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Sign up now for Harry Potter trivia contest

A Harry Potter Trivia Contest is planned as part of Harry Potter Night on Oct. 26 at Eastern Illinois University.

The trivia contest will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the West Reading Room of Booth Library. Teams of between two and six players may register online now at http://booth.eiu.edu/trivia. The cost is $10 per team plus $5 per player. Payment may be made online or in person on the night of the contest. The deadline to register is Oct. 25.

All net proceeds from the Harry Potter Trivia Contest will benefit HOPE of East Central Illinois, a Coalition Against Domestic Violence agency based in Charleston that serves seven area counties.

Trivia participants are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Harry Potter-inspired costume; prizes will be awarded! The top three winning trivia teams also will be awarded special prizes. The trivia contest is co-sponsored by the Harry Potter Alliance at UIUC.

Both campus and community members are encouraged to form a team for the trivia contest. Free parking will be available in the lot just southwest of the library off of Fourth Street.

Activities during Harry Potter Night also will take place at the Tarble Arts Center from 7-10 p.m., with food, music, games and more planned for EIU students. Co-sponsors are the EIU Harry Potter Club and the EIU Gamers Guild.

Harry Potter Night is one of several programs being held in conjunction with Booth Library’s fall exhibit, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon,” which will be on display through Dec. 31. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Harry Potter exhibit and other related programs, click here ; or contact Steve Brantley at 217-581-7542/jsbrantley@eiu.edu or Stacey Knight-Davis at 217-581-7549/slknight@eiu.edu.

Story times planned for ages 3-7

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to free story times in the Ballenger Teachers Center of Booth Library. Story times are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and each will have a specific theme. The schedule is as follows:

  • 30, Latino Heritage: Dio de los Muertos, sponsored by Latino American Student Organization;
  • 7, Disability Awareness, sponsored by Sigma Rho Epsilon;
  • 28, Halloween, sponsored by the Student Reading Council;
  • 4, Rockin’ with the Rec Club, sponsored by the EIU Rec Club;
  • 11, We are Thankful, sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi;
  • 2, Winter, sponsored by the Student Education Association.

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.

Quidditch players sought; sign up today!

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, click here to register online. It’s free to play, but if you’d like to order a house T-shirt, the cost is $7.50 (Note: you may be re-sorted into another Hogwarts house in order to keep the teams even).

To learn more about the game 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 about quidditch, contact Duncan at ckduncan@eiu.edu. For more information about the Booth Library exhibit, click here.

Fall Book Sale planned Sept. 20

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.

Therapy dogs, puzzles, snacks offered

Feeling stressed as the end of the semester nears? Booth Library has you covered, with a variety of activities planned.

First, let your friends and families know how you’re preparing for final exams by sending them a “Don’t worry, I’m at Booth Library!” postcard. A limited number of postcards are available in the Marvin Foyer. Students are encouraged to fill out and address a postcard, then place it in the mailbox. Your friends at Booth Library will mail it for you!

On May 1-2, certified therapy dogs will greet students from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Library Quad north of the library.

Beginning April 28, mad-libs, coloring pages and bookmarks, and Sudoku puzzles will be available to take and complete on your own. Coloring supplies may be borrowed from the reference or LTS desks.

Students also are invited to help complete a larger jigsaw puzzle or group coloring page. These will be set up on the main (third) floor.

From 7 to 9 p.m. May 1, free popcorn and lemonade will be served to students while supplies last.

All activities and refreshments are free.

For finals week, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 29 (extended hours); noon to 1 a.m. April 30; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. May 1-4; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5.

For more information on the library, call 581-6072 or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Activities held April 10-14 for National Library Week

Booth Library celebrated National Library Week April 9-15 by sponsoring several activities. The theme was “Libraries Transform.”

Eastern students participated in a library scavenger hunt for the chance to win an Amazon gift card! A winner was drawn each day, Monday through Friday, April 10-14.

On April 10, the library hosted the seventh annual Edible Book Festival in the West Reading Room. An “edible book” is something that looks like a book or is book-themed and is made out of food.

The annual book sale was held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 outside the south entrance of Booth Library in the Alumni Quad. A large selection of books in all subject areas and hundreds of paperback fiction titles were available for sale. All items were donated by the campus and local communities. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.

On April 12, the winners of the 2017 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity were announced during a reception hosted by the Library Advisory Board in Witters Conference Room 4440. 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.

All library patrons were encouraged to share “Why I Love My Librarian” by posting a short message on a special display board on the third (main) floor of the library.

Edible Book Festival winners announced

Dean’s Choice Silver Medal: “Hansel and Gretel,” by Georgia and Carol Ryan.

Funniest Pun Best in Show: “Harry Potter,” by Alice Dick and Debbie Meadows.

People’s Choice Silver Medal: “Frog and Toad,” by Sam and Avelynn Dick with Debbie Meadows.

Children’s Book Best in Show: “Ten Little Sisters,” by Lana Hill

Children’s Book Honorable Mention: “Tacky and the Haunted Igloo,” by Billy Hung.

Dean’s Choice Gold Medal: “It’s Okay to be Different,” by Katie Jenkins.

Family Entry Honorable Mention: “The Nutmeg of Consolation,” by Sarah and Mark Johnson.

Funniest Pun Honorable Mention: “Much Ado About Muffins,” by Heather Wohltman.

Student Entry Best in Show: “The Missing Piece,” by Ian and Liam Corrigan.

Children’s Book Honorable Mention: “Math Potatoes,” by Ann Brownson.

People’s Choice Gold Medal: “The Lollipop Guild Welcomes You to Munchkin Land,” by Ellen Corrigan.

People’s Choice Honorable Mention: “Hidden Figures,” by Beth Heldebrandt

Family Entry Best in Show: “Snowy Day,” by Caitlin and Oliver Rednour

The winners of Booth Library’s seventh annual Edible Book Festival on April 10 have been announced. The activity was one of several activities planned to celebrate National Library Week.

Contest participants have entered a work made out of edible materials that has something to do with books in either its shape or content. More photos will be available soon.

Dean’s Choice Gold: “It’s Okay to be Different” (Katie Jenkins)

Dean’s Choice Silver: “Hansel and Gretel” (Georgia and Carol Ryan)

People’s Choice Gold: “The Lollipop Guild Welcomes You to Munchkin Land” (Ellen Corrigan)

People’s Choice Silver: “Frog and Toad” (Sam and Avelynn Dick with Debbie Meadows)

Honorable Mention: “Hidden Figures” (Beth Heldebrandt)

Children’s Book Best in Show: “Ten Little Sisters” (Lana Hill)

Children’s Book Honorable Mention: “Math Potatoes” (Ann Brownson)

Children’s Book Honorable Mention: “Tacky and the Haunted Igloo” (Billy Hung)

Family Entry Best in Show: “The Snowy Day” (Caitlin and Oliver Rednour)

Family Entry Honorable Mention: “The Nutmeg of Consolation” (Sarah and Mark Johnson)

Funniest Pun Best in Show: “Harry Potter” (Alice Dick and Debbie Meadows)

Funniest Pun Honorable Mention: “Much Ado About Muffins” (Heather Wohltman)

Student Entry Best in Show: “The Missing Piece” (Ian and Liam Corrigan).

Learn about your library; take a 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 will be 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 Monday through Thursday. Tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Jan. 9-Feb. 2.

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.

Story times offered for ages 3-7

Story times for children are planned at the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Story times will begin at 10 a.m. on Feb. 20, 27; March 5; and April 2. Programs are free and will feature stories, crafts and activities. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.