Monthly Archives: March 2017

Booth Library adds 1,024 items in February

During February, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,024 new items. The lists can be viewed here. These acquisitions include donations to the library, re-cataloged library items, freely available government publications, and consortium-wide purchases. The recent university spending freeze (due to statewide budget issues) has limited the number of new items being added to library collections.

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 if you have questions.

Entries accepted for Edible Book Festival

Booth Library will sponsor its seventh annual Edible Book Festival on April 10 as part of National Library Week.

Anyone in the community may enter a work made out of edible materials that has something to do with books in either its shape or content. The artwork will not be eaten. To view entries from last year’s competition, click here.

Entries may be installed at the library after 3:30 p.m. April 10. Public voting will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., with the winners announced shortly after. The event is free and open to the public.

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Dean’s Choice, People’s Choice, Children’s Book Theme, Student Entry, Family Entry and Funniest Pun.

There is no fee to participate in or view this show; however, those planning to enter the contest must pre-register. The entry form is available here. Or, participants should send the following information: name; library/school/department (if applicable); phone number and email address; title of entry; and estimated size of the final piece (display materials will be provided based on this information).

All entries will automatically be entered into the Dean’s Choice and People’s Choice award categories. Please state if the entry also qualifies for the Children’s Book Theme, Student Entry, Family Entry or Funniest Pun categories.

Entry forms for the Edible Book Festival are due by April 6 and can be submitted online here. Entries also may be brought to Booth Library; emailed to; or mailed to the library at 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920, Attn: Edible Books. For more information on the contest, call 581-8381.

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information on the library, call 581-6072 or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Spring exhibit to debut on March 30

Booth Library will debut a new exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” on March 30, 2017.

On Oct. 1, 2015, the Illinois State Museum closed its doors for nine months amidst a statewide budget crisis. This closure brought the topic of public history in Illinois to the forefront of a national conversation about the relevance of history. In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of public history, EIU’s 2016-2017 Historical Administration class, with the support of Booth Library, will present “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois.”

Featuring items from institutions across the state, including the Illinois State Museum, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, this exhibit traces the role of public and historical institutions of Illinois to show how history was and continues to be vital to our cultural heritage and identity.

“A Question of History: Public History in Illinois” will be on display in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library from March 30 through July 31, 2017. For more information on the exhibit and programs, click here.

The opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. March 30 in the library’s West Reading Room and includes a keynote address by Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois state historian.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, the Historical Administration Program will host several events around Charleston focusing on public engagement with history. Admission is free, and all programs and the exhibit are open to the public.

  • “Museums, Mementos, and Memory: A Pop-Up Museum” will be open for one day only, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 on the Library Quad. This exhibit will feature a collection of souvenirs from historical and cultural institutions. To loan items for inclusion in the exhibit please contact Jessica Craig at
  • “Finding Yourself: Using Archives to Research Your Family Genealogy,” by HA student Cayla Wagner, will be at 5:30 p.m. April 5 in the Witters Conference Room 4440 in Booth Library. This event informs participants how to use the Illinois Regional Archive Depository to research their family history.
  • “A Keeper of History: Dr. Michael Wiant on Archeology, Public History, and Preserving the Past,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 10 in Witters Conference Room 4440 in Booth Library. The lecture discusses the intricacies of being “a keeper of history.”
  • “Asking the Question: A Guided Exhibit Tour” will be offered at 5:30 p.m. April 12 in the library’s Marvin Foyer. HA students will give detailed stories of certain artifacts and the institutions that care for them.
  • “Photos, Papers, and Publications: Restoring Personal Documents” will be presented by Bob Bertrand at Pensees Bookshop in Charleston at 5:30 p.m. April 19. This workshop will familiarize individuals with the basic materials and techniques used in the restoration of book bindings and their contents. Due to limited space, please contact Hailey Paige at to register for this event.