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April 2007

Extended hours

The Library’s extended hours start tonight, April 30, and continue through May 13. Hours are as follows:

Monday, April 30 – Thursday, May 3: 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday, May 4: 8 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: 9 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.
Sunday, May 6: 1 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Monday, May 7 – Thursday, May 10: 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday, May 11: 8 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 12: 9 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.
Sunday, May 13: 1 p.m. – 1 a.m.

The Library will provide free snacks and coffee in the evenings. The door will lock at 10 p.m. nightly, so you must use your Wheelock ID or call x2220 to be let in after 10 p.m.

Best of luck on your finals!

New reference titles

The Library recently purchased 20 new or updated reference titles for the collection on floor 1M. Among them are The Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States, which has more than 400 entries exploring concepts, theories and historical events from 1790 to 2003, plus an appendix of primary documents and original writings such as antebellum state slave codes and influential speeches.

Ever wanted to know the names of the layers of a volcano, parts of a castle or varieties of cheese? Merriam-Webster’s Visual Dictionary can help you find the answers. The 17 chapters range in topic from Astronomy to Food and Kitchen, from Do-It-Yourself and Gardening to Society, and include more than 20,000 terms with full-color illustrations.
The second edition of the Dictionary of Developmental Disabilites Terminology offers definitions of disorders, assessment tools, theories, anatomical terms, medications, interventions and more. Find out about new information from the field of genetics, major associations and groups in the disability field, and key legislation and public laws.
Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity has chapters on all insect orders and the insect families of eastern North America, with 4,000 color photographs and 28 picture keys to help you identify that bug you saw in the woods. The book also provides information on observing, collecting and photographing insects.
These and numerous other titles are now available for research or general browsing on the Reference floor. Stop by and take a look!

Resources for Coping with Violence

A reminder that a listing of resources on coping with violence is available from the Wheelock College Library’s website (Coping with Violence). We’ve added two articles sent by Professor Diane Levin to the Wheelock community. There are other resources available in the library’s collection, including the book by Marcus Gelman titled Bad Stuff in the News (J 302.23 G28b) which discusses
“how such problems as terrorism, child abuse, natural disasters, violence in sports, and hate crimes are reported in the media and some things that individuals can do to address these problems.”

Museum reopening Saturday

After three months of closure to complete a $47 million expansion and renovation project, the Boston Children’s Museum reopens Saturday at 10 a.m.

The museum will now have three floors open to the public (the fourth floor has been converted to office space). Visitors will notice changes right away – the entrance has been relocated and there’s a new three-story climbing structure in the lobby, designed by Luckey & Luckey. The first floor also features a brand-new KidPower section and a revamped KidStage. Popular second-floor attractions Boats Afloat and Play Space have been refreshed, and a new Common will make it easier for groups to gather. Third floor highlights include the Japanese House and a new traveling exhibits gallery.

There’s more to explore, so what are you waiting for? Passes for free admission to the Boston Children’s Museum are available at the Library’s circulation desk. For more information on the museum, including directions and hours, check the museum’s website or call (617) 426-8855.

National Poetry Month is here

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

~ T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland

While we may not agree completely that April is the cruellest month, we do agree that it can be a rough one — the end of the academic year is finally in sight but there’s that last stretch of finals to get through, and the weather is starting to improve but it’s still too soon to pack away your sweaters for fear of a snowstorm.

One way to beat back the cruelty of April is by celebrating National Poetry Month. While we think you should live every month like it’s National Poetry Month, we’re happy to get you started with some suggestions for this year’s observance.

  • The seventh annual Boston National Poetry Month Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, at the main branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. More than 50 poets are slated to share their work, and an open mike session Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. gives everyone the chance to give voice to their verse. Click here for a full schedule and additional information.
  • The American Academy of Poets, the sponsors of National Poetry Month, provides a wealth of information at You can learn all about National Poetry Month, sign up to receive a Poem-a-Day email each day in April, find a poem for (almost) any occasion, and more.
  • There’s lots of poetry here at the Wheelock College Library. Search the catalog for your favorite authors and collections, or browse the shelves in the 811 call number range to find something new. And don’t forget that children’s poetry isn’t just for children! Check floor 2M for a variety of options.

Poetry can be found everywhere, and we encourage you to seek it out in all its forms