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Sep
14
Thu
Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon
Sep 14 – Dec 28 all-day

Twenty years after the publication of the first Harry Potter book, Booth Library presents an exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.”  This exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

Author J.K. Rowling published “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (known in the U.S. as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) on June 26, 1997, in Britain. The book was soon a worldwide hit, and the legacy of Rowling’s world of magic had begun.

Since then, Rowling’s seven original books in the Harry Potter series have sold more than 450 million copies and have been translated into more than 60 languages. Those books were translated into eight films that have made more than $2 billion.

Rowling’s world of Potter still continues, with a London stage play of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” soon headed to New York City and, most recently, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a spinoff of the film series produced and written by Rowling herself, based on her 2001 book. The film is part of a trilogy, with the second to be released in November 2018.

The Harry Potter stories have inspired a line of action figures, costumes, candy, Legos, clothing lines, wands, robes and other memorabilia. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park opened at the Universal Orlando Resort in 2010. Rowling continues to share musings and stories related to her magical world on her Pottermore website.

Booth Library’s exhibit takes a look at the popularity and influence of the Harry Potter world in today’s society. A series of related programs also are planned. For more information on this exhibit and program series, click here.

Schedule of Events

Opening program: Sept. 14, 7 p.m., The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter and the Culture of Death; keynote speaker: Suzie Park, professor of English; West Reading Room;

Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Family Weekend: EIU Quidditch Tournament; led by Chelsea Duncan, instructor of KSS; Library Quad;

Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Dark Arts and Other Wicked Ideas: Harry Potter, Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom; by Michele McDaniel, reference librarian, and Ryan McDaniel, instructor of communication studies; Witters Conference Room 4440;

Oct. 3 and 5, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Harry Potter Menu at The Café; presented by Richard Wilkinson, professor, and FCS students; Klehm Hall 1414; $5.50;

Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Poison Pen: Rita Skeeter, her Quick-Quotes Quill & Journalism Ethics in the Wizarding World; by Lola Burnham, associate professor of journalism; Witters Conference Room 4440;

Oct. 17, 4 p.m., Muggles, Magic and Abuse; by Angie Hunt, housing program director, HOPE of East Central Illinois; Witters Conference Room 4440;

Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m., Harry Potter Night featuring trivia, costumes, music, activities and food at Booth Library and Tarble Arts Center, co-sponsored by Tarble Arts Center, UIUC Harry Potter Alliance, EIU Harry Potter Club;

Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Harry Potter & the Cult of Celebrity; by Lola Burnham, associate professor of journalism; Witters Conference Room 4440.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information contact Steve Brantley at 581-7542 or email jsbrantley@eiu.edu.

Booth Library tour
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am

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 will be offered regularly during the first four weeks of the semester. There’s no need to sign up; just come to the reference desk on the north end of the library to join in any of the tours Monday through Thursday. Tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Aug. 21-Sept. 14. The library will be closed on Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Tours are also offered by appointment. Contact a reference librarian at 581-6072 to schedule a tour.

During the fall semester, Booth Library’s regular hours will be from 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.

Booth Library tour
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm

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 will be offered regularly during the first four weeks of the semester. There’s no need to sign up; just come to the reference desk on the north end of the library to join in any of the tours Monday through Thursday. Tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Aug. 21-Sept. 14. The library will be closed on Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Tours are also offered by appointment. Contact a reference librarian at 581-6072 to schedule a tour.

During the fall semester, Booth Library’s regular hours will be from 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.

Booth Library tour
Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm

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 will be offered regularly during the first four weeks of the semester. There’s no need to sign up; just come to the reference desk on the north end of the library to join in any of the tours Monday through Thursday. Tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Aug. 21-Sept. 14. The library will be closed on Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Tours are also offered by appointment. Contact a reference librarian at 581-6072 to schedule a tour.

During the fall semester, Booth Library’s regular hours will be from 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.

Opening reception: The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter and the Culture of Death
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” The exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information on this exhibit and program series, click here.

A special musical program, “An Evening at Hogwarts,” will be performed by the EIU Graduate/Faculty Brass Quintet, with members Jemmie Robertson, Andrew Cheetham, Ben Bruflat, Kevin Miescke, Eric Dawson and Jonathan Bowman. Light refreshments will be served. Suzie Park, professor of English, is the keynote speaker.

“The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter and the Culture of Death”

Twenty years ago, readers became acquainted with Harry Potter, whose fame rests largely on being “the boy who lived.” J. K. Rowling’s epic series has invited millions of readers to reflect upon what it means to live by considering what it means to die. The condition of mortality is not what Harry needs simply to outrun. In fact, the series appears to be a long meditation on what it means to embrace the condition of mortality. We live in a culture that tends to deny the reality of death at the same time that it luxuriates in ultra-violent imaginings of death. Without the benefit of contemporary Ars Moriendi (or advice on the art of dying), we can nevertheless turn to imaginative works like the Potter series for philosophical reflections on the connectedness of being in the world and leaving it.

Dr. Suzie Asha Park is a professor of English at EIU. She earned a Ph.D. in English at UC Berkeley and a B.A. in English and in African and Asian Languages and Literature at Duke University. While her undergraduate interests included pre-med studies, English, and music, her passion for literature won out in the end. Her areas of teaching and research interest include British romanticism, the novel, poetry, women writers, sentimental culture, literary theory, information theory, and the medical humanities.

Sep
15
Fri
EIU Quidditch Tournament
Sep 15 @ 4:00 pm

Calling all muggles! As part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon,” Chelsea Duncan, instructor of KSS, has organized an EIU Quidditch Tournament!

The tournament will take place on Family Weekend, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Library Quad. All are welcome to help cheer on teams from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw as they compete to win the House Cup!

Quidditch players are currently being sought. No experience is required; all muggles are welcome! If you would like to play, please click here to register online. There’s no fee to play, but it you’d like a team T-shirt, the cost is $7.50. (Note: you may re-sorted into another Hogwarts house in order to keep the teams even).

For more information on the rules of quidditch, click here.

If you don’t want to play but would still like to order a T-shirt to cheer on your favorite team, email Duncan at the email address above and let her know which House shirt and your size. Cost: $7.50.

For more information contact Duncan at ckduncan@eiu.edu.

This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” The exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017. For more information on this exhibit and program series, click here.

Sep
20
Wed
Fall Book Sale
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus will host its fall book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 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 the library website, www.library.eiu.edu, or find Booth Library on Facebook or Twitter.

Sep
28
Thu
Dark Arts and Other Wicked Ideas: Harry Potter, Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm

This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” The exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information on this exhibit and program series, click here.

Dark Arts and Other Wicked Ideas: Harry Potter, Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom

Presented by Michele McDaniel, reference librarian, and Ryan McDaniel, instructor of communication studies

Come explore intellectual freedom during Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30) with this enchanted perspective inspired by Harry Potter.

Identifying certain ideas as dangerous – and therefore banned or otherwise restricted – is a perennial phenomenon, manifesting throughout every time and culture. When reading the Harry Potter series, one encounters the Restricted Section in the Hogwarts Library, where the reader is informed that books about the Dark Arts and how to defend oneself against them are found. However, only those sufficiently matured and prepared may read the restricted materials, and then only under the close supervision and guidance of a wiser wizard. The very name of the highest master and practitioner of these Dark Arts is not to be spoken, but only referenced by means of circumlocutions like, “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.”

Your speakers will examine the broader topic of intellectual freedom through the lens of the Harry Potter series. Ryan McDaniel will offer some historical background and context for considering this theme in the Western cultural tradition. From the trial and execution of Socrates, to the Papal Index of Prohibited Books, to irreplaceable collections of Jewish books going up in flames during the Renaissance: Ryan will share a tale that, at times, can feel just as harrowing as the tale of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Michele McDaniel will then pick up the topic as she examines the problem of intellectual freedom in the Harry Potter series, book challenges in school and public libraries (including challenges posed to the Harry Potter series itself), and the role of libraries in protecting intellectual freedom.

Ryan McDaniel has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Communication Studies at EIU since 2007. A proud alum, Ryan has earned four degrees from Eastern, including B.A. degrees in communication studies and philosophy, and M.A. degrees in communication studies and history. He also holds an M.A. in theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, an M.Div. from Luther Rice Seminary and University, and has studied religion as a postgraduate student at Princeton Theological Seminary. Most recently, he has pursued doctoral studies in religion and rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as Nashotah House Theological Seminary. In addition to his service at EIU, Ryan McDaniel is an ordained priest of the Orthodox Church, serving as a chaplain in the Illinois Air National Guard.

Michele McDaniel is a reference librarian and instructor at EIU’s Booth Library, serving as the coordinator of the Ballenger Teachers Center and subject liaison for the education departments within the College of Education and Professional Studies. Michele earned a B.A. from Calvin College, majoring in English and minoring in Latin. She holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science and is a candidate for a C.A.S. postgraduate degree in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the faculty at EIU, Michele served for four years as a teacher librarian in the Charleston Community Unit School District No. 1, maintaining collections and teaching at Carl Sandburg, Mark Twain and Ashmore elementary schools.

Though this is their first academic partnership, Ryan and Michele have been partners in life for almost 5 years. When they are not reading banned books and pursuing other academic interests, you can find them spending time with their two-and-a-half year old son, Killian.

Sep
30
Sat
Story time
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am

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 theme for Sept. 30 is Latino heritage, sponsored by Latino American Student Organization. Future story times are planned on Oct. 7, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2.

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.

Oct
3
Tue
Harry Potter menu at The Cafe
Oct 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

On Oct. 3 and 5, The Cafe will offer Harry Potter menu items for lunch! The Cafe is run by students in Eastern’s Family and Consumer Sciences program, under the direction of Richard Wilkinson, professor. The cost is $5.50 (cash only, please).

The menu will be Mrs. Weasley’s Corned Beef Sandwich, Quidditch Players Pie and Kreacher’s French Onion Soup, each served with Pumpkin Pasties and Hagrid’s Rock Cakes. Beverages will be Butterbeer and Polyjuice Potion.

This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” The exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information on this exhibit and program series, click here.

Poison Pen: Rita Skeeter, her Quick-Quotes Quill and Journalism Ethics in the Wizarding World
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm

This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” The exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information on this exhibit and program series, click here.

Poison Pen: Rita Skeeter, her Quick-Quotes Quill and Journalism Ethics in the Wizarding World

Presented by Lola Burnham, associate professor of journalism

The news media play an important role in the Harry Potter books almost from page one. In the first three books, the news media are taken at their word and what they report is to be believed. Beginning with “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” however, author J.K. Rowling’s portrayal of the Wizarding news media takes a dark turn with the introduction of the unscrupulous Rita Skeeter, correspondent for the Daily Prophet. This program will weigh Skeeter’s reporting methods against the ethical principles espoused in the U.K.’s (admittedly Muggle) Independent Press Standards Organisation’s Editors’ Code of Practice. The IPSO replaced the Press Complaints Commission, which was repeatedly criticized as being toothless during the Leveson Inquiry into the British press’s reporting practices. It will also discuss Rowling’s testimony before the Leveson Inquiry and will recount her attempts to use the PCC to protect her children from being photographed by paparazzi.

Lola Burnham is a professor in Eastern’s Journalism Department, interim director of Student Publications, and editorial adviser to The Daily Eastern News. One of her research areas is media ethics, and she enjoys using the Harry Potter books to connect to her research topics. She has many fond memories of taking her children to Harry Potter book release parties. She is also still wondering why her letter from Hogwarts never arrived and suspects that nargles are to blame.

Oct
5
Thu
Harry Potter menu at The Cafe
Oct 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

On Oct. 3 and 5, The Cafe will offer Harry Potter menu items for lunch! The Cafe is run by students in Eastern’s Family and Consumer Sciences program, under the direction of Richard Wilkinson, professor. The cost is $5.50 (cash only, please).

The menu will be Mrs. Weasley’s Corned Beef Sandwich, Quidditch Players Pie and Kreacher’s French Onion Soup, each served with Pumpkin Pasties and Hagrid’s Rock Cakes. Beverages will be Butterbeer and Polyjuice Potion.

This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” The exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information on this exhibit and program series, click here.

Oct
7
Sat
Story time
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am

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 theme for Oct. 7 is disability awareness, sponsored by Sigma Rho Epsilon. Future story times are planned on Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2.

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.

Oct
17
Tue
Muggles, Magic and Abuse
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm

This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” The exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information on this exhibit and program series, click here.

Muggles, Magic and Abuse

Presented by Angie Hunt, housing program director, HOPE of East Central Illinois

Muggles the world over were captivated by the charm of Harry Potter’s magical adventures, which spawned a new generation of readers and taught us lessons about everything from compassion to perseverance to the importance of standing against evil. But there’s an even darker side to Harry’s tale, one that, in reality, affects millions of children across the globe: abuse and neglect. Join us for a discussion on how this affected the young Potter (and the older one, too) and how the reality compares. We should probably talk about Lucius Malfoy, too.

Angie Hunt, ICDVP, is the Housing Program director for HOPE of East Central Illinois and has spent 18 years working with survivors of domestic violence and their children. Throughout those years, she has trained hundreds of individuals on the dynamics of domestic violence, as well as presenting on the state and local level. Recently, she was selected to participate in and graduated from the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Leadership Academy.

She is a member of the South Central Illinois Continuum of Care (SCICoC) Board of Directors, the SCICoC Planning and Assessment Committee, The Gender and Sexual Diversity and Sexual Violence Prevention Team at EIU, and several other boards and committees. As two of her passions are spreading awareness of abuse and all things Harry Potter, this might be her favorite presentation of all time. She also thinks people should know she usually brings candy when she presents.

Oct
26
Thu
Harry Potter Night
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Harry Potter Night will feature a trivia contest, costume contest, games, activities, food and music! Co-sponsored by Booth Library, Tarble Arts Center, UIUC Harry Potter Alliance, EIU Harry Potter Club and EIU Gamers Club.

This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” The exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information on this exhibit and program series, click here.

Oct
28
Sat
Story time
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am

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 theme for Oct. 28 is Halloween, sponsored by the Student Reading Council. Future story times are planned on Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2.

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.

Nov
11
Sat
Story time
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am

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 theme for Nov. 11 is “We are Thankful,” sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi. Another story time is planned for Dec. 2.

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.

Nov
18
Sat
Library closed
Nov 18 all-day
Nov
19
Sun
Library closed
Nov 19 all-day
Nov
22
Wed
Library closed
Nov 22 all-day
Nov
23
Thu
Library closed-holiday
Nov 23 all-day
Nov
24
Fri
Library closed
Nov 24 all-day
Nov
25
Sat
Library closed
Nov 25 all-day
Nov
28
Tue
Harry Potter and the Cult of Celebrity
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm

This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” The exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information on this exhibit and program series, click here.

Harry Potter and the Cult of Celebrity

Presented by Lola Burnham, associate professor of journalism

“Celebrity is as celebrity does,” Gilderoy Lockhart tells Harry Potter when cautioning him about seeking too much attention. Harry, of course, is doing no such thing, but the obtuse Lockhart cannot recognize that. Whether characters in the Harry Potter series seek fame or eschew it and how they handle fame when it comes their way reveals a lot about their, well, character. What do Harry, Ron, Hermione, Viktor Krum and others have to teach us about fame? What can we learn from the infamous Gilderoy Lockhart and Rita Skeeter? This program will explore those questions and others, including what Dumbledore had to say about the perils of fame for “The Boy Who Lived.”

Lola Burnham is a professor in Eastern’s Journalism Department, interim director of Student Publications, and editorial adviser to The Daily Eastern News. One of her research areas is media ethics, and she enjoys using the Harry Potter books to connect to her research topics. She has many fond memories of taking her children to Harry Potter book release parties. She is also still wondering why her letter from Hogwarts never arrived and suspects that nargles are to blame.

Dec
9
Sat
Extended hours
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Dec
17
Sun
Library closed
Dec 17 all-day
Dec
22
Fri
Library closed
Dec 22 all-day
Dec
23
Sat
Library closed
Dec 23 all-day
Dec
24
Sun
Library closed
Dec 24 all-day
Dec
25
Mon
Library closed
Dec 25 all-day
Dec
26
Tue
Library closed
Dec 26 all-day
Dec
29
Fri
Library closed
Dec 29 all-day
Dec
30
Sat
Library closed
Dec 30 all-day
Dec
31
Sun
Library closed
Dec 31 all-day
Jan
1
Mon
Library closed
Jan 1 all-day
Jan
2
Tue
Library closed
Jan 2 all-day

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