Brooks presentation has been rescheduled

Lisa Brooks, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences, has postponed her presentation in Booth Library’s fall program series, “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.”

Brooks will present “1960s Restaurant and Food Trends: Modern Day Influences” at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in Booth Library’s Witters Conference Room 4440. Brooks’ program was originally scheduled for Nov. 18.

For an updated schedule of events in the “Revolutionary Decade” series, visit the program website here.

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Library adds 875 new titles in October

During the month of October, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 875 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.

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1960s art and music to be highlighted at event in Mattoon

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Original artwork created by Mattoon high school and middle school students will be on display on Nov. 13 as part of an event that examines artistic influences of the 1960s.

Art students under the direction of Janahn Kolden and Rob Niemerg created pieces in the “pop art” and “optical art” styles of the 1960s. In addition, high school artists designed sculptures inspired by artist Robert Arneson.

The public is invited to view the artwork and meet the student artists during a reception at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Lone Elm Room at the Mattoon Depot.

Following the reception, two Eastern Illinois University faculty members will present “Reflections on ‘60s Music,” a program including audio and film clips from the era, at 7 p.m.

Newton Key, professor of history, will present “Global Influences on the American Pop Charts of the Sixties,” looking specifically at the “British Invasion” of groups such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Jemmie Robertson, assistant professor of music, will present “Influential British Film Scores of the 1960s,” including clips from films such as “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Dr. Strangelove” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

All events are free and open to the public.

The program is co-sponsored by Booth Library at EIU and the Mattoon Arts Council. The program is part of the library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s.”

For a complete schedule of events in the “Revolutionary Decade” series, visit the program website at

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Booth Library is a donation site for local Toys for Tots program

The campus community is encouraged to donate books or money to help local families this Christmas. Booth Library, in conjunction with the Mattoon Public Library, is a donation site for the Toys for Tots program.

Donations will be distributed through the One Stop Community Christmas program. One Stop is a collaborative effort of many different area organizations (civic groups, schools, businesses, aid organizations, churches, sororities, health care providers, etc.) to come together and provide help and hope to families from seven counties during the holiday season. The program services Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby counties.

More than 2,000 children will be helped through the program this year, and the goal is for each child to receive a book. Donations of new or gently used books or coloring books will be accepted. A list of suggested book titles is below.

New, unwrapped toys also will be accepted. Donations may be placed in the Toys for Tots box located in the Marvin Foyer near the north entrance of Booth Library until Dec. 11.

Monetary donations in the form of cash or checks also will be accepted. Checks should be made out to the South Eastern Illinois Community Foundation (SEICF), with a memo indicating the donation is for “One Stop Books.” Mail donations to Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation: One Stop, P.O. Box 1211, Effingham, IL 62401.

For more information on the One Stop Community Christmas program, visit or call the Mattoon Public Library at 234-2621.

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.

Grades 2-4 Book Lists
Girls Boys
Series or Book Titles Author Series or Book Titles Author
Cupcake Diaries Coco Simon Jedi Academy Jeffrey Brown
Never Girls (Disney Fairies) Kiki Thorpe Buddy Files Dori Hillestad Butler
Wolves of Beyond Katherine Lasky Dragonbreath Ursula Vernon
Judy Moody Megan McDonald Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey
Babymouse Jennifer L. Holm Ballpark Mysteries David Kelley
Puppy Place Ellen Miles Fly Guy Tedd Arnold
Humphrey Series Betty G. Birney Stink Megan McDonald
Dog Diaries Kate Klimo Origami Yoda Tom Angleberger
Lunch Lady Jarrett J. Krosoczka Goosebumps R.L. Stein


Grades 5-8 Book Lists
Girls Boys
Series or Book Titles Author Series or Book Titles Author
Dork Diaries Rachel Renee Russell Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Any Wendy Mass Big Nate Lincoln Peirce
Giver Series Lowis Lowery Rangers Apprentice John Flanagan
Ever After High Shannon Hale Any James Dashner
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar… Ransom Riggs Thorne of Glass Sarah Maas
Finishing School Series Gail Carriger Any Jeff Stone
Any Rick Riordan Divergent Veronica Roth
Any Patrick Carman Any (for teens) James Patterson
Any Margaret Petterson Haddix Any Gordan Korman
Grades 9-12 Book Lists
Girls Boys
Series or Book Titles Author Series or Book Titles Author
Any Jennifer E. Smith I Hunt Killers Barry Lyga
Any Miranda Kenneally Zom-B Darren Shan
Legion Series Kami Garcia Any Scott Westfield
Cinder Marissa Meyer Any Patrick Ness
Any Simone Elkeles Rot and Ruin Jonathan Maberry
Any John Green CHERUB Robert Muchamore
Dorothy Must Die Danielle Paige Falling Kingdoms Morgan Rhodes
Any Maggie Stiefvater Any Neal Shusterman
Any Sarah Dessen Grisha Series Leigh Bardugo


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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 continued with a look at early ‘60s music during “The Spirit of Motown,” a free program presented on Sept. 14 in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium, EIU. Illinois Humanities Council speaker Jose Sandoval presented 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 was presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

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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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 if you have questions.

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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.

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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.

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Stories from Vietnam to be shared


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.

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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.

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