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February 2014

Read Across America – SCHEDULE CHANGE

The_cat_in_the_hat_comes_back_3Due to heavy snow forecasted for Monday, March 3rd, the Read Across America story hour has been rescheduled for Friday, March 7th, from 10:30-11:30am. This is to ensure that the little ones to whom we’ll be reading can safely make it to Wheelock.

All other activities – Seuss menu in the cafeteria, lunchtime trivia, photo booth, and EarlBleck will be held as scheduled on Monday, March 3rd. We’ll see you there!

What exactly IS Turkish Delight?

TheLionWitchWardrobe1stEdOne of my first food-in-books memories center on Edmund in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The boy is so taken by enchanted Turkish delight that I myself became obsessed with it. Edmund’s undying devotion to this sweet treat had me convinced it was clearly the best candy in the world. But I had no idea what it was. I projected my own favorite sweet flavors onto this unknown substance and imagined it as a chocolaty/caramel substance, kind of like fudge. Well, I was wrong.

Turkish delight turns out to be a gel-based candy, often containing a variety of dried fruit and nuts, and it comes in citrus or floral flavors. It’s an incredibly varied kind of candy, with a seemingly endless potential for combinations. You can even make some at home, and try out your own flavor combos!


Try them all!

Oddly enough–I have never gotten around to trying it. Mostly because I don’t like nuts, or dried fruits very much for that matter. So when I learned what Turkish delight actually was, my visions of the candy perfection came to an end. But for someone who loves those flavors, Turkish delight could still be part of a childhood dream of finding the perfect candy. So, get out there and try all of those combos! But remember–watch out for any witches offering it to you!

The Wocket in Your Pocket is Telling You to Read Across America!

It is back again for the 5th year in a row: Read Across America! The Wheelock College Library joins schools and libraries across the country in celebrating Dr.Seuss’s birthday and the importance of reading in the lives of young children. All the activities involved in the celebration will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Campus Center. Stop by and check out any or all of our events:


All Day Long: Seuss-Themed Menu
Dining Services will be serving items inspired by Dr.Seuss stories.

10:30am – 11:30am: Story Hour in the Wolf Room
Volunteer to read a Dr.Seuss book to kids from a local preschool. You can either sign up with Rosalind Gould,, beforehand to volunteer or just drop by during Story Hour.

10:00am – 1:00pm: Photo Booth
Pose with a Seussified Lucy Wheelock while Adrienne Kisner, RD Extraordinaire, takes your picture.

10:00am – 1:00pm: EarlBleck Station
Experiment with Oobleck and magnetic Seuss poetry, provided by the Earl Center.

1:00pm -2:00pm: Children’s Book Trivia in the Dining Hall
Awesome prizes for the winning team! Emceed by Bryan McGrath.


Drop-in research help, 7 days/week

Did you know that you can get one-on-one research help at the library?  During the semester, we offer drop-in assistance 7 days a week, in the afternoons and evenings.

  • Sunday through Thursday, 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm
  • Friday & Saturday, 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm

If you can’t make it in to the library, no worries! You can also call us (617-879-2222), email us (, or chat with us from our website.

What can you help me with? We can help you at any point in the research process, whether you are still trying to settle on a topic, to refine your research question, to find scholarly articles or demographic statistics, or to format your paper and reference list in APA (or MLA, or Chicago) style.

Maybe it's time to drop by the library!

Maybe it’s time to drop by the library!

We can be especially helpful when you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your own research, so don’t be afraid of getting in touch! We have been trained to help you find a way up, around, or through the obstacle standing in the way of your information-gathering.

Who will be helping me? Many talented people staff our drop-in hours and can assist you with your research. Some of us are librarians, and some of us are librarians-in-training. All of us are excited to assist students with their research projects! Get to know us a little better:

What if my project is really complicated? Are you doing an independent study, an honors paper, or a graduate research project? For more in-depth research needs, you can make an appointment ahead of time to meet with a research librarian for up to 60 minutes. It’s best to request these appointments a few days in advance. We can help you come up with a strategy for consulting a variety of sources in order to hone in on the ones that best suit your project.

And the Award Goes To . . .

Tis’ the season of awards:  The Golden Globes, the Oscars, the Emmy’s, The Grammy’s, etc.  More important than them all, of course, are the ALA Youth Media Awards.  There is a long list of distinguished prizes; I can only speak to the few I know well (and, in my wildest fantasies, pretend I’ve won).

Flora-and-UlyssesThe 2014 Newbery Medal winner went to “Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo.  I didn’t think DiCamillo could outdo “The Magician’s Elephant,” but then she did it.  I have a weakness for philosophical rodents, and the titular squirrel Ulysses comes into existential fullness after a scrape with a vacuum cleaner.  His poetry, aptly typed on Flora’s mother’s typewriter, could send a clear message to a certain overexposed mouse my children force me to endure on the Disney channel.  Ulysses and Mickey could easily form a media empire, though I imagine they would soon part over creative differences.  Readers of this book might just feel their cynicism melt away for a bit, and like Flora, be “born anew.”

Locomotive-cover-copyThe Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children went to “Locomotive,” illustrated by Brian Floca.  Is this my son’s favorite book?  Yes.  Is it beautiful?  Yes.  Will train boys and girls geek out over it?  Definitely.  Did it have one of the most extensive marketing campaigns at all of the National Council of Teachers of English Conference?  My posters and stickers argue in the affirmative.  In spite all of this, was I rooting for Mr. Wuffles, written and illustrated by David Wiesner?  Yes; yes I was.  I like trains well enough, don’t get me wrong.  My little guy is a fanatic.  But Mr. Wuffles is just so darn plucky.  Read Locomotive, but then give honor book Mr. Wuffles a try, too. mr._wuffles_hresFinally, the 2014 winner of the Printz Award is “Midwinterblood,” by Marcus Sedgwick.  I loved this book; if you didn’t love this book, you and I might not get along.  Each of the seven stories that make their way backwards through time could be their own novel . . . but they aren’t.  The economy of words and the tight storytelling in this book is radiant.  I admit I didn’t read it until after I heard that it had won—my heart solely belonged to honor book Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell before.  But after reading Sedgwick’s mysterious and lovely novel, I bumped Eleanor & Park to second place.  Though, to be fair, I sometimes argue this out in my head even now.

midwinterbloodI’m a one-woman book award committee.  As long as I don’t start arguing for books to win out loud to myself at the bus stop (which happened only once, I tell you, when I was listening to a podcast and started arguing with it), it’s a great intellectual enterprise.

To see all of the award winners and to bask in all of the praise-worthy prose, go here.

Also, on February 13, 2014, there will be panel discussion sponsored by Children’s Books Boston. The public is welcome to join moderator Roger Sutton and panelists Martha Parravano, Julie Roach and Vicky Smith for a discussion of “Why Did THAT Book Win?” The program begins at 6:00 PM in the Kotzen Room at Simmons College, Boston; admission is free but registration is required as space is very limited. Write to CBB @ hbookdotcom if you would like to attend.