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January 2010

Spring semester hours under way

The Library is now open for its regular semester hours:

Sunday: 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The following holiday and special hours also have been announced:

Monday, February 15: 1 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 7: CLOSED
Monday, March 8 – Friday, March 12: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 13: CLOSED
Monday, April 19: 1 – 11 p.m.

Please note that the front door locks 15 minutes before closing.

Have a great semester!


Check out our new first floor!

The first floor of the Library underwent a dramatic transformation over break! Walls and columns were knocked down, new lighting and paint went up, and 19 new computers were added to improve access to technology.

The renovation also adds tables for laptop users to plug in without searching for outlets, a comfortable seating area for casual reading and, as a focal point, a new service desk combining all the functions of the Circulation and Reference departments.

Other changes in the building include a group study room on Floor 3M and the often-requested water fountain on the Lower Level.

We’re putting together a photo slide show of the complete project, but for a look at the finished product, come on by and check it out!

Haiti: how to help

Many in the Wheelock community are familiar with the work of Dr. Paul Farmer and the Partners in Health organization in Haiti, which is detailed in the College’s 2007 summer reading book Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.

Partners in Health’s facilities in Haiti are located two hours from the epicenter of the devastating earthquake that hit the island nation on January 12 and, as such, will be a major medical resource for the injured who are unable to get help in Port-au-Prince. While the organization is soliciting volunteer assistance from medical professionals, what is truly needed is financial assistance. For more information on the team’s work in Haiti and a link to make donations, click here.

A variety of other organizations and charities are taking donations for earthquake relief in Haiti as well, but please be cautious, as not all the information is factual. Snopes.com has a good roundup of true and false Internet rumors about donations, as well as suggestions for legitimate sites through which to donate.


New Policy for Children’s Museum Passes


First the good news: the 2010 passes for the Boston Children’s Museum have arrived and are available at the Library.

Now for the less-good news: since the college’s current membership provides for fewer passes than in years past, availability will be limited.

Each month, 16 passes will be available. Each person with a Wheelock ID will be entitled to two passes once per month. If the passes run out, or you’ve already claimed your monthly allotment, there will be an opportunity to obtain passes the following month.

This policy is meant to ensure that our limited supply of passes is distributed as fairly as possible.

Now for some good news again: admission to the Children’s Museum on Friday evenings from 5pm-9pm costs only $1. If you’re unable to obtain free passes through the Library, keep this in mind!

Also, keep an eye out for more free or cheap family-friendly activities in the Boston area on Bostoncentral.com, the Employee Assistance Program’s website or boston.com’s Family Events page.