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Library adds 1,209 new titles in March

During March, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,209 new items. The list can be viewed here. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have questions.

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Periodical Review Lists

The lists of periodical and standing order subscriptions selected for cancellation have been compiled for campus review. The lists can be viewed here.The Periodical and Standing Order Review is an annual exercise designed to ensure that library collections continue to meet the needs of library users. Questions about the review can be addressed to the Reference Desk (581-6072) or individual subject librarians.

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Library adds 1,777 new titles in February

During February, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,777 new items. The list can be viewed here. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have questions.

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Tax Forms Available Online Only

Like last year, Booth Library most likely will not receive any federal tax forms in print. Instruction booklets for forms 1040, 1040-A, and 1040-EZ will not be available at Booth, but you can download instructions at www.irs.gov.  You can also view and download forms and order tax products by mail.

Alternatively, you can call 1 (800) 829-3676 to order tax products by mail.

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Library adds 2,197 new titles in January

During January, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 2,197 new items.  The list can be viewed here. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers’ Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have questions.

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Library adds 1,086 new titles in November

During November, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,086 new items. The list can be viewed here. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers’ Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have questions.

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Edible Book Festival winners are announced

Best Entry by a Student – A Clockwork Orange by Katie Jenkins

Best Entry by a Student – A Clockwork Orange by Katie Jenkins

People's Choice Gold – Strega Nona by Georgia Ryan and son Jeremy Ryan

People’s Choice Gold – Strega Nona by Georgia Ryan and son Jeremy Ryan

Dean's Choice Gold – Cinderella After Midnight by Stacey Knight-Davis

Dean’s Choice Gold – Cinderella After Midnight by Stacey Knight-Davis

Children's Book – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Samantha Bobbitt and Heather Wohltman

Children’s Book – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Samantha Bobbitt and Heather Wohltman

Dean's Choice Silver – Gone With the Wind by Jana Aydt

Dean’s Choice Silver – Gone With the Wind by Jana Aydt

Best Entry by a Family – I Need My Monster by Hannah Kuhns, Kathy Black, and Dawn Kuhns

Best Entry by a Family – I Need My Monster by Hannah Kuhns, Kathy Black, and Dawn Kuhns

People's Choice Silver – The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Steve Brantley

People’s Choice Silver – The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Steve Brantley

Funniest Pun – The Taming of the Shrooms by Heather Wohltman

Funniest Pun – The Taming of the Shrooms by Heather Wohltman

About 30 entries were received for Booth Library’s fifth annual Edible Book Festival, held on April 16 as part of National Library Week.

Awards were presented in the following categories: Dean’s Choice, People’s Choice, Children’s Book Theme, Student Entry, Family Entry and Funniest Pun. About 100 guests attended the show and voted for their favorites.

The winners were as follows:

People’s Choice: gold winner, “Strega Nona” by Georgia Ryan and Jeremy Ryan; silver winner, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Steve Brantley.

Dean’s Choice: gold winner, “Cinderella After Midnight” by Stacey Knight-Davis; silver winner, “Gone With the Wind,” by Jana Aydt.

Best in Show – Family Entry: “I Need My Monster” by Hannah Kuhns, Kathy Black and Dawn Kuhns.

Best in Show – Funniest Pun: “The Taming of the Shrooms” by Heather Wohltman.

Best in Show – Children’s Book Theme: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” by Samantha Bobbitt and Heather Wohltman.

Best in Show – Student Entry: “A Clockwork Orange” by Katie Jenkins.

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Three students honored with Award for Excellence

Pictured is award winner Helen Plevka with Dana Ringuette, chairman of the EIU Department of English, left; and Robert Martinez, assistant professor of English, right.

Pictured is award winner Helen Plevka with Dana Ringuette, chairman of the EIU Department of English, left; and Robert Martinez, assistant professor of English, right.

Pictured is award winner Nusrat Farah with Mukti Upadhyay, EIU professor of economics. Not pictured was award winner Anita Ihuwan.

Pictured is award winner Nusrat Farah with Mukti Upadhyay, EIU professor of economics. Not pictured was award winner Anita Ihuwan.

The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library honored three students as winners of the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity.

Award winners were Nusrat Farah of Dhaka, Bangladesh, a graduate student in economics, for her paper, “Impact of Household and Demographic Characteristics on Poverty in Bangladesh: A Logistic Regression Analysis”; Anita Ihuwan of Everett, Wash., a senior majoring in health studies, for her paper, “Knowledge and Attitudes of College Students Covering HIV/AIDS”; and Helen Plevka of Morton, a senior majoring in English, for her paper, “Discordant Desire: Morley’s Polyphony in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night.’”

The Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The program encourages students to enhance their studies by utilizing the wealth of information available at Booth Library and other research venues.

All entries were original works completed by Eastern students within the last 12 months. The award recipients were selected on the basis of excellence, creativity and the use of research resources. A digital copy of award entries will become part of the Library’s institutional repository, The Keep, found at www.library.eiu.edu.

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The Artwork of Russell Means on display

"Ignorant (Hernan Cortes)," by Russell Means

“Ignorant (Hernan Cortes),” by Russell Means

"Valentine," by Russell Means

“Valentine,” by Russell Means

By EIU Media Relations

Russell Means and Gordon Grado met under challenging circumstances.

Means, perhaps best known as a political activist and early leader of the American Indian Movement, could barely talk because of a cancerous tumor pressing against his throat.  He and his wife, Pearl, met Grado, a world renowned oncologist based in Scottsdale, Ariz., during Means’ initial consultation.

“When we walked in, Gordon sat on the edge of his chair, looked straight into Russell’s eyes and told him what an honor it was to meet him,” Pearl Means recalled.

Grado went on to tell the couple about his father, Louis, a retired Eastern Illinois University professor of education, who would come home each evening and ask his children, “What did you do for humanity today?”  The elder Grado would also talk about notable individuals who worked and sacrificed for the good of the people.

Russell Means, Grado said, was one of those notables by whom he became so inspired.

“He and my father were alike in their struggle to identify whatever wasn’t right and to try and find a solution without compromising one’s beliefs or principles,” Grado said.

“As (Russell’s) wife, I often heard others speak highly of my husband,” Pearl Means said.  “But Gordon’s words were especially powerful.  My husband told me later that he knew he had an ally in Dr. Grado.”

Several months following that meeting, in October 2012, 72-year-old Russell Means succumbed to throat cancer.

“But we were very grateful for Dr. Grado’s help,” Pearl Means said.  Through a treatment known as TomoTherapy, her husband’s tumor had been “successfully eliminated,” allowing him to spend his finals days on earth with his voice intact.

Grado and his wife, Mary, continue to keep in contact with Pearl Means.  They also collect artwork created by her husband, who began painting in the ‘90s.

Pieces of their collection, titled “The Artwork of Russell Means,” will appear on display between April 13 and May 15 in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library, located on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.  Admission is free and open to the public.

“Mr. Means was not only an activist, but a musician, artist, philosopher, mentor, historian, sociologist and history maker,” Grado, an EIU alumnus, said.  “Touching on all of these areas truly makes him unique and someone that would touch the university, students and faculty in many ways.

“The forte of Mr. Means’ work is not only in his activism and support of the indigenous nations, but his constant commitment to identify and attempt to correct any injustice that he saw,” Grado continued.  “He also didn’t mind discussing either his weaknesses or his strengths and was uniquely able to provide not only a magnifying glass to see life but a corrective lens to see it clearly.”

Russell Means appeared in the 1992 film, “The Last of the Mohicans,” as Chingachgook.  “That role opened up the artistic side of this man,” Pearl Means said.  He viewed “artists as the true revolutionaries, for they see the need for change first.”

Her husband created dozens of paintings over the year, including five series. One of those series, titled Indian Killer, features 12 “alleged American heroes.”  Each piece measures 34 inches by 27 inches and includes a framed narrative, written by Russell Means to explain “who (those individuals) really were.”

Additional exhibit pieces include the following:  “Buffalo on Plains,” “Ancestors Leaving,” “Tatanka,” “Valentine,” “The Dance” and “Crazy Horse.”  The exhibit also features a portrait of Russell and Pearl Means that was painted by Pearl’s sister.

 

Related stories:

Oncologist Gordon Grado Shares Knowledge, Expertise and Clinic with EIU Students:  http://castle.eiu.edu/media/viewstory.php?action=1049

Through ‘Life-changing’ Experience, EIU Alumnus Gives EIU Students a Leg Up
http://castle.eiu.edu/media/viewstory.php?action=1050

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Edible Book Festival to end National Library Week festivities

Booth Library will celebrate National Library Week April 12-18 by sponsoring several activities.

On April 16, the library will host the fifth annual Edible Book Festival. Items will be on display for public viewing from 4 to 6 p.m. Public voting will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with the winners announced shortly after. An “edible book” is something that looks like a book or is book-themed and is made out of food. The edible artwork will not be eaten; however, refreshments will be served. Prizes will be awarded.

The annual book sale was held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15 outside the south entrance of Booth Library in the Alumni Quad (weather permitting). Thank you to all of our book sale patrons! The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.

At 4:30 p.m. April 15 the winners of the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity were announced during a reception hosted by the Library Advisory Board. The awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research and encourages students to utilize the wealth of information available at Booth Library to enhance their studies. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Helen Plevka for her paper, “Discordant Desire: Morley’s Polyphony in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night'”; Anita Ihuwan for her paper, “Knowledge and Attitudes of College Students Concerning HIV/AIDS”; and Nusrat Farah for her paper, “Impact of Household and Demographic Characteristics on Poverty in Bangladesh: A Logistic Regression Analysis.”

For more information on National Library Week activities, please call 581-6061 or follow the library on Facebook or Twitter.

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