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Library adds 1,290 new titles in December

During December, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,290 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.

Post expires at 5:47pm on Saturday February 7th, 2015

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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.

Post expires at 2:53pm on Monday January 5th, 2015

Find out how Booth Library can help you – take a building tour

Eastern students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to take a tour of Booth Library and find out what the library has to offer.

Twenty-minute tours are offered regularly during the first four weeks of the semester. There’s no need to sign up; just come to the north lobby of the library to join in any of the tours at 10 a.m., 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Feb. 5.

Tours also are offered by appointment. Visit the reference desk to reserve a tour.

Post expires at 5:27am on Thursday February 5th, 2015

Story times to be offered for ages 3-7

A series of story times for children is planned in the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Story times will begin on Jan. 31 with a special program featuring children’s book author Jessica Young of Ontario, Canada. She will read her award-winning debut picture book, “My Blue is Happy” (2013, Candlewick Press/Walker UK).

“My Blue is Happy” was included on the 2014 Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, the Texas Library Association’s 2014 2×2 Reading List, the Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets 2013 and the Library of Congress/Center for the Book’s 52 Great Reads list, among other accolades.

Young is one of the writers featured in the 2015 Lions in Winter literary festival, to be held Jan. 30-31 on the EIU campus. Young will give a craft talk at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 in Doudna Room 1518. She will discuss writing and publishing books for young readers, with a focus on picture books and chapter books. For more information on the Lions in Winter literary festival, www.lionsinwinter.org/.

Story times at Booth Library also are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28; and March 7. Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information about the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, visit http://www.library.eiu.edu/btc/ or call 581-8442.

Post expires at 12:00pm on Saturday March 7th, 2015

Students: Enter your work in Booth Library’s annual awards program!

Eastern Illinois University students who have used Booth Library and archival resources to enhance their research are encouraged to enter the library’s “Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity” program.

The program is open to all Eastern Illinois University students. Each award consists of a certificate and a cash prize (up to $300). Certificates may be presented for those receiving honorable mention.

The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or another format.

The 2015 guidelines, application and form can be found here. For more information, call 581-6061.

Entries should be delivered to the Administration Office, Room 4700, Booth Library, no later than March 27, 2015. Recipients will be selected by April 8, and the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 12-18. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

These awards are not intended to duplicate or replace any other standing campus awards. Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library’s Student Research and Creativity Collection.

Post expires at 8:31am on Saturday March 28th, 2015

Network outage Dec. 29-30 will limit access to library resources

Eastern Illinois University has announced that network engineers will replace equipment beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 29 through 4:30 p.m. Dec. 30. All network services will be unavailable during this time. Therefore, the Booth Library website and electronic resources will be inaccessible during this time period.

The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both dates, Dec. 29-30, so library patrons are welcome to visit us and browse the extensive collections available on our shelves. We hope to see you then!

Post expires at 10:19am on Tuesday December 30th, 2014

Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker to be focus of exhibit and programs

Quanah in StarHouse

Booth Library will present an exhibit and program series about Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker beginning in February. The series is titled “Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend.”

Cynthia Ann Parker was born c. 1827 to Silas and Lucy Parker. Cynthia Ann’s grandfather, Elder John Parker, her uncle, Benjamin Parker, and other members of the family were among the first white settlers of what is now Coles County.

In about 1833, several members of the Parker clan moved to Texas and created Fort Parker there. A few years later, a band of Indians attacked the fort, killing many and kidnapping a few of the children, including Cynthia Ann, age 9.

Cynthia Ann grew up as a member of the Comanche tribe, married one of the chiefs and bore three children. The oldest, Quanah, grew to become a politically influential leader and is considered to be the last Comanche chief. Cynthia Ann was kidnapped again and returned to the Parkers in 1860, but she never forgot her Comanche family and wished to return to them.

A variety of programming is planned, including lectures, panel discussions and three film screenings. The exhibit will be on display at Booth Library from Feb. 7 through April 9. For a complete schedule of programs, visit the series web page here.

“There are still many descendants of the Parker family living in the area,” Lanham said. “We hope they and other community members interested in local history will enjoy the library’s program.”

Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend, developed and produced by the faculty and staff of Booth Library, has been made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly. Additional support was provided by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. The Texas Lakes Trail and Texas Trail of Fame were instrumental in providing many of the historic photographs found in the exhibit.

* Special thanks to Carolyn Stephens, Becky Parker, James David Parker and David Parker for their research help and support, and to Mike Watts and Kit Morice of the Tarble Arts Center.

For more information on the “Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend” series, contact Beth Heldebrandt at emheldebrandt@eiu.edu or 581-6064.

Post expires at 4:38pm on Thursday April 9th, 2015

Booth wins Library Innovative Award

Booth Library is the recipient of the 2014 Illinois Library Association Demco Library Innovative Award. This award recognizes a library’s achievement in planning and implementing an innovative or creative program or service that has had a measurable impact on its users. The award is sponsored by Demco, one of the nation’s leaders for library supplies.

The Demco Library Innovative Award was presented at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on Oct. 14 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

Using the model of inclusivity, Booth Library in 2013 developed a creative series of programs that expanded the reach of a national grant far beyond the walls of the library. “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association and Tribeca Film Institute, supported a film series focusing on varied genres.

However, library staff saw the opportunity to both educate and entertain the larger area community through a wide variety of unique programming offered both on the EIU campus and in six communities in the region.

The grant provided a major outreach opportunity for Booth Library to unite six regional public library audiences with students, faculty and other community members interested in exploring American music, history and culture. The participating public libraries were in the communities of Danville, Decatur, Robinson, Shelbyville, Paris and Marshall.

The “America’s Music” series creatively engaged members of the library’s targeted audience to directly participate in programming rather than simply being observers. More than 20 amateur and professional musicians from the community performed. Nearly 30 EIU faculty members also performed, gave lectures and led discussions.

In addition, almost 80 EIU students shared their talents by talking about their research; curating exhibits; playing, singing and dancing to blues, gospel, Broadway and jazz music; and producing the opening and closing programs. Finally, an overnight mini-camp brought nine talented vocalists form area high schools to campus to learn, rehearse and perform Broadway numbers in the closing concert.

In a letter of support, Nancy K. Claypool, library director of the Marshall Public Library, said: “The Marshall community is rural and low-income…When free events such as these occur in the community, it is often the only opportunity to see and learn about things other than the life they know here…This program broke down the barriers, for one terrific evening, that so many people encounter on an everyday basis.”

The program allowed the library to promote the humanities in the region and enrich rural and small-town life. As noted in the nomination: “With so many rural areas left with meager or no school programs in art, music and film, this program allowed us to stimulate both students and adults to recognize the benefits of education in the arts and humanities.”

Post expires at 9:45am on Tuesday January 6th, 2015

Brooks presentation has been rescheduled

Lisa Brooks, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences, has postponed her presentation in Booth Library’s fall program series, “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.”

Brooks will present “1960s Restaurant and Food Trends: Modern Day Influences” at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in Booth Library’s Witters Conference Room 4440. Brooks’ program was originally scheduled for Nov. 18.

For an updated schedule of events in the “Revolutionary Decade” series, visit the program website here.

Post expires at 4:14pm on Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

Library adds 875 new titles in October

During October, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 875 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.

Post expires at 3:35pm on Wednesday December 3rd, 2014