Sections #3: The ESL Section

Welcome back to Sections, our new series about different parts of the library after we moved things around. For our third installment of our ‘Sections’ series we stay on the second floor to cover our English as a Second Language section.

The ESL section serves English learners and the Wheaton community in a variety of ways. 1). it provides books, audiobooks, CD’s, and computer programs for learners to take home or use in the library for English practice. 2). It gives citizenship information and community contacts for non-profit and governmental organizations that help with citizenship and 3). it provides information for native speakers to volunteer with local organizations to help English learners.

The section is organized by subject with citizenship getting its own display. Subjects include: dictionaries, grammar, spelling, writing, and vocabulary to name a few. There are also books to help English tutors as well!

The most important feature of the section is the red board which on one side gives information for free ESL classes and conversation groups and on the other with volunteer opportunities for local organizations that help with refugees and English learning.

You can find the ESL section on the 2nd floor near the Reference Desk by the stairs.


Sections #2: Biographies

Welcome back to Sections, our new series about different parts of the library after we moved things around. We’re going to highlight a section that we have greatly improved thanks to our community’s feedback. Here’s the Biography section.

Located on the 2nd floor near the east elevator, the biography section begins the nonfiction collection. You can easily identify if a book is a biography by the sticker on the spine: a green book with the words ‘biography’ on it placed above the call number sticker. The section is ordered by Dewey Decimal number, beginning with the 0’s and ending with the 999’s. When looking up items in the catalog you can figure out if a book is in the biography section or not by looking at the location:


After you see the location, follow the call number to the book! The section begins against the wall and wraps around to the right at the beginning of the 0’s.

Sections #1: Nonfiction Paperbacks

Hello there! Welcome to a new series we are doing called: ‘Sections’. We’re going to highlight different sections in the library to help people discover parts of the library they have either passed up or don’t know about.

You might remember that the Nonfiction paperback books were on rotating shelves near the 900s. More likely however, is that you might not have ever known we even had a nonfiction paperback section. We do! And this is what it looks like!


You can find this section on the 2nd floor right by the stairs or across from the new location of the Reference Desk. This section is great for browsing, especially if you are going to take a book on vacation.

The section is organized by ascending Dewey Decimal number from the left side of the section to the right. If you look in our catalog and see ‘Paperback – 2nd Floor’ under ‘Location’, this is where it is. The books will still have a Dewey Decimal number but their location is in the Nonfiction Paperback section and their Dewey number will have ‘PB’ at the beginning, as seen below:


Here’s just some of the books on our Nonfiction Paperback shelves:

So get browsing and pick up something new today!

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life

Have you ever watched a movie with time travel and wonder “is that how things really were back then?” but didn’t know where to look? The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life: A Tour Through History from Ancient Times to the Present is the reference for you.


This set covers 3300 B.C.E to the 20th Century C.E. covering civilizations from all over the word over different time periods. The books are organized in a great way: the main chapter headings are a general topic such as ‘Domestic Life’ and then a sub-topic relating to that one (‘Family Life’, ‘Sexuality’, etc.) follow. Each civilization is then covered under the topics and sub-topics with a Historical Overview at the beginning of the book for each civilization covered.

So, if you wanted to find out what the Roman currency system was, all you have to do is turn to the section on ‘Money’ and look for the Rome portion of the entry. The book also lists its sources so if you are a History nerd looking for what to read, this book will give you a generous reading list included in the ‘Primary Sources’ section.

You can find this book in the 2nd floor Reference Section under the call numbers R 909.04 GRE v. 1 – v. 6 


Thanksgiving. Ideally it’s a holiday where everyone has a day together enjoying each other’s time and company over a meal to remind us what we are thankful for in our lives. Sometimes that ideal is what we get. Other times we get much less than that. In the spirit of the holiday we have picked 4 books and a DVD to help you either shake up your holiday with some new recipes, help you get ready for hosting your first one or give you ideas for the vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free guests on turkey day.


  1. Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well by Sam Sifton – For those trying to have the perfect and curated holiday experience thumb through Sam Sifton’s guide to his perfect holiday. Sifton is a former New York Times writer and restaurant critic who lays out a very practical plan from kitchen equipment to food preperation (Sifton is against appetizers but for serving oysters; has a killer turkey and gravy recipe) drinks, desserts and what to do with a lot of turkey leftovers after the holiday. Truly, the work of an obsessive genius. Call number: 641.568 SIF
  2. America’s Test Kitchen Seasons 1 and 2 – The people at America’s Test Kitchen have one goal: to do a recipe over and over again to come up with the perfect version of it. So if you have no confidence in making a turkey, need the guiding hand of Chris Kimball, Julia Collin and Bridget Lancaster. They will give you the confidence you need and the step by step instruction you crave. Be sure to check out the one with the roast turkey recipe in season 1 or the Thanksgiving dinner episode in season 2. Call number: CO DVD 641.5 AME 
  3. The Healthy Hedonist Holidays : a Year of Multicultural Vegetarian-Friendly Holiday Feasts by Myra Kornfeld – While not all of the dishes in here are vegetarian, there are some phenomenal vegetarian and a few vegan dishes for guests sick of only eating potatoes, sweet potatoes and beans. The author divides her recipes by holiday so it’s a great book for year-round cooking, especially for holidays like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s. This book is great also for people looking to spice up old dishes. Kornfeld has a recipe for a maple sugar-brined southwern-style turkey and a mole gravy. Call Number: 641.568 KOR 
  4. Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids by Amy Houts – This book is great for anyone who is having kids over for meals. Houts not only gives great recipe ideas for appetizers, entrees and desserts she also recommends which ones to make with kids in the kitchen. She also mixes in stories, nursery rhymes and songs to help kids get into the spirit of the holiday and learn something about it. Call Number: 641.568 HOU
  5. Microwaving for Holidays and Parties by Barbara Methven – Hey college students! Living in a dorm and only have a microwave? Well you too can make something for Thanksgiving with this book! Warning: there’s no turkey recipe here but if you’re looking to make a killer green bean cassarole with a microwave, this is the book for you. There’s a lot of prep and freeze recipes which are also great for people looking to bring a dish that can be just as good when heated up. Call Number: 641.568 MET 


This post is for the people who forget that Halloween is coming up and realized today that it is on Monday. The kind of people who panic realizing they need to get costumes for their children and costumes for themselves and maybe find economical ways to make the house look festive and spooky. It is also for the people who begin planning their costumes and buying decorations in July or sooner because they love Halloween that much. For you, Halloween die-hard, I have some great things for you.

This post features the many craft and decoration, poetry and costume making books we have here in the Nonfiction section at the WPL. We also have great Halloween stories in our Fiction section as well. Don’t miss out on great music, sound effectsmagazines and movies for you to watch to make your Halloween the spookiest ever!




Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2017

Calling all Antiques Roadshowers, Garage and Estate Salers, Flea Marketers, Storage Unit Bidders and family members of hoarders! We have the book you need to price your antiques and collectibles. If you have a sneaking suspicion that the coffee table you got from your great-aunt or that painting you found next to a dumpster might be worth something, Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2017 is for you.

What’s great about this guide is that it is alphabetical and color coated for easy reference. At the beginning of each section is information about the history of an item (notable manufacturers, provenance, date ranges) and photograph examples on how to identify different pieces in that collection. While it doesn’t include photos and values of each item that could possible be in a collection, it does provide reference for markings and stamps as well as prices for a few items to help price your own.

Warman’s is a great reference book for someone looking to get a general price on an item or to see if that item is worth something on the antiques market. It is also a very informative and visually appealing book for someone to peruse through if they are just generally interested in certain collectibles. You can find the 2017 edition of the book in the Reference Section on the 2nd floor under the call number: R 741.1 WAR 50th ed. (2017). You can find older editions under the call number 741.5 WAR in the regular nonfiction section.



Mango Languages

Welcome to the second installment in the Digital Edition series where we look at some of the digital reading and learning databases we have available here at the WPL. This time we are going to look at one of our best online resources: Mango Languages.

Mango is an online language learning database that features lessons on learning 72 different languages! Top languages include: Spanish, French, German, Italian and Mandarin but also include lessons on Norwegian, Ancient Greek, Yiddish, Korean, Arabic, Bengali, Igbo, Dari and many others.

The lessons themselves are interactive as well as fun. Mango breaks up lessons by category and then  units and then into lessons. This way as you navigate from beginner status and higher you learn new words, grammar and idioms. There are also ‘placement tests’ where Mango asks you a series of questions to see what lesson would be best for you to start. This feature is great if you are re-visiting a language or want to improve your skills.

When you start a lesson, Mango tells you the goals for that particular part. Every speaking portion has a recording of a native speaker and allows you to record your own voice to compare pronunciation. Mango will do a mix of vocal and typing exercises to get you used to reading, writing and speaking the language. As you advance Mango will also mix in different regional accents.

Overall Mango Languages is one of the most worthwhile databases offered by the library. Mango is easy to use and includes a mobile app you can put on a smartphone or tablet to practice on the go! You can find Mango on the homepage under ‘Browse’ and then ‘Research’. You will need to register an email with Mango if you want to keep your progress. Otherwise, log in as a guest to try it out!

Leonardo DiVinci

In our Reference section is book filled with the life’s work of one of history’s often cited human beings in all of existence. His work revolutionized art, medicine, biology, physics, optics, architecture and mechanics forever. His influence is still felt today, 497 years later. He is Leonardo DiVinci and this book from Reynal and Company is a master compendium of his work.

The book goes exhaustively into DiVinci’s life from his birth to his travels and working life and to his death. Each page is filled with illustrations and sketches from his notebooks. Paintings are gorgeously displayed in the large pages. The size of this book is not only a tribute to Leonardo’s work but also to the necessity of seeing it that way.

You can find this book in the Reference Section on the second floor under the call number: R759.5 LEO

Propaganda and the American Revolution

When we think of the voices of the American Revolution we think of Thomas Paine, John Locke, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington and Samuel Adams. But what we forget is that the revolution was made of the voices of multitudes of people, not just those who have movies or musicals made about them. Philip Davidson brings those voices back to us with his fantastic book Propaganda and the American Revolution 1763-1783.

In this book Davidson evenhandedly addresses all sides of the propaganda fight: the Whigs, the Tories and the Patriots who all had a stake in the outcome of the war. Here is a great example of some Whig propaganda:

when strangers rule no more,

Nor cruel mandates vex from Britain’s shore;

And her rich freights from every climate bring;

When might towns shall flourish free and great,  –

Vast their dominion, opulent to their state;

When one vast cultivated region teems

From ocean’s side to Mississippi streams,

While each enjoys his vine tree’s peaceful shade,

And even the meanest has no foe to dread.

-Philip Freneau (Davidson, 134)

And here is some Torie propaganda:

Though party conventions awhile may run high,

When danger advances, they’ll vanish and die;

While all with one heart, hand, and spirit unite,

Like Englishmen think, and like Englishmen fight.

-Joseph Stansbury (Davidson, 260)

The book also has a few illustrations. Overall, it is a fascinating account of how both sides fought not only on the battlefield but also through pamphlets, letters, articles and newspapers. You can find this book on the 2nd floor in the Nonfiction section under the call number 973.31 DAV