BTC: Resources for Educators during COVID-19

There are a variety of resources being made available for educators during COVID-19. The Ballenger Teachers Center has gotten temporary access to a few subscription databases for ebooks and databases that our students and faculty can use for read-aloud alternatives.

Many educators are conducting read-alouds using online platforms such as YouTube, Zoom, Google Classroom, and Facebook. However, it is essential that educators follow publisher guidelines for sharing these videos. Check out the guidelines for read-alouds on our guide:

2019 Gift from Dr. Annette Christy for the BTC

The Ballenger Teachers Center would like to thank EIU Alumna, Dr. Annette Christy, for her generous donation of History and Civics Curriculum Materials. Our secondary education students will benefit from updated American History and Civics textbooks as they prepare for practicum and student teaching.

Dr. Annette Christy, Class of 1964, graduated with a major in Latin and Spanish from E.I.U. She began her teaching career of 43 years at the secondary level. Then, she earned a Masters in Library Science from Chicago State U. She then earned a Doctorate in Educational Technology from Nova Southeastern University. She became a mentor for groups of on-site and online doctoral studies for Nova while still remaining a middle school media specialist in the Upstate of South Carolina. Her fond memories of studying at the Booth Library inspired her to start contributing to the Ballenger Teachers Center in those areas of need that are suggested by the staff. It is her hope that these materials will be used to promote a joy of learning and enrichment.

Here is a complete list of titles donated:

  • American History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • E178.1 .A492455 2018x
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  • American History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • E178.1 .A492455 2018x
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  • American History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • E178.1 .A492455 2018x
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  • American History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • E178.1 .A492455 2018x
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  • American History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • E178.1 .A492455 2018x
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  • American History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • E178.1 .A492455 2018x
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  • American History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • E178.1 .A492455 2018x
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  • American History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • E178.1 .A492455 2018x
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  • American History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • E178.1 .A492455 2018x
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  • American Revolution: Experiences Of Rebellion.
  • E209 .A44 2016x
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  • American Revolution: Experiences Of Rebellion.
  • E209 .A44 2016x
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  • China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.s. Response.
  • E183.8.C5 C5354 2019x
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  • China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.s. Response.
  • E183.8.C5 C5354 2019x
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  • Civil War and the Meaning Of Liberty.
  • E468 .C6235 2019x
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Folk Tales and Fairy Tales from Around the World

We are excited to announce our new display, Folk Tales and Fairy Tales from Around the World, compiled by library staff member, Deborah Fennema. Featuring an explanation of the subtle differences between folk and fairy tales, the display highlights retellings from around the world. We hope you’ll stop by, grab a book and a free bookmark!

Take a look at the books on display below.

  • About the Sleeping Beauty
  • Travers, P. L. (Pamela Lyndon), 1899-1996.
  • 398.2 T6972a
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  • Arabella and Mr. Crack: An Old English Tale
  • Gackenbach, Dick.
  • 398.2 G1163a
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  • Baba Yaga: A Russian Folktale
  • Kimmel, Eric A.,
  • 398.2 K5713ba
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  • Baboushka and the Three Kings
  • Robbins, Ruth.
  • 398.2 R538b
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  • Banza: A Haitian Story
  • Wolkstein, Diane.
  • 398.2 W8345ba
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  • Blind Boy and the Loon, and Other Eskimo Myths.
  • Maher, Ramona, 1934-
  • 398.2 M277
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  • Boy Of the Three-year Nap
  • Snyder, Dianne.
  • 398.2 Sn92
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  • Bremen-town Musicians
  • Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863.
  • 398.2 G883b
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  • Celtic Fairy Tales
  • Jacobs, Joseph, 1854-1916,
  • 398 J15ce
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  • Dreamtime: Aboriginal Stories
  • Oodgeroo Noonuccal, 1920-1993.
  • 398.2 N737dr
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  • Elves and the Shoemaker
  • Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863.
  • 398 G883e
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Gratitude and Giving Thanks

Along with no-shave November, many folks on social media also spend of the month of November participating in activities such as 30 Days of Thanks with an intentional focus on gratitude. More and more, teachers find themselves teaching principles of gratitude, giving thanks, mindfulness, and manners in the classroom as a part of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum.

Take a look at some of the great books now on display that focus on gratitude, giving thanks, and manners.

  • ’twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
  • Pilkey, Dav, 1966-
  • 800 P644tw
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  • Always Room for One More
  • Leodhas, Sorche Nic, 1898-1969.
  • 398.8 AL35al
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  • Andy and the Lion: A Tale Of Kindness Remembered or the Power Of Gratitude
  • Daugherty, James, 1889-1974.
  • 800 D265an 1966
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  • Arthur’s Thanksgiving
  • Brown, Marc Tolon.
  • 800 B8137ath
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  • Before We Eat: From Farm to Table
  • Brisson, Pat,
  • 307 B7761be
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  • Circle Of Thanks
  • Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-
  • 811.54 B83cir
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  • D.w.’s Guide to Perfect Manners
  • Brown, Marc Tolon.
  • 800 B8137dwg
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  • Emily Post Emily’s Everyday Manners
  • Post, Peggy, 1945-
  • 395.1 P845emi
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  • Excuse Me! Certainly!
  • Slobodkin, Louis, 1903-1975.
  • 800 SL52e
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  • From Hand to Mouth, Or, How We Invented Knives, Forks, Spoons, and Chopsticks, & the Table Manners to Go with Them
  • Giblin, James Cross, 1933-2016.
  • 394.1 G3558
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  • Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
  • Swamp, Jake, 1941-2010.
  • 299 Sw23giv
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  • Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey
  • Cowley, Joy.
  • 800 C83922g
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  • Hands Are Not for Hitting
  • Agassi, Martine, 1966-
  • 371.7 Ag16han
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  • How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
  • Yolen, Jane,
  • 800 Y783ho
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  • How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
  • Yolen, Jane.
  • PZ8.3.Y76 Hmc 2014x
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  • It’s Thanksgiving
  • Prelutsky, Jack.
  • 811.54 P915itt
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  • It’s a Spoon, Not a Shovel
  • Buehner, Caralyn.
  • 395 B861i
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  • It’s Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel
  • Curtis, Jamie Lee, 1958-
  • 800 C944its
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  • Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)
  • Park, Barbara,
  • 813 P2194jftu
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  • Last Stop on Market Street
  • De la Peña, Matt,
  • 800 D3706La
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  • Manners for Moderns;
  • Scott, Judith Unger.
  • 395 Sco84
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  • Meanie’s Party
  • Cowley, Joy,
  • LB1525 .S865 2000x Meanie’s party
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  • No Fighting, No Biting!
  • Minarik, Else Holmelund,
  • 800 M661n
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  • Peter’s Old House
  • Beskow, Elsa, 1874-1953.
  • 839.736 B463p
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  • Plymouth Thanksgiving
  • Weisgard, Leonard, 1916-2000.
  • 974.4 W435
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  • Story Basket Read Together Audiocassettes.
  • LB1525 .S865 2000x Meanie’s party
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  • Thankfulness
  • McDonnell, Janet, 1962-
  • 179.9 M146tha
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  • Thanksgiving: The True Story
  • Colman, Penny.
  • 394.2649 C71tha
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  • Thanksgiving Book: A Companion to the Holiday Covering Its History, Lore, Traditions, Foods, and Symbols, Including Primary Sources, Poems, Prayers,
  • Hillstrom, Laurie Collier, 1965-
  • 394.2649 T3294
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  • Thanksgiving Holiday Cookbook
  • Raabe, Emily.
  • 641.5 R11than
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  • Thanksgiving in the White House
  • Hines, Gary.
  • 800 H589tha
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  • Thingumajig Book Of Do’s & Don’ts
  • Keller, Irene.
  • 800 K282thi
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  • Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn: The Story Of the Thanksgiving Symbols
  • Barth, Edna.
  • 394.2 B282t
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  • Yoko’s World Of Kindness: Golden Rules for a Happy Classroom
  • Wells, Rosemary.
  • 800 W462yow
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Shane Burcaw to Visit EIU

Dr. Christina Edmonds-Behrend, Professor of Special Education, and Mrs. Michele McDaniel, Coordinator of the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, received a combination of two Redden Grants to bring author and speaker Shane Burcaw and his fiancée, Hannah Aylward, to speak at Eastern Illinois University. These grants compliment a previous gran that received from the Lambda State Foundation to purchase children’s books and educational materials portraying disability experiences.

On Nov. 4, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Shane Burcaw is coming to speak to the EIU community at the Buzzard Auditorium. Shane Burcaw (born May 28, 1992) grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He has a disease known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has been in a wheelchair since he was two years old. He graduated Moravian College with an English degree. In 2011, he started his blog, Laughing At My Nightmare, where he would use humor to address his struggles with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. His memoir of the same title was shortlisted for the ALA Excellence in Nonfiction Award in 2015. Shane and his cousin started Laughing At My Nightmare, Incorporated in 2012 as a nonprofit organization to help others living with muscular atrophy. His fiancée, Hannah Aylward, and he have made a YouTube channel, Squirmy and Grubs, that gives insight on their relationship and how they live together as an interabled couple. Shane has published three books to date: Laughing At My Nightmare in 2014, Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability in 2017, and Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse in 2019. Not So Different is nominated for two Association of Illinois School Library Educators’ Kids Choice awards: the Monarch Award and the Bluestem Award. Shane will also be visiting the students at Carl Sandburg Elementary and Jefferson Elementary in Charleston and Williams Elementary and Riddle Elementary School in Mattoon while he is in town.

The presentation will be open to the public. Please be prepared to ask questions.

Go to Shane and Hannah’s YouTube channel, Squirmy and Grubs, to see more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdomP1JqhnyBQGaBmfDl4KQ

This blog post was written by Matthew Eifrid, Booth Library’s writing intern.

Donation from Dr. Annette Christy: Social Emotional Learning Children’s Books and Curriculum

The Ballenger Teachers Center is excited to announce a set of brand new books and curriculum donated by Dr. Annette Christy (EIU Alumna, Class of 1964).  Dr. Christy has given generously to the Ballenger Teachers Center over the years. She graduated with a major in Latin and Spanish from Eastern Illinois University. She began her teaching career of 43 years at the secondary level. Then, she earned a Masters in Library Science from Chicago State University. She then earned a Doctorate in Educational Technology from Nova Southeastern University. She became a mentor for groups of on-site and online doctoral studies for Nova while still remaining a middle school media specialist in the Upstate of South Carolina. Her fond memories of studying at Booth Library inspired her to start contributing to the Ballenger Teachers Center in those areas of need that are suggested by the staff. It is her hope that these materials will be used to promote a joy of learning and enrichment. Through Dr. Christy’s generous donations, the coordinator of the Ballenger Teachers Center is able to identify areas of need in the collection and update them all at once.

You may remember that Dr. Christy donation was used to update our juvenile collection’s books about space and the solar system last year.

This year we were able to add the Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum for grades K through 5. In addition to this wonderful curriculum, Dr. Christy’s donation allowed us to purchase a large variety of picture books about various social-emotional concepts, including persistence, kindness, responsibility, and fairness.

Please take a look at the full list of titles donated by Dr. Christy in 2018.

Increasing Knowledge of Diverse Individuals with Disabilities through Literature and Related Materials

This summer, Dr. Christina Edmonds-Behrend, Professor of Special Education, and Mrs. Michele McDaniel, Coordinator of the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, received a $1,500 grant from the Illinois State Foundation for Educational Studies, Inc., Delta Kappa Gamma for “Increasing Knowledge of Diverse Individuals with Disabilities through Literature and Related Materials.”

With these funds, we are purchasing children’s picture books, chapter books, and teaching materials that address a wide variety of disability experiences for the Ballenger Teachers Center. These items have been carefully selected to support pre-service teacher candidates in EIU’s College of Education. We are excited to announce that these items will be on special display in the Ballenger Teachers Center for the duration of the Fall 2018 semester.

Please preview the titles we have received so far below. More will arrive in the coming weeks. Please come to the BTC to check out some of our beautiful new materials today.

Also, stay tuned for more information about our coordinating Redden Grant for bringing a visiting author to campus!

List of grant materials received as of 22 August 2018.

  • All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism
  • Rudolph, Shaina,
  • 800 R8357al
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  • Always Watch out for the Flying Potato Salad!
  • Winkler, Henry, 1945-
  • 813 W729he09
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  • Armond Goes to a Party: A Book About Asperger’s and Friendship
  • Carlson, Nancy L.,
  • 618.92 C197ar
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  • Aunt Holly Call Me Boogie
  • Payne, Holly,
  • 800 P2934ab
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  • Aunt Holly Call Me Shoogie
  • Payne, Holly,
  • 800 P2934as
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  • Awesome Miss Seeds: Her Courage Overcame Disabilities; Her Determination Changed Schools and Teaching
  • Escobar, Dolores A.,
  • 370.92 Se324es
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  • Barefoot Book Of Children
  • Strickland, Tessa,
  • 305.23 St855ba
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  • Bookmarks Are People Too!
  • Winkler, Henry, 1945-
  • 813 W729he01
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  • Can I Tell You About Down Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals
  • Elliott, Elizabeth J.,
  • 618.9285 EL583ca
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  • Can I Tell You About Cerebral Palsy?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals
  • Stanton, Marion, 1956-
  • 616.836 St265ca
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  • Can I Tell You About Dyslexia?: A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals
  • Hultquist, Alan M.,
  • 618.92 H8798ca
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  • Can I Tell You About Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals
  • Fidler, Ruth,
  • 618.92 F449ca
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  • Can I Tell You About Peanut Allergy?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals
  • Dempsey, Sharon.
  • 616.975 D3996ca
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  • Can I Tell You About Sensory Processing Difficulties?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals
  • Allen, Sue (Psychotherapist)
  • 618.92 AL545ca
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  • Charlie & Frog: A Mystery
  • Kane, Karen, 1965-
  • 813 K1315ch
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  • Colors Of the Wind: The Story Of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza
  • Powers, J. L. (Jessica Lynn), 1974-
  • 759.13 M5237po
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  • Conversation Skills for Kids with Autism & Asperger’s
  • Toole, Janine,
  • HM691 .T66 2017x
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  • Curious George Joins the Team
  • Platt, Cynthia,
  • 800 P6973cuj
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  • Dana Also Deserves a Playground
  • Manor, Yael.
  • 800 M31715da
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  • Different Abilities
  • Pettiford, Rebecca,
  • 362.4 P453di
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No Storytime for Fall 2018

The Ballenger Teachers Center will not be hosting a Fall 2018 Storytime Series. Please stay tuned for updates about our Winter Storytime series.

If you are looking for things to do on Saturday mornings during Fall 2018, please consider the following suggestions:

  • The 18th Street Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning, 8am-12pm, through September 29.
  • Lincoln Log Cabin will be hosting a Saturday Story Series starting in October. View their full line-up on their Facebook page.
  • The Charleston Public Library hosts  to see a list of their excellent programming, including Saturday Make and Take events.

Have a great autumnal season!

Summer Stacks Shift

Although the BTC is usually much quieter in the summer, this May the BTC has been abuzz with activity.

My student workers have been busy re-organizing the BTC Stacks (a.k.a. Textbooks and Teaching Materials or Curriculum Collection) to be in call number order A-Z, left to right. We also had help from our fabulous circulation staff members to reorganize the Box Kits and Bag Kits in the same fashion. Previously, the stacks ran Z-A. For those of you who knew exactly where your favorite item was on the shelf, the new organization will take a little bit of time to get used to. For those of you to whom the BTC Stacks were a mystery, we hope this makes finding things a bit easier! Take a look at the pictures below to see the changes.

Find out more about what kinds of materials you can find in the BTC Stacks here: http://www.library.eiu.edu/btc/collections/curriculum.php

Shift in progress:

Shift complete!