Category Archives: Exhibits

Story times include reading, activities

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to free story times in the Ballenger Teachers Center of Booth Library, located on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Story times are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and each will have a specific theme. The schedule is as follows:

  • Jan. 27, Latino Culture, Three Kings Day, sponsored by Latino American Student Organization;
  • Feb. 3, Valentine’s Day, sponsored by Math Energy Club;
  • Feb. 10, Fun with Fairy Tales, presented by Ellen Corrigan, Booth Library;
  • Feb. 24, Celebrating Special, sponsored by Sigma Rho Epsilon;
  • March 3, Dr. Seuss, sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi.

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.

Exhibit features veterans and their tattoos

“Designs of Duty,” an exhibit featuring East Central Illinois veterans and their service-related tattoos, will be on display at Booth Library from Jan. 22 through May 11, 2018.

“Designs of Duty” tells the stories of seven military veterans who served our country over a 45-year period throughout Asia and Europe. Veterans featured in the exhibit are Eric Hiltner and Wilson Reynolds of Charleston, Ken Fernandes of Newman, Random Clavin of Nokomis, Adam Griffy of Olney, Shane Wright of Shelbyville and Lyle Gordon of Towanda.

Tattoos are a common symbol among the military, and this exhibit aims to explore the inspiration and meanings behind them, as well as the stories of the veterans themselves. Pride, patriotism and honor are common themes in the artwork chosen by the veterans showcased in “Designs of Duty.”

Related exhibits on display include military flags; “Symbols of Service,” featuring University of Illinois student veterans; aircraft nose art from World War II to today; and Vietnam War helmet graffiti.

“Designs of Duty” is free and open to the public. For more information click here.

Booth Library’s regular hours are 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.

 

Thesis 101 seminars to be 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. Feb. 6 and again from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 7.

Thesis 101 Seminar 2: Organizing Your References Using Citation Management Software with Kirstin Duffin will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 13 and again from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 14.

Thesis 101 Seminar 3: Presenting Your Thesis (to the World) with Ellen Corrigan will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 20 and again from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 21.

All sessions will meet in Room 4450 at Booth Library. Register for the free seminars here.

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

 

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. through Feb. 1. The library will be closed on Jan. 15 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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

De-stress during Finals Week at Booth!

Feeling stressed as the end of the semester nears? Booth Library has you covered, with a variety of activities planned.

First, let your friends and families know how you’re preparing for final exams by sending them a “Don’t worry, I’m at Booth Library!” postcard. A limited number of postcards are available. Students are encouraged to fill out and address a postcard, then place it in the mailbox. Your friends at Booth Library will mail it for you!

On Dec. 11-12, certified therapy dogs will greet students from 2 to 6 p.m. in the South Lobby of the library.

The EIU Meditation Club will offer special sessions to help students alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and strengthen focus. These sessions will be offered in the library’s Edgar Room at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 10-12.

Beginning Dec. 8, mad-libs, coloring pages and bookmarks, and Sudoku puzzles will be available to take and complete on your own. Students also are invited to help complete a larger jigsaw puzzle or group coloring page. These will be set up on the main (third) floor.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 11, free popcorn and lemonade will be served to students while supplies last. In addition, representatives from Housing and Dining will pass out healthy snacks in the library’s North Lobby at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

All activities and refreshments are free.

For finals week, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 (extended hours); noon to 1 a.m. Dec. 10; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 11-14; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15. For more information on the library, call 581-6072 or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

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.

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.

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.

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.