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Finals Week activities planned

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. 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 April 30 and May 1, certified therapy dogs will greet students from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Library Quad.

The EIU Meditation Club will offer special sessions to help students alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and strengthen focus. These sessions will be offered in the library’s Edgar Room at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on April 29 through May 1.

Beginning April 27, mad-libs, coloring pages and bookmarks, and Sudoku puzzles will be available to take and complete on your own. 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.

At 6 p.m. April 30, free popcorn and lemonade will be served to students while supplies last.

All activities and refreshments are free.

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

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.

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.

Thesis 101 seminars to be offered

Booth Library faculty Steve Brantley, Kirstin Duffin and Ellen Corrigan, in cooperation with the Graduate Student Advisory Council, will again offer three Thesis Research 101 workshops.

Thesis 101 Seminar 1: Researching the Literature with Steve Brantley will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 6 and again from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 7.

Thesis 101 Seminar 2: Organizing Your References Using Citation Management Software with Kirstin Duffin will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 13 and again from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 14.

Thesis 101 Seminar 3: Presenting Your Thesis (to the World) with Ellen Corrigan will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 20 and again from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 21.

All sessions will meet in Room 4450 at Booth Library. Register for the free seminars here.

For more information contact Steve Brantley, head of Reference Services, at 581-7542 or jsbrantley@eiu.edu.

 

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 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. through Feb. 1. The library will be closed on Jan. 15 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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

De-stress during Finals Week at Booth!

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. 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 Dec. 11-12, certified therapy dogs will greet students from 2 to 6 p.m. in the South Lobby of the library.

The EIU Meditation Club will offer special sessions to help students alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and strengthen focus. These sessions will be offered in the library’s Edgar Room at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 10-12.

Beginning Dec. 8, mad-libs, coloring pages and bookmarks, and Sudoku puzzles will be available to take and complete on your own. 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.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 11, free popcorn and lemonade will be served to students while supplies last. In addition, representatives from Housing and Dining will pass out healthy snacks in the library’s North Lobby at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

All activities and refreshments are free.

For finals week, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 (extended hours); noon to 1 a.m. Dec. 10; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 11-14; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15. For more information on the library, call 581-6072 or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Thesis Research 101 workshops offered

Booth Library faculty Steve Brantley, Kirstin Duffin and Ellen Corrigan, in cooperation with the Graduate Student Advisory Council, will again offer three Thesis Research 101 workshops.

Thesis 101 Seminar 1: Researching the Literature with Steve Brantley will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 1 and again from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 2.

Thesis 101 Seminar 2: Citation Management with Kirstin Duffin will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 8 and again from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 9.

Thesis 101 Seminar 3: Presenting Your Thesis (to the World) with Ellen Corrigan will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 15 and again from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 16.

All sessions will meet in Room 4450 at Booth Library except for the Nov. 16 session, which will be in Witters Conference Room 4440. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To register, click here.

For more information contact Steve Brantley, head of Reference Services, at 581-7542 or jsbrantley@eiu.edu.

Harry Potter trivia contest is tonight!

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.