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Edible Book Festival winners announced

“Yoko,” by Diane Eckert, Thomas Eckert and Paul Eckert

“Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket,” by Katie Jenkins (pictured) and Liz Stephens

“Franks-en-stein,” by Deborah Fennema

“Harold and the Purple Crayon,” by Cassie McCleery

“The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell,” by Mady Bettinger

Booth Library’s eighth annual Edible Book Festival was held on April 9 to kick off National Library Week.

The winners were as follows:

Judges’ Choice: “Yoko,” by Diane, Thomas and Paul Eckert.

People’s Choice: “Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket,” by Katie Jenkins and Liz Stephens.

Honorable Mention: “Franks-en-stein,” by Deborah Fennema; “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” by Cassie McCleery; and “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell,” by Mady Bettinger.

Six receive Awards for Excellence

Pictured are undergraduate student Wonjin Song, who is majoring in economics and mathematics, and graduate students O. Tomiwa Shodipe, economics; Razak Dwomoh, elementary education; Junnatun Naym, MBA; and George Anaman, economics. Charity Huwe, curriculum and instruction, was unable to attend.

The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University honored six students as winners of the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity. The students were honored at a reception on April 11.

Award winners were:

— Wonjin Song, an undergraduate in economics and mathematics, for his paper, “International Debt Impact on the Value of South Korean Currency”;

— Junnatun Naym, an MBA student, for “Competition and Concentration in Banking Sector: Evidence from Bangladesh”;

— George Anaman, a graduate student in economics, for “Willingness to Pay Student Insurance as a Primary Plan among Eastern Illinois University Students”;

— Razak Dwomoh, a graduate student in elementary education, for “The Development and Implications of Social Studies and History Curricula in Ghana.”

Honorable mention awards were presented to:

— O. Tomiwa Shodipe, a graduate student in economics, for “The Impact of Real Interest Rate on Real Exchange Rate: Empirical Evidence from Japan”;

— Charity Huwe, a graduate student in curriculum and instruction, for “Representation of the Titanic in Children’s Literature.”

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 http://thekeep.eiu.edu.

More than just books: Booth loans games, puppets, skeleton, guitar, more

Among the many unique items available for checkout are Bucky the Skeleton, electric guitar, puppets such as this monkey, teddy bear with a stint, Games and puzzles, leaf specimens, a double-helix DNA model, and a pound of fat.

As you know, Booth Library is your go-to spot for books, journal articles, DVDs, magazines, audiobooks and e-books. And you probably know that on rainy days, you can even check out an umbrella to keep yourself dry. But Booth is home to many other items that just might be what you need to wow your fellow students and teachers, or freak out your friends!

Ever wondered what a pound of fat looks like? How about a pound of muscle? We’ve got you covered!

Need a leaf or seed specimen for that science report?  We have them!

Need a prop for that anatomy speech? The Ballenger Teachers Center offers items such as a human skull; dissected human arm; models of the brain, torso, larynx and human heart; and a teddy bear with a hydrocephalus stint. These are all carefully watched over by Bucky the Skeleton, who is also available for checkout.

The BTC also offers fun games, posters, puzzles, curriculum kits and dozens of puppets ready for checkout!

Did you forget your tools for math class? We can provide calculators, rulers, protractors and more.

Booth’s Library Technology Services offers ethernet cables and a variety of other mac and pc computer connectors, SD card readers, headphones, flash drives, chargers, cassette recorders and more.

For the musicians, we offer a truly hands-on experience. Use one of our private music rooms on the fourth floor to practice on one of our pianos or guitars (or bring your own). Create your own sound with our amplifier emulator software and even record your rehearsal session! Modernize your music with our LP- and cassette-to-digital conversion stations.

If you prefer to practice at home, we have an electric guitar available for checkout, along with a headphone amplifier and tuner.

And , of course, Booth offers a wide variety of music on CD, streaming video, and DVDs of thousands of  movies, TV shows, and documentaries. All are available for free to those with a Panther ID!

Whatever you need, check with your Booth Library first — we just might have it!

Booth to celebrate National Library Week

Booth Library will celebrate National Library Week April 8-14 by sponsoring several activities. The theme is “Libraries Lead.”

On Monday, April 9, the library will host the eighth annual Edible Book Festival in the Marvin Foyer, near the north entrance. Items will be on display for public viewing from 4 to 5 p.m. Public voting will take place from 4 to 5 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. More information is available here.

The annual book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, outside the south entrance of Booth Library in the Alumni Quad (weather permitting). A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles will be available for sale. All items have been donated by the campus and local communities. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.

At 4:30 p.m. April 11, the winners of the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity will be announced during a reception hosted by the Library Advisory Board in Witters Conference Room 4440. Everyone is welcome to attend. 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.

National Library Week, first sponsored in 1958, is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

This year’s honorary chairwoman for National Library Week is Misty Copeland. In 2015, she was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, “Life in Motion,” and her 2014 picture book, “Firebird,” won the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015. Her
new book, “Ballerina Body,” an instant New York Times Bestseller, was published in March 2017.

More information about National Library Week can be found on the Booth Library Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BoothLibrary, or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BoothLibrary

MultiPresenters installed in study rooms

Booth Library has debuted multipresenter technology in its study rooms, offering a place for students to practice presentations and work collaboratively with others.

NEC MultiPresenters have been installed in four of the study rooms on the library’s fourth floor. The MultiPresenters work with all platforms and offer web access and wireless screen sharing so that multiple devices can be shared at once on the monitors.

Once students install the free software on their personal devices, such as laptops, iPads and cellphones, they may share their work directly from their personal devices on to the monitors. Instructions on how to use the new technology are available in each study room.

The study rooms also now have glass boards and marker boards to encourage collaborative discussion.

This new technological equipment is made possible thanks to generous donations made to the library. For more information on how to use this new technology, stop by the Library Technology Services desk on the fourth floor or call 581-6091.

Vote for your favorite entry in Edible Book Festival

The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite edible art during Booth Library’s eighth annual Edible Book Festival on April 9. The activity is one of several activities planned to celebrate National Library Week.

Contest participants created artworks made out of edible materials that have something to do with books in either its shape or content. Refreshments will be served, but the artworks will not be eaten.

Public voting will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by the announcement of the Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice and Honorable Mention winners. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information or to register, visit library.eiu.edu/exhibits/edible-book.

Print tax forms for free

Looking for tax forms? Visit the IRS website and Department of Revenue for the state of Illinois to print out federal and state tax forms:

www.irs.gov/forms-instructions (federal) or www.revenue.state.il.us/taxforms/ (state)

Library patrons may print needed tax forms for free in the Reference department. IRS forms also are available for photocopying in Reference. For more information speak with a reference librarian on the main (third) floor of the library.

For more information call 581-6072.

Our personal librarians have you covered!

Did you know? Booth Librarians are research experts in the fields of study offered at EIU. That means students and faculty have a subject librarian ready to help them find the specialized information they need for their assignments and their research.

What do subject librarians do? They communicate with faculty in their subjects to order books, journals and videos, and to make sure Booth has the most up-to-date and useful resources. They work with faculty and students to find appropriate publication venues, or work through complicated copyright inquiries. Many subject librarians are also “reference” librarians who provide in-class, online or in-library instruction, whether it is a short building tour, an introduction to electronic databases, or training in advanced research techniques. Subject librarians also create online research guides for tasks and topics, and online tutorials for database searching techniques.

Students in any major are encouraged to get to know their librarian, who can help with understanding research, finding the best resources, locating materials in the library, citing sources and more.

Know the name of your subject librarian! Then get in touch for one-on-one research help! Whatever you need, whether it is for classes or your leisure time, Booth Library has you covered!

The Keep hits 1 million downloads

Booth Library is pleased to announce our 1 millionth document download from the Eastern Illinois University institutional repository The Keep! The Keep features nearly 80,000 documents and contains faculty scholarship, student and professional journals, graduate theses, undergraduate honors papers, EIU historical documents, committee documents, and much more. Our mission is to digitize, preserve, and promote the scholarly output of EIU, optimizing the content for easy online discovery.

The 1 millionth download was recorded on Feb. 6. On that day our biggest downloads were Stress as a Moderator of Visual Perception: Do Elevated Stress Levels Interfere with Visual Cognition, a graduate thesis by Ashley Ebersole, and The Relationship Between Involvement in Extracurricular Activities and Academic Achievement of Students at Flora High School, a graduate thesis by Linda Spicer.

Our most popular paper is Involve Me: Using the Orff Approach within the Elementary Classroom by undergrad Amanda Long, a winner of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Student Research and Creative Activity. Her paper has been downloaded an outstanding 19,833 times around the world!

Other popular papers include graduate student Joseph Tillman’s thesis Improvements to Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Blades to Aid in Self-Starting, downloaded 10,805 times, and Associate Professor Jemmie Robertson’s An Integrated Approach to Preparing Paul Hindesmith’s Sonata for Trombone and Piano: A Guide to Help Achieve a Better Performance, downloaded 8,367 times.

Explore The Keep for yourself or email thekeep@eiu.edu to find out more about what the service can do for you and your students.

Story times include reading, activities

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to free story times in the Ballenger Teachers Center of Booth Library, located on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Story times are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and each will have a specific theme. The schedule is as follows:

  • Jan. 27, Latino Culture, Three Kings Day, sponsored by Latino American Student Organization;
  • Feb. 3, Valentine’s Day, sponsored by Math Energy Club;
  • Feb. 10, Fun with Fairy Tales, presented by Ellen Corrigan, Booth Library;
  • Feb. 24, Celebrating Special, sponsored by Sigma Rho Epsilon;
  • March 3, Dr. Seuss, sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi.

Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. All children 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.