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2007 News

  • Over 4,000 DVDs Available for Check Out

    Booth Library has an extensive collection of DVDs and video cassettes available for check out. Classic and current films, as well as documentaries, foreign films, and music DVDs are ready for you to take home and enjoy.
  • Library Tours

    Booth Library is offering free general library tours three times each week through February 28, 2007. To participate in a tour, meet in the Marvin (north) Foyer Mondays at 6 p.m., Tuesdays at 11 a.m., or Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Registration is not required for these tours.
  • 2,560 New Titles in December

    During the month of December, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 2,560 new print titles. A list of these titles may be reached through the following direct link: http://www.library.eiu.edu/newtitles/, or start on Booth's home page (http://www.library.eiu.edu/), click on Books, Videos and More, and choose the New Title List link from that page. The list is arranged by location: Ballenger Teachers' Center, Books, Electronic Resources, Illinois and Federal Documents, Maps, Media, Reference Collection, Special Collections and University Archives. The titles are listed by call number within each location. Please contact Karen Whisler, head of Collection Development, at 581-7551 or klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have any questions.
  • Living the Dream: Decades of Achievement by African Americans

    This exhibit is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his birthday celebration, and will be on display throughout January. Created by curator Johnson Kofi Kuma and graphic artists Bev Cruse and Jonathan Crask.
  • African American Literature Exhibit

    Reference Hall. On display throughout January. This exhibit consists of a selection of works by African American authors.
  • Gerald Ford and His 1974 Visit to Eastern

    President Ford gave a speech in Lantz Gym in front of a large crowd, and it was apparently one of the highlights of Eastern's Diamond Jubilee Celebration. This exhibit, featured on the Channel 3 News, will be on display throughout January. Curator: Robert Hillman, university archivist.
  • Library Luncheon Exhibit

    This exhibit brings together commemorative plates and other table service items honoring selected university and public libraries in Illinois. These items are from the Special Collections of Booth Library.
  • Farm Life Exhibit Coming to Booth

    In the Spring semester, Booth Library will host a national traveling exhibition entitled Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors. The month long exhibition will open the week of February 5, 2007 and close the week of March 5. It has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
  • Tax Forms

    Copies of all major federal and Illinois state tax forms and booklets are available in the Reference Area of the library. Additional specialized forms are available for photocopying and online. Links to online tax forms are available on the library website.
  • New Biological Sciences Database

    The library now has access to the Zoological Record index online. It covers the time period 1978-present. Records cover every aspect of zoology, including biochemistry, behavior, ecology evolution, genetics, and so forth. The database professional journals, magazines, newsletters, monographs, books, reviews, and conference proceedings. You can find Zoological Record on the biological sciences subject page as well as the bottom of the list of all databases.
  • Booth Library Storytime

    The Ballenger Teacher's Center at Booth Library is once again holding children's storytimes at 10 a.m. Saturdays through March 3 for children ages 3 to 7 and accompanied by parents.
  • Library Exhibit: The Africans

    "The Africans: Focus on Ghana -- the Land of Gold, Cocoa and Kente," an exhibit recently added to commemorate EIU's African-American Heritage Month celebration, will be on display in the South Lobby throughout the month of February. The curator is Johnson Kofi Kuma and graphic artists are Bev Cruse and Jonathan Crask.
  • Free downloads from MyMediaMall

    Download digital audiobooks, eBooks, and short videos to your desktop, PDA, or favorite (non-Ipod) MP3 player! MyMediaMall brings popular novels, classic works from Shakespeare to Twain, and nonfiction titles in business, travel, history, self-help, and many more subjects to directly to you.
  • Spring Film Series

    Booth Library's film series continues this semester with independent films from Film Movement. Follow the link above for a schedule of upcoming presentations. Next year's film series will focus on documentaries on timely and thought-provoking topics.
  • Steinbeck's Sharecroppers and Cornbelt Entrepreneurs

    On Monday, February 12, history professor Dr. Debra Reid delivered this one hour presentation and discussion. A full description can be found on the "Scheduled Activities" page.
  • Farm Life Exhibition Introductory Remarks

    On Wednesday, February 7, the Farm Life exhibit officially opened with introductory remarks by Dean Lanham and distinguished guests. Certificates were awarded to the many people who worked to make this Booth Library exhibition possible.
  • The Influence of The Sears Catalogue on the Rural Household

    Dr. Pat McCallister gave this presentation on February 27. Portions of a video entitled Mr. Sears' catalogue were also shown. This video is available at the library.
  • Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families & Their Neighbors

    Booth Library will host a national traveling exhibition entitled Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors. The month long exhibition will open the week of February 5, 2007 and close the week of March 5. It has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
  • The Influence of The Sears Catalogue on the Rural Household

    This event will be held Tuesday, February 27, 10:00 a.m. in the Booth Library Conference Room 4440. How did the Sears and Roebuck Catalogue revolutionize American consumerism at the turn of the century during the golden age of rural America? The impact of mail home delivery (development of Rural Free Delivery), railroads, and increasing literacy led to the success of mail order catalogs. Deliveries ranged from houses, many of which are still lived in today, to medical devices and how the catalogue impacted the local economy and the social “scene” of rural America. Presented by Pat McCallister, associate professor of family and consumer sciences
  • Nostalgia and Uses of the Past in Back-to-the-Land Frontiering Narratives, 1970 – 1990

    This event will be held Wednesday, February 28, 3:00 p.m. in the Booth Library Conference Room 4440. My interest in how people engage with the project of “going back to the land” as “new pioneers” centers on uses of the past to configure the present. More than mere nostalgia for a bygone “simple life” (though the simple life as ideal figures prominently among new pioneers) I explore how narratives about frontiering in back to the land publications rely on a mythical past to constitute and to represent the meaning of “now” for the many people who are part of a resurgence in urban to rural migration. Narratives about frontiering are narratives about rejecting urban life and embracing a rural life wherein farming, animal husbandry, home production of most necessities, and traditional forms of entertainment make the simple life an extraordinarily good life. That good life melds imaginative representations of the past with the practicalities of the present in ways that complicate our understanding of the role of nostalgia for contemporary back to the landers. Presented by M. E. (Gene) Deerman, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology
  • Diet, Health and Physical Activity Out on the Farm: Taking a Look Back in Time to Compare the Years

    This event will be held Monday, March 5, 4:00 p.m. in the Booth Library Conference Room 4440. Were the good old days really that good? Or, is today’s world of convenience, technology, automation and fast food carry outs better? In this session we will take a look at the life of farm families and how things have changed over the years. Are the changes good, bad, or neutral? Join us for this information session as we compare how life on the farm has evolved over the years. Presented by Karla Kennedy-Hagan, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences.
  • Migrant Children’s Education During the Dust Bowl

    This event will be held Tuesday, March 6, 4:00 p.m. in the Booth Library Conference Room 4440. A presentation about migrant children’s education during the Dust Bowl, focusing on digital primary source materi­als, websites, and children’s literature about the Dust Bowl. The presentation is based on Dr. Fero’s current research on social studies and technology integration. The digital primary sources will be displayed via PowerPoint, along with open-ended questions about the images on the slides. This will be an interactive presentation, with questions being brainstormed and discussed by the audience and presenter. The rationale for this type of classroom activity is based on research that indicates the diminishing place of the social studies in the elementary curriculum in K-12 schools. This appears to be the result of high-stakes testing in reading and math instituted by the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act. It is hoped that the use of digital primary source lessons, units, etc., will entice inservice teachers to not “leave behind” the social studies as a vital curriculum in their classrooms. Presented by Marie Fero, assistant professor of early childhood, elementary, and middle level education
  • Power Outage - No Web Service Saturday and Sunday 3/10-3/11

    EIU and Booth Library web sites will be unavailable on Saturday, March 10th while the power is off for scheduled maintenance. The electricians are predicting that the generator controlling the web sites should be back on by 11:00 am that day. On Sunday March 11th, the library, as well as the rest of campus, will be without power and the library web site unavailable from approximately 6:30 am until 4:00 pm. Off-campus access to most electronic resources will be unavailable during the power outage.
  • Immigrant Women Exhibit in North Lobby

    "Immigrant Women" is an exhibit of items contributed by women in the Charleston/EIU community to draw attention to the cultural diversity of East Central Illinois. The exhibit is part of Women's Studies' Women's History and Awareness Month celebration, which this year has a special focus on the experiences of immigrant women, past and present. The goal is to highlight the particular issues immigrant women face in contemporary American society as well as to celebrate the cultural and social contributions made by women from other parts of the world. This exhibit was organized by Sace Elder, History, and Kiran Padmaraju, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Education. Special thanks to Stacey Knight-Davis and Bev Cruse.
  • Immigrant Women Writers Exhibit

    Immigrant Women Writers is also part of Women's Studies' Women's History and Awareness Month celebration of immigrant women. The exhibit highlights the writings of women from diverse backgrounds in a variety of genres and disciplines. This exhibit is organized by Robin Murray, English, and Sace Elder, History, with special thanks to Bev Cruse and Stacey Knight-Davis.
  • "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes"

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Service (SACIS), located in Lawson Hall, would like for you to take a moment and view the display in the South Lobby of Booth Library. The display contains shoes, poetry and startling facts in reference to Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse. The shoes in this exhibit were created by, and represent, the thoughts and feelings of victims of sexual assault/abuse and their significant others (parents, spouses, friends, etc.). Many of the shoes represent the pain and anguish experienced following the abuse, while others represent a state of empowerment as survivors attempt to "take back their lives". For more information, please contact the SACIS office at 348-5033.
  • Community Reading Project

    The Service Learning Committee of Jefferson Elementary School knows that reading is important and so is our community. They have placed several free copies of “Edwina Victorious” in Booth Library’s Ballenger Teachers Center. They are challenging the community to read it, love it, share it, and pass it on. The idea is to read the book, and then share it with someone else­in the hope that after reading the book you will be inspired to help your community out in some way. This challenge is offered through May 2007.
  • The Grapes of Wrath Book Discussion

    Booth Library is hosting One Book, One University events during National Library Week, April 15-21, 2007. Everyone is invited to join in the discussion. The book chosen for this year's program was John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. The discussion leaders for the One Book, One University events will be Dr. Michael Loudon, Professor of English, and Eun-Young Lim, a graduate student in English, whose Master's thesis is entitled, "The Philosophical Quest of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath." The first session will be held on Monday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m., and the second session will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. in Booth Library's Conference Room 4440.
  • Periodical Review List Available

    The lists of proposed cancellations of periodical and standing order subscriptions has been compiled for campus review. The Periodical and Standing Order Review is an annual exercise designed to ensure that library collections continue to meet the needs of library users. Questions about the review can be addressed to the Reference Desk (581-6072) or individual subject librarians.
  • The Grapes of Wrath Book Discussion

    Booth Library is hosting One Book, One University events during National Library Week, April 15-21, 2007. Everyone is invited to join in the discussion. The book chosen for this year's program was John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. The discussion leaders for the One Book, One University events will be Dr. Michael Loudon, Professor of English, and Eun-Young Lim, a graduate student in English, whose Master's thesis is entitled, "The Philosophical Quest of Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath." The session will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. in Booth Library's Conference Room 4440.
  • Annual Library Book Sale

    Booth Library will be holding its annual book sale in celebration of National Library Week on Wednesday, April 18th from 9:00 - 4:00 on the Library Quad. The proceeds from the sale of donated items are used to enhance library services and collections.
  • Library Honors President Hencken

    Booth Library will conclude National Library Week festivities with the unveiling of an exhibit honoring Lou Hencken, Eastern’s ninth president to serve, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library. The Library will also be documenting President Hencken signing his READ poster, an event to be held in the University Archives. The exhibit will run through June 30, 2007. A reception will follow.
  • Grapes of Wrath Exhibit

    This new exhibit, located in the Marvin Foyer, is part of the campus-wide One Book, One University program. The exhibit highlights the novel and biographical information on John Steinbeck, and will be on display through the month of May. Organized by Janice Derr.
  • Booth wins ACRL Award

    Booth Library has won the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Best Practices in Marketing @ your library Award. The award was presented at the ACRL 13th National Conference in Baltimore, during the keynote luncheon on Friday, March 30, 2007. Allen Lanham, Dean of Library Services, and three other faculty members from Booth Library were available to accept the award. The award recognizes academic and research libraries that demonstrate an outstanding best practices marketing program. Booth Library’s staff created a unique program to promote the library as a cultural center. The EIU marketing plan capitalized on the traveling exhibit, “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature.” The Library engaged a variety of stakeholders to invest in the initiative and to assist in crafting and delivering its message to on and off campus communities. More than a dozen public and private agencies assisted in developing strategies to shape the message, as well as building awareness and interest. Among the results of this program was the fact that more than 80,000 people were exposed to the successful best practices initiative during the program’s life span. The marketing plan also insured that over 40 scholars and almost 100 students from campus and area public schools were either presenters or participants.
  • President Hencken Exhibit

    President Hencken is being honored with an exhibit depicting events in his career at Eastern, from his student days in the 1960s, through his days as Housing Director, Vice President for Student Affairs, and President. Consisting of images, yearbooks, other university publications, newspaper articles and interesting memorabilia, the exhibit is on display in the Marvin Foyer, now through June 30.
  • Extended Hours for Finals

    The Library will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, April 28. Regular hours are in place for the remainder of finals week. On Sunday, April 29, we will be open from noon to 1:00 am. Monday through Thursday the Library will be open from 8:00 am to 1:00 am.
  • Good luck with finals!

    Take a study break at the library this Tuesday, May 1. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served at 8:00pm.
  • Quiet Study Area

    Looking for a quiet place to study? The second floor of Booth Library is a designated quiet study area. Study tables, computers, and internet and power connections for laptops are available in the quiet study area.
  • Ask?Away Illinois Awareness Week May 7-11

    Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging Internet users who have not tried the free, innovative Ask?Away Illinois 24/7 virtual reference program to log on to the site during Ask?Away Illinois Awareness Week May 7-11. “Ask?Away Illinois has been a remarkable success since the Illinois State Library launched this new initiative a little more than one year ago,” White said. “Internet users are discovering the wonderful benefits of having access to qualified reference librarians anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students with questions regarding their homework, consumers with questions about products, even partygoers seeking answers to trivia questions can log on to Ask?Away Illinois and get accurate information night and day. “People want and need reliable information and answers. Librarians are trained information professionals, and their expertise is now available beyond a library’s daily operating hours. Virtual reference programs like Ask?Away Illinois are truly revolutionizing the way people are receiving information.” EIU students, faculty and staff can find Ask?Away at http://www.library.eiu.edu/askaway. Since the program was launched in April, 2006, more than 23,000 users have used AskAway to get answers to their questions. The most recent available statistics for March, 2007 show 230 participating Illinois libraries responded to 737 email questions and took part in 2880 chat sessions. Questions may be posed to librarians in both English and Spanish. Ask?Away is staffed by the 24/7 Reference Consortium, a group of hundreds of libraries across the country and around the world that work together to provide the service. Illinois librarians contribute time to the consortium, and residents benefit from the expanded service. Libraries already provide many services that users can access from outside of the physical library building, including online library catalogs, full-text of magazines, newspapers, books and other online resources. AskAway is another way of expanding the services that libraries already provide. “The Internet can be a difficult thing to navigate, and information can be hard to find,” said Secretary White. “Sometimes the information a user needs is only available from a library resource. Thanks to AskAway, experienced librarians help users easily locate and evaluate the information they are seeking. Ask?Away is all about getting help wherever you are, whenever you need it.”
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 2,028 titles added in April, follow the link above.
  • Booth Library has new technology resources for our patrons to use

    The following new resources are available from the Library Technology Services desk on the 4000 level. Booth library now offers four Laptop computers with Microsoft Windows XP, 15” wide-screen monitors, and wireless Internet access. Laptops are available on a 4-hour checkout basis and are for use inside the library only. Four Canon Digital Photo Cameras with 6-megapixel resolution are also available. Cameras can be checked out overnight and are due back at noon the day after checkout. For audiobook enthusiasts, we have four MP3 players that are compatible with MyMediaMall. Audiobooks may be added to the players while in the library or at the patron’s home. Access to the Booth library website and MyMediaMall is required to download audiobooks. The MP3 players are available for one week checkout.
  • Summer Library Workshops

    Workshops on Microsoft Office, creating Web pages, Zimbra, and a Microsoft Office 2007 demonstration will be offered this summer. See the workshop schedule for a full list of available workshops. Advance registration is required to participate.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,784 titles added in May please see the complete May New Titles list.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,592 titles added in June please see the complete New Titles list.
  • Passport to the World @ Booth Library

    Explore Booth Library by taking trip at the Passport to the World event. This self-guided tour is designed to introduce you to key locations and services within the library. To begin your travels, you will receive a passport and travel brochure as you enter the building. On your journey, stop at each service desk to get your passport stamped. Throughout your trip you'll learn about the library and its collections and services. Each destination will provide useful information for a successful first year experience. After you complete your journey, turn in your stamped passport to be entered into a drawing for an iPod shuffle and gift certificates from area businesses.
  • Library orientation tours

    Booth Library is offering library orientation tours between Aug. 20 and Sept. 26. Tours meet in the library's North Foyer at 6 p.m. on Mondays, at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, and at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Sessions last approximately 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend.
  • Film Series: Following Sean

    Thirty years after making a celebrated student short about a four-year-old child of free spirits living in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district at the height of the 1960s, Ralph Arlyck attempts the kind of revelation only documentary film can provide. In Following Sean, he goes in search of the impish, barefoot kid who delighted or horrified audiences, reflecting the hopes and fears of a turbulent, utopian era. In discovering what has become of Sean, Arlyck finds a complex reality — and experiences pure cinematic surprise. As the filmmaker comes to grips with his own midlife conflicts, Following Sean may reveal as much about Arlyck and his generation as it does his subject.
  • Over 5,000 DVDs Available for Check Out

    Booth Library has an extensive collection of DVDs and video cassettes available for check out. Classic and current films, as well as documentaries, foreign films, and music DVDs are ready for you to take home and enjoy.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,843 titles added in August, please see the complete New Titles list.
  • Banned Books Week Display

    Books They Don't Want You To Read is a new exhibit in the Booth Library Marvin Foyer in observance of Banned Books Week, September 29-October 6, 2007. The books on display are a sampling of titles that have been challenged on banned. The exhibit, curated by Jocelyn Tipton, will be or display until early October.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,331 titles added in July please see the complete New Titles list.
  • How well do you know the Constitution?

    How well do you know what this important document says about our rights? In observance of Constitution Day, a new exhibit, in the south lobby of Booth Library, highlights key points and interesting trivia about the United States Constitution. If you want to learn more, the exhibit also provides a sampling of the resources available in the library and encourages you to expand your knowledge and become a constitution expert. The exhibit will remain on display until the end of September.
  • Lowney Handy and the Handy Writer’s Colony

    In conjunction with the Embarrass Valley Film Festival, this exhibit features a collection of James Jones letters and autographed books, photographs, newspaper clippings, movie advertisements, magazine articles and other memorabilia relating to James Jones and the Handy family. Materials on loan from the collection of Patty Shonk. Jeanne Goble, Curator.
  • NoteBooth Library Newsletter

    The September issue of NoteBooth, the library newsletter for EIU faculty is now available on the Booth Library website under the "Library Publications" link. It contains information about new library resources, events, exhibits, etc.
  • Film Series: No Bigger Than a Minute

    Few people ever meet a dwarf face-to-face. In this personal journey, dwarf documentary filmmaker Steven Delano shows first-hand how a genetic mutation marks a person for life. He reveals the isolation of his school age years, his "ludicrous" strategies to fit in, as well as the mixed blessings of dwarfism. In No Bigger Than a Minute, Delano exercises his license of stature and irreverent sense of humor to confront head-on conventional representations and misperceptions about dwarfs. The film includes interviews with rap artist Bushwick Bill, songwriter Randy Newman, an all-dwarf KISS cover band, actors Meredith Eaton and Peter Dinklage, novelist Chet Raymo (author of The Dork of Cork), and filmmaker Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent). Renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog, whose films often feature dwarfs in startling ways, asserts on-camera that dwarfs possess a "radical human dignity." Showing November 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the library conference room (4440).
  • Film Series: Prison Town, USA

    In the 1990s, at the height of the prison-building boom, a prison opened in rural America every 15 days. Prison Town, USA tells the story of Susanville, one California town that tries to resuscitate its economy by building a prison — with unforeseen consequences. Weaving the stories of a laid-off mill worker turned guard, a struggling dairy owner and an inmate's family stranded in Susanville, the film illuminates the legacy of an industry that is transforming rural America. A co-production with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and KQED/Truly California. Showing October 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the library conference room (4440).
  • Collection of World War II Memorabilia

    In conjunction with the Embarras Valley Film Festival's James Jones events in the month of September, Booth Library is pleased to host a collection of uniforms,helmets, and other items carried by American, British and German soldiers in the European and Pacific theaters of WWII. The items are on loan from Dan Crews, WWII collector and publicity / promotion specialist for the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. This display is located in the large exhibit case on the east side of Booth Library's north lobby.
  • World War II and its Aftermath at Eastern

    Exhibits depicting life at Eastern before and after World War II and profiles of students and faculty who contributed to the national effort in that war are on display in the north lobby and Marvin Foyer of Booth Library. Highlights of the exhibit include war heroes Charles B. Hall (the first black fighter pilot to down a Nazi aircraft) and Carlos Ogden, who earned a Congressional Medal of Honor for attacking a German gun emplacement. Dozens of archival photos and other materials depict the lives and accomplishments of Eastern students and faculty during the war. This exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Embarras Valley Film Festival, celebrating the life and works of author James Jones.
  • Try It! Illinois

    Illinois State Library's annual statewide database trial, October 1 through November 30. Try-It! Illinois is open to all Illinois library staffs and Illinois library users. You must have a valid panther card to access Try It! Illinois from EIU. Please see the instructions for more information on accessing the trial.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,098 titles added in September, follow the link above.
  • Film Versions of The Scarlet Letter

    This exhibit highlights five film adaptations of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter. Located in the Marvin Foyer through November. Curators: Janice Derr and Karen Whisler.
  • Nontraditional Student Week Display

    The School of Continuing Education has installed an exhibit to highlight Nontraditional Student Week, which will be celebrated Nov. 12-16 at EIU. Highlighted in the display are selected photographs of some of Eastern's nontraditional students. The exhibit is located in the Marvin Foyer.
  • Eastern's Presidents and Their Inaugurations

    In conjunction with the inauguration of President William Perry, Booth Library has prepared an exhibit featuring pictures of past presidents of Eastern, including documents and artifacts related to their inaugurations. This exhibit is located in the north lobby. Bob Hillman, curator.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the 1,638 titles added in October please see the complete October New Titles list.
  • Library Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday Week

    During the holiday period (as stated in our annual calendar), Booth Library will be closed Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18. The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20. While Booth Library will be closed to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 21, faculty may call the dean’s office at 581-6061 for admission to use the collection. The library will then be closed for the holidays (Nov. 22-24), and will resume normal hours on Sunday, Nov. 25.
  • EIU Online Catalog AVAILABLE Sunday, December 2,

    As of 10:15 AM on November 30, plans have changed the University of Illinois, where the server for the EIU Online Catalog is housed, and all services ARE SCHEDULED TO BE OPERATING on Sunday, December 2. Disregard the earlier message about the system outage. Pease call the Reference Desk at 581-6072 if you have further questions.
  • Native American Heritage Month

    Selected books on Native American language, literature, religion, history, and art from Booth Library's collection are in display in the South Lobby throughout November.
  • Extended Hours for Finals

    The Library will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, December 8. Regular hours are in place for the remainder of finals week. On Sunday, December 10, we will be open from noon to 1:00 am. Monday through Thursday the Library will be open from 8:00 am to 1:00 am.
  • Quiet Study Area

    Looking for a quiet place to study? The second floor of Booth Library is a designated quiet study area. Study tables, computers, and internet and power connections for laptops are available in the quiet study area.
  • Good luck with finals!

    Take a study break at the library Tuesday, December 11. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served at 8:00pm.
  • Holiday Exhibits

    Booth Library celebrates the holiday season with five displays: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Eid-ul-Adha and Winter Solstice Celebrations.

    Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights, is an annual exhibit displayed in Booth Library during this season. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday, beginning on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which this year begins at sundown on Dec. 4. With blessings, games and festive foods, Hanukkah celebrates the triumphs -- both religious and military -- of ancient Jewish heroes. On display in the Reference Hall East until January 2008.

    Symbols of Christmas is an annual exhibit on display in Booth Library during this season by curator Allen Lanham. In America, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25. Decorations commonly found in Christian homes include the Nativity scene and Christmas ornaments. This exhibit will be on display in the Reference Hall East until January 2008.

    Kwanzaa: Celebrating the first fruits of the harvest, is an annual exhibit on display in Booth Library during this season by curator Johnson Kofi Kuma and graphic artists Bev Cruse and Jonathan Crask. Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration by African-Americans in commemoration of their experiences in America. The celebration lasts seven days (from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1). Each day is marked by the lighting of one of the seven candles, followed by prayers, food, music and dancing, reading and telling of stories, and other activities. On display in the Reference Hall West until January 2008.

    Eid-ul-Adha -- History and Origin. Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to the holy city Mecca. Also popularly known as the Festival of Sacrifice, this Muslim holiday commemorates Prophet Abraham's unselfish act of sacrificing his own son Ishmael to the One God, Allah. An exhibit on Eid-ul-Adah, with photos of the Sacred Mosque in Mecca and pictures of Muslims from the local area, will be on display in the Marvin Foyer until January 2008. Special thanks to Murad Sardar for bringing the exhibit together.

    Winter Solstice Celebrations. A bulletin board in the Marvin Foyer displays information on winter solstice celebrations. It includes Yule, celebrated by Wiccans and followers of other traditional and nature-based religions; Dong Zhi, celebrated in China; and the more recent practice of atheist and humanist organizations of holding parties on the solstice. This exhibit will be on display until January 2008.

  • Free downloads from MyMediaMall

    Download digital audiobooks, eBooks, and short videos to your desktop, PDA, or favorite (non-Ipod) MP3 player! MyMediaMall brings popular novels, classic works from Shakespeare to Twain, and nonfiction titles in business, travel, history, self-help, and many more subjects to directly to you.
  • Holiday Hours

    Booth Library will be closed December 28 through January 1. Hours are 8:00am-5:00pm on December 27 and January 2 through January 4.
  • New Books List Updated

    Each month, a list is compiled of new titles added to Booth Library's collection. For detailed information on the new titles added in November please see the complete November New Titles list.