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Exhibits 2011

  • Nutrition Education Exhibits

    Students enrolled in Nutrition Therapy through the School of Family and Consumer Sciences demonstrate the importance of nutrition in exhibits titled: Got Nuts, Grains, Legumes and Seeds, Then You've Got Milk!; Breakfast on the Run; What Are Whole Grains?; Legumes; Color Your Diet; Benefits of Lycopene; Calcium; What's Your Flavor?; Eating on a Budget; and Spring Into a Healthier You. The exhibits will be on display through March in the Marvin Foyer.
  • 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Inauguration

    An exhibit is on display in Booth Library's south lobby commemorating the150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration as president on March 4, 1861. Bradley Tolppanen is the curator.
  • Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

    Exhibits featuring the memorable characters created by Dr. Suess are on display in the Marvin Foyer and Ballenger Teachers Center through April. Jeanne Goble is the curator, and many of the items on display are on loan from Jeni Huckstep.
  • Women and the Environment

    In keeping with the theme of this year's Women's History Month celebrations (March, 2011), the exhibits in the North foyer of the Booth Library highlight women leaders from around the world fighting for their environment. On one side are leaders from around the world and their biographical information set up in an interactive format along with images of globes from a public art exhibitions set up in various cities. On the other side are book covers from women authors who have written about the environment for various audiences including children. Quotes from well-known environmentalists are also included in this display case. The displays were put together by Dr. Jeanne Okrasinski and Dr. Kiran Padmaraju with assistance from Ms. Stacey Knight-Davis.
  • National Poetry Month: Elizabeth Bishop

    To celebrate national poetry month, this display will highlight the life and work of American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Marvin Foyer through April 30. Curated by Janice Derr.
  • Booth Library's first Edible Book Festival

    The first Edible Book Festival was a great success. There were 26 entries, including pieces from library staff, students, faculty, and retirees. The entries ran the gamut from whimsical to thought-provoking, and there was a very high level of creativity and craftsmanship.

    Photos from the event are available at

    Festival attendees could vote for their favorite exhibit and due to the high quality of the pieces nearly every entry received votes. There were so many quality entries that we decided that next year we should have awards in more categories. This year the winners were:

    Dean's Choice Award - "The Sexual Politics of Meat" by Ellen Corrigan Dean's Choice Award Runner-Up - "Naked Lunch" by Stacey Knight-Davis

    People's Choice Award (Most Votes) - "Stone Soup" by Jacqui Worden People's Choice Award Runner-Up - "Pet Sematary" by Terri Strong

    There were several Honorable Mentions as well. Each Honorable Mention got a Booth Library book-bag:

    "Miles and Miles of Reptiles" by Laura Mullin "House of Cards" by Kai Hung "Harry Potter" by Jeanne Goble and Johna Shackles Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated and/or attended and made the festival a fun event. I hope you were inspired to think about your entry for next year!
  • School of Technology Exhibit

    This School of Technology exhibit demonstrates the integrative learning techniques employed by School of Technology faculty. Laboratories in the school are equipped to enable integrative learning in numerous technology areas including digital printing, automation and control, computer-integrated manufacturing, construction, materials and polymers. The exhibit highlights faculty perspectives with images from the technology program and quotes from the faculty. The example materials provide the viewer with a sense of the "hands-on" learning that students can expect in the School of Technology. The exhibit is on display in the south lobby through April 30. Curated by Todd Bruns.
  • Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Exhibit

    In tandem with the first Booth Library Edible Book Festival, this exhibit introduces the viewer to Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the inspiration for the International Edible Book Festival. Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) is most famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. Physiologie du gout has never been out of print since it was first published. Among Brillat-Savarin's bon mots are "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are" (now used in the TV series 'Iron Chef'). Brillat-Savarin was also one of the first persons to identify high sugar content foods as contributors to obesity. Curated by Todd Bruns.
  • Chemistry in Practice

    Eastern Illinois University will host, for the first time, the 21st meeting of the Midwest Organic Solid-State Chemistry Symposium (MOSSCS). Typically assembling at Big Ten Universities, this is the first time the symposium will be held at a primarily undergraduate institution. MOSSCS will be June 10-11, 2011. Stop into Booth Library to view a portion of our organic solid-state chemistry collection on display in the third floor main walkway and learn more about the MOSSCS event! Curated by Kirstin Duffin.
  • Discover New Horizons at Booth Library and Abroad

    In 2010-2011, 305 students participated in a study abroad program while at EIU, up from 97 participants in 2001-2002. Curious about what to expect from a study abroad experience? Take time to look at the newest exhibit in Booth Library's Marvin foyer featuring materials from the library's collection and the EIU Study Abroad Office. From learn-a-language audio programs and travel guides to maps and foreign study guidebooks, the library has a wealth of information about planning your study abroad experience. Curated by Kirstin Duffin.
  • The Wonderful World of Daylilies

    An exhibit on daylilies is on display in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library during the height of the daylily season in Charleston. The exhibit will feature pretty pictures of flowers, some historical and technical information, and freshly picked flowers from John Whisler's home garden. Flower enthusiasts may want to visit repeatedly as new daylilies come into bloom and are featured in the display.

  • What's Your Type

    This exhibit looks at the origins of selected typefaces, as well as historical and contemporary examples of their use in media, popular and corporate culture. "What's Your Type?" is on display in the Reference Hallway through the end of August. Curated by Ellen K. Corrigan.

    Read more about the exhibit in the Daily Eastern News article Exhibit to show history, evolution of typefaces.
  • 2010-2011 Cultivating Creativity Children's Art Exhibit

    The traveling exhibition Cultivating Creativity 2010-2011: Consolidated Communications Children's Art Exhibit travels to Charleston at Booth Library, 600 Lincoln Ave, Charleston. The exhibit will be on view August 15 through August 29. Cultivating Creativity showcases some of the outstanding art produced through east-central Illinois school art programs. Presented is art by 40 students, each representing a different school. The art was created during the 2009-2010 school year.

    Representing schools in the Charleston are Thomas Barger, Charleston High School, Ally Bower, Jefferson Elementary School, Bailey Day, Carl Sandburg Elementary School, Cole Limes, Charleston Middle School, Hannah Spencer, Ashmore Elementary School, and Connor Woodley, Mark Twain Elementary School.

    Barger's pencil drawing, "House of the Rising Sun" was created in the twelfth grade under the direction of Toni Satterfield. Bower created her ceramic piece, "Hippo" in the sixth grade, taught by Dorothy Bennett. Day's painting, "Arthur Dove-Style Landscape" was created in the first grade, taught by Heather Bryan. Limes' created his colored pencil drawing, "Recreation of Picasso's Weeping Woman" under the direction of Mandy White. Taught by Jillian Benoit, Spencer made her pastel drawing, "The Marvelous Cake" and Woodley created his painting, "Jasper Johns Flag."

    Cultivating Creativity 2010-2011is sponsored by Consolidated Communications and the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University. The exhibit will travel to 14 area communities, from Assumption to Paris and from Tuscola to Effingham. The Tarble Arts Center teams with Consolidated Communications in this annual program to showcase some of the outstanding art by area students and to help raise awareness of the importance of including the arts as part of the regular school curriculum.

    Richard Riley, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Education, in the publication "Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning", emphasizes the importance of the arts in a comprehensive education at an early age. "Through engagement with the arts, young people can better begin lifelong journeys of developing their capabilities and contributing to the world around them. The arts teach young people how to learn by giving them the first step: the desire to learn."

    Area schools participating this year include: Arcola District #306, Arthur District #305; Charleston District #1; Casey-Westfield Junior and Senior High Schools; Bond, Gregory and Central A&M Middle School, Assumption-Moweaqua; Central Grade School, Effingham; Charleston Middle School; Crestwood Elementary and Junior High School, Paris; Effingham Junior High and High Schools; Kansas District #3; Main Street and Moulton Schools, Shelbyville; Mattoon District #2; Oakland District #5; Okaw Valley District #302; South Side Elementary School, Effingham; St. Anthony Grade School, Effingham; Stewardson-Strasburg District #5A; St. Mary's School, Paris; Sullivan Middle and High Schools; Tuscola High School; and Windsor District #1.

    The exhibit is comprised of art works in a wide variety of media and styles. Included are paintings in tempera, acrylic, and watercolor; drawings in ink, pastel, colored pencil, crayon, chalk and graphite; and block prints and collage. Other media represented are fabric, clay, scratchboards, digital photography and mixed media.

    Cultivating Creativity is a community engagement program of the Tarble Arts Center. The Tarble also offers a variety of other educational programs for area schools, including a tour/workshop Enrichment program that is open to area fifth grade and to junior/senior high art students, a month-long artist-in-the-schools residency, guided tours, and teacher workshops. Most programs are presented free of charge to the participating schools and supported through Tarble membership contributions and the Tarble Arts Center Endowment/EIU Foundation.

    For more information about the Cultivating Creativity exhibit or other programs contact the Tarble Arts Center at 217/581-ARTS (-2787) or The Tarble is funded in part by the Tarble Arts Center Fund/EIU Foundation, Tarble Arts membership contributions, and program sponsors. A division of the EIU College of Arts & Humanities, the Tarble is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

  • Remembering America's Civil War: A 150 Year Retrospective

    Exhibits are on display throughout the library commemorating the United States Civil War, 150 years after it began. For detailed information, see the exhibit web page.
  • Women Writers of the Romantic Era

    Conventional discussions of the British Romantic Era (1780-1830) generally focus on the "Big Six" male writers - Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Percy Shelley, Keats and Blake. The contributions of women writers have almost been forgotten even though many women writers were well known and well read in their day. The exhibit in the South Lobby features six women Romantic Era Writers. Curated by Janice Derr and Karen Whisler.

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