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2015

Extended Hours Are Coming to an End

Today is the LAST DAY of Wheelock College Library’s Extended Hours. That means tonight is your LAST CHANCE to take advantage of library resources, get some drop-in research help, and participate in extended hours activities until 1:00 am. If you haven’t already stopped by to take part in the extended hours activities, it’s not too late. Here is a recap of all the fun activities we have available.

Adult coloring pages have been placed around the library on floors 1, 1M, 2M and 3. These coloring stations have been so popular that we have been printing out additional coloring sheets nearly every day! Students can take their work home, or hang it on our “Coloring Wall of Fame” located near the service desk.

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We also have Library Bingo! Bingo cards can be found near the elevator on the 1st floor, or scattered on tables around the library.  Each card has a variety of things you might see happening at the library during extended hours (“someone coloring”, “a student making flash cards”, “someone watching Netflix” etc). When you see an item on the card, cross it off. Once you get four in a row in any direction, you win! You can then turn your Bingo card in at the Service Desk for a piece of CANDY!

We have two puzzle stations on the first floor of the library. So far, our library users have worked together to finish two 1,000 piece puzzles. Each time one puzzle is completed, we put out another for students to begin working on. The two that are currently out are very near completion, so come by tonight to help finish them up before it’s too late.

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The library staff would like to congratulate all Wheelock students for making it through the fall semester! We have seen first hand how hard you have worked and how many hours of studying you have put in to succeed this semester, and you should all be commended for your efforts.

Happy Holidays to all, and we look forward to seeing you in the spring!


Find Your Space at the Library

Group Study

Study in groups anywhere from the Lower Level to Floor 3.

This time of year is an exciting time to be a librarian, because the Library is always bustling with activity as students make use of the staff expertise, print and electronic resources, technology, and study spaces available throughout the building.

With all this activity, it is important to remember that the Library strives to provide spaces conducive to both solitary and collaborative study, so that individual students concentrating on a final project or exam are not disrupted by groups of students working on a group project or presentation.

Solitary Study

Study in quiet on Floors 3M, 4 and 4M.

In other words, we have space for everyone!

If you want to meet with a group and collaborate, consider using any available spaces from the Lower Level to Floor 3.  If your group wants some privacy, you may also wish to reserve a conference room on Floor 2M or Floor 3M: https://library.wheelock.edu/forms/libreservation.php

If you want to study in silence, then head up to Floors 3M, 4, or 4M.  These floors are our quiet floors and you can expect minimal noise distractions.  If things are getting loud on these floors, contact the first floor Service Desk staff in-person or via phone, IM, or email and we will happily and promptly make sure things quiet down.

Also, don’t forget that the Library has extended hours until December 17, so there is plenty of time to head on over, find your space, and work on the semester’s final projects, papers, exams, and presentations.

We can’t wait to see you!


Library Extended Hours Have Begun!

The Wheelock College Library has extended its hours through the end of the semester to help you stay productive through those late night study sessions!

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Need some research help for those final papers and projects? Come to the service desk for drop-in research help any time during extended hours.

Stressed out about your finals? Take a mental break with adult coloring pages, puzzles, and library bingo!

Need some extra fuel to keep your brain working? Stop by for a Snack Break, Wednesdays December 2nd and 9th starting at 9:00 pm.


H is for History

H is forRight off, let’s start out being honest about the usual view of historians and history in our society. Perhaps the mention of history and historians brings to mind images of such things as:

  • high school history textbooks
  • test and quizzes requiring you to learn the names and dates associated with events, many of which you have since forgotten
  • dusty books
  • old papers and maps
  • dull lectures
  • the saying “those who do not understand the past, are doomed to repeat it”
  • people who were perhaps unwise when choosing their college majors

The list goes on. And I, the trained historian and archivist, have encounter each and every one of the items or situations listed above, along with a few others not listed above.  This might prompt others to ask if I am simply someone who enjoys boredom, or is there another side to history and historians that has not been shared with the general population?  While I will not pretend to be the most adventure seeking individual, I think the idea that history isn’t very useful or interesting is more of a public relations issue that an actual fact.

Over the next couple of months I plan to share the many ways the skills of historians and historical methods can be applied and how these application can be used for purposes other than producing lists of dates and names that are often times quickly forgotten.

In the meantime check out the resources listed below to learn more about the field of history and the work of historians from the American Historical Association (AHA).

“Why Study History”

 “What I Do: Historians Talk about Their Work”

Or if you are one of those who have like me already been bitten by the history bug, check out our history resource guide here.


Drumroll, Please! And The Winner of This Year’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest is..

IT/Campus Services with Spice Gourds – who spiced up our lives during the week leading up to Halloween.

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Congrats, IT/Campus Services!  All the entries were incredible this year.  After being here at Wheelock for several pumpkin decorating contests, I am always impressed by how creative everyone is with their decorations and appreciate that our participants are willing to take the time to bring some mid-autumn cheer into the Library.

Thank you to everyone who entered: Dot Hibbard, the Writing Center, Financial Services, Student Life, IT/Campus Services, and especially Teach Learn Create (TLC), our first and only student organization to join in.   Many of you have asked who made which entries.  Here are the other 5 entries with the names of their decorators.

Entry #2: Skeleton Band

The Writing Center

Entry #3: A tribute to music legends

Financial Services

Entry #1: the Beatles

Dot Hibbard

Entry #4: Phantom of the Opera

Teach Learn Create (TLC)

Entry #5: Student Life

Student Life

Thank you, also, to those who stopped by the Library to vote.  We’re happy that we got so many ballots back.  This contest could not have happened without you either!  There was a raffle for our voters and the winner of that raffle is Geraldine Metogho.  Congrats!