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July 2010

Archives exhibit display on Hawes campus

In July, the Archives installed an exhibition on Wheelock history for the College’s Center for Scholarship and Research. The Wheelock College Archives contains materials documenting the history of the College, including the memorabilia of its founder, Lucy Wheelock, and houses a collection of rare children’s literature and scholarly books on education and the child.

By examining the development of Wheelock College from a one-room kindergarten training school to an institution with a more broad-ranging focus, this exhibition looks first at the course of study at the Wheelock School (or Miss Wheelock’s Kindergarten Training School, as it was known when it was founded in 1888) which changed little before the 1920s. The curriculum during this time prominently featured works focusing on philosophies and educational methods first proposed by the German educator Frederick Froebel, as well as studies of the history of early childhood education in the United States – and kindergarten education in particular.

The mission of the College is to improve the lives of children and families. We hope this exhibit offers a glimpse into the history of Wheelock and its mission. Visit the exhibit at the Center for Scholarship and Research on Wheelock’s Brookline campus and let us know what you think.

For more information, contact the Wheelock College Archives.

Andrew Elder, Archivist

Introducing: Jeff Pearson

Name: Jeff Pearson

Job title: Library Technology Specialist
Location in Library: Lower Level of the Library, right at the bottom of the stairs.
Tell us what you do in 5o words or less: the title is actually pretty descriptive. I provide support for everything “technological” in the library, especially printing and copying from our public machines and printers, and all of our AV equipment. I also specialize in virus/spyware removal and any other software issues surrounding student laptops.

Choose one service that your department provides that you want the Wheelock community to be aware of: Student laptops, student laptops, student laptops. All virus and spyware problems, as well as device install issues, Windows update problems, and document corruption issues, all are welcome.

What is your favorite website? Here I’ll cheat and list two, flip-sides of the same interest: and I’m a “newsie” and enjoy current events, both serious and humorous. It’s hard to beat the New York Times for reasoned, impartial news coverage. And it is equally hard to beat the clever and outrageous takes on the news that The Onion provides. I think they should be read in tandem, just to be sane.

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection? David McCullough’s John Adams ( is one of my favorite Wheelock holdings. Along with being a “newsie”, I really like American history.

When I’m not at work, you can find me… Singing! At church, at Chorus pro Musica (, in my Barbershop Quartet. I also love to cook–and eat. I watch movies and read to pass the time and love to hike and camp.

Great Lines from Children’s Books

I love reading aloud to kids. I attribute this in part to my father, who was a great reader, and who read to me and my sisters every night. He brought the text alive – really giving voice to the characters and capturing and conveying the heart of the story. And having worked as a nanny, volunteered in a school library, and read aloud nightly to my own kids when they were little (and even occasionally until they were in high school!), I have done a lot of reading aloud myself. I find that, just like in movies, children’s books are full of memorable lines that can be so useful in a variety of occasions in life. Here are a few I like – do you know and love any of them too? What are some of your favorites?

Library Closed July 5

The Library will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We will reopen for regular hours Tuesday, July 6, at 9 a.m.

We will be open for regular hours Saturday, July 3, from noon to 6 p.m. And of course, you can always access our electronic resources from the Library home page, including e-books, research guides, databases and full-text journals. For resources requiring a login, use your Wheelock email address and password.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

July 6th-July 12th: No FLO ILL Requests

From Tuesday, July 6th through Monday, July 12th, you will not be able to place requests for books through the FLO catalog. You will, however, still be able to visit each FLO library and check out items in-person. See here for a list of FLO libraries and links to their websites.

During this time, non-FLO ILL book requests may still be placed through this form on the Library’s website.

Please pardon the inconvenience! FLO ILL will be available once again on Tuesday, July 13th.