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February 2016

Read Across America 2016

Volunteer Poster Small FINALDo you love to read?  Want to inspire a love of reading in children?  Volunteer to read your favorite Dr. Seuss book to a small group of preschoolers during story hour at Wheelock’s annual Read Across America event.

Sign up for a time: 10:15-11:00 am OR 10:45-11:30 am
Thursday, March 3rd. Campus Center
To sign up contact Maric:

Read Across America is an annual, national celebration held on the birthday of beloved children’s book author, Dr. Seuss, and promotes the importance of reading in the lives of children.  If you can’t make it to our Story Hour, please stop by our other two Seuss-related, Read Across America events at the Campus Center:

  • all day long : Dining Services will be serving items inspired by Dr.Seuss stories all day long.
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 P.M.: Seuss-themed photo booth.  Take some wacky seusstastical photos to share with friends.  #WheeRead #ReadAcrossAmerica

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Brought to you by the Wheelock College Library, with a special thanks to Dining Services and the Office of Spiritual Life

Getting started with research: Finding background information

So, you’ve just been assigned a research paper or project? If you’re like most people, you’re next step is to do some pre-research on your topic. After all, you want to get a sense of what it’s all about before you commit. You probably search Google and maybe read a Wikipedia article or two. The purpose of this is to gather background information and explore your topic before settling on a focused research question. But while Google and Wikipedia are handy tools, you might find yourself questioning the credibility of some of the information you find online or maybe your professor requires you to use scholarly sources. Where should you turn? To the library, of course!


Try a basic keyword search on your topic or browse books by subject.

The library has many print and digital resources to help you find background information. We often call these “reference sources.” One of my favorite reference sources is Credo Reference. Credo includes more than 800 unique reference titles and nearly 4 million full-text articles across a variety of subjects, making it a great place to start your research for almost any assignment.

You can access Credo Reference from the library homepage by selecting the “Databases A-Z” tab in the main search bar and selecting “Credo Reference (reference)” from the drop down menu. If you’re off campus, you will be prompted to login with your Wheelock username and password. Once you’re in Credo, you can do a basic search of your topic or browse books by subject. When you see something that looks interesting, click on the article title to read the article or email it to yourself for later. Don’t forget to grab a pre-formatted citation to get a head start on your works cited page!


Don’t forget to email the article to yourself and grab the citation.


And remember that the library offers drop-in research help 7 days a week, from noon until close. We can help you get started with your research in Credo or any of the library’s databases.




Go on a Blind Date with a Book!

Tired of wasting your time with the wrong books?

Hate being led on by a fancy cover, just to find out there’s not much inside?

Maybe you’re still a little caught up on that book from your past? (*cough Harry Potter cough*)

If you’re ready to take a chance on literary love, then stop by the Wheelock College Library and go on a Blind Date with a Book! We guarantee that every book in this display has the potential to make it to the top of your Amazon wish list.


How it Works:

  • Each wrapped book has a catchy (ok, cheesy) pick-up line which also hints to the book’s contents.
  • Browse the pick-up lines on each library book and select your perfect reading match—NO PEEKING!
  • Take the book to the Library Service Desk to check it out
  • When you get home, unwrap your blind date to meet the book of your dreams

The best part is, if things don’t work out, just bring your failed fling back to the library and drop it off. No waterworks, no messy public breakups, and no getting dumped via text message at 4 am. These literomeos will only be around through Valentine’s Day, so come in soon so you’re not left wondering what could have been.

Black History Month in the Library

In honor of Black History Month, the Wheelock College Library has put together this display celebrating the written works of black authors, poets, playwrights, essayist, journalists and activists. Though these books are in our display case, you can actually take them out. Just ask the Library Service Desk staff to bring them upBlackAuthors
In the display case are works by the following authors: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Edwidge Danticat, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Dubois, Langston Hughes, Andre Lorde, and Toni Morrison.

Here are a few I wanted to highlight:
americanah book coverChimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Adichie is a Nigerian author of several critically acclaimed books – including Americanah, last year’s summer reading book for Wheelock’s incoming first years. It tells the story of a young Nigerian woman, who immigrates to the US to study, and her observations and experiences of race and racism in America.


Ta-Nehisi Coates – American journalist and novelist, Coates, has been getting a lot of attention for hisbetween the world and me book cover writings on the black experience. His latest book, Between the World and Me, gets checked out as soon as it’s checked back in. Between the World and Me is written as a letter to his son and imparts to him what it means to be black in the US, specifically about the pattern of violence against blacks, and the feeling of fear instilled in black men.  If the book is checked out, I suggest you read his memoir, The Beautiful Struggle, about Coates’s experiences growing up in Baltimore.  As he is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, you can read many of his articles and essays online, including “The Case for Reparations” and “There is No Post-Racial America”.

breath eyes memory book coverEdwidge Danticat – Check out her book, Breath, Eyes, and Memory, which tells the story of a young Haitian girl, Sophie, who has just moved to New York, reuniting with a mother she’s never met. As the product of her mother’s violent rape, Sophie struggles to come to terms with her identity and to cope with her mother’s trauma. While we have several of Danticat’s books in the display case, her latest book is a picture book, Mama’s Nightingale: a Story of Immigration and Separation and we have it on the New Books Shelf. It tells the story of a mother and daughter who are separated when the mother is taken away for being an illegal immigrant.


playinginthedarkToni Morrison – Toni Morrison is best known for her little cloudpoignant, and often times heartbreaking, novels, most notably The Bluest Eye, Beloved, and The Song of Solomon. Did you know she also wrote children’s books, non-fiction, essays, plays, and even a libretto for an opera? Check out her book, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, which talks about the role of blacks and blackness in early white American Literature. For something much less heavy, check out Little Cloud and Lady Wind. It is a story about Little Cloud who wants to do her own thing and doesn’t want to join in with the other clouds in scaring the earth with storms.  However, this leaves her feeling lonely.

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Walter Dean Myers – If you’re looking for young adult books by black authors, Walter Dean Myers is one of the most prolific, with several award-winners.  His books tend to be centered about the black male youth experience.  Monster is a story about the trial of a 16 year old teenage boy, who is being charged with felony murder. The format of the story is told in a mix of screenplay and journal entries, as the protagonist has an interest in filmmaking.  You should also check out Fallen Angels, which is a story about a young soldier’s experiences in the Vietnam War.


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Nikki Grimes – While her books are not in the display case, if you’re looking for children’s books by black authors, try Nikki Grimes.  She has written many books, several of which have won awards.  Because this is a post about writers, I will highlight her picture book, Words with Wings, about a girl who loves to daydream and finds an outlet for them in writing.