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More than just books: Booth loans games, puppets, skeleton, guitar, more

Posted on March 28th, 2018

Among the many unique items available for checkout are Bucky the Skeleton, electric guitar, puppets such as this monkey, teddy bear with a stint, Games and puzzles, leaf specimens, a double-helix DNA model, and a pound of fat.

As you know, Booth Library is your go-to spot for books, journal articles, DVDs, magazines, audiobooks and e-books. And you probably know that on rainy days, you can even check out an umbrella to keep yourself dry. But Booth is home to many other items that just might be what you need to wow your fellow students and teachers, or freak out your friends!

Ever wondered what a pound of fat looks like? How about a pound of muscle? We’ve got you covered!

Need a leaf or seed specimen for that science report?  We have them!

Need a prop for that anatomy speech? The Ballenger Teachers Center offers items such as a human skull; dissected human arm; models of the brain, torso, larynx and human heart; and a teddy bear with a hydrocephalus stint. These are all carefully watched over by Bucky the Skeleton, who is also available for checkout.

The BTC also offers fun games, posters, puzzles, curriculum kits and dozens of puppets ready for checkout!

Did you forget your tools for math class? We can provide calculators, rulers, protractors and more.

Booth’s Library Technology Services offers ethernet cables and a variety of other mac and pc computer connectors, SD card readers, headphones, flash drives, chargers, cassette recorders and more.

For the musicians, we offer a truly hands-on experience. Use one of our private music rooms on the fourth floor to practice on one of our pianos or guitars (or bring your own). Create your own sound with our amplifier emulator software and even record your rehearsal session! Modernize your music with our LP- and cassette-to-digital conversion stations.

If you prefer to practice at home, we have an electric guitar available for checkout, along with a headphone amplifier and tuner.

And , of course, Booth offers a wide variety of music on CD, streaming video, and DVDs of thousands of  movies, TV shows, and documentaries. All are available for free to those with a Panther ID!

Whatever you need, check with your Booth Library first — we just might have it!

Booth to celebrate National Library Week

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

Booth Library will celebrate National Library Week April 8-14 by sponsoring several activities. The theme is “Libraries Lead.”

On Monday, April 9, the library will host the eighth annual Edible Book Festival in the Marvin Foyer, near the north entrance. Items will be on display for public viewing from 4 to 5 p.m. Public voting will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., with the winners announced shortly after. An “edible book” is something that looks like a book or is book-themed and is made out of food. More information is available here.

The annual book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, outside the south entrance of Booth Library in the Alumni Quad (weather permitting). 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 11, the winners of the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity will be announced during a reception hosted by the Library Advisory Board in Witters Conference Room 4440. 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.

National Library Week, first sponsored in 1958, is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

This year’s honorary chairwoman for National Library Week is Misty Copeland. In 2015, she was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, “Life in Motion,” and her 2014 picture book, “Firebird,” won the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015. Her
new book, “Ballerina Body,” an instant New York Times Bestseller, was published in March 2017.

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

MultiPresenters installed in study rooms

Posted on March 21st, 2018

Booth Library has debuted multipresenter technology in its study rooms, offering a place for students to practice presentations and work collaboratively with others.

NEC MultiPresenters have been installed in four of the study rooms on the library’s fourth floor. The MultiPresenters work with all platforms and offer web access and wireless screen sharing so that multiple devices can be shared at once on the monitors.

Once students install the free software on their personal devices, such as laptops, iPads and cellphones, they may share their work directly from their personal devices on to the monitors. Instructions on how to use the new technology are available in each study room.

The study rooms also now have glass boards and marker boards to encourage collaborative discussion.

This new technological equipment is made possible thanks to generous donations made to the library. For more information on how to use this new technology, stop by the Library Technology Services desk on the fourth floor or call 581-6091.

Vote for your favorite entry in Edible Book Festival

Posted on March 16th, 2018

The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite edible art during Booth Library’s eighth annual Edible Book Festival on April 9. The activity is one of several activities planned to celebrate National Library Week.

Contest participants created artworks made out of edible materials that have something to do with books in either its shape or content. Refreshments will be served, but the artworks will not be eaten.

Public voting will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by the announcement of the Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice and Honorable Mention winners. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information or to register, visit

New foreign language and bilingual children’s books in the BTC!

Posted on March 6th, 2018

Booth Library has recently acquired a number of Spanish, French, and bilingual children’s books for the Ballenger Teachers Center collections.  These titles were selected by Sarah Johnson, Foreign Languages librarian, and Michele McDaniel, Coordinator of the Ballenger Teachers Center.  They can be found on the New Book Display in the BTC.

Estudiantes de español: ¡visiten Booth Library para ver nuestra nueva colección de libros bilingües y en español para niños!

Étudiants de français: Visitez le BTC à Booth Library pour découvrir notre nouvelle collection de livres pour les petits!

  • Abuelo Y Los Tres Osos = Abuelo and the Three Bears
  • Tello, Jerry.
  • 800 T239ab
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  • Buenas Noches, Luna
  • Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952.
  • 800 B8143gn 1995
  • summary | details
  • Dale, Dale, Dale: Una Fiesta De Numeros
  • Saldaña, René.
  • 800 Sa319da
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  • Dalia’s Wondrous Hair = El Cabello Maravilloso De Dalia
  • Lacámara, Laura,
  • 800 L115da
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  • Dennis Chávez: The First Hispanic Us Senator
  • Coy, Cissie,
  • 328.73092 C3986co
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  • Esteban De Luna, Baby Rescuer! = Esteban De Luna, ¡rescatador De Bebes!
  • Mercado-López, Larissa,
  • 800 M533es
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  • Family Poems for Every Day Of the Week
  • Alarcón, Francisco X., 1954-2016,
  • 811.54 AL12fa
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  • French-english Picture Dictionary
  • Bruzzone, Catherine.
  • 443.21 B839fr
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  • Hurry Up! = Dépêche-toi! = ¡apúrate!
  • Tilly, Anne-Sophie,
  • 448.2 T468hu
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  • La Princesa and the Pea
  • Elya, Susan Middleton, 1955-
  • 800 EL94pr
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  • Little Doctor = El Doctorcito
  • Guerra, Juan J.,
  • 800 G9373Li
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  • Poeta Del Piso De Arriba
  • Cofer, Judith Ortiz, 1952-
  • 800 C6541po
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  • Poisson Un, Poisson Deux, Poisson Rouge, Poisson Bleu
  • Seuss, Dr.
  • 800 G277on 2011
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  • Rainbow Weaver = Tejedora Del Arcoíris
  • Marshall, Linda Elovitz,
  • 800 M3569ra
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  • René Has Two Last Names
  • Colato Laínez, René.
  • 800 C67re
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  • Spoon for Every Bite = Una Cuchara Para Cada Bocado
  • Hayes, Joe.
  • 398.2 H327sp
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  • There’s a Name for This Feeling: Stories
  • Bertrand, Diane Gonzales.
  • 813 B462th
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  • Transportation = El Transporte
  • Beaton, Clare.
  • 468.1 B3807tr
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  • What Do I Hear? = ¿qué Oigo?
  • Kubler, Annie, 1960-
  • 468.1 K9515wh
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  • Where Is the Green Sheep? = Dónde Está La Oveja Verde?
  • Fox, Mem, 1946-
  • 800 F831whe 2009
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  • Winter = Invierno
  • Macken, JoAnn Early, 1953-
  • 468.1 M196w
  • summary | details

Print tax forms for free

Posted on March 5th, 2018

Looking for tax forms? Visit the IRS website and Department of Revenue for the state of Illinois to print out federal and state tax forms: (federal) or (state)

Library patrons may print needed tax forms for free in the Reference department. IRS forms also are available for photocopying in Reference. For more information speak with a reference librarian on the main (third) floor of the library.

For more information call 581-6072.

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