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February 2015

Read Across America 2015

Join us for Wheelock’s 6th annual Read Across America celebration on Monday, March 2nd! Read Across America is an annual event held on the birthday of beloved children’s book author, Dr. Seuss, and promotes the importance of reading in the lives of children.


Our main event is the Story Hour in the Wolf Room from 10:30am – 11:30am and we’re still in need of volunteers to read out loud to small groups of preschool children. Contact Charles Owen at to sign up!

Can’t make it to the Story Hour? Don’t worry, there are other ways to join in on the fun! We’ll have a themed photo booth and hands-on activities sponsored by the Earl Center in the Campus Center from 10:00am – 1:00pm. And don’t miss out on the Seuss themed menu in the Campus Center Dining Hall!

Trains, the Internet, and Librarians

Green Line Snow

Picture used under a creative commons license courtesy of Pi.1415926535

Up until mid-December, when I started working here at Wheelock, I could count on one hand the number of times I had ridden the T.  But traffic and parking being like it is here in Boston, I decided that I would rely on the T to get to and from work like I suspect many other students, faculty, and staff at Wheelock do.

For better or worse, my initial experiences with T have coincided with one of the worst winters in recent memory, which has led to delays, closures, and potentially contributed to the resignation of the present head of the MBTA.  But in spite of the unpredictable timing of trains, the frequently overcrowded cars, and the ever so stubborn disabled trains that cause congestion, I have found the T to still be better than sitting in traffic and using the T has certainly helped me reduce my carbon footprint.

As I was riding the T the other day and was glancing over the prominently posted transit maps throughout the car, I started to wonder about its history.  For instance, why is it that there are B, C, D, and E branches to the Green Line, but no A branch?  Also, why exactly does the Orange Line originate at Oak Grove and not further north?  Speaking of colors, where did the decision to label the lines according to color originate and do the colors have any historical significance?

When questions like this crop up in our minds, many of us, including librarians, are used to reaching into our pockets, grabbing our smartphone, and consulting Google.  For matters of trivia or quick historical facts, the Internet can be the most convenient resource.  Google any of the questions I posed above concerning the T and you are sure to find an answer pretty quickly.

The Internet is full of answers, but sometimes it’s hard to know if the answers you find are the right ones.  A savvy Internet user knows that nothing on the Internet can be taken at face value and careful consideration must be paid to the source, author, and intent in order to determine the likelihood that the information is accurate.

In this way, the Internet is like the T.  It can be convenient and may sometimes seem like the best option, but from time to time, like a disabled train, factual errors or bias perspectives can slow things down to a crawl.

While we can’t help you find a better alternative to the T (not for lack of trying), we can help you find a better alternative to the Internet: the library.  Our resources are carefully selected by staff and come from trusted publishers and providers who vet the information before it is made available.  The information we provide is trustworthy, accurate, and supported by references, so all the guesswork over determining if what you’re reading is true is eliminated and you can focus on the content.

So while we can’t save you time getting from Wheelock to downtown, we can save you time finding credible, useful resources.  And best if all, if you lose your way, librarians can help!

Style by the Book – Paddington Bear

A while back, our food blogger, Cortney, did a post on Paddington Bear’s favorite… marmalade! At the time she decided to forgo creating a Style by the Book post but I couldn’t resist taking on Paddington’s iconic toggle coat. I added in plenty of marmalade as well! I think Paddington would approve.

Paddington Bear
Do you have a favorite book that you want to see featured on Style by the Book? Share your suggestions in the comments!

The library has e-books?!?

Yes, we do!  A wide range of e-books are available to you from the Wheelock College Library.  And they come in especially handy when you’re snowed in.  Let’s explore!

e-resources filter

Filter your results in the library catalog by type of item, date, or library!

Let’s say you’re working on your resume, and you want some expert advice. You search the library catalog for “resume writing.”

If you are looking only for e-books, use the filters on the right-hand side of the screen to limit to “e-resources.”

You’ll find e-books like Welcome to the real world: a complete guide to job hunting for the recent college grad, by John Henry Weiss, and The elements of résumé style: essential rules for writing résumés and cover letters that work, by Scott Bennett.

Perhaps your professors have assigned readings from e-books, like this one for EDU 323, or this one for CLF 770.  Or you’re getting a head start on a research paper, and you want e-books on social justice and education.  Try this book by legendary civil rights activist Robert Parris (Bob) Moses, or Privileged thinking in today’s schools: The implications for social justice.

All of these books can be found by searching the library catalog, and all are accessible 24/7 from any location, just by logging in with your Wheelock username and password.  Not sure how to search the library catalog or get e-books?  Check out this video: