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NEA Big Read: A Conversation with Joy Harjo

Posted on November 11th, 2020

Joy Harjo

The U.S. Poet Laureate will read from her book, “An American Sunrise,” during a special virtual event on Jan. 30. The program is part of EIU Booth Library’s Big Read program.

Joy Harjo will present the program at 1 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. The program is free and open to the public (all that is needed to participate is access to a web browser; no special software is required). Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke/Creek, will read from “An American Sunrise” and participate in a moderated Q+A discussion. More information and a link to participate is available at https://www.eiu.edu/booth/bigread/program.php.

Harjo’s program is sponsored by Booth Library, the Broward County Library (Florida), Broward Public Library Foundation Inc., and Florida Center for the Book. The event is part of the annual Lions in Winter festival sponsored by the EIU Department of English.

“There are few literary voices in America today that are more important than Joy Harjo,” said Zach Newell, dean of Library Services at EIU. “We are incredibly fortunate to be able to introduce our patrons to such a powerful and personal work of literature at a time of continued civic unrest in our country. We should all take Harjo’s message to heart.”

In 2019, Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. She has since been reappointed to the position twice, with her third term scheduled to begin in September 2021. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is an internationally known award-winning poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation.

In “American Sunrise,” Harjo’s eighth collection of poems, she revisits the homeland from which her ancestors were uprooted in 1830 as a result of the Indian Removal Act. The book explores the power of nature, spirituality, memory, violence, and the splintered history of America’s indigenous peoples.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts that is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University received a $14,000 Big Read grant to support a community reading program during the 2020-2021 academic year. The local NEA Big Read program is focused on “An American Sunrise.”

Local Big Read programs sponsored by many community organizations will take place through April 2021. Additional programs will be added to the schedule and will be updated on The Big Read website at https://library.eiu.edu/bigread.

Anyone who would like a free paperback copy of “An American Sunrise” may contact Booth Library. For more information, contact Janice Derr, Big Read project director at Booth Library, at jmderr@eiu.edu or 217-581-7555.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Edible Book Festival winners named

Posted on April 27th, 2020

Pictured is the 2020 People’s Choice winner – “Jaws,” by Georgia Ryan, Carol Ryan and Jeremy Ryan

Pictured is the 2020 People’s Choice second-place entry – “Pineapple Couch: A Mother’s Day Surprise,” by Luke Grant, Marissa Grant, Mark Grant and Sher Lanham

Pictured is the 2020 People’s Choice third-place entry — “The Best Way to Identify a Bird Nest is by the Bird in the Nest,” by Jacqui Worden

Booth Library’s 10th annual Edible Book Festival was held virtually to celebrate National Library Week April 19-25.

Because of restrictions due to COVID-19, this year’s festival was held virtually. Participants created an edible art work based on a book and submitted photos of their entry. Then members of the public were invited to vote online for their favorites.

The winners were as follows:

First place: “Jaws,” by Georgia Ryan, Carol Ryan and Jeremy Ryan; based on the book, “Jaws,” by Peter Benchley.

Second place: “Pineapple Couch: A Mother’s Day Surprise,” by Luke Grant, Marissa Grant, Mark Grant and Sher Lanham; based on the book “Henry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch,” by Cynthia Rylant.

Third place: “The Best Way to Identify a Bird Nest is by the Bird in the Nest,” by Jacqui Worden; based on the book, “Peterson Field Guide to Birds’ Nests,” by Hal Harrison.

First-place winner Georgia Ryan, who helped to created “Jaws,” said they were glad the library had the Edible Book Festival again this year, as they have enjoyed attending in the past. “My son, daughter and I had lots of fun making this creation out of Rice Krispies, icing and assorted candies.”

The second-place entry, “Pineapple Couch: A Mother’s Day Surprise,” was created by 6-year-old Luke Grant. “Luke came up with this idea and did the construction on his own except for one grape dog. He had a blast. The green apple is the father, the red the mother, and the clementines are Luke and his brother Mark. The grape dogs are their pet dogs Sally and Barky.”

Third-place winner Jacqui Worden said she used a grapefruit half and linguini spaghetti to make her bird’s nest, and the habitat was made of leaf lettuce and twig pretzels.

Festival organizer Michele McDaniel thanked all of the participants in this first-ever virtual contest. “It was so much fun to see the photos of the entries come in, and we had a great turnout in people voting, too!”

All of the Edible Book Festival entries will be viewable in EIU’s institutional repository, The Keep, at https://thekeep.eiu.edu/edible_book_festivals/.

Student Research and Creative Activity Conference online presentations 2020

Posted on April 15th, 2020

The Stay-at-Home order for Illinois and our transition to online instruction has not and will not deter the excitement for learning and expression of EIU students! The EIU Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College  presents the 2020 Student Research and Creative Activity Conference this year through the D2L Brightspace course management system. Oral presentations will be accessible to any participants through the links provided below.

Collaborate Ultra Session
(Running from 12:45-5 pm – sign in for as long as you like, when you like)

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/eec50c6601a14c9cbe33a3af39793765

Phone Access – +1-571-392-7650 PIN: 652 600 8249

Schedule

download presentation abstracts.

12:45 pm – Welcome and Recognition of Winners of the Distinguished Faculty Research Mentor Award   (Richard England, MC)

1 pm  – Culture and Identity (Dr. Richard England, Moderator)

Maya Hunter, Political Science, Foreign Languages
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Paul Janssen Danyi, Political Science
The Role of Language Education in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: The Case of Cyprus

Kathrine Gosnell, History
Cultural Hybridity in Burials During the Egyptian Ptolemaic and Roman Periods

2 pm – English Studies (Dr. Suzie Park, moderator)

Alexis Lawson, English
The Christian Recorder (1854)

Maria Ruettiger, English
The Significance of Women’s Hair Post-WWI

Angela Steineman, English
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bess Winter
The Cast of a Giant’s Shadow

3 pm – Sensory Ethnography (Dr. Angela Glaros, moderator)

Ryan Moore, Sociology
Faculty Mentor Angela Glaros, Sociology and Anthropology
Elbows Straight: Bodies, Space, and Power in Student-Led Organizations

Grace Osborn, Biology
Faculty Mentor Angela Glaros, Sociology and Anthropology
Smelling Cultures: Sensory Participation in a Laboratory Space

4 pm – Sustainability Studies  (Dr. Nichole Hugo, Moderator)

Yasmine Ben Miloud – Sustainable Energy (GRAD)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nichole Hugo
Analysis of sustainable community development: A case study of a college town

Christine Kariuki – Sustainable Energy (GRAD)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nichole Hugo
Sustainability Initiatives tracking and measuring in EIU

Martin Osei – Sustainability Studies (GRAD)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nichole Hugo
Design of an Insulated Solar Electric Cooking Stove

Manjil Puri – Sustainable Energy (GRAD)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peter Ping-Liu
Techno-economic study of Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station for rural midwestern town of the USA case study EV installation at Sarah Bush Hospital

 

Vote now in Edible Book Festival!

Posted on April 8th, 2020

To launch the 2020 National Library Week celebration, Booth Library is holding its tenth annual Edible Book Festival.

Thank you to all who entered our first-ever virtual competition! We have 14 very creative artworks for you to view. Please vote for your top three favorites (in no particular order) at http://booth.eiu.edu/ebf2020vote. Voting will close Saturday, April 25, at 4 p.m. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 27.

EIU Comic Con canceled

Posted on March 19th, 2020

CANCELED: Due to EIU campus restrictions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the EIU Comic Con scheduled for March 28 at Booth Library has been CANCELED! We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank everyone for their enthusiasm for our event!

Edible Book Festival canceled

Posted on March 6th, 2020

CANCELED: Due to EIU campus restrictions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Edible Book Festival scheduled for April 20 at Booth Library has been CANCELED! We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank everyone for their enthusiasm for our event!

 

Sign up for free Research 101 workshops

Posted on February 10th, 2020

Students who need tips for conducting research are encouraged to attend free workshops at Booth Library.

Seminar 1: Researching the Literature with Steve Brantley will be offered at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in Room 4450 of the library.

Topics to be covered are:
– What are your online research destinations?
– How do you know when you have enough?
– Identify key journals and key databases.
– Understand controlled vocabularies and how they can benefit your research.
– Learn about open access, open research, and alternative sources for research.

Seminar 2: Organizing your References Using Citation Management Software with Kirstin Duffin will be offered at 7 p.m. March 3 in Room 4450 of the library.

Topics to be covered are:
– Save your sources to one convenient location and access via the cloud.
– Create formatted citations and your reference section in seconds (really!).
– Understand the software options and features in Mendeley and Zotero.
– Export citation information using library databases.

Seminar 3: Submitting your Thesis with Ellen Corrigan will be offered at 7 p.m. March 10 in Room 4450 of the library.

Topics to be covered are:

– How to submit your thesis online via The Keep
– What happens to your thesis to achieve certification by the Graduate School
– How to order personal or departmental print copies of your thesis

Register for the free seminars at https://library.eiu.edu/instruction/thesis101.html.

For more information contact Steve Brantley, head of Research, Engagement and Scholarship, at 581-7542 or jsbrantley@eiu.edu.

Students: Enter our research competition! DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Posted on February 4th, 2020

EIU students who have used Booth Library resources to enhance their research are encouraged to enter the library’s Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program.

The program is open to all EIU students who are/were enrolled during the current academic year. Cash prizes will be awarded.

The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or another format.

The 2020 guidelines can be found on Booth Library’s website at https://library.eiu.edu/awardsforexcellence/. All entries must be submitted electronically through EIU’s scholarship portal, https://eiu.academicworks.com/.

THE DEADLINE TO ENTER IS APRIL 1. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library’s Student Research and Creativity Collection.

For more information email library@eiu.edu or call 217-581-6061.

Library tours to be offered

Posted on January 8th, 2020

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 Research Help desk on the north end of the library to join in any of the tours Monday through Thursday. Tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 13 through Feb. 6. The library will be closed on Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tours are also offered by appointment. Contact a research help librarian at 581-6072 to schedule a tour.

Finals Week activities at Booth!

Posted on December 3rd, 2019

As the end of the semester nears, Booth Library staff members are planning many activities to help students focus, relax and succeed. Extended hours will be offered, and a variety of stress busters are planned.

The library will offer seven days of extended hours leading up to and during Finals Week this semester. Extended hours will be offered from Dec. 4-10. The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 4-5; from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7; noon to 1 a.m. Dec. 8; and 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 9-10.

While you’re at Booth, let your friends and families know how you’re preparing for final exams by sending them a “Don’t worry, I’m at Booth Library!” postcard. Students are encouraged to fill out and address a postcard, then place it in the mailbox. Your friends at Booth Library will mail it for you!

Many other activities will be offered to help students destress. On Dec. 9-10, members of All Things Pawsitive will bring certified therapy dogs to greet students from 2-6 p.m. in the library’s South Lobby.

The EIU Mindfulness Club will offer special sessions to help students alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and strengthen focus. These sessions will be offered in the library’s Edgar Room at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and two sessions, at 6 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m., on Dec. 9-10.

Beginning Dec. 5, mad-libs, coloring pages and Sudoku puzzles will be available to take and complete on your own. At 6 p.m. Dec. 9, free popcorn and lemonade will be served to students while supplies last.

All activities and refreshments are free.

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