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December 2010

Thanks!

The Library staff is deeply appreciative to the students at Wheelock College.  The Library received this special thank you card from many students this week.  Wheelock students are the best and make the work we do at the Library meaningful.  Students at Wheelock are the reason we strive to do good work and serve students the best we can.

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Vacation day trip: Museum of Science

Looking for something to do while you’re on break from classes? Why not visit the Museum of Science? The Library offers passes for $5 admission for up to four people (regular price $21 for adults).

This is your last chance to see the temporary exhibits “Inside the Mind of M.C. Escher” (closes January 2), “Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly” (closes Jan. 4), and “K’NEX: Building Thrill Rides” (closes January 17). But don’t worry if you can’t make it by then — new exhibits will be opening soon, and the 30-plus permanent exhibits will be there no matter when you go.

Stop by the Service Desk on the first floor of the Library to pick up your discount admission pass. We only have one per date, so they are first-come, first-served, but because the passes do not need to be returned, you can pick them up any time before your visit.

Go to www.mos.org for more information about the museum, including hours and directions. And have a great time!


Merry Festivus!

Every year following Thanksgiving, a familiar feeling begins to set in.  Those songs!  Those lights!  Those decorations!  And suddenly I remember: I couldn’t care less about Christmas.  I know I’m mostly alone on this one, but I can’t help it: I’m immune to holiday cheer.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative for people like me.  It’s not Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or even Chinese New Year.

It’s Festivus!  Celebrated every year on December 23rd (or whenever you feel like celebrating it), Festivus is an ancient, enduring tradition that dates back to 1997 AD.  Its mystic and sacred origins emerged from an episode of the television show Seinfeld.  Anyone can celebrate Festivus, no matter your religious background, ethnicity or level of aversion to the Christmas holiday (though a high amount of the latter certainly helps).

How you celebrate Festivus is a matter of personal taste, but there are a few essentials:

  • The Festivus Pole: instead of a tree or menorah, Festivus decorations center around (and in fact are often solely comprised of) a plain metal pole.  Don’t have a pole?  That’s OK!  Anything metallic, or even a crude drawing of a metal pole, will suffice.
  • The Airing of Grievances: did anything or anyone particularly upset you during the past year?  This is your chance to let the world know!  If Thanksgiving is the time for remembering what you’re thankful for, Festivus provides an opportunity to vent frustrations.  This can take any form you like, within the bounds of national, state and/or local laws.
  • Feats of Strength: the best part of Festivus.  Again, it’s open to interpretation, but tradition dictates targeting the strongest or most powerful member of a given social group, and attempting to diminish this person’s power, often by wrestling him or her to the ground.  In the absence of such a figure, an escalating series of dares is also acceptable.

So tell me, fellow Christmas-unenthusiasts: how will you celebrate Festivus this year?


Feeling stressed? Watch some fish!

What am I going to write about? I have no ideas. What have I been doing lately that could be of interest? Nothing – all boring librarian stuff. Look around at the stuff in my office – maybe a physical object will give me an idea…folders, papers, journals, books, computer, phone, printer, chairs, stack of boxes serving as a table, calendar poster, happy light. Happy light? Seasonal affective disorder? Too depressing. Rolodex? A wry reflection on change? Who cares; I don’t even care. Clock? Observations on individual preferences for digital vs. analog and do young people wear watches anymore? Oh, how original…

Wow, I am really stuck. 10-day traffic jam in China? Old news. [Brain surf over to] Blizzard of ’78? Not blogable. Dumb websites? The ones I know aren’t as good as the ones they know.

I give up.  Why don’t we take a break and watch some soothing images of fish in an aquarium?  Maybe it will inspire some great ideas…


Unwanted Books = Literacy Funding

Thanks to your donations of unwanted books at the end of last year, over $70 was donated to the National Center for Family Literacy.  The Library also received a commission which will be used to purchase additional materials to support you in your coursework. Instead of your unwanted books ending up in a landfill, they were sent to Better World Books to be resold or recycled.

Last year we sent them 334 books; 288 were reused and 46 were recycled. By reselling and recycling these books, we had a positive environmental impact. Your book donations saved 6 trees, 4028 gallons of water, and 481 lbs of greenhouse gases. The moral of the story is, if you have unwanted books at the end of the semester, place them in the Better World Book bins located in the Library foyer, the CCSR, the old Student Center, and at Hawes. We will send them to be recycled and the environment, the literacy foundation, the Library, and ultimately you will all benefit.