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Blind Date with a Book

Go on a Blind Date with a Book!

Tired of wasting your time with the wrong books?

Hate being led on by a fancy cover, just to find out there’s not much inside?

Maybe you’re still a little caught up on that book from your past? (*cough Harry Potter cough*)

If you’re ready to take a chance on literary love, then stop by the Wheelock College Library and go on a Blind Date with a Book! We guarantee that every book in this display has the potential to make it to the top of your Amazon wish list.


How it Works:

  • Each wrapped book has a catchy (ok, cheesy) pick-up line which also hints to the book’s contents.
  • Browse the pick-up lines on each library book and select your perfect reading match—NO PEEKING!
  • Take the book to the Library Service Desk to check it out
  • When you get home, unwrap your blind date to meet the book of your dreams

The best part is, if things don’t work out, just bring your failed fling back to the library and drop it off. No waterworks, no messy public breakups, and no getting dumped via text message at 4 am. These literomeos will only be around through Valentine’s Day, so come in soon so you’re not left wondering what could have been.


Pumpkin Decorating Contest 2015 – Voting Begins Now!

Entries for this year’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest are on display in the case on the first floor of the Library. The theme this year is “Music”.   Our participants have all done an amazing job.  Cast your vote for your favorite entry.

Ballots are available at the Library Service Desk; voting starts today through Thursday, October 29.  Everyone who votes will be entered in a raffle to win a Halloween goody bag. The winner of the best display and of the raffle will be announced Friday, October 30If you cannot make it to the Library, you may also email your vote to

Pumpkins with their contest numbers.  Click to expand image.

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Style by the Book – Hey guys, remember Harry Potter?

Back when we were first forming the current blog team, the Library staff joked about ways in which we could get more Harry Potter on to the blog. Someone suggested having regular posts entitled “Hey guys, remember Harry Potter?” and we all laughed but we were kind of serious too. You see, most of the Library staff are huge Harry Potter fans. We use our MBTI types to determine which Harry Potter character we’re most like (You’d be surprised at the number of Dracos we have here.) and compete in Harry Potter Trivia Night under the team name “Madame Pince’s Army” (Second place! We were SO CLOSE!) Unfortunately, the regular Harry Potter posts never happened but I wanted to share one last Style by the Book inspired by that magical series. I’ll see you at Platform 9 3/4!


Heading to Hogwarts


One City One Story

ocos1Each year, the Boston Book Festival makes a short story available to all, free of charge, to spread the joy of reading for pleasure among the teens and adults of our city. This year’s short story is “Home Movie” written by Jennifer De Leon. This story, focusing on a Guatemalan wife and husband living in Boston with their children, explores themes of immigration, home, and memory.

Copies of “Home Movie” are available for free at the Wheelock College Library. Digital copies, as well as Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Mandarin translations are available at the One City One Story website. Join one of the discussions that are happening at several Boston Public Library locations or organize your own! The website has some great questions to help you get the conversation started.

For more information about this year’s One City One Story selection, author, events, and the Boston Book Festival happening on October 24th, visit the Boston Book festival website at


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Mindset List for the Baby Boomers

Every fall Beloit College issues its Mindset List for the incoming college class and every year I find myself more and more surprised. My cultural references have become obsolete. Where did the time go? It made me wonder if the incoming class would find the mindset of my college class as alien as I find theirs. I thought I’d give it a try, so here are some of the realities of life for my incoming college class.

  • If you wanted your own phone, you had to order it from the phone company. Each dorm had a phone in the lobby; if you got a call the person at the desk would call you on the intercom so you could pick up the extension in the hall.

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    Rotary Phone. Image from

  • The lucky few owned typewriters. The really lucky ones owned electric typewriters. The rest of us borrowed.
  • Microwaves were too big and expensive to bring to college.
  • We drank Tab and Fresca. No Diet Coke yet.

  • Students went to Florida and other warm spots for spring break but not to Disney World because it hadn’t been built.
  • We found articles by looking in books, thick indexes that covered a few months to a year per volume
  • The library catalog was still a card catalog.

    Traditional card catalog

    Traditional card catalog. Image from Wikimedia Commons

  • We didn’t have cable television.
  • We called the movie, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars.

I looked up what things cost then:

  • Gallon of gas                      $ .65
  • New car (average)           $ 4300
  • Loaf of bread                     $ .32
  • Average income               $10,360.