“Designs of Duty,” an exhibit featuring East Central Illinois veterans and their service-related tattoos, will be on display at Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University from Jan. 22 through May 11, 2018.
“Designs of Duty” tells the stories of seven military veterans who served our country over a 45-year period throughout Asia and Europe. These veterans reside in Charleston, Newman, Nokomis, Olney, Shelbyville and Towanda.
Tattoos are a common symbol among the military, and this exhibit aims to explore the inspiration and meanings behind them, as well as the stories of the veterans themselves. Pride, patriotism and honor are common themes in the artwork chosen by the veterans showcased in “Designs of Duty.”
Related exhibits on display include military flags; “Symbols of Service,” featuring University of Illinois student veterans; aircraft nose art from World War II to today; and Vietnam War helmet graffiti.
“Designs of Duty” is free and open to the public.
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.
Eastern Illinois University students who have used Booth Library 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. If campus finances allow, cash prizes of up to $300 will be awarded, in addition to certificates of recognition.
The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or another format.
The 2018 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 noon March 23. Recipients will be selected by April 6, and the winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 9-13. 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.
Booth Library will sponsor its eighth annual Edible Book Festival on April 9 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.
Participants may design an entry on any topic; however, this year’s contest will have a special “Theme Challenge”! This year’s theme is: PEEPS. (Please note that the theme challenge is intended as a starting point to inspire ideas and creativity; participation is optional.)
Entries may be installed at the library after 3 p.m. April 9. 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.
Gift cards will be awarded to the winners of People’s Choice and Judges Choice. Honorable mention prizes also will be awarded.
There is no fee to participate in or view this show; however, those planning to enter the contest must pre-register by April 6. The entry form is available here. For more information on the contest, call 581-8456.
Booth Library will host its Spring Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 outside the south entrance of the library.
A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles will be available for purchase. All items have been donated by the campus and local communities.
Library staff requests no sales in advance. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.
In case of inclement weather, the sale will be postponed. For the latest information on scheduling, check this website, or find Booth Library on Facebook or Twitter.
The library will offer extended hours for students who are preparing for Finals Week.