 200 speakers and presenters, including novelists, journalists, critics, essayists, poets, scholars, and artists.   The organizers have color-coded the events in the schedule to help identify the type of interests for which audiences the event would have the most appeal.

Each year, the Boston Book Festival also organizes the One City One Story (1C1S) program – providing one short story to the entire city free of charge to create a shared reading experience for Boston residents and to foster discussions and engagement in reading. cover image of the One City One Story short story. One City One Story is in caps and below it is the title of the story and its author. The selection this year is “The Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link.   Copies of the story are available for free at the Wheelock College Library on top of the Book Exchange Shelf by the Service Desk.  You can also download the story from the One City One Story website.  The digital copies are offered in English, Spanish, and Russian at the moment.  Additional translations should be coming soon.

On the day of the Boston Book Festival, there will be a 1C1S Town Hall in the forum space at Trinity Church, where you can discuss the story with fellow readers across the city.



Ice Cream with a side of history

Mint-Cookie-ConeIce cream is a perfect summer food, or if you are ice cream obsessed like I am, ice cream is a perfect food anytime of the year or day.

My obsession with ice cream is not limited to eating it. I am also obsessed with the process of making ice cream, the history of the food, the history of various ice cream companies, you name it. If it is ice cream related I am interested.

As July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to share some of the fascinating ice cream facts and materials which combine my love of ice cream and history.

First how is it that July came to National Ice Cream Month?

Presidential Proclamation 5219 signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 after is was requested by The Congress via Senate Joint Resolution 298. The Presidential Proclamation designated July 1984 as National Ice Cream Month and July 15, 1984 as National Ice Cream Day. Although the Proclamation officially only referred to 1984 the tradition of July as National Ice Cream Month and the Third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day has stuck every since.

Read the proclamation here.

And get more information about Senate Joint Resolution here.

Ice cream before National Ice Cream Day:

"The Yukon Freezer" hand cranked ice cream machine

“The Yukon Freezer” hand cranked ice cream machine, c 1935. Click image for more information.


Thomas Jefferson's vanillla ice cream recipe handwritten on a long piece of paper

Thomas Jefferson’s own vanilla ice cream recipe. Click image for more information.

Looking to expand your own ice cream knowledge check out these e-books from our collection:

Cover of the book, Ice Cream, by H.Douglas Goff and Richard W. Hartel.  Features a closeup of chocolate ice cream being scooped and cell particles.

This is a little to technical to be considered light reading, but it has a wealth of information from history to how to. Click the image to view the catalog record and access the e-book.


Book cover of Edmonson's Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry's.  In the image are two cows with neckties looking at the audience.

Interested in learning more about how Ben & Jerry’s became the company we know today? Click the image to view the catalog record and access the e-book.

Speaking of Ben & Jerry’s check out their blog post illustrating the evolution of the design of their pint containers over the years.

Cover of the book, Grow Your Own Ingredients Ice Cream!  A strawberry and a group of blueberries are propping up an ice cream cone with 3 scoops and a mint leaf.

Looking to make ice cream of your own? This gardening and cooking book will have you not only growing your own berries and mint but turning them into simple homemade ice cream. Click the image to view the catalog record and access the e-book.