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  • Edible Book Festival brings in dozens of entries

    About 40 entries were received for Booth Library's fourth annual Edible Book Festival, held on April 14 as part of National Library Week.

    Awards were presented in the following categories: Dean's Choice, People's Choice, Children's Book Theme, Student Entry, Family Entry and Funniest Pun. About 100 guests attended the show and voted for their favorites.

    The winners were as follows:

    People's Choice: gold winner, "Dog Eat Dog" by Beth Heldebrandt and Janahn Kolden; silver winner, "Splat the Cat" by Michael Carlen.

    Dean's Choice: gold winner, "How Do Penguins Play?" by Roxanne Frey and granddaughters; silver winner, "Lard of the Fries," by Ann Brownson.

    Best in Show - Family Entry: "My Own Private Idaho" by Mark and Sarah Johnson; honorable mention, "Charlotte's Web" by Steve Brantley and Family.

    Best in Show - Funniest Pun: "Forest? Gump" by David Bell; honorable mention, "(De)Canterb(er)ry Tales" by Heather Wohltman.

    Best in Show - Children's Book Theme: "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Georgia Ryan; honorable mention, "When the Beet Was Born" by Robert Hillman and "The Lorax" by Alyson Vaaler and Samantha Bobbitt.

    Best in Show - Student Entry: "Reading is Sweet as a Peach" by Michelle Cheval and Justin Decker; honorable mention, "Trumpet of the Swan" by Riannon Neidigh and "Cookie Monster's Good Time to Eat" by Spencer Powell.

    Pictures of the winning entries will be posted in The Keep,, when they are available.

  • Students: Make an appointment for one-on-one research help

    Students needing research help now have the option of requesting an appointment with a librarian through the library's website. Reference librarians will work one-on-one with students to help them complete assignments, research projects, papers, thesis, etc.

    Students also can make an appointment not related to an assignment, but just to become more familiar with library resources and services.

    Students wishing to make a personal appointment with a librarian may do so here. The librarians will strive to make an appointment with you on your preferred date and time.

    "Students have always had the option to request a one-on-one session with a librarian, but many people, students and faculty alike, are not aware that we are available for such personalized help," said Steve Brantley, head of Reference Services at the library. "The online form lets you know we are available and is an easy way to arrange a time that works with your schedule."

    Reference librarians are available for research help at any time - without an appointment - at the reference desk on the main floor of the library. Students also may get help through the Ask-a-Librarian service by phone (581-6072), via email or through the 24 hour-a-day chat service. Click here for more information.

    "Library resources can be complicated. Getting the best information for your needs requires patience, practice and often guidance," Brantley said. "At Booth, the reference librarians consider helping you succeed at EIU central to their mission. We are excited that this avenue of communication is being highlighted. We love helping our students!"

  • 2,485 New Items Added to Booth Library Collections in March

    During March, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 2,485 new items. The list can be viewed at 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 any questions.
  • Book sale to highlight National Library Week activities

    Booth Library will celebrate National Library Week April 13-19 by sponsoring several activities.

    On April 14, the library will host the fourth annual Edible Book Festival. The reception and judging of the entries will be from 5 to 6 p.m., and the entries will be on display until 8 p.m. An "edible book" is something that looks like a book or is book-themed and is made out of food. The edible artwork will not be served; however, refreshments will be served. Prizes will be awarded. Entries will be accepted through April 12. The electronic entry form is available here.

    On April 16, the annual book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the south entrance of Booth Library in the Alumni Quad (weather permitting). The library requests no sales in advance. 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. The proceeds from the sale are used to enhance library programs and services.

    At 4:30 p.m. April 16, the winners of the 2014 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity will be announced during a reception hosted by the Library Advisory Board. Everyone is welcome to attend. The awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research and encourages students to utilize the wealth of information available at Booth Library to enhance their studies.

    Throughout April, two exhibits will be on display in the third floor south hallway in honor of National Library Week. One display presents the works of author Judy Blume, who is the honorary chairwoman of National Library Week. The exhibit curator is Jeanne Goble. In the third-floor south hallway is an exhibit titled "Lives Change," which looks at the ways libraries and books have changed the lives of library staff. The curator of this exhibit was Ellen Corrigan. The "Lives Change" panels also may be viewed here.

    More information about National Library Week can be found on the Booth Library Facebook page at

  • Periodical Review List

    The lists of periodical and standing order subscriptions selected for cancellation have been compiled for campus review. The Periodical and Standing Order Review is an annual exercise designed to ensure that library collections continue to meet the needs of library users. Questions about the review can be addressed to the Reference Desk (581-6072) or individual subject librarians.
  • NoteBooth newsletter now available

    The current issue of NoteBooth, the newsletter of Booth Library, is available at

    Several Muslim Journeys events are coming up soon!

    Help us celebrate our recognition as a finalist for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Beginning March 18, please share your story about how Booth Library has made a difference in your life! Upload comments, pictures, and videos at:

    In an effort to conserve resources, NoteBooth is no longer distributed in print.
  • Library is finalist for National Medal for Museum and Library Service

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that Booth Library is a finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community.

    Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of libraries and museums that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. Booth Library is one of 30 national finalists for the award, and one of only 15 libraries chosen from throughout the United States.

    Booth Library was nominated based on its extensive program series and other events for the community. Series have included exhibits and programs based on different topics each semester, including America's Music, Farm Life, Elizabeth I, Frankenstein, Benjamin Franklin, Teachers Tame the Prairie, Harry Potter's World, Building Memories: Creating a Campus Community and the current program series, Muslim Journeys. These series have offered a variety of films, discussions, lectures, musical and theater performances, exhibits and other activities for free to the community.

    In addition, Booth Library sponsors many other programs for the campus and community at large. For example, through the Booth After Hours program, specific campus groups are invited to the library after hours for programs designed specifically for them. Area high school classes regularly visit Booth Library for free instruction and research help from Booth reference librarians. For several years, the library has welcomed librarians from around the world as part of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs. In addition, the library recently hosted a reception for area librarians to network and reconnect.

    "Our library is dedicated to quality public service," said Allen Lanham, dean of library services. "We excel at providing materials and information to Eastern's students and faculty. However, a major goal is to create an environment in which citizens in our region can explore topics of interest and take time to discuss issues with others as they remain active learners."

    Finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

    "Museums and libraries serve as civic gathering places, bringing together individuals in pursuit of educational resources, community connections, skills development, and multifaceted lifelong learning," said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. "We are very proud to announce Booth Library as a finalist for the 2014 National Medal. This year's National Medal finalists illustrate the many ways museums and libraries can excite lifelong learning and civic engagement."

    IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited Booth Library to "share their story" on the IMLS Facebook page,, which is accessible here. Community members are encouraged to visit the site to post comments, photos or videos demonstrating how Booth Library has made an impact on them.

    The National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners will be announced in April, and the medals will be awarded during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the 2014 National Medal finalists, click here.

    About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. IMLS' grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit or follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

    This year, IMLS celebrates the 20th anniversary of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. For the past two decades, the National Medal has honored outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Including 2013 winners, 132 institutions have received this honor, and 10 additional institutions will be awarded in 2014.

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