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Activities Planned at Booth Library for National Library Week


Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will celebrate National Library Week April 9-15 by sponsoring several activities. The theme is “Libraries Transform.”

Eastern students are encouraged to participate in a library scavenger hunt for the chance to win an Amazon gift card! Pick up the entry form at any public service desk, then return it once it’s complete. A winner will be drawn each day, Monday through Friday, April 10-14.

On Monday, April 10, the library will host the seventh annual Edible Book Festival in the West Reading Room, 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 on the library website.

The annual book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 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 12, the winners of the 2017 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.

All library patrons are encouraged to share “Why I Love My Librarian” by posting a short message on a special display board on the third (main) floor of the library.

Spring exhibit

Historical administration students will lead a tour of the library’s spring exhibit at 5:30 p.m. April 12 in the Marvin Foyer. The exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” was researched, curated and designed by HA graduate students. The exhibit traces the role of public and historical institutions of Illinois to show how history continues to be vital to our cultural heritage and identity.

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 Julie Foudy, a retired professional soccer player, two-time World Cup champion, and a medalist in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics. She will release her first book, “Choose to Matter,” this spring.

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


MEDIA CONTACT:  Beth Heldebrandt, Booth Library;; 217-581-6064



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