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Library adds 1,086 new titles in November

During November, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 1,086 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 2:53pm on Monday January 5th, 2015

Network outage Dec. 29-30 will limit access to library resources

Eastern Illinois University has announced that network engineers will replace equipment beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 29 through 4:30 p.m. Dec. 30. All network services will be unavailable during this time. Therefore, the Booth Library website and electronic resources will be inaccessible during this time period.

The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both dates, Dec. 29-30, so library patrons are welcome to visit us and browse the extensive collections available on our shelves. We hope to see you then!

Post expires at 10:19am on Tuesday December 30th, 2014

Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker to be focus of exhibit and programs

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Booth Library will present an exhibit and program series about Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker beginning in February 2015. The series is titled “Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend.”

Cynthia Ann Parker was born in circa 1827 to Silas and Lucy Parker. Cynthia Ann’s grandfather, Elder John Parker, her uncle, Benjamin Parker, and other members of the family were among the first white settlers of Coles County.

In about 1833, several members of the Parker clan moved to Texas and created Fort Parker there. A few years later, a band of Indians attacked the fort, killing many and kidnapping a few of the children, including Cynthia Ann, age 9.

Cynthia Ann grew up as a member of the Comanche tribe, married one of the chiefs and bore three children. The oldest, Quanah, grew to become a politically influential leader and is considered to be the last Comanche chief. Cynthia Ann was kidnapped again and returned to the Parkers in 1860, but she never forgot her Comanche family and wished to return to them.

“The saga of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker is well-known in Texas history, but the story really began here in Coles County,” said Allen Lanham, dean of Booth Library. “We will explore this fascinating story more fully with our exhibit and programs.”

A variety of programming is planned, including lectures, panel discussions and three film screenings. Most programs will take place on Feb. 20-21, 2015. A complete schedule will be announced at a later date.

Lanham invited interested community members and groups to be a part of the series, perhaps by contributing a Parker artifact to be displayed or sponsoring a related program.

“There are still many descendants of the Parker family living in the area,” Lanham said. “We hope they and other community members interested in local history will enjoy the library’s program, and perhaps find a way to participate.”

For more information on the “Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend” series, contact Beth Heldebrandt at emheldebrandt@eiu.edu or 581-6064.

Post expires at 4:38pm on Friday February 20th, 2015

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 was presented at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on 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.”

Post expires at 2:45pm on Friday January 9th, 2015

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.

Post expires at 4:14pm on Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

Library adds 875 new titles in October

During 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 klwhisler@eiu.edu if you have questions.

Post expires at 3:35pm on Wednesday December 3rd, 2014

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 www.library.eiu.edu/exhibits/1960s/.

Post expires at 8:33pm on Thursday November 13th, 2014

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 www.OneStopCC.org 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, www.library.eiu.edu; 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

 

Post expires at 5:16am on Thursday December 11th, 2014

Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s

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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 that looks at what is arguably one of the most turbulent and eventful decades of the 20th century.

Although the programs in this series have ended, 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.

The public is encouraged to stop by and take a look!

Post expires at 2:29pm on Thursday January 15th, 2015

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 Friday November 7th, 2014