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 … Continue reading "2019 Gift from Dr. Annette Christy for the BTC"
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! … Continue reading "Folk Tales and Fairy Tales from Around the World"
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 … Continue reading "Gratitude and Giving Thanks"
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 … Continue reading "Donation from Dr. Annette Christy: Social Emotional Learning Children’s Books and Curriculum"
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 … Continue reading "Increasing Knowledge of Diverse Individuals with Disabilities through Literature and Related Materials"
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 … Continue reading "Summer Stacks Shift"
On Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 7pm, the Ballenger Teachers Center will host the Student Education Association RSO for an Earth Day themed presentation. Mrs. McDaniel will introduce students to Earth Day related resources for our pre-service teachers available at the BTC. Resources include a wide variety of kits, games, and science modules; resource books … Continue reading "Earth Day with S.E.A."
Each year, the Ballenger Teachers Center collects the nominees for the Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Take a look at our Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Award Guide here to see the titles on the 2021 nominees lists. The Rebecca Caudill Award is the flagship Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Award. It was first awarded in 1988. Twenty … Continue reading "Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Awards"
Every year, the American Library Association forms committees to select the best books of the year in a variety of categories. The selected titles represent examples of excellence in children’s and young adult literature and audio books. In addition to the gold medal award winners, each award will typically give honor awards to a few … Continue reading "2018 ALA Youth Media Awards"
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 … Continue reading "New foreign language and bilingual children’s books in the BTC!"