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Maya Angelou’s Life and Works

Posted on August 28th, 2014

Maya Angelou: April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

In the spring of this year we lost one of our most beloved writers…

5 ways she will be remembered:

♦ Poet laureate

She was the first African-American woman to read poetry at a presidential inauguration (President Clinton’s, 1993).

Prose writer
She was best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Civil rights leader
She worked with both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

She was a talented dancer, actress, film director, and producer.

She earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a National Medal of Arts, three Grammy Awards, and more than 30 honorary degrees.  She was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award.

These notable facts about Angelou are from a post “Maya Angelou: 5 Ways She Will be Remembered” by Husna Haq on the “Chapter & Verse” blog, a literary blog of the Christian Science Monitor.

In celebration of the life of poet laureate Maya Angelou, the following resources from the library’s collection have been put on display in the 3000 S corridor of Booth Library. Visit the library to check out the books, or follow the links to the catalog record, or right into the electronic book.

Poems and essays

MA1I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou
PS3551 .N464 Z466 2009x (Book stacks)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
PS3551 .N464 Z466 2009x (Read and Relax)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
E185.97 .A56 A3 1969 (Book stacks)





The Heart of a Woman
Maya Angelou
PS3551 .N464 Z465  2009







Letters to My Daughter
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 Z468 2008






A Song Flung Up to Heaven
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 Z476 2002







Still I Rise
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 A8 2001






Phenomenal Woman
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 P48 2000






Maya Angelou:  Poems
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 A6 1993x







Even the Stars Look Lonesome
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 E94 1997b






All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 Z463 1997x







 A Brave and Startling Truth
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 B7 1995







On the Pulse of Morning
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 O53 1993








Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 W68 1993






I Shall Not Be Moved
Maya Angelou
PS3551.N464 I17 1990



Juvenile works


Maya Angelou
By Maya Angelou
811 An43ma





Maya Angelou
Miles Shapiro
818 SH22M







Kofi and His Magic
Maya Angelou
966.7 An43kof






My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me
Maya Angelou
704.042 An438my






Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
Maya Angelou
811 An43li






Water, water, everywhere?

Posted on August 28th, 2014

At this time of the year, many parts of the country are facing seasonal (or ongoing) water scarcity or water contamination issues. Here are a few related government documents addressing the issue. They are all part of the Booth Library government information collections.


News Gathering illus. by Frederick Dielman

From NPR: Toledo Water Ban Persists After New Test Results Cause Concerns


GovDocs PDF file: Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act, 2014

Federal GovDocs online EPA report : The State of Colorado Did Not Fully Assure That Funds That Mining Wastes and Remove Contaminants from Water Were Effectively Spent, 2014

Federal GovDocs online–Public Health and Drinking Water Issues, 2011

State of Illinois GovDocs: Our own state’s latest water quality report Illinois State Water Survey Annual Report, 2004-2005

Escape to the Past: New and Popular Historical Fiction

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Escape to the Past

Because historical novels can whisk readers away to a different time and place, they can be great choices for summer reading.  Here’s a list of 30 new and popular titles covering a wide variety of eras and locales.

Life After LifeAll are available for checkout.  Click on each title to jump to Booth Library’s Online Catalog and get a synopsis and shelf location for each book.

Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
20th-century England

Sarah Blake, The Postmistress
World War II England

1356: A NovelBarbara Taylor Bradford, Cavendon Hall
World War I England

Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist
Early 20th-century Washington State

Bernard Cornwell, 1356: A Novel
Medieval England

Laurel Corona, Penelope’s Daughter
Ancient Greece

The Garden of Evening MistsAnton DiSclafani, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
1930s South

Sarah Dunant, Blood & Beauty: The Borgias
Renaissance Italy

David Ebershoff, The 19th Wife
19th-century Utah

Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists
Malaya, 1949

The Signature of All ThingsAriana Franklin, A Murderous Procession
Medieval England

Margaret George, The Memoirs of Cleopatra
Ancient Egypt

Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things
19th-century America

Daisy Goodwin, The American Heiress
Victorian England

Under the Wide and Starry SkyPhilippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl
Tudor England

Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants
Depression-era America

Nancy Horan, Under the Wide and Starry Sky
19th-century Europe, California, and the South Seas

Conn Iggulden, Emperor: The Gates of Rome
Ancient Rome

The Ghost of the Mary CelesteHannah Kent, Burial Rites
19th-century Iceland

Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings
Early 19th-century Charleston, South Carolina

Barbara Kyle, The King’s Daughter
Tudor England

Valerie Martin, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
19th-century America and at sea

The Wives of Los AlamosColum McCann, TransAtlantic
Newfoundland in 1909, Dublin in 1845, and New York in 1998

Jennifer McMahon, The Winter People
Early 20th-century Vermont

Kate Morton, The Distant Hours
World War II and modern England

TaraShea Nesbit, The Wives of Los Alamos
World War II-era New Mexico

Time of the WolfLaura Joh Rowland, The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte
Victorian England

Amy Tan, The Valley of Amazement
19th and early 20th-century Shanghai and San Francisco

James Wilde, Time of the Wolf
Medieval England

Welcome to Booth Reference News!

Posted on August 25th, 2014

We are delighted to launch a new information service to Eastern Illinois University students, staff and faculty. Beginning in fall 2014 the reference librarians at Booth library will be regularly posting reviews of reference resources, booklists, “virtual displays” and other information pieces that showcase the resources and research available at EIU’s Mary J. Booth Library. You will find the home of “Reference News” on the Reference Services pages of the Booth Web site, Facebook, and Twitter.

Welcome to govnews!

Posted on August 25th, 2014

Booth Library is pleased to launch a new information service , “govnews.” Govnews will share interesting and topical stories featuring government information found in the Booth Library Government Documents collections. We hope this service will enhance your knowledge and assist you with finding important and often hard-to-find Illinois State and Federal Government information.

Library honored for presenting informational and varied exhibits

Posted on August 16th, 2014

Booth Library has a history of hosting traveling exhibits from the American Library Association, National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Library of Medicine. Topics have ranged from the life of Queen Elizabeth I to Harry Potter to our award-winning Frankenstein exhibit.

Library staff has also created many of its own major exhibitions, including Teachers Tame the Prairie and Revolutionary Decade: Reflections on the 1960s. Other grant-funded programs, including America’s Music and Muslim Journeys, have earned national recognition.

Faculty and students from throughout campus are encouraged to participate in our exhibit and program series. Stay tuned for updates and ways to get involved in future programming.

730 New Items Added to Booth Library Collections in June

Posted on August 12th, 2014

During June, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 730 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.

653 New Items Added to Booth Library Collections in July

Posted on August 7th, 2014

During July, Booth Library acquired and cataloged 653 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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