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Social Work Month

There aren’t many schools in which social work is such a core part of its identity.  At Wheelock, the college’s mission and motto – ” to improve the lives of children and families”- is a very familiar mission for social workers.  Unsurprisingly, social work is one of our most popular majors.  Besides our MSW in Social Work, we also have several social work graduate certificate programs.

March is Social Work Month.  The month is set aside to celebrate the invaluable and compassionate work that social workers do to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.  In recognition, I’ve compiled a list of some of our Library’s recent books related to social work:

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History Diet for Growing Kids

Carter G. Woodson who started what later evolved to be Black History Month once said “if a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated”.

It seems fairly straightforward to record that history, spotlight it, and teach it so that it becomes a part of our consciousness.    Unfortunately, history is pretty complicated.   History doesn’t have an immutable existence and there can be multiple perspectives, developing in light of new information (both true and false) and cultural shifts.  History can be vulnerable to bias, rewriting, and to being lost altogether.

It is often the case that students learn a “set narrative” (see Michael Conway’s article, “The Problem with History Classes”) and students often come away with what they end up believing to be the only narrative and a list of bullet points to slog through and memorize.  In the US, struggles, accomplishments, and the role minority populations play in the building of the US are condensed into a handful of bullet points.  And things that aren’t on the list are relegated to insignificance and obscurity.

Of course, it is impossible to teach the entire story of humankind and all historical perspectives, but learning more about the people who lived in times and places –some incredibly different from what we know- and who acted, reacted, and felt in completely human ways can lead to more understanding and empathy.  And there is no better time to develop them than when you’re young.

Below are just a few children’s and YA books featuring stories about those who once lived and who probably won’t make it into the usual history diet.  Included also are a few historical fiction stories based on true people, situations, and events.  This list has an emphasis on black historical figures as it is currently Black History Month.

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Come all you brave soldiers : Blacks in the Revolutionary War by Clinton Cox.  About the soldiers who fought for independence from England.

The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson.  In 1998 when the Kosovo hostilities escalate, an ethnic Albanian girl and her family flee for their lives and make their way to the US, where they encounter new challenges.

Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World by Bryn Barnard.  How Islam and Muslims played an essential role in the development of the modern world.

Inside out & Back Again by Thanhha LaiA young girl and her family leave Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and resettle in Alabama.

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Landed by Milly Lee ; pictures by Yangsook Choi.  A fictional story based on the true experiences of the immigration process for young Chinese boys who come to the United States via San Francisco’s Angel Island in the early 20th century. 

Liberty or Death: The Surprising Story of Runaway Slaves Who Sided with the British During the American Revolution  by Margaret Whitman Blair.  About the black men who sided with the British who had promised freedom in exchange.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.  Based on the life of Salva Dut, a Sudanese refugee who led hundreds of boys to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya during the second Sudanese civil war.

My Brother’s Keeper by Israel Bernbaum.  Bernbaum, a Holocaust survivor, describes the horrors of the Holocaust through art.

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Run, Boy, Run : A Novel by Uri Orlev.  A nine-year-old Jewish orphan boy’s struggle to survive in Nazi-occupied Poland, based on a true story. 

She Loved Baseball : the Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Don Tate. She owned a baseball team and was the first and only woman to be inducted to the baseball hall of fame.

Sylvia and Aki by Winifred Conkling.  Set at the beginning of WWII, the story of two girls – a Japanese-American girl sent to a Japanese internment camp and a Mexican-American girl at the center of a real life landmark desegregation case.

Voice of Freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement  by Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes.  A voting rights activist who fought for and protected the voting rights of African Americans and helped many register to vote.

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Welcome to Josefina’s World, 1824 : Growing up on America’s Southwest Frontier by Yvette LaPierre.  Part of the American Girl series of books and one of several books featuring the heroine, Josefina Montoya.  It provides an overview of how Mexican Americans lived in the 1820s – their daily lives, activities, and culture.  We hold

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March.  About the 4000 black children who marched for civil rights and demonstrated in non-violent protest.  The violent reactions of the police officers spurred the government to take action in desegregate Birmingham and to outlaw discrimination on the basis of race.

The Winter People by Joseph Bruchac.  Set during the French and Indian War, an Abenaki boy’a journey to rescue his mother and sisters, who were kidnapped by the English during a raid.

X : A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon.  Follows human rights activist, Malcolm X, from his childhood to age 20.

Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi.  A young Korean girl and her family’s experiences during the Japanese and Russian occupations of North Korea in the 1940s and their escape to South Korea.

And a special shoutout to Frederick Douglass (inexplicably, some people seemed to be unsure about who Frederick Douglass was):

Frederick Douglass for Kids : his Life and Times with 21 Activities by Nancy Sanders.  An interactive biography of Frederick Douglass, former slave, abolitionist, and human rights activist.

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Read Across America is Back Again!

The Cat in the Hat is back again and so is Read Across America.  Read Across America, celebrated on Dr.Seuss’s birthday, is a nationwide event to recognize the importance of reading in the lives of young children.  For many of us, Dr.Seuss’s books played a huge role in our literacy development.  While I personally don’t remember reading Seuss as a child, its characters have popped in and out throughout my entire life.

At Wheelock, we’re holding the event a little early this year on Monday, February 27, at the Campus Center.  This will be our 8th annual celebration!  Please stop by and join us at any or all of our events:

10:30am – 11:30am: Story hour in the Wolf Room:
Volunteer to read a book to kids from a local preschool.  We will have both seuss and non-seuss selections.  We’re still looking for volunteers.  Please email lchoy@wheelock.edu to sign up!  If you’re feeling a little shy, you can pair up with a friend to read.

10am-12pm: Photo Booth:
Take some wacky seusstastical photos to share with friends.  #wheeread #readacrossamerica

All-Day Seuss Menu:
Dining services will be serving items inspired by dr. Seuss stories.  Dr. Seuss coloring pages will be available during lunch.

Book Drive for the Mattahunt Elementary School
Please bring in new or like new children’s books for 3rd-4th grade level readers to donate during our story hour. Donation boxes will also be available the entire month of march.   If you bring in a book, you’ll get a Seuss goody bag.  Sponsored by the Community Service and Civic Engagement Advisory Council.

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A Celebration of Reading: The Boston Book Festival and 1C1S

Boston Book Festival is an annual celebration that “promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city”[1] and it is being held on Saturday, October 15 in Copley Square.   Most events are free and first-come, first-served.  However, some workshops do require advance registration.

The Boston Book Festival will feature dozens of exhibitors, along with over 200 speakers and presenters, including novelists, journalists, critics, essayists, poets, scholars, and artists.   The organizers have color-coded the events in the schedule to help identify the type of interests for which audiences the event would have the most appeal.

Each year, the Boston Book Festival also organizes the One City One Story (1C1S) program – providing one short story to the entire city free of charge to create a shared reading experience for Boston residents and to foster discussions and engagement in reading. cover image of the One City One Story short story. One City One Story is in caps and below it is the title of the story and its author. The selection this year is “The Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link.   Copies of the story are available for free at the Wheelock College Library on top of the Book Exchange Shelf by the Service Desk.  You can also download the story from the One City One Story website.  The digital copies are offered in English, Spanish, and Russian at the moment.  Additional translations should be coming soon.

On the day of the Boston Book Festival, there will be a 1C1S Town Hall in the forum space at Trinity Church, where you can discuss the story with fellow readers across the city.

[1]https://bostonbookfest.org/about-us/


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Is This Book on Reserve for My Class?

Welcome back!  Over the summer, we’ve implemented a new, more user-friendly interface for searching items your professors have requested that we put on reserve.   You can access it by going to the Library homepage and clicking on the Course Reserves link in the search box.

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On the next screen, search by any of the following keywords:  professor’s first name, professor’s last name, item title, item author, course code, and course name.  In the below example, I searched for Claire.

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The results page will show a list of course reserves lists in which the keyword, Claire, appears.

Once you select the course you’re taking, you will see a list of items on reserve for that course.

list of items on reserve for CLF210

Click on the item you’re interested in and you will find the call number and availability.  You can bring that call number to the Library Service Desk and we will retrieve the item for you from our Course Reserves shelves.

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This allows a level of DIY-ness in finding out what we have on reserve and we hope this will make the process of tracking down and accessing course readings easier and more efficient.  Please do reach out to us if you have questions!