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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:

covers of the 12 social work books listed below


Graduating Seniors, Get Your Alumni Card Before You Leave!

An alumni card is a free library card which allows Wheelock alumni to borrow books from the Wheelock College Library even after they’ve graduated from Wheelock.  Alumni who already live around the area or plan to stick around will find this useful as it gives them access to a very Wheelock collection of books- books that focus on children and families, human development and behavior, education, social issues, social welfare, and social justice, and the importance of the diversity of human experience.  This card also means access to the 16,000 children’s books on Floor 2M.  Check out our alumni borrowing policies page for more information.


So, graduating seniors, before you bid au revoir to Wheelock, stop by the Library with your current Wheelock ID and get your alumni card.  For those who have already graduated, contact the Library.

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Social work students: Meet your new best friend!

Looking for trustworthy scholarly information in social work? Try the Encyclopedia of Social Work! Articles are written by experts and updated regularly, and they cover major areas of social work theory, research, policy, and practice. Here are just a few of the 400 articles you’ll find:

  • Alcohol and Drug Problems: Practice Interventions
  • Ecological Framework
  • Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community
  • Kinship Care
  • Intersectionality and Social Work
  • Welfare Rights

These articles would satisfy Goldilocks, if she were a social work student: they’re neither too deep nor too shallow, but just right.  Each provides a meaningful overview of a topic, and links to additional readings where you can learn more.

And best of all? The Encyclopedia of Social Work is free to you, courtesy of the Wheelock College Library.  This online resource is 100% available to all Wheelock College faculty, staff, and students:  no matter if you are in Boston or Worcester, in the BSW or MSW program, or are studying in a related field.

Check it out today!  You can access the Encyclopedia of Social Work here; from the Social Work research guide; or from the A to Z list of databases on the library website.

Image linked to the Encyclopedia of Social Work website.

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.