Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: Tuesday 11/24 – Sunday 11/29

Holiday hours will be in effect at the Bentley Library from Tuesday, November 24 through Sunday, November 29:

Tuesday, November 24:
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25 – Saturday, November 28:
Closed

Sunday, November 29:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

The Deloitte Café (Einstein’s) closes at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, and reopens at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, November 30.

For more information about the library or cafe hours please view our hours calendar. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours From Tuesday 11/25 to Sunday 11/30

Holiday hours will be in effect at the Bentley Library from Tuesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 30:

Tuesday, November 25:
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 26 – Saturday, November 29:
Closed — Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 30:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Please note that the Deloitte Café (Einstein’s) closes at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, and reopens at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 1.

For more information about the library or cafe hours please view our hours calendar. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Giving Thanks to the Bentley Community

I have a morning ritual here at the library. I arrive just before 8:00 a.m., put my bags down at the Reference Desk, and head into Einstein’s for a cup of coffee. On Friday mornings I pause to see if the most recent Vanguard has been added to the newsstand. I often flip through the paper during my 8:30 a.m. reference desk shift while awaiting the day’s first questions. One recent morning I opened the paper to find that the library and the reference librarians had been mentioned in a Vanguard editorial titled “Things We Love About Bentley”. The entire staff was genuinely surprised and thankful to be included on the list.
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That experience, in conjunction with the arrival of the Thanksgiving season, prompted some reflection. Every Bentley Library staff member has many reasons to be thankful, but we are all especially grateful for the enthusiastic support we receive from the Bentley University community. To all Bentley faculty, staff, students and alumni, we say “thank you”.  We appreciate the kindness, generosity and dedication you show to the library every day, and we are thankful to have you as friends and colleagues. Best wishes to you all for a very happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: Tuesday 11/26 – Sunday 12/1

Holiday hours will be in effect from Tuesday, November 26 through Sunday, December 1:

Tuesday, November 26:
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (early closing)

Wednesday, November 27 – Saturday, November 30:
Closed — Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, December 1:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

The Deloitte Café closes at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26 and reopens at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 2.

For more information about the library or cafe hours please view our hours calendarHappy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Holiday hours will be in effect from Tuesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 28:

Tuesday, November 23:
7:30am – 9:00pm

Wednesday, November 24 through Saturday, November 27:
CLOSED

Sunday, November 28:
1:00pm – 2:00am

Please note that the Deloitte Café closes at 4:00pm on Tuesday, November 23, and will not reopen until 8:00am on Monday, November 29.  For more information about the library or cafe hours please view our hours calendarHave a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday Facts & Figures

For many of us, the Thanksgiving holiday means two things – turkey with all the trimmings and the beginning of the holiday shopping season.  Just how crazy do we get?  Here are some interesting facts from a few of our library databases, the U.S. Census, and the experts at the National Turkey Federation.

Talkin’ Turkey

A National Turkey Federation (NTF) survey reveals that nearly 88 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving.  How big are those birds?  According to the NTF the average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. 1

The U.S. Census also dishes out some mouth-watering food facts: 2

  • It is estimated that 250 million turkeys will be raised in the United States in 2009. The typical American ate 13.8 pounds of turkey in 2007.
  • 1.8 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2008. Per capita sweet potato consumption was 5.2 pounds in 2007.
  • The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2009 is 709 million pounds.  Massachusetts residents might be surprised to learn that the Bay State is ranked second in cranberry production at 190 million pounds (behind Wisconsin which weighs in at 400 million pounds).
  • Bring on the green bean casserole.  In 2008, the contracted production of snap (green) beans in major green bean-producing states was 794,777 tons.

Ready, Set, Shop!

Industry analysts at IBISWorld estimate that total retail sales on the traditional Black Friday weekend will increase 2.8 percent from last year, totaling $42.9 billion. Will you be one of the masses?  IBISWorld is predicting that 76.9 million people will be hitting the stores on Black Friday.3

Cyber Monday is also a boon for retailers.  According to market research firm Mintel, in 2008 the National Retail Foundation (NRF) reported that 37% of consumers were planning to shop online during work on the Monday following Thanksgiving.4 There’s a bright outlook for the upcoming holiday season, as Forrester Research expects online retail sales to reach $44.7 billion during the months of November and December 2009, an 8% increase over 2008. 5

Looking for more information?  Contact a Reference Librarian – we can provide research assistance and help you navigate the library’s databases.  The staff of the Bentley Library wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

[1] “Turkey History and Trivia”.  National Turkey Foundation. n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <http://www.eatturkey.com/consumer/history/history.html>.
[2] “Facts for Features – Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2009”. U.S. Census Press Release.  30 Sept. 2009. Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/pdf/cb09ff22_thanksgiving.pdf>
[3] “Consumers Eat And Drink To Be Merry This Season“. IBISWorld Press Release. 10 Nov. 2009.  Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <http://www.ibisworld.com/pressrelease/pressrelease.aspx?prid=206>
[4] “Holiday Shopping – US – June 2009”.  Mintel Oxygen database. 2009. Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <http://academic.mintel.com>
[5] “US Online Holiday Retail Forecast, 2009”.  Forrester Research database.  2 Nov. 2009. Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <http://www.forrester.com/>