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Dust Bowl exhibit and program series

Posted on December 16th, 2015

Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimarroon County, OK, 1936. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimarroon County, OK, 1936. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Booth Library from Jan. 11-Feb. 26.

The exhibition recalls a tragic period in our history — the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s — and explores its environmental and cultural consequences. It raises several thought-provoking questions: What caused fertile farms to turn to dust? How did people survive? What lessons can we learn?

“The Dust Bowl was one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in American history. We are proud that Booth Library was selected to help make the public more aware of this important era,” said Allen Lanham, dean of library services. “This exhibition delves into the history and geography behind the Dust Bowl, but also provides a human element; through the words of the survivors themselves, we learn what it was like to live through such a difficult time.”

“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” will be accompanied by a series of free library programs, including lectures and film screenings. The exhibition and programs feature several overlapping humanities themes: the nature of the connection between humans and nature; the many ways human beings respond to adversity; and how people came to understand and to describe their experiences living through the Dust Bowl.

Lanham invites community members and groups to view the exhibit any time the library is open. More details are available here.

Following is the schedule of upcoming events. The exhibit and all programs are free and open to the public.

  • Jan. 25 and Jan. 26, 7 p.m., Doudna Fine Arts Center Recital Hall; two-part film screening of “The Dust Bowl,” Ken Burns documentary, presented by Cameron Craig, professor laureate of geography;
  • Feb. 3, 4 p.m., Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library; “Illinois Plows and Breaking the Plains: Technology, Ecology and Agricultural Production during the 1930s,” by Deb Reid, professor of history;
  • Feb. 8, 4 p.m., Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library; “Dust Pneumonia Blues,” by Sheila Simons, professor of health studies;
  • Feb. 10, 4 p.m., Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall; “Dust Bowl Ballads: Woody Guthrie and the Politics of the Working Class,” by J.B. Faires, adjunct professor of music;
  • Feb. 16, 4:30 p.m., Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library; “Recapturing the Experiences of Women in the Dust Bowl: The Life and Writings of Caroline Henderson,” by Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, assistant professor of history;
  • Feb. 17, 4 p.m., Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library; “The Politics of Drought in ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’” by Robin Murray, professor of English;
  • Feb. 18, 4 p.m., Tarble Arts Center Atrium; film screening of “Grapes of Wrath,” featuring the work of cinematographer Gregg Toland of Charleston, presented by Kit Morice, curator of education, Tarble Arts Center;
  • Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m., Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library; “Dust Bowl Lessons: Soil Conservation Then and Now,” by R.J. Alier, Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District.

For more information about “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” including complete program and exhibit descriptions, visit the program web page here. More information also may be obtained by contacting project directors Janice Derr, or 581-5090; Kirstin Duffin, or 581-7550; or Pamela Ferrell, or 581-7548.

“Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry” was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the libraries of Oklahoma State University and Mount Holyoke College. The exhibition and tour were made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Local sponsors of the series are the Tarble Arts Center, Academy of Lifelong Learning and WEIU-TV.

During the spring 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,; call 217-581-6072; or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Finals are almost here, study hard but don’t stress out!

Posted on December 8th, 2015


Finals Week is almost here, be prepared!  The Health Education Resource Center (HERC) and the Counseling Center is offering a program called “Don’t Stress! Ace That Test!” to help you manage the stress that comes with finals.  This program is free and will be offered on December 7th from 11:00am-1:00pm and December 8th from 11:00am-1:00pm and 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Booth Library will offer some activities to help you ward off stress.  Starting Friday, December 11th, take a break from studying and stop by the library madlibto pick up some madlibs, sudokus, or origami paper.  On Monday, December 14th at 7:00pm, the library will be handing out popcorn and lemonade on the atrium bridge. We also have several books on stress management to help ease you into finals week:

  • Big Book Of Stress-relief Games: Quick, Fun Activities for Feeling Better
  • Epstein, Robert.
  • HF5548.85 .E669 2000x
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  • Dancing for Health: Conquering and Preventing Stress
  • Hanna, Judith Lynne.
  • GV1588.5 .H36 2006
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  • Emotions, Stress, and Health
  • Zautra, Alex.
  • R726.7 .Z38 2003
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  • How to Deal with Stress
  • Palmer, Stephen, 1955-
  • RA785 .P344 2010
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  • Learn to Relax: Proven Techniques for Reducing Stress, Tension, and Anxiety–and Promoting Peak Performance
  • Walker, C. Eugene (Clarence Eugene), 1939-
  • BF575.A6 W34 2001
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  • Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Wellbeing
  • Seaward, Brian Luke.
  • RA785 .S434 2006
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  • Oxford Handbook Of Stress, Health, and Coping
  • RA785 .O94 2011
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  • Principles and Practice Of Stress Management
  • RA785 .P75 2007
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  • Qigong Illustrated
  • Barea, Christina J.
  • RA781.8 .B37 2011
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  • Smart Student’s Guide to Healthy Living: How to Survive Stress, Late Nights, & the College Cafeteria
  • Smith, M. J. (Margaret Jane), 1955-
  • RA777.3 .S63 2006
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  • Stress Management: A Comprehensive Handbook Of Techniques and Strategies
  • Smith, Jonathan C.
  • RA785 .S655 2002
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  • Stress Management: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Working Smarter
  • Hargreaves, Gerard.
  • BF575.S75 H395 1998
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Holiday DVD and CD titles available on the 4th floor

Posted on December 4th, 2015



Time to get into the holiday spirit!  Check out this selection of holiday DVDs and CDs on the 4th floor near the Library Technology Services desk.  Can’t get enough?  There are several holiday events happening around campus:

29th Annual Holiday Art Sale December 3rd-5th

A Christmas Carol Radio Play December 3rd-6th

EIU Holiday Hustle 5K  December 5th

Holiday Concert December 6th


  • Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights
  • PN1997 .E4347x .DVD
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  • Burl Ives
  • Ives, Burl, 1909-1995.
  • M1629.3.C5 I93x B47 .CD
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  • Canadian Brass Christmas
  • Canadian Brass.
  • M1629.3.C5 C362x .CD
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  • Celtic Carols
  • Kildare (Musical group)
  • M1629.3.C5 K54x C44 .CD
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  • Christmas
  • Mannheim Steamroller (Musical group)
  • M1629.3.C5 M36x C57 .CD
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  • Christmas 16 Most Requested Songs.
  • M1629.3.C5 S59x .CD
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  • Christmas Glory from Westminster with Andrea Bocelli and Charlotte Church
  • M2114.5.B63 C57 .DVD
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  • Christmas with Chicago Chamber Brass and the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus
  • Chicago Chamber Brass.
  • M1629.3.C5 C54x C57 .CD
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  • Christmas with London Brass
  • London Brass (Musical group)
  • M1629.3.C5 L66x C57 .CD
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  • Christmas with the Simpsons
  • PN1992.77.S567 C57 2003x .DVD
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  • Complete Christmas Collection
  • M1629.3.C5 C656x .CD
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  • Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life
  • PN1997 .I76x .DVD
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  • George Balanchine’s the Nutcracker
  • GV1790.N87 N38x .DVD
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  • Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • Blind Boys of Alabama.
  • M1629.3.C5 B55 G6x .CD
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  • Holiday Family Favorites
  • PN1992.77 .H622 2005x .DVD
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  • Holiday Greetings from the Ed Sullivan Show
  • PN1992.77.E35 H65 2003x .DVD
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  • Home Alone the Complete Collection
  • PN1997 .H6572x .DVD
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  • How to Celebrate the African American Holiday Kwanzaa
  • GT4403 .H69 2006x .DVD
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  • Illinois Prairie Christmas.
  • Vance, Tom.
  • M1629.3.C5 V362x .CD
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  • Illinois Prairie Christmas.
  • Vance, Tom.
  • M1629.3.C5 V361x .CD
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  • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
  • PN1997 .W4788x .DVD
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  • Joyeux Noeìˆl = Merry Christmas
  • PN1997 .J729x .DVD
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  • Kwanzaa a Cultural Celebration
  • GT4403 .K83 2007x .DVD
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  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
  • PN1997 .M45x 2010 .DVD
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  • Nuncrackers the Nunsense Christmas Musical
  • M1508.G65 N86 2001x .DVD
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  • Original Television Christmas Classics Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer ; Frosty the Snowman ; Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town ; with the Little Drummer B
  • PN1997 .O7482x .DVD
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  • Radio City Music Hall Presents Songs Of Christmas
  • M1629.3 .R324x .CD
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  • Rick Steves’ European Christmas
  • D923 .E87 2005x .DVD
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  • Rudolph, Frosty and Friends’ Favorite Christmas Songs
  • M1629.3.C5 R826x .CD
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  • Simpsons Christmas 2
  • PN1992.77.S567 C5712 2004x .DVD
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  • There’s No Such Thing As a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein
  • PN1997 .T48725x .DVD
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  • This Christmas with Imani Winds
  • Imani Winds.
  • M1629.3.C5 I426x T54 .CD
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  • Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Celebrates Christmas
  • PN1992.77.T63 T65 2008x .DVD
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  • Welcome Christmas Carols & Lullabies from Around the World.
  • VocalEssence (Musical group). Ensemble Singers.
  • M1629.3.C5 V62 W44x .CD
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