Book and toy donations accepted

The campus community is encouraged to donate books, toys or money to help local families this Christmas. Booth Library is a donation site for the One Stop Community Christmas program.

The One Stop Community Christmas program 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 books, activity books, comic books or coloring books for ages newborn to 18 years old will be accepted.

New, unwrapped toys also will be accepted. All donations may be placed in the box located in the Marvin Foyer near the north entrance of Booth Library until Dec. 4.

Monetary donations also will be accepted for the program. Checks should be made out to the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation (SEICF), with a memo indicating the donation is for “One Stop.” Mail donations to Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1211, Effingham, IL 62401. Donations also may be made online at www.OneStopCC.org.

For more information on the One Stop Community Christmas program, visit www.OneStopCC.org. Families who sign up to receive assistance through the program will pick up a variety of donations on Dec. 9 at Lake Land College in Mattoon.

Booth Library adds 460 items in October

During October, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 460 new items. The list can be viewed here. These acquisitions include donations to the library, re-cataloged library items, freely available government publications, and consortium-wide purchases. The recent university spending freeze (due to statewide budget issues) has limited the number of new items being added to library collections.

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.

Thesis Research 101 workshops offered

Booth Library faculty Steve Brantley, Kirstin Duffin and Ellen Corrigan, in cooperation with the Graduate Student Advisory Council, will again offer three Thesis Research 101 workshops.

Thesis 101 Seminar 1: Researching the Literature with Steve Brantley will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 1 and again from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 2.

Thesis 101 Seminar 2: Citation Management with Kirstin Duffin will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 8 and again from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 9.

Thesis 101 Seminar 3: Presenting Your Thesis (to the World) with Ellen Corrigan will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 15 and again from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 16.

All sessions will meet in Room 4450 at Booth Library except for the Nov. 16 session, which will be in Witters Conference Room 4440. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To register, click here.

For more information contact Steve Brantley, head of Reference Services, at 581-7542 or jsbrantley@eiu.edu.

Try It! Illinois Statewide Database Trial

Try-It! Illinois is the Illinois State Library’s annual statewide database trial. The trial lasts from October 1 through November 30. Try-It! Illinois is open to all Illinois library users. Thanks to partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois. 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.

Harry Potter trivia contest is tonight!

A Harry Potter Trivia Contest is planned as part of Harry Potter Night on Oct. 26 at Eastern Illinois University.

The trivia contest will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the West Reading Room of Booth Library. Teams of between two and six players may register online now at http://booth.eiu.edu/trivia. The cost is $10 per team plus $5 per player. Payment may be made online or in person on the night of the contest. The deadline to register is Oct. 25.

All net proceeds from the Harry Potter Trivia Contest will benefit HOPE of East Central Illinois, a Coalition Against Domestic Violence agency based in Charleston that serves seven area counties.

Trivia participants are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Harry Potter-inspired costume; prizes will be awarded! The top three winning trivia teams also will be awarded special prizes. The trivia contest is co-sponsored by the Harry Potter Alliance at UIUC.

Both campus and community members are encouraged to form a team for the trivia contest. Free parking will be available in the lot just southwest of the library off of Fourth Street.

Activities during Harry Potter Night also will take place at the Tarble Arts Center from 7-10 p.m., with food, music, games and more planned for EIU students. Co-sponsors are the EIU Harry Potter Club and the EIU Gamers Guild.

Harry Potter Night is one of several programs being held in conjunction with Booth Library’s fall exhibit, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon,” which will be on display through Dec. 31. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Harry Potter exhibit and other related programs, click here ; or contact Steve Brantley at 217-581-7542/jsbrantley@eiu.edu or Stacey Knight-Davis at 217-581-7549/slknight@eiu.edu.

Story times planned for ages 3-7

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to free story times in the Ballenger Teachers Center of Booth Library. Story times are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and each will have a specific theme. The schedule is as follows:

  • 30, Latino Heritage: Dio de los Muertos, sponsored by Latino American Student Organization;
  • 7, Disability Awareness, sponsored by Sigma Rho Epsilon;
  • 28, Halloween, sponsored by the Student Reading Council;
  • 4, Rockin’ with the Rec Club, sponsored by the EIU Rec Club;
  • 11, We are Thankful, sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi;
  • 2, Winter, sponsored by the Student Education Association.

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, visit http://www.library.eiu.edu/btc/ or call 581-8442.

Veterans sought for library exhibit

Booth Library is seeking on-campus and East Central Illinois veterans with tattoos to be featured in its spring 2018 exhibit titled “Designs of Duty.”

“Designs of Duty” will focus on veterans and their service-related tattoos. Veterans will be interviewed, as well as have their tattoos photographed. The exhibit will be on display at Booth Library in the spring of 2018 and will be offered for display at other libraries in the region.

We are looking for veterans with tattoos related to their service who are willing to meet for an in-person interview and be photographed for the exhibit. We will ask that they submit a service photo of themselves, and they must agree to allow these photos, videos and information to be included in the exhibit and for publicity purposes.

Booth Library staff would appreciate the opportunity to interview veterans who are willing to share their stories and the inspiration behind their tattoos. Interviews will be scheduled during October and early November.

To participate in “Designs of Duty,” please contact Beth Heldebrandt, public relations director, at emheldebrandt@eiu.edu or 217-581-6064.

Quidditch players sought; sign up today!

Calling all muggles! As part of Booth Library’s fall exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon,” Chelsea Duncan, instructor of KSS, has organized an EIU Quidditch Tournament.

The tournament will take place on Family Weekend, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Library Quad. All are welcome to help cheer on teams from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw as they compete to win the House Cup!

Quidditch players are currently being sought. No experience is required; all muggles are welcome! If you would like to play, click here to register online. It’s free to play, but if you’d like to order a house T-shirt, the cost is $7.50 (Note: you may be re-sorted into another Hogwarts house in order to keep the teams even).

To learn more about the game of quidditch, click here.

If you don’t want to play but would still like to order a T-shirt to cheer on your favorite team, email Duncan at the email address above and let her know which house shirt and your size. Cost: $7.50.

For more information about quidditch, contact Duncan at ckduncan@eiu.edu. For more information about the Booth Library exhibit, click here.

Learn about your library; take a 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 four weeks of the semester. There’s no need to sign up; just come to the reference desk on the north end of the library to join in any of the tours Monday through Thursday. Tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Aug. 21-Sept. 14. The library will be closed on Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Tours are also offered by appointment. Contact a reference librarian at 581-6072 to schedule a tour.

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

Exhibit focuses on 20 years of Harry Potter

Twenty years after the publication of the first Harry Potter book, Booth Library presents an exhibit and program series, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon.” This exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

Author J.K. Rowling published “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (known in the U.S. as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) on June 26, 1997, in Britain. The book was soon a worldwide hit, and the legacy of Rowling’s world of magic had begun.

Since then, Rowling’s seven original books in the Harry Potter series have sold more than 450 million copies and have been translated into more than 60 languages. Those books were adapted into eight films that have made more than $2 billion.

Rowling’s world of Potter still continues, with a London stage play of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” soon headed to New York City and, most recently, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a spinoff of the film series produced and written by Rowling herself, based on her 2001 book. The film is part of a trilogy, with the second to be released in November 2018.

The Harry Potter stories have inspired a line of action figures, costumes, candy, Legos, clothing lines, wands, robes and other memorabilia. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park opened at the Universal Orlando Resort in 2010. Rowling continues to share musings and stories related to her magical world on her Pottermore website.

Booth Library’s exhibit takes a look at the popularity and influence of the Harry Potter world in today’s society. The exhibit is accessible to the public any time the library is open. The library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-1 a.m. Sunday.

A series of related programs also are planned. For more information on the “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Pheomenon” series, click here.

Schedule of Events

Opening program: Sept. 14, 7 p.m., The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter and the Culture of Death; keynote speaker: Suzie Park, professor of English; West Reading Room. A special musical program, “An Evening at Hogwarts,” will be performed by the EIU Graduate/Faculty Brass Quintet, with members Jemmie Robertson, Andrew Cheetham, Ben Bruflat, Kevin Miescke, Eric Dawson and Jonathan Bowman. Light refreshments will be served.

Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Family Weekend: EIU Quidditch Tournament; led by Chelsea Duncan, instructor of KSS; Library Quad; quidditch players are being sought – no experience is required! For more information, click here.

Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Dark Arts and Other Wicked Ideas: Harry Potter, Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom; by Michele McDaniel, reference librarian, and Ryan McDaniel, instructor of communication studies; Witters Conference Room 4440;

Oct. 3 and 5, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Harry Potter Menu at The Café; presented by Richard Wilkinson, professor, and FCS students; Klehm Hall 1414; $5.50;

Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Poison Pen: Rita Skeeter, her Quick-Quotes Quill & Journalism Ethics in the Wizarding World; by Lola Burnham, associate professor of journalism; Witters Conference Room 4440;

Oct. 17, 4 p.m., Muggles, Magic and Abuse; by Angie Hunt, housing program director, HOPE of East Central Illinois; Witters Conference Room 4440;

Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m., Harry Potter Night featuring trivia, costumes, music, activities and food at Booth Library and Tarble Arts Center, co-sponsored by Tarble Arts Center, UIUC Harry Potter Alliance, EIU Harry Potter Club;

Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Harry Potter & the Cult of Celebrity; by Lola Burnham, associate professor of journalism; Witters Conference Room 4440.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information contact Steve Brantley at 217-581-7542 or jsbrantley@eiu.edu or Stacey Knight-Davis at 217-581-7549 or slknight@eiu.edu.