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Get research help over spring break!

Spring break is upon us!  Are you visiting a beautiful location? Are you working hard on a research paper?  Are you working hard on your research in a beautiful location?

In any case, the library has got you covered.  Librarians are standing by to help you to focus your topic, investigate excellent sources, and use citation styles like APA, MLA, and Chicago.  Get research help in person or remotely over spring break!  Check out our spring break hours here.


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.


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.


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!

Salem Witch Trials

This month’s display was created by Wheelock student and Salem Witch Trial enthusiast, Bridget Hoarty! The Salem Witch Trials began in 1692 in Salem Village, Massachusetts. Within the 15 month time period during which the hysteria ensued, 185 people (and two dogs) were accused of witchcraft. Stop by the Library to see the display which includes fiction and non-fiction books written about the Salem Witch Trials and don’t forget that all the books in the Library display cases are available for check out!

Want to learn more? Plan a visit to Salem during the month of October when Salem Haunted Happenings is in full swing! Events vary from the educational (visit the Salem Witch Museum or The House of Seven Gables) to the frightening (haunted houses and spooky shows galore) or to the more family friendly (costume parades and fireworks.)

Fun With Peeps®

Peeps Pie image used with permission

OK, if you are like SOME PEOPLE I KNOW you probably think it is great fun to arm marshmallow Peeps® with toothpicks or even more dangerous weapons, stick them in the microwave and see who punctures whom first.  If you are also like some other people I know you MAY NEGLECT TO CLEAN the vanquished marshmallow confection off the inside of the microwave and make your mommy very, very angry.   Sorry – I’m not mad, I’m disappointed…

So perhaps you would be interested in other things people have done with those adorable little blobs of freakishly colored sugar.

The Washington Post runs a Peeps Diorama contest where you can “create a diorama of a famous event, scene or pop-culture reference using Peeps as your characters.”   Past winners have included the Mad Hatter’s Peep Party and Goodnight Peep. (Please note the literary connection.)

Umm, what exactly, do Peeps® have to do with libraries you might ask? (Aside from that literary connection.)  How about Peeps® doing library research! Yes, they have been documented attempting to use a university library.  And here is a website dedicated to research about Peeps®, complete with literature review.

Finally, there are other ways to enjoy actually eating Peeps® besides just having them straight out of the box.  (Do you like them fresh or do you prefer them stale?  If stale, how stale is stale enough?)  You could make a Peeps® pie, using this recipe from NPR.   We make it every year at my house.  It makes my teeth ache and my head spin just to look at it, and even our most insanely sugar- tolerant guest cannot finish one piece.  But it sure is festive!

p.s. – Please wash the exploded Peep® off of the microwave while it is still soft and gooey; it is a pain to do it later when it has gotten baked to a crusty cement…

Merry Festivus!

Every year following Thanksgiving, a familiar feeling begins to set in.  Those songs!  Those lights!  Those decorations!  And suddenly I remember: I couldn’t care less about Christmas.  I know I’m mostly alone on this one, but I can’t help it: I’m immune to holiday cheer.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative for people like me.  It’s not Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or even Chinese New Year.

It’s Festivus!  Celebrated every year on December 23rd (or whenever you feel like celebrating it), Festivus is an ancient, enduring tradition that dates back to 1997 AD.  Its mystic and sacred origins emerged from an episode of the television show Seinfeld.  Anyone can celebrate Festivus, no matter your religious background, ethnicity or level of aversion to the Christmas holiday (though a high amount of the latter certainly helps).

How you celebrate Festivus is a matter of personal taste, but there are a few essentials:

  • The Festivus Pole: instead of a tree or menorah, Festivus decorations center around (and in fact are often solely comprised of) a plain metal pole.  Don’t have a pole?  That’s OK!  Anything metallic, or even a crude drawing of a metal pole, will suffice.
  • The Airing of Grievances: did anything or anyone particularly upset you during the past year?  This is your chance to let the world know!  If Thanksgiving is the time for remembering what you’re thankful for, Festivus provides an opportunity to vent frustrations.  This can take any form you like, within the bounds of national, state and/or local laws.
  • Feats of Strength: the best part of Festivus.  Again, it’s open to interpretation, but tradition dictates targeting the strongest or most powerful member of a given social group, and attempting to diminish this person’s power, often by wrestling him or her to the ground.  In the absence of such a figure, an escalating series of dares is also acceptable.

So tell me, fellow Christmas-unenthusiasts: how will you celebrate Festivus this year?