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November 2006

Library Staff Changes

We’re pleased to announce that Amanda Richman has taken the position of Serials Specialist. She’s happy to assist you with any questions you may have about newspapers, journals and magazines. Amanda also handles Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests. Head up to the third floor and say hello!

We’re also happy to note that Vickie Raymundi has joined the full-time Library staff as the Circulation Specialist. A 2006 Wheelock graduate, her new job includes managing all aspects of Circulation, including checking books out, course reserves, and AV requests. Vickie’s on the first floor, so swing by and greet her when you come to the Library.

More books, please!

November 13 – 19 is Children’s Book Week. The theme for this year is “More Books Please!” This week, revisit old favorites or discover new ones – the New York Times recently featured a comprehensive Children’s Book Section, and of course the library adds new titles regularly.
the mitten
One of my favorites from childhood is The Mitten, by Alvin Tresslet (currently available for borrowing from the library). Based on a Ukrainian folk tale, the simple, bright illustrations tell the tale of a lost mitten and the creatures that find it.

What are your favorites? Comment here or email

"New" Robert Frost poem

You may have seen news reports earlier this fall that an unpublished poem by Robert Frost had been discovered. That poem, “War Thoughts at Home,” was written in 1918 as a tribute to a friend killed in World War I, so it is especially appropriate to highlight this work as we near the observance of Veterans Day.

Veterans Day was first proclaimed as Armistice Day in November 1919, commemorating the armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany that went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, effectively ending World War I. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 and now is a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Frost was living in Britain at the start of the war and befriended British poet Edward Thomas. Though in his mid-30s when the war began, Thomas volunteered for duty and was killed in France in 1917. The poem was inscribed in a copy of North of Boston, Frost’s second collection, and was not found again until a graduate student at the University of Virginia discovered it this year.

The poem is available in the Virginia Quarterly Review’s fall issue in print, or online to subscribers only. Wheelock College Library has access to the journal online through the Academic Search Elite database. The issue, Volume 82 Issue 4, also includes an article by the student who found the poem, Robert Stilling.

While our copy of North of Boston may not have a long-lost Frost poem scrawled on its endpaper, it is still worth checking out. This and other titles by and about the New England poet are found on floor 4M.

Know your library part 2

chairs on floor 3
The Answer:

I know what you are thinking – “I have a chair. I am sitting in one right now – what’s the big deal?”

We have a lot of them, and they’re new. The chairs pictured on the top left are on Floor 3 by the microfiche. We also have a new cluster of 3 computers, a scanner, and a color printer. Floor 3 is quiet, has lots of natural light, and now you can sit comfortably in chairs with wheels.

floor 1M
We also have many more new chairs in the Reference area (Floor 1M). Stop by, say hello (to the library staff, not the chairs) and take a seat!