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June 2014

Style by the Book: Divergent

My summer reading includes finishing up the Divergent series. I loved the first book but sort of lost momentum with the second. As I plunge back into the world of factions, I thought it would be fun to imagine what each faction would wear if they existed today. Abnegation was the hardest and Candor was the most fun simply because I found panda shoes and when confronted with panda shoes, the answer is always yes.

Abnegation – The Selfless

The Selfless

 

Amity – The Peaceful

The Peaceful

 

Dauntless – The Brave

The Brave

 

Erudite – The Intelligent

The Intelligent

 

Candor – The Honest

The Honest

 

Which would you choose? I think I’m more of an Amity but Dauntless has cake and it’s pretty hard to compete with that.


FYI: Welcome First Years!

You can probably hear the buzz and feel the energy mounting on the Wheelock campus.  It’s that time of year when we welcome the incoming freshman class to Wheelock College.  The Wheelock College Library would like to say, “Welcome First Years!”libheartyou

The most important thing for you to know about the Wheelock Library is that the library staff is here to help you.  That’s right.  We are here for you.  Ask us anything!  We’re here to help.  Never looked up a book in the library catalog before?  Ask us.  Need to find articles for your research paper?  Ask us.  Wondering where in the library the Writing Center is?  Ask us.

This is your library.  From open until close every day, this is your space to study, meet with friends, relax, learn, grow, and create.  Want to study quietly while listening to your best study music on your headphones?  We welcome you.  Want to work on a group project in one of the library’s group study rooms?  We welcome you.  Want to take a nap on a library couch?  We welcome you.

In the library you’ll find:

  • Studying Space, including Quiet areas, Collaborative areas, and Study rooms
  • Resources, including books (and e-books), children’s books, articles, course readings, and movies
  • AV equipment, including digital camcorders, audio recorders, digital cameras, voice recorders, and headphones
  • Computers and printers
  • Staff who are ready to help you

You may be asking, “Okay, but what if I’m a second year (or third year, or fourth year)?”  We welcome you too!  It’s never too late (or too early) to visit the library.


What’s on Your Summer Reading List?

Back in May, we asked our Library visitors, “What’s on your ‘summer reading’ list? (for school or for fun)”?  And we had a lot of suggestions (and suggestions about those suggestions)!

summerreadsI’ve found several of the titles available at the Library.  If you’re around for the summer, come check them out.  And if you’re not around, then stop by during the fall.  Reading for fun is a great way to relieve stress!

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (813 C64a) :  This book serves as both a story of a young shepherd boy who travels the Egypt in search of the treasure in his dreams, and a philosophy on how one could live one’s life by following dreams and watching out for signs.  It’s about dreaming big and enjoying the journey, not the destination.  It is often on people’s list of books that changed their lives.

bookrow1 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (available on ebook and in print): A 19th century man awakens in 6th Century England and proceeds to use his knowledge of history and technological inventions to improve and modern the lives around him.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (J G817f): The story of 16 year old cancer patient Hazel, and how she meets and falls in love with a boy named, Augustus Waters.  It is a surprisingly simple premise that has won the hearts and tears of its readers with its intelligent and vibrant characters.  The movie is now in theaters!

The Giver (J L95g): Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memories, taking in all the memories of his community’s past.  He realizes that the Sameness adopted by his community needs to end in order to restore happiness and the power of choice, and, with the Giver’s help, plots his escape.  The movie adaptation of this novel is coming out this summer.  Read the book before you watch it.

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The Great Gatsby (available on ebook and in print):  While the main narrative is about a wealthy and enigmatic man named Jay Gatsby and his love for his former flame, socialite Daisy Buchanan, the book is really about the sense of possibility and the display of decadence of the early 1920s.  It’s a lot more enjoyable when you’re not reading it for school.

The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (J P28h): After a plane crash, Brian is stranded in the wilderness and must survive on his own with nothing but his hatchet.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein(823 T57zg): The titular hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who loves staying at home and staying out of trouble, finds himself on a quest with a band of dwarves to sneak into the Lonely Mountain and retrieve a royal jewel from the dragon, Smaug.

Hop on Pop by Dr.Seuss(J-P Se9ho): There isn’t much of a story here (or maybe I’m just not seeing it), but the rhymes are fun.

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Orange it the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman (365.43 K47o):  Piper recounts the 15 months she had spent in prison  – the codes of behavior, the failures of the prison system, and the incredible lives of the women around her.  The second season of the TV adaptation of the memoir is now available on Netflix for binge-watching.

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom (378.12 AL1t): A memoir chronicling 14 Tuesdays Mitch Albom spent with his former sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, and the life lessons the older man imparted to his former pupil.  It is another one of those books that can change people’s outlook on life.

There were a few that weren’t in the Library, so we ordered them.  In the coming months, be on the lookout for Paper Towns by John Green, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, along with other popular reading titles.

So what’s on your summer reading list?  Personally, I’m planning to tackle Insurgent by Veronica Roth this coming week and thinking about revisiting Crime and Punishment (891.73 D74ca) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

 


It’s never too early…

Now that summer session has begun, it’s never too early to get started on your research papers and projects!  The Wheelock College Library is here to support you the entire way– from the day you get the assignment, to choosing your topic and finding sources, all the way to formatting your citations in your finished paper.  When you’re at the beginning of your project, a good place to get started is one of our Research Guides.  Here are a few we designed to support the subjects, topics, and courses being taught this summer:

Photo by Flickr user Fazia, cc-by-nc-nd2.0

Photo by Flickr user Fazia, cc-by-nc-nd2.0

Find more guides on our website.  And don’t forget that there are people here at the library who can help you with your specific research needs!  Whether you are taking a class on campus, online, in Worcester or in Singapore, individualized research services are available to you!  If you’re not available during our drop-in hours, you can schedule a research appointment with a librarian.  Get in touch with us— we love to hear from you!