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Alzheimer’s Awareness

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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Learn about Alzheimer’s disease by visiting the Alzheimer’s Awareness display, on exhibit throughout November, in the main corridor of Booth Library. The display has been curated by students in the EIU chapter of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

On November 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., Dr. Britto Nathan will speak about Alzheimer’s Awareness in Booth Library Witters Conference Room 4440. The program is free and open to the public.

In the presentation, Dr. Nathan will discuss the biochemical and molecular pathways that lead to Alzheimer’s disease. A better understanding of these pathways may one day help researchers develop novel therapeutics to combat Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Nathan is professor and assistant chair of Biological Sciences at EIU. Nathan’s presentation is sponsored by the EIU chapter of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

More than 5 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Within the next few decades, this illness is predicted to be on the rise. The only drugs that exist specifically for Alzheimer’s disease are purely symptomatic and are not able to slow the progression of the disease.

In addition to the books below, which are on display and available for checkout, view these reference articles in our Gale Virtual Reference Library that give a quick overview of Alzheimer’s disease.

Watch these videos about Alzheimer’s disease via our Kanopy Streaming Video library.


  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Activity-focused Care
  • Hellen, Carly R.
  • RC523 .H45 1998
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  • Alzheimer’s Disease: A Guide for Families
  • Powell, Lenore S.
  • RC523 .P68 1993
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  • Alzheimer’s Disease: A Handbook for Caregivers
  • RC523 .A386 1994
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  • Alzheimer’s Disease, Media Representations, and the Politics Of Euthanasia: Constructing Risk and Selling Death in an Ageing Society
  • Johnstone, Megan-Jane.
  • RC523 .J643 2013
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  • Different Minds: Living with Alzheimer Disease
  • Drew, Lorna Ellen, 1937-
  • RC523.2 .D74 2005x
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  • Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer’s Story
  • Pierce, Charles, 1953-
  • RC523.2 .P54 2000
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  • Inside Alzheimer’s: How to Hear and Honor Connections with a Person Who Has Dementia
  • Pearce, Nancy D.
  • RC523 .P413 2007x
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  • Jan’s Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye Of Alzheimer’s
  • Petersen, Barry (Barry Rex), 1949-
  • RC523.2 .P48 2010
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  • Living in the Labyrinth: A Personal Journey Through the Maze Of Alzheimer’s
  • Friel McGowin, Diana.
  • RC523.2 .F75 1994x
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  • Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease
  • RC523.2 .M385 2002
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  • Voices Of Alzheimer’s: The Healing Companion ; Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength
  • RC523.2 .V65 2007
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LGBTQ History month, DVDs from Booth

  • October is LGBTQ History month. To celebrate, Booth staff member Lee Whitacre has curated a group of feature film and documentary DVDs with LGBTQ subject matter.

If you are interested in finding out more about LGBTQ History, explore some of these Reference books.

Proud Heritage: people, issues, and documents of the LGBT experience: both online and print.

LGBT Rights, in, The Encyclopedia of Religious Conflicts in the United States, online

A list of 54 titles in Booth related to LGBT History

The DVDs:

  • Fabulous!: The Story Of Queer Cinema
  • PN1995.9.H55 F32x 2006 .DVD
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  • Trans Generation: [four College Students Switching More Than Their Majors]
  • HQ77.7 .T73 2006x .DVD
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Women’s History Month

OK, we are a little late with this one, but isn’t it always a good time to celebrate women’s history? The staff in Library Technology services has curated a great list of media supporting Women’s History Month. All items are on display on the 4th floor.

  • Assion De Jeanne D’arc = Passion Of Joan Of Arc
  • PN1997 .P37x .DVD
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  • Education Of Shelby Knox
  • HQ57.5.T4 E383 2006x .DVD
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  • Joan Rivers a Piece Of Work: A Year in the Life Of a Semi Legend
  • PN2287.R55 J64 2010x .DVD
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  • Makers: Women Who Make America
  • HQ1391.U5 M35 2013x .DVD
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  • Maya Lin a Strong Clear Vision
  • NB237.L538 M39 2003x .DVD
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  • Not for Ourselves Alone the Story Of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony
  • HQ1412 .N89 1999x .DVD
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  • Ruì„zigaì„ri Maì„ Our Times
  • PN1997 .O8757x .DVD
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  • Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema
  • JK1896 .S845 2008x .DVD
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  • Taking Root: The Vision Of Wangari Maathai
  • SB63.M22 T34 2008x .DVD
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  • You May Call Her Madam Secretary
  • HD8073 .Y68 2006x .DVD
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Poetry Month

April is “National Poetry Month” a celebration of poets and poetry started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. Over decades Booth Library has collected hundreds of volumes of great poetry by single and multiple authors Take a look at a few selected titles listed below including American classics as well as bright new voices like EIU’s own Charlotte Pence and Ruben Quesada. The EIU English department celebrates National Poetry Month with readings and events

You can find all kinds of celebrations nationwide including this link to famous poets reading their work from the Poetry foundation. Booth library of course also offers many different resources related to the study and enjoyment of poetry including the Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry or these encyclopedia entries from the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

book cover image All the odes
Pablo Neruda ; edited by Ilan Stavans
PQ8097.N4 A2 2013

And the Short Seasons : Poems
Maxine Kumin
PS3521.U638 A6 2014

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Dog songs : Thirty-five dog songs and one essay

Mary Oliver
PS3565.L5 D64 2013

Hi, Koo! : a year of season
Jon J. Muth
811.54 M983hi

Letter composed during a lull in the fighting : poems
Kevin Powers
PS3616.O88348 L48 2014x

book coverLines of Defense : poems
Stephen Dunn
PS3554.U49 A6 2014

Metaphysical dog
Frank Bidart
PS3552.I33 M48 2013

Moon before morning
W.S. Merwin
PS3563.E75 A6 2014

Next Extinct Mammal
Ruben Quesada
PS3617.U47 N49 2011x

Exiled from the throne of night
Luis Cernuda, Translated by Ruben Quesada
PQ6605.E7 A2 2008x

Many small fires
Charlotte Pence
PS3616.E529 M36 2015x

The branches, the axe, the missing
Charlotte Pence
PS3616.E529 B73 2012x

On poetry
Glyn Maxwell
PR6063.A869 O52 2013

book coverPoet Edgar Allan Poe : Alien Angel
Jerome McGann
PS2642.P63 M34 2014

Poetic sisters : early eighteenth-century women poets
Deborah Kennedy
PR555.W6 K46 2013

Poetry of the First World War : an anthology
Tim Kendall
PR1195.W65 P638 2013x

Pug and other animal poems
Valerie Worth
811 W899pu

book coverRobert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning : poems and letters
PR4202 2003

Stay, Illusion
Lucie Brock-Broido
PS3552.R6145 A6 2013

Woman without a country : poems
Eavan Boland
PR6052.O35 A6 2014

African American History Month at EIU


Events to celebrate African American History Month are underway at EIU. Booth Library is celebrating with a selection of books on display in the 3000 level hallway.  Read more about aspects of African American culture and attend some of the events on campus.

These print books are available to be checked out, but there are full online encyclopedias of African American Culture and History available at your fingertips.

  • American Cocktail: A “colored Girl” in the World
  • Reynolds, Anita Thompson Dickinson, 1901-1980.
  • E185.97.R49 A3 2014
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  • American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction
  • Williams, Heather Andrea.
  • E441 .W723 2014
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  • Black Revolution on Campus
  • Biondi, Martha,
  • LC2781 .B38 2012
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  • Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth
  • E185.86 .C978 2015
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  • Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement
  • Anderson, Devery S.
  • HV6465.M7 A63 2015
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  • Fear Of a Hip-hop Planet: America’s New Dilemma
  • Jones, D. Marvin.
  • E185.86 .J647 2013
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  • Forgotten Sisterhood: Pioneering Black Women Educators and Activists in the Jim Crow South
  • McCluskey, Audrey T.
  • LA2311 .M33 2014x
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  • Hip Hop Movement: From R & B and the Civil Rights Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Generation
  • Rabaka, Reiland, 1972-
  • ML3479 .R28 2013
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  • Joe, the Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend
  • Jackson, Ron, 1966-
  • F390.J64 J33 2015
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  • Later Novels
  • Baldwin, James, 1924-1987,
  • PS3552.A45 A6 2015x
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  • Lines Of Descent: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence Of Identity
  • Appiah, Anthony.
  • LB875.D83 A67 2014
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  • Loneliness Of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit Of Power
  • Wright Rigueur, Leah, 1981-
  • E185.615 .W795 2015
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  • Oberlin, Hotbed Of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America
  • Morris, J. Brent,
  • F499.O2 M67 2014
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  • On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution Of Cultural Freedom
  • McNally, Dennis,
  • ML3479 .M36 2014
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  • Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography Of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American
  • Stauffer, John, 1965-
  • E449.D75 S733 2015
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Black History media materials on display at Booth

February is African American History Month and in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and in anticipation of the featured history month, Booth media staff have curated a list of relevant DVDs from our rich film collections.

Learn more about the month at the official websitewebsite banner image





12 Years a Slave

  • Between Two Rivers Struggle for Civil Rights in Small-town America
  • F549.C2 B48 2012x .DVD
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  • Black History a Retrospective
  • E185 .B53 2009x .DVD
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  • Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: A Documentary in 9 Chapters
  • E185.615 .B5468 2011x .DVD
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  • Brother Outsider the Life Of Bayard Rustin
  • E185.97.R93 B76 2002x .DVD
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  • Civil Rights Martyrs Free at Last
  • E185.61 C58 2003x .DVD
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  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a Historical Perspective
  • E185.97.K5 D7 2002x .DVD
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  • For Love Of Liberty the Story Of America’s Black Patriots
  • E185.63 .F67x 2009 .DVD
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  • Irresistible Vision Mandela and the End Of Apartheid.
  • DT1949.M35 I7 2004x .DVD
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  • King Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man
  • E185.97.K5 K565 2008x .DVD
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  • Martin Luther King “i Have a Dream.”
  • E185.97.K5 M36x 2005 .DVD
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  • Martin’s Big Words the Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. –and More Stories from the African-american Tradition
  • E185.96 .M37x 2005 .DVD
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  • Separate but Not Equal the Stories Behind Brown V. Board Of Education.
  • KF4155 .S47 2004x .DVD
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  • Seven Songs for Malcolm X
  • BP223.Z8 L5774x 2010 .DVD
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  • Slavery and the Making Of America
  • E441 .S523 2005x .DVD
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  •  Slavery and the Making Of America
  • E441 .S523 2005x .DVD
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  • Slavery and the Making Of America
  • E441 .S523 2005x .DVD
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  • Slavery and the Making Of America
  • E441 .S523 2005x .DVD
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Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence Of a People

  • Unforgivable Blackness the Rise and Fall Of Jack Johnson
  • GV1132.J64 U64 2005x .DVD
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  • Unforgivable Blackness the Rise and Fall Of Jack Johnson
  • GV1132.J6 U54 2005x .DVD
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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month



May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

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All through the month of April, EIU is celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month,–a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States–with an offering of lectures, field trips, conferences, and films that explore the meaning and context of Asian culture in the United States and worldwide.
Booth Library has several materials that explore diverse perspectives and ideas about Asian-Pacific American heritage.  Check out the following materials below and help us celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month!

DVD’s (located on the 4000 level of Booth Library)

Yŏnp’ung yŏn’ga = Love Wind, Love Song (1999)

PN1997 .L687x .DVD

A Korean drama about a man and woman who meet one day while chasing a pickpocket at the airport and develop feelings for each other.

Island of Temples (1973) 
M1824.I53 I85x .DVD

Filmed in Bali, this folk-music documentary illustrates the day-to-day life of the islanders, their folk songs, Gamelan orchestras and dance-dramas. The temple is the focal point of each village, where the villagers gather for religious ceremonies as well as for music and dance.

DVD cover imageOnce Were Warriors (2002) 
PN1997 .O634x DVD

In a poor suburb of Auckland, Jake and Beth Heke live a life defined by drunken parties, unstable friendships, and confrontations with authorities. Jake, a complex man with a rascal’s charm, is weighted down by a quick temper, alcoholism, and an evil streak of male entitlement. Beth’s beauty has been scarred by broken dreams and Jake’s beefy fists. Yet her inner strength and desire to save her family make her the solid center around which this story of tragedy and hope is constructed. more

Khamosh pani = Silent Waters (2004)
PN1997 .K5125x .DVD
Set in Pakistan, in 1979, as the country begins embracing Islamic nationalism. Widowed Ayesha lives in Charkhi, Punjab with her son Saleem, who is one of those caught up in the new fundamentalist teachings. As Saleem and his friends attempt to enforce their beliefs on the local community the situation is made even more difficult by the arrival of Sikh pilgrims. 2005 award winning film from the Association of Asian Studies Film Festival (in Panjabi and Urdu with English subtitles).

Tasŏt kae ŭi sisŏn = If You Were Me 2
PN1995.9.D6 T376 2007x .DVD
A collection of Korean short films from the Korean Film Council. In Korean with subtitles in Korean, English, French or Spanish

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
PN1997 .C789x .DVD
Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocratic woman prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face-to-face with their worst enemy, and the enduring power of love.

Yi Yi = A One and a Two …
PN1997 .Y552x .DVD
Originally released in 2000. Three generations of a middle-class Taiwanese family living in modern Taipei have their personal problems – failing business, lost love, endangered health, and more – to deal with in Edward Yang’s nicely observed slice-of-life drama. Filmed with a static camera and edited in an unhurried rhythm, this intimate story unfolds over the course of a year that begins with a wedding and ends with a funeral.

Current Affairs: The Middle East

Rethinking a Middle East in Transition

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Armies and State-Building in the Modern Middle East: Politics, Nationalism and Military Reform
UA832 .C76 2014x

The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East
DS36.7 .T45 2013x

The Iraq Effect: The Middle East After the Iraq War
DS63.2.U5 I73 2010

 The Past: War and Conflict

The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
DS919 .H35 2007

Hiroshima, Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath
D767.25.H6 H334 2014

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Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering: Japan in the Modern World
DS889.15 .D69 2012

Escaping the Khmer Rouge : A Cambodian Memoir

DS554.83.P4 A3 2008

Freeing Tibet: 50 Years of Struggle, Resilience, and Hope

DS786 .R568 2009

In country: Remembering the Vietnam War
DS558 .I74 2011

Culture: Poetry and Literature

Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary 
South Asian American Poetry
PS591.S68 I53 2010

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Quiet Fire: A Historical Anthology of Asian American Poetry, 1892-1970
PS591.A76 Q75 1996x

Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing
PS508.A8 B65 2001

Modern South Asian Literature in English
PR9484.6 .B75 2003

The Canon in Southeast Asian Literatures: Literatures of
Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

PL3508.O5 C36 2000


Additional Materials

On  the national scale “the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.” from the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month website

In the Spring of 2014 Booth Library received a grant to present a programming series titled “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys“.  The library used this grant to purchase several books on diverse topics about Muslims in the United States and around the world.  The items purchased from this grant can be viewed on page 16 of the programming booklet.

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