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December 2012

Coping with Traumatic Events

After the September 11 attacks the Library posted a list of resources for helping children cope with traumatic events.  Sadly, the need for such a list has not diminished since then.  We again call your attention to these resources  if you have others that you would like to suggest for the list please let us know.

Then + Now: Peabody Hall

From the Library Archives… a photo of Peabody Hall! Our

best guess is that this photo was taken in the ’50s. What do you think of the old entrance?


Yahtzee! In Honor of Board Games

Has anyone seen the commercial out for the Words with Friends board game, a game which “brings you together like never before”? Words with Friends creator, Zynga, has teamed up with Hasbro to produce board game versions of its most popular online gaming apps. This also includes Draw Something, FarmVille, and CityVille.

Words with Friends Board Game Virtual games have become so pervasive that board games are now becoming a novel and exciting form of social entertainment again– not that board games have ever left our consciousness. Words with Friends was based on the popular board game, Scrabble – which,

yes, makes the Words with Friends board game sort of redundant, being a board game based on a virtual game based on a board game.

The Library has a collection of popular board games on the Lower Level that includes Cranium, Yahtzee, Candyland, Scrabble, and The Game of Life. Grab one for a study break! In honor of board games and the final stretch towards the end of the semester when we could all use some distraction, I’ve found videos of a few wonderful board game moments on film and television.

The Simpsons: kwyjibo

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: wizard chess scene

Animaniacs: a deadly game of checkers

Scary Movie 3: Yahtzee!

Website Survey

survey_iconHello there, Wheelock community!  Share your feedback about the Library website and enter for a chance to win a $10 gift card to Starbucks.  It should only take a few minutes, so you can do it during a commercial break or while heating up your food.  Survey ends Tuesday, 12/11/2012. Winner will be announced the next day.

Link to the survey