Booth Library adds 821 new titles in September

During the month of September, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 821 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 klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have questions.

Post expires at 9:36am on Monday November 17th, 2014

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 Nov. 1, 8 and 15. 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 15th, 2014

Community members: Booth Library is for you, too!

Booth Library offers a number of services for community patrons. To get a community borrower card you must be 18 or older and a resident of Illinois. Bring a photo ID with a current address to Booth Library’s Circulation Desk and ask to fill out an application. Once your card arrives in the mail you will be able to check out materials.

Community borrowers will not be able to check out any materials until they receive their card by mail. To check out items you must present your ID card and a valid photo ID. Exceptions will be made for Lake Land College students, who can receive their card immediately if they have their Lake Land ID card.

Community patrons are welcome to use any of Booth Library’s databases, online magazines, journals and newspapers inside the library. Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot offer access to these resources from outside the library to those who are not affiliated with EIU. Community borrowers are also not given interlibrary loan privileges; however, they are welcome to use MyMedia Mall to download audio and electronic books.

Loan periods for community members are as follows: books, government documents and children’s materials, four weeks; current periodicals, one day; bound periodicals, one week; current best sellers, one week; DVDs and VHS, three days; and CDs/LPs, one week.

For more information contact the circulation department at 581-6071.

Post expires at 1:46pm on Tuesday December 9th, 2014

Stories from Vietnam to be shared

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A reluctant Vietnam soldier’s collection of short stories inspired by his war experience will be presented as part of Booth Library’s series, “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.”

The book “Nam: Things That Weren’t True and Other Stories, Some Funny – Some Sad,” by Robert McGowan, deals with themes such as going into war, injuries, loss, guilt and innocence, and homecomings.

Most Vietnam literature was written during or shortly after the war, but this collection came much later, written during the decade of the 2000s as a reflection, after many years, on the events that changed – or ended – the lives of many Americans in the 1960s, and on the personal costs, yet ongoing, of that war.

“I chose to present these stories, dealing with one of the major upheavals of the 1960s, out of respect and affection for their author, Robert McGowan,” said John Whisler, a Booth Library faculty member who worked with McGowan at the Memphis Public Library.

Whisler will read excerpts from 10 of McGowan’s 37 short stories during his presentation at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 in Witters Conference Room 4440 of Booth Library. The public is welcome to attend.

Other programs coming up in the “Revolutionary Decade” series:

-  Film screening: “Free Radicals: An Exploration of Experimental Film,” 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library. David Gracon, assistant professor of communication studies, will lead this screening and discussion about experimental film from the 1960s and beyond.

- Panel discussion: “Looking Toward the Future: Math and Science Curricula in the 1960s,” 3 p.m. Oct. 16, Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library. The presentation will focus on significant changes in math and science school curricula during the ‘60s, including “new math,” the creation of NASA and a new focus on the environment.

Panelists will be Peter Andrews, chair of the mathematics and computer science department; Steve Daniels, chair of the physics department; Katie Lewandowski, assistant professor of geology; Dave Linton, instructor of physics and astronomy; and Peter Wiles, associate professor of math.

All events are free and open to the public.

Post expires at 5:54pm on Thursday October 16th, 2014

Try It! Illinois Statewide Database Trial

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 will be prompted to enter your EIU NetID and password to access Try It! Illinois from EIU. To access Try It!, log in here.

Post expires at 1:18am on Monday December 1st, 2014

1960s fashion, music and dance featured at Extravaganza

The Eastern Illinois University campus and Coles County community members are invited to take a step back in time and experience the fashion and music of the 1960s during Extravaganza of 1960s Fashion, Music and Dance! The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

“We want this to be a fun night for all generations, whether you lived through the ‘60s yourself, or your parents or grandparents did,” said Allen Lanham, dean of library services at Booth Library. “We’ll have demonstrations featuring dances such as the ‘mashed potato’ and the ‘twist,’ fashion representing everything from Jackie O. to flower children – and all of it will be set to the iconic tunes of the 1960s.”

Attendees are invited to participate by dressing up as their favorite 1960s personalities – whether that be Jimi Hendrix, JFK, the Beatles or the Brady Bunch. A costume show is planned, and prizes will be awarded. All ages are invited to participate.

Those who would like to participate in the costume contest must sign up in advance by emailing the entrant’s name and costume idea to library@eiu.edu or call 581-6061. Both individuals and groups are encouraged to participate.

Members of Couture Models, an EIU registered student organization, will provide a special fashion and dance presentation. WEIU Radio will provide the music for the evening, and the EIU departments of theatre arts and kinesiology and sports studies will help coordinate the activities.

This program is part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.” For a complete schedule of events, visit the program website at www.library.eiu.edu/exhibits/1960s/. All events are free and open to the public.

Post expires at 7:31pm on Thursday October 9th, 2014

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 klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have questions.

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

‘The Spirit of Motown’ offered Sunday

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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 atwww.library.eiu.edu/exhibits/1960s/. All events are free and open to the public.

Post expires at 4:39am on Sunday September 14th, 2014

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 Wednesday September 17th, 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 jsbrantley@eiu.edu or 581-7542.

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