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October 2007

Archbishop Desmond Tutu visits Wheelock

Several works by Archbishop Desmond Tutu are being featured on the Library’s new book display, to the left of the elevator on the first floor. Stop by and pick one up to learn about the life and theology of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

On Monday, October 29, Wheelock College will host two special events: a Youth Symposium entitled “Bridges to Hope and Understanding” at 10:30 a.m., and a convocation and honorary degree ceremony honoring Archbishop Tutu at 3:30 p.m. These events will be simulcast on the Wheelock television station (channel 86), and the Library Viewing Room on the lower level will be available for those wishing to watch.

Click here for more information on the events.

New path to the Library

It’s time for another “How can I get to the Library?” update. The fence surrounding the construction area has been moved even closer to the Library door and the brick wall to the right of the door has been removed. Access to the Library from the Pilgrim Road side is now via a new asphalt walkway.

Please stay within the marked-off pedestrian space in the parking lot that leads to this new walkway, and continue to use caution when walking near the Library.

Getting Stats from the U.S. Census Bureau

Looking for statistics? Do you need to know how many children in Massachusetts live with two parents, or how income level relates to education in the United States?

The U.S. Census Bureau’s website contains a wealth of information about the U.S. and its inhabitants. You can search data taken from the Decennial Census, as well as monthly Current Population Surveys, in several ways.

Here are some “highlights” from the site to get you started:

-The American Fact Finder is good for finding data and stats by geographical area, down to the street level. There are also “Quick Facts” – short statistical breakdowns – at the state, county, and city level.

-The Statistical Abstract of the U.S., published since 1878, is a comprehensive summary of statistics that draws on many governmental sources of data. The Abstract breaks down data into spreadsheets; example titles include “Child Support – Award and Recipiency Status of Custodial Parent” and “Proficiency Levels on Selected NAEP Tests for Students in Public Schools, by State”

-You can find national population data by subjects like Families and Living Arrangements, School Enrollment, Disability, and Poverty in the Population Index.

Census Briefs are short analytical reports, with graphs and charts, that illustrate different themes, like “Children Without Health Insurance” and “Grandparents Living With Grandchildren.”

Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Contact the reference department for help, by e-mail (, phone (617-879-2222), IM (WCLreference), or in person at the desk.

Getting to the Library

As part of the construction process, access to the Library from the Riverway side is now via a brand-new ramp. The asphalt walkway – what’s left of it, that is – is behind the fence. The walkway from the Pilgrim Road side is still open as of this posting, but may soon be off-limits as well. Please use caution when coming to the Library.

We thank you for your patience as the construction of the new Campus Center and Student Residence continues.

“Taking Root, Growing Strong”

Wheelock College officially broke ground yesterday for the new Campus Center and Student Residence, being constructed on what was the Library Green. The theme of the event was “Taking Root, Growing Strong.” Among the speakers at the ceremony was Aaron Wordell, president of the Wheelock Class of 2011. Here’s an excerpt from his speech:

And here’s a drawing of what the new building will look like when it is completed.

Of course, with construction comes machines and equipment. For descriptions of what the equipment is and what it does, take a look at Building Machines and What They Do (call number J 681.76 R11b), a picture book with drawings of many different pieces of equipment. Construction Zone (call number J 690 H86c) depicts the construction of the Stata Center at MIT in words and photos.

More updates as the work progresses.