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Haiti – Do Your Homework

 

When asked how to help the children and families in Haiti, one recommendation from the panelists at yesterday’s Half Year Program was: do your homework.  Learn about the people and the place, the culture and concerns.

Here are a few resources to help you build your background knowledge, and learn more about relief and development efforts and service opportunities that could be of interest.

 

 

Online reference

Global Issues in Context

Earthquake in Haiti

Credo Reference

“Haiti” in The World of Child Labor: An Historical and Regional Survey

“Haiti” in New Americans: A Guide to Immigration Since 1965

Books

Cadet, J. (1998).  Restavec: from Haitian slave child to middle-class American. Austin : University of Texas Press, 1998.

Kidder, T. (2003). Mountains beyond mountains: The quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man who would cure the world. New York, Random House.

Organizations

Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation

Haiti Fund – Resources

International Rescue Committee –Haiti, One Year On

Research Guides

Helping Children Cope with Stress

Coping With Traumatic Events

Resources on the Web

Boston Haitian Reporter

Boston Haitian Reporter – Community Resources

Haitian Health Institute at the Boston Medical Center

CCHER (Center for Community Health, Education & Research)

CCHER – List of Boston Haitian Resources

60 Minutes videos

Haiti: Frustration and Anger

The Lost Children of Haiti

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Unwanted Books = Literacy Funding

Thanks to your donations of unwanted books at the end of last year, over $70 was donated to the National Center for Family Literacy.  The Library also received a commission which will be used to purchase additional materials to support you in your coursework. Instead of your unwanted books ending up in a landfill, they were sent to Better World Books to be resold or recycled.

Last year we sent them 334 books; 288 were reused and 46 were recycled. By reselling and recycling these books, we had a positive environmental impact. Your book donations saved 6 trees, 4028 gallons of water, and 481 lbs of greenhouse gases. The moral of the story is, if you have unwanted books at the end of the semester, place them in the Better World Book bins located in the Library foyer, the CCSR, the old Student Center, and at Hawes. We will send them to be recycled and the environment, the literacy foundation, the Library, and ultimately you will all benefit.

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Back to school, back to books!

I love September – new beginnings, cooler weather, beautiful colors. I always loved to read and maybe that’s one reason I chose education as my profession. I grew up in a community that was open to different points of view. While in school I learned that there were books that we read that were not allowed in other schools throughout the country. Here are some of my favorites: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Sneak a peek of these wonderful books – with a flashlight, under your covers.
Have a productive and good year,
Jeannie Blazar
Director, Wheelock College Resource Center
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Donate your old books!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: that phrase is posted at the transfer station (aka the dump). At the Wheelock College Library we are reducing the number of unneeded books, we are reusing them to benefit a literacy foundation, and recycling them to people who do need them. The Library is now partnered with Better World Books , an organization which collects used books and sells them online to raise money for literacy initiatives worldwide. This is similar to Amazon’s Marketplace and in fact, you can purchase books from them at any time and proceeds will support literacy foundations.

Drop your books in one of the bins pictured to the right, which are located:

  • In the Library
  • In the Campus Center
  • In the Hawes building
We have selected the National Center for Family Literacy to receive a percentage of the sale of the discarded and unwanted items which we send to Better World Books. If you are unable to sell your textbook back to the bookstore, donate it in a bin and we will see that it goes towards a good cause. When you are cleaning out your dorm room, we will gladly accept any unwanted books you may have, not just textbooks. And you can leave campus feeling good about supporting a worthwhile cause!
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All Library items due on May 14th


Attention students! Starting today, all books you check out from the Library will be due on May 14th.

Our normal 21-day loan period will be shortened so that we can get our stuff back before you all skip town for the summer.

By May 14th, ALL ITEMS (including DVDs, kits, tests, video cameras, and of course books) need to be returned. Anyone with items out past that date will have their Library privileges suspended for next semester. And no one wants that!

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