Can you name the official state bird of Illinois? Which bird was the runner-up? See horrifying segments of queen bee antennas in the “Scanning Electron Microscope Atlas of the Honeybee.” Can you name the official tree of the state you were born in? Did you know there’s maple tree with a chocolate colored trunk and peeling bark? Is a Rattlesnake Master a little man with a basket? Lastly, some ideas on how to get students interested in all things lunar in “Getting a Job on the Moon.” Reference has the answers to these and other questions on display in “Let Reference tell you about the birds, and the bees, and the flowers, and the trees, and the moon up above…”
Reference items are “in building use only” but Government Documents items circulate.
Stained & painted glass images by UK artist Stuart Low
This display is inspired by the We Need Diverse Books™ movement.
“We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”
Now more than ever, children need to be engaged in thoughtful discourse about differences and similarities they have with the people around them. Picture books and other literature are often a perfect springboard for such discourse. I hope you’ll come check out the selection of titles I have pulled for you, and find additional new titles on your own!
If you are interested in finding book titles for PK-12 students highlight diverse families, check out this wonderful database created by the University of Central Florida called DIverse Families: http://stars.library.ucf.edu/diversefamilies
We welcome to EIU all you new students, and welcome back to our wonderful returning students! The Dean of Booth Library, Bradley Tolppanen, has selected a few titles from the Booth collections on success in college and getting the most out of your higher education experience. Explore them here by clicking on any of the links next to the book cover, or come in and check out any of the books from the display table in the 3000 level corridor near the circulation desk.
Study hard and make the most of your college education with the help of knowledgeable librarians and friendly staff at Booth Library!
Ready or not . . . school is back in session! If you’re looking for back-to-school books, check out our new display area located on top of the short shelving units in the BTC. I have pulled great read alouds, graphic novels, chapter books, and non-fiction titles for your reading pleasure. Find a select list of titles below. Coming soon . . . a new Common Core Spotlight display.
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.
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.
Go beyond the Harry Potter books to find other books by J. K. Rowling. Or, explore critical literary theory through the Harry Potter books. Like the movies? We have cinematic analysis as well.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Stacey Knight-Davis at 217-581-7549 or email@example.com.
Today BTC will have a visit from Stepping Stones to explore the ocean and its amazing creatures. Here are just a few of the books these kids will dive into.
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