Booth Library adds 686 new titles in August

During August, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 686 new items. The list can be viewed here. 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 if you have questions.

Post expires at 4:00pm on Friday October 3rd, 2014

‘The Spirit of Motown’ offered Sunday


Booth Library will offer a look at 1960s music during “The Spirit of Motown,” which will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium. The program will be presented by José Sandoval, Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

In the early ’60s, Detroit was Motown U.S.A. and the automobile capital of the world. In 1959, Motown records founder, Berry Gordy, gathered the best musicians from Detroit’s thriving jazz and blues scene to form his studio band, the Funk Brothers. Together, they played on Motown hits such as “My Girl,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Just My Imagination,” “Baby Love,” “The Tears of a Clown” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The sound they created bridged racial divides and produced more number one hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and The Beatles combined. This program allows the audience to experience the sounds of Motown and discover the story behind the legend.

José Sandoval is a performing musician and music educator. He started studying the violin at age two with Betty Haag’s Suzuki Academy. At age four, he began studying classical piano with Radcliffe graduate Carol Stein. In high school, Sandoval began his jazz piano training and continued to study jazz and classical piano with professors from Harvard University, Berklee School of Music, New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music of Bard College. Sandoval graduated cum laude with a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University in 2002.

Currently, Sandoval is an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Speaker, teaches private piano lessons and is a science instructor for the Center for Gifted in Glenview, IL. He performs regularly with many different bands in Chicago. This winter, he will complete an M.A. in teaching secondary science education from National Louis University.

“The Spirit of Motown” was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. This program is part of the library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.” For a complete schedule of events, visit the program website All events are free and open to the public.

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Fall Book Sale planned Sept. 17

Booth Library will host a fall book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 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 sale. 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 back here, or find Booth Library on Facebook or Twitter.

Post expires at 9:49am on Thursday September 18th, 2014

Library to feature reference, government documents collections

Booth Library is proud to launch two new information services to Eastern Illinois University students, staff and faculty. The library’s Reference Services and Government Documents collections will be highlighted through these online sources.

Reference librarians at Booth Library will regularly post reviews of reference resources, booklists, “virtual displays” and other information pieces that showcase the resources and research available at Booth Library. You can find Reference News linked from the Reference pages of the Booth Library website here, or from its home page here.

“Govnews” will share interesting and topical stories featuring government information found in the Booth Library Government Documents collections. We hope this service will enhance the knowledge of our patrons and assist them with finding important and often hard-to-find Illinois state and federal government information. Links to this new resource can be found on the reference pages and the government information pages of the Booth Library website, or at its home page here.

These resources also will be highlighted through the library’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. For more information on reference and government resources, contact Steve Brantley, head of Reference Services, at or 581-7542.

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All invited to Booth Library Open House

Booth Library invites all students, faculty and staff to an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to stop by for free ice cream and other treats. Play a trivia game for a chance to win books, note pads, print cards, cups, pencils, bags, EIU clothing and memorabilia, and more.

“This will be a fun event to welcome students to the library,” said Janice Derr, reference librarian. “We want students to get to know the library staff. We’re here to help.”

As part of the fun, a green screen will be set up so that staff, students and their friends can pose to create their very own “Read” poster. The finished poster will be sent digitally to the patron following the event.

Most activities will take place in the West Reading Room, in the northwest corner of the library’s main (third) floor. Tours will be offered beginning every half-hour from the Marvin Foyer on the north end of the building. All open house activities are free.

For more information, call the library reference desk at 581-6072 or find Booth Library on Facebook or Twitter.

Post expires at 4:24pm on Thursday September 4th, 2014

Booth wins Library Innovative Award

Booth Library is the recipient of the 2014 Illinois Library Association Demco Library Innovative Award. This award recognizes a library’s achievement in planning and implementing an innovative or creative program or service that has had a measurable impact on its users. The award is sponsored by Demco, one of the nation’s leaders for library supplies.

The Demco Library Innovative Award will be presented at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference Awards Luncheon at noon Oct. 14 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

Using the model of inclusivity, Booth Library in 2013 developed a creative series of programs that expanded the reach of a national grant far beyond the walls of the library. “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association and Tribeca Film Institute, supported a film series focusing on varied genres.

However, library staff saw the opportunity to both educate and entertain the larger area community through a wide variety of unique programming offered both on the EIU campus and in six communities in the region.

The grant provided a major outreach opportunity for Booth Library to unite six regional public library audiences with students, faculty and other community members interested in exploring American music, history and culture. The participating public libraries were in the communities of Danville, Decatur, Robinson, Shelbyville, Paris and Marshall.

The “America’s Music” series creatively engaged members of the library’s targeted audience to directly participate in programming rather than simply being observers. More than 20 amateur and professional musicians from the community performed. Nearly 30 EIU faculty members also performed, gave lectures and led discussions.

In addition, almost 80 EIU students shared their talents by talking about their research; curating exhibits; playing, singing and dancing to blues, gospel, Broadway and jazz music; and producing the opening and closing programs. Finally, an overnight mini-camp brought nine talented vocalists form area high schools to campus to learn, rehearse and perform Broadway numbers in the closing concert.

In a letter of support, Nancy K. Claypool, library director of the Marshall Public Library, said: “The Marshall community is rural and low-income…When free events such as these occur in the community, it is often the only opportunity to see and learn about things other than the life they know here…This program broke down the barriers, for one terrific evening, that so many people encounter on an everyday basis.”

The program allowed the library to promote the humanities in the region and enrich rural and small-town life. As noted in the nomination: “With so many rural areas left with meager or no school programs in art, music and film, this program allowed us to stimulate both students and adults to recognize the benefits of education in the arts and humanities.”

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Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s


Area residents are encouraged to take a step back in time and experience “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.” Booth Library will sponsor this exhibit and program series looking at what is arguably one of the most turbulent and eventful decades of the 20th century.

“’Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s’ is the latest event in our ongoing mission to engage the local community in thinking collectively on a selected theme,” said Allen Lanham, dean of library services. “The subject of the 1960s was chosen at this time because we are currently in the 50-year anniversary decade of that eventful era. We hope to provide an in-depth look at the major issues and accomplishments of that time not only as a lesson in history, but in order to reflect on how these events still affect us today.”

The series kicked off with an opening Sept. 9 in the library’s West Reading Room and will continue through Nov. 20. The opening featured a keynote address by Edmund Wehrle, professor of history, titled “’No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings’: John F. Kennedy and the Spirit of the 1960s.”

The program series will continue with a look at early ‘60s music during “The Spirit of Motown,” a free program that will be presented at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium, EIU. Illinois Humanities Council speaker Jose Sandoval will present the music and story behind Motown records and the city of Detroit, known as Motown U.S.A.

An Extravaganza of 1960s Fashion, Music and Dance will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite 1960s personalities, watch a runway fashion show accompanied by popular music of the decade and participate in a ‘60s dance lesson.

The program series includes a full schedule of lectures, film screenings, musical performances and panel discussions on a variety of topics that look at the achievements, tragedies, triumphs, extraordinary personalities, and everyday lives of average people in the 1960s. Many of Eastern’s faculty and students will be featured speakers and presenters.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the program website at All events are free and open to the public.

In addition to programming, Booth Library is filled with exhibits exploring numerous aspects of this fascinating decade as Americans experienced it — including developments in the worlds of music, literature, visual arts, science and technology, politics, and social movements.

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Find out how Booth Library can help you – take a building 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 five 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 at 10 a.m., 1, 3 and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 26.

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, visit the website,; call 581-6072; or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

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Library honored for presenting informational and varied exhibits

Booth Library has a history of hosting traveling exhibits from the American Library Association, National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Library of Medicine. Topics have ranged from the life of Queen Elizabeth I to Harry Potter to our award-winning Frankenstein exhibit.

Library staff has also created many of its own major exhibitions, including Teachers Tame the Prairie and Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s. Other grant-funded programs, including America’s Music and Muslim Journeys, have earned national recognition.

Faculty and students from throughout campus are encouraged to participate in our exhibit and program series. Stay tuned for updates and ways to get involved in future programming.

Story times offered at Booth Library

A series of free story times for children is planned in the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend the story times from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 20 and 27, Oct. 4 and 11 and Nov. 1 and 8. 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, call 581-8442.

Post expires at 12:00pm on Saturday November 8th, 2014