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October 2013

Get to know our library assistants!

Did you know that you can get drop-in research help from the library 7 days a week, from noon until closing?  If you haven’t already done so, you should get to know our evening/weekend library assistants!  We’re happy to feature our eight fantastic Public Services Assistants (PSAs) in this week’s post.  All of them are either studying to become librarians, or have already attained their Master’s degree in library science.  They can help you with your research assignments… and they tell you where to get the best biscuits in the neighborhood!  It’s a win-win.  Drop by (or call, or email, or chat) and say hello!

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June Thammasnong
My favorite thing about being a librarian is talking to you and making connections. Our world and our lives are comprised of connections to information, to places, and perhaps most importantly, to other people. Librarians have the honor of assisting patrons to do all of that, and more!  * The furthest I have ever traveled from Boston is New Zealand!  * I grew up in California, with lots of love.

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Brian Hogue
Before I became I librarian, I worked as the Fine Arts book buyer for Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR. * When I’m not at work, you can find me  riding my bike somewhere. * My favorite place to eat in the neighborhood is  Rod Dee. * My favorite place in Boston is Davis Square (technically not Boston, but still my favorite). * The furthest I have ever traveled from Boston is Germany. * I grew up in Boise, ID.

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Lauren Forsyth
My favorite thing about being a librarian is being surrounded by books! * My favorite place to eat in the neighborhood is Sweet Cheeks BBQ— their biscuits are to die for. * I grew up in Danvers, MA.


Marva Tomer
One of my favorite things about being a librarian is learning about new things while helping library users find information. *  I love Boston because of its diversity, history, and cultural life. Boston is definitely “wicked awesome!” *  I always enjoy a conversation about travel and animals.

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When I’m not at work, you can find me in the company of a stack of books, as I work to finish my master’s thesis in History. Following the completion of my thesis, you will find me working on any number of art, craft, photography, and furniture restoration/re-purposing projects I have been dreaming up as a form of procrastination during my thesis writing. * The furthest I have ever traveled from Boston is Bratislava, Slovakia. * I grew up in Gray, Maine which is about 30 minutes north of Portland.

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Hillary Saxton

Before I became a librarian, I majored in English at Eastern Connecticut State University. * My favorite thing about being a librarian is meeting new people and adding more friendly faces to my day-to-day. * When I’m not at work, you can find me serving up ice cream (and coffee!) at JP Licks!

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I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. *  The furthest I have ever traveled from Boston is Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I spent six months studying literature and creative writing in Spanish during college.  *  My favorite place in Boston is the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens. It’s closed for renovation right now, but in the spring and summer it’s a great place to curl up with nature and a good book.

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Before I became a librarian, I was sure I wanted to go into publishing, but it turns out I’m much more interested in connecting people with books than I am in connecting books with profit. Besides, I’d never be able to say no to a good manuscript just because it might not sell.  *  My favorite thing about being a librarian is the trivia! While helping students and faculty with research topics and resources, I learn a little bit about pretty much everything in this job, which means my small talk at parties is amazing.  *      When I’m not at work, you can find me in class or doing homework (boring, but true). And on the weekend, I’m most likely cooking or baking while my cats watch Star Trek in the next room.

Don’t they seem like good people to get to know?  Drop by the front desk of the library some time, and say hello.  And bring along your research questions– they’re here to help!

And the winner is…

Financial Services and their amazing, cockroach clad Tracy Turnblad! They even included a little can of Ultra Clutch (to keep Tracy’s ‘do looking perfect of course) and a mini Hairspray playbill. Congratulations!

Financial Services: Anne Marie Martorana, (pumpkin) Joanne Baez, Geanna Cohen

Financial Services (L to R): Anne Marie Martorana, (pumpkin) Joanne Baez, Geanna Cohen

Thanks to all who participated and voted in this year’s contest. Happy halloween!

Pumpkin Contest 2013!

It’s that time of year again! Wheelock staff have poured their creativity into decorating pumpkins and they need your vote! This year’s theme is the Wheelock Family Theatre’s 2013-2014 Season. Productions include The Hobbit, It’s a Wonderful Life, Hairspray, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Visit the Library display case on Floor 1 to see all of this year’s entries and vote for your favorite at the Service Desk. Will Student Life be able to hold on to their 2012 title? Will Financial Services be able to top their 2011 entry? Only your votes can decide!

Voting will close at 9:00AM Thursday, October 31. Winner will be announced that afternoon. Don’t forget to include your name and email address on your ballot. Voters will be entered into a raffle for a Halloween treat!


The Book and the Cookbook

A Feast of Ice and Fire

A Feast of Ice and Fire

When I recently left my position at the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation, my lovely library co-workers gave me an amazing going away present: A Feast of Ice and Fire. This cookbook is the “official companion cookbook” to the Game of Thrones book series. How awesome is that?!

I’m a huge fan of the HBO series, and had just started in on the books, which offer even richer details of the world of Westeros to devour. The cookbook has recipes for the foods described in the books. The authors derived half of the recipes from medieval traditions and paired them with modern updates on the rustic versions.

While I do plan to post my attempts at a recipe from A Feast of Ice and Fire here soon, I haven’t had a chance to cook from this book yet. The gift, however, started me thinking about what other books have great companion cookbooks. A quick internet search turned up some exciting results.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook 

While this book seems to lack a Butterbeer recipe, it offers recipes from the various people and places in Harry Potter’s world–foods we muggles could only dream about before! It would be a great addition to the library of any family reading the books–dinner could complement the chapter you just read!

The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories

The Little House on the Prairie books offer many descriptions of the foods eaten by the homesteading family. This cookbook attempts to replicate the food described in the stories, and even considers how they would have been cooked by 19th century pioneers.


Yup, this exists.

Cooking with Days of Our Lives

Ok, this one isn’t based on a book, but it was too funny not to include. This cookbook is based on the soap opera, Days of Our Lives. So, if you have always wanted to recreate Luke and Laura’s wedding cake, here is your chance!

Do you know of any great cookbooks based on your favorite books? Please share!

New at the Library: MediaEd Streaming Videos

Need a video about representation of latinos in film for a class screening? A snippet to support your research paper about gender codes in advertising? Or just want to listen to Ryan Gosling’s voice?

The Library now subscribes to 136 streaming videos from the Media Education Foundation with our MediaEd Streaming subscription. The documentaries cover the subjects of health, humanities, environmental science, communication studies, and teacher education- many of them with a focus on race, gender, and the media. You can access all of them by going to the Library homepage at > Databases A-Z tab > MediaEd Streaming.  Here are some interesting videos you may want to check out:

Debunking the misconception that agrofuels (or biofuels, as they’re more commonly known) are benign energy alternatives and are environmentally-friendly, the documentary explores their devastating economic, environmental, and social costs.

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
Consuming Kids looks at how the marketing industry has been preying on the purchasing influence of children, dissecting their psychology for profitable advertising tactics and constantly inundating them with brand names and product placements.

Date Rape Backlash: Media and the Denial of Rape
This documentary analyzes the media’s reversal on its position on date rape in 1993- from recognizing it as a serious problem to making accusations that feminists were only exaggerating the figures on sexual assault and rape. Though it has been 20 years since then, the video discusses the aspects of rape culture that still, unfortunately, persist today.

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Hip Hop explores masculinity and manhood in hip-hop and rap and features revealing interviews with rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson and Beverly Guy-Shetfall.

mediaed2The Gloucester 18: the Realities of Teen Pregnancy
18 teen girls from Gloucester, MA had gotten pregnant in the 07-08 school year and the story became a sensation due to rumors of a pregnancy pact (I remember seeing this on the news!). The documentary revisits these girls, their families, and their counselors, and spotlights the issues behind teen pregnancies and their outcomes.

Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women
An update to Jean Kilbourne’s Killing Us Softly series, this documentary continues to explore the objectification and devaluation of women in advertising images and the sexist messages about femininity that we unconsciously consume and let influence us.

Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power
A very popular DVD at the Library, now available on streaming video! This documentary takes a critical look at Disney’s animated films and finds that behind the facade of innocent entertainment, are stories that promote racial stereotypes and sexist gender roles, which are then instilled in the children who watch these films.

mediaed3Race, Power and American Sports
With sports being the closest thing to a national language that brings people together from different walks of life, this documentary looks at how sports and athletes of color have challenged people’s ideas and notions about race and ethnicity.

#Regeneration, narrated by Ryan Gosling, looks at the state of social activism among youth and investigates the challenges and issues that drive them towards political apathy – from growing up with more cynicism than previous generations to the overexposure to screen time, media, and consumer culture.

mediaed4Speak Up! Improving the Lives of GLBT Youth
Speak Up! explores the unique challenges of violence and harassment GLBT youth face in schools and what they and their allies have done to transform their schools into safer and more welcoming environments.