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Lessons Over Lunch: Keys to Community Success
02/17/16 - 02/17/16
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"Our Town" Community Update Breakfast
03/10/16 - 03/10/16
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Events in the next 30 days...
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09/10/15
 -05/19/16
Lake Land College Leadership Series

Leadership Series
Your leaders mush become extraordinary leaders for organization to succeed.  This program is designed to develop and enhance the skills of your leaders.  All participants will develop individualized and practical skills that will take their leadership skills to the next level and transform them into extraordinary leaders.

THE SERIES INCLUDES:
Communicating for Superior Teamwork
8 am - noon  September 10, 2015

Principles & Qualitiesof Genuine Leadership 
8 am - noon  October 8, 2015
Communication Excellence: Managing Performance with DiSC
8 am - noon November 5, 2015
Providing Constructive Feedback
8 am - noon December 17, 2015
Coaching - Developing Others
8 am - noon January 14, 2016
Leading Change at Every Level
8 am - noon February 11, 2016
Resolving Conflict within Your Team
8 am - noon March 10, 2016
Delegating for Shared Success
8 am - noon April 28, 2016
Giving Recognition
8 am - noon May 19, 2015


 

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01/11/16
 -02/26/16
"Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry" exhibit

“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, from Jan. 11-Feb. 26.
 
The exhibition recalls a tragic period in our history — the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s — and explores its environmental and cultural consequences. It raises several thought-provoking questions: What caused fertile farms to turn to dust? How did people survive? What lessons can we learn?
 
“The Dust Bowl was one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in American history. We are proud that Booth Library was selected to help make the public more aware of this important era,” said Allen Lanham, dean of library services. “This exhibition delves into the history and geography behind the Dust Bowl, but also provides a human element; through the words of the survivors themselves, we learn what it was like to live through such a difficult time.”
 
“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” will be accompanied by a series of free library programs, including lectures and film screenings. The exhibition and programs feature several overlapping humanities themes: the nature of the connection between humans and nature; the many ways human beings respond to adversity; and how people came to understand and to describe their experiences living through the Dust Bowl.
 
Lanham invites community members and groups to view the exhibit any time the library is open. More details are available at http://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/dustbowl/

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02/11/16
Business After Hours hosted by Brookstone Estates

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02/13/16
Story time for children

A series of free story times for children is planned at the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Story times at Booth Library are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5; and April 2. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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02/16/16
"Recapturing the Experiences of Women in Dust Bowl

“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, from Jan. 11-Feb. 26.
 
This program is one of several held in conjunction with the exhibit.
  • “Recapturing the Experiences of Women in the Dust Bowl: The Life and Writings of Caroline Henderson,” by Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, assistant professor of history;
 More details are available at http://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/dustbowl/

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02/17/16
Fracking

The news and political rhetoric are filled with the term, "fracking," these days.  There are two camps, one touting the huge financial benefits, less reliance on foreign fuels and putting America back to work.  The other camp heartily condemns the process, citing massive environmental devastation and the poisoning of our water supplies.  This class will explore both sides of the process in hopes of enlightening folks to come to their own, educated conclusions.

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02/17/16
Lessons Over Lunch: Keys to Community Success

Chamber members, guests and community residents are invited to join Charleston community leaders for an open discussion regarding the present and future success of Charleston. During the lunch program David Chambers, Deputy Chief of Police, will address recent public safety concerns and identify the actual statistics for criminal activity in the area. Mayor Brandon Combs will then conclude the discussion with an appeal to community residents to join in a new dialogue to create a more positive community outlook.
DISCUSSION TOPICS:

  • What are the real crime statistics for this area?
  • What Community Policing Initiatives are in place already?
  • How can you protect your business?
  • How can we all work together to create a safe and supportive community?

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02/17/16
The Politics of Drought in 'The Grapes of Wrath'

“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, from Jan. 11-Feb. 26.
 
This program is one of several held in conjunction with the exhibit.
  • “The Politics of Drought in ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’” by Robin Murray, professor of English;
 More details are available at http://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/dustbowl/

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02/18/16
Excel Level 2 2010

  • Working with Large Worksheets
  • Managing Multiple-Sheet Workbooks
  • Applying Advanced Functions and Using Auditing Features
  • Adding Graphics to Worksheets
  • Using Templates and Protecting Workbooks

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02/18/16
Diplomats Meeting

Diplomats Meeting is located at the UHotel.

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02/18/16
Film screening: 'The Grapes of Wrath'

“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, from Jan. 11-Feb. 26.
 
This program is one of several held in conjunction with the exhibit.
  • film screening of “Grapes of Wrath,” featuring the work of cinematographer Gregg Toland of Charleston, presented by Kit Morice, curator of education, Tarble Arts Center;
 More details are available at http://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/dustbowl/

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02/19/16
19th Lunasa with Tim O'Brien

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an “Irish music dream team.”

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02/20/16
Story time for children

A series of free story times for children is planned at the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Story times at Booth Library are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5; and April 2. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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02/22/16
Dust Bowl Lessons: Soil Conservation Then & Now

“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, from Jan. 11-Feb. 26.
 
This program is one of several held in conjunction with the exhibit.
  • “Dust Bowl Lessons: Soil Conservation Then and Now,” by R.J. Alier, Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District.
 More details are available at http://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/dustbowl/

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02/23/16
Bird Club

On the last Tuesday of each month, 6pm, local birdwatchers and bird enthusiasts convene to celebrate their shared passion and the learn from one another. The Bird Club – a member-led group – holds the monthly meetings at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Members are highly varied, from those with a budding interest in birds at their feeders,  to those with an arsenal of knowledge and experience. Each meeting features a new presentation by a member or guest speaker, and provides an opportunity for each member to share their recent sightings and bird questions. Field trips and group bird-watching opportunities arise throughout the year. Anyone is welcome to join this flock, and more information can be found at www.dhnature.org/bird-club or by calling the Douglas-Hart Nature Center at 217-235-4644. 

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02/25/16
Excel Level 3 2010

  • Creating Pivot Tables and Macros
  • Using Financial Functions and Data Analysis
  • Using Advanced Formatting and Analysis Tools
  • Collaborating in Excel
  • Integrating Excel with other Programs

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02/25/16
Talking about the Generations

The good news is that people are living longer and healthier lives. Today, it is not uncommon to have four or even five living generations in the typical family. Are you a Baby Boomer? Or maybe from the Radio Generation? A Cusper? Each generation comes with its own beliefs or perspectives based on life experiences – which can sometimes cause conflict. Increasing knowledge and understanding of the five generations improves relationships between those of different generations. Participants will learn more about each generation, how generational differences affect relationships and how to recognize and appreciate the commonalities among various age groups. 

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02/27/16
Story time for children

A series of free story times for children is planned at the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Story times at Booth Library are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5; and April 2. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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02/27/16
La Grande Soirée

32nd Annual La Grande Soirée, a dinner and dance to support Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Volunteer Guild scholarship program and further the Guild’s goal of providing scholarships to area students pursuing healthcare-related careers.  The event is hosted at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham.
 
The evening begins with a social hour at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7 pm and a dance from 8 to 11 pm, with music by the always popular dance band, Downtime from St. Louis. As part of the night’s activities, Towne Square Jeweler’s of Charleston will once again sponsor a “Champagne and Ice Event” in which participants can purchase glasses of champagne for chances to win a piece of diamond jewelry.                
 
Raffle tickets are available for a chance to win a St. Louis Cardinals baseball-game package as another way to support the Guild Scholarship Program. The package includes four dugout, box-seat tickets to the Monday, May 2, St. Louis Cardinals’ game against the Phillies; hotel accommodations at the Residence Inn downtown; a $50 gas card from Lambo’s BP; cash for food; and much more. The winning ticket will be drawn on Friday, February 26. You need not be present to win. For more information and tickets, call 217 258-2511.

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03/01/16
Energy

Tour EIU's new capability of research and education in clean and sustainable energy.  Center of Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE) is a showcase of the integration of energy production at Renewable Energy Center and student research and learning for a sustainable future.  

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03/02/16
Executive Committee Meeting

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03/02/16
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

From New Zealand, this high demand show will charm with Kiwi humor, disarmingly small instruments and subline musicality.  

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03/04/16
The Beauty of Butterfly Gardens

Botanist, Marissa Grant and Education Director, Jennifer Tariq of the Douglas-Hart Nature Center will teach you about creating your own wayside butterfly gardens in your own backyard using Illinois native plants.  Through hands on presentations, participants will learn about a variety of native garden plants, practice creating their own backyard butterfly garden with garden blueprints, learn about the monarch tagging program conducted in the fall and take home a few plant samples with the option to purchase more!

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03/05/16
Story time for children

A series of free story times for children is planned at the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library on the Eastern Illinois University campus.

Story times at Booth Library are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 5; and April 2. Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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03/07/16
MyMediaMall

Learn how to download free audio books, videos, and e-books straight to your tablet, e-reader, or mp3 player using MyMediaMall. Participants who bring their personal device will learn how to set up their MyMediaMall account and download content. Attendees will need to bring their Panther Card or a Community Borrower Card. For more information on obtaining a Community Borrower card please see http://www.library.eiu.edu/circ/communityborrowers.html or call Booth Library at 217-581-6071.

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03/08/16
Board of Directors Meeting

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03/10/16
"Our Town" Community Update Breakfast

Come hear first hand updates from key community leaders at the "Our Town" Community Update Breakfast hosted by the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce. Speakers at the breakfast include: Brandon Combs (Mayor City of Charleston), Dr. David Glassman (President, Eastern Illinois University), Jim Littleford (Superintendent, Charleston School Distrcit), Dr. Josh Bullock (President, Lake Land College) and Angela Griffin (President/CEO, Coles Together). Individual tickets and tables of 8 available. Buffet breakfast included. Community residents welcome to attend.

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03/11/16
Mollie's War

Members of the Women’s Army Corps – WACs – were the first women other than nurses to serve overseas in World War II.Cyndee Schaffer’s mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, was one of them. Drawing upon excerpts from Mollie’s letters written home during the war, this presentation provides a romantic, yet frightful, glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in history.This presentation details Mollie’s experiences from basic training in Florida in October 1943 to the dramatic moment when the Statue of Liberty came into view upon her return in November 1945.  It traces the footsteps of the women who served in Europe, following Mollie and her fellow WACs who were stationed in London, England, before D-Day and during the post-D-Day German buzz bomb attacks.The WACs were transferred to Normandy two months after D-Day and then to Paris after its liberation by the Allies.  Finally, they traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the Army of Occupation and witnessed first-hand the devastation of that country before returning to the United States.This presentation invites contemplation of the vital and varied roles that women have fulfilled in the American military.

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