Booth hosts renaissance recorder practices in historical building
Libraries are known for being places of quiet reflection and houses of knowledge. The Mary J. Booth Library on the campus Eastern Illinois University is an exceptional example of an ideal library. A veritable shrine for books, Booth is seems to be deserving of mare recognition than an ordinary establishment. It is a place where people can pursue knowledge together and work hard to better themselves and society. The elaborate architecture and stunning volume of information are symbols of what many are capable of if they choose to learn.
A cloudy day outside of Mary J. Booth Library. At the back entrance is the alumni tower, decorated by plant life around it.
The Booth Library is a utopia for book lovers. Located on the EIU campus, the library, according to the library’s website, has more than 950,000 volumes accessible to all visitors.
The bands renaissance interments consist of only recorders. Each member plays a different type of recorder and together they play music ranging from the 1100s to the 1600s.
Ron Levellie says he likes to work at the Booth library because he enjoys the atmosphere and helping patrons. Levellie said the only thing that keeps him in Illinois is this job.
The multilevel library is very accommodating. It allows for easy accessibility and volumes on all levels.
Appealing to all ages, the library has a children’s section. The area, located near the entrance, consist of children’s literature and small area for reading.
The library hosts a renaissance band every friday. Playing together for 13 years, these adults began to play at the Booth Library when invited by the Dean and have been practicing there ever since. “We play for the fun of it,” Member George Brock said. (Front left to right, around the circle) George Brock, Christa Resch, Elaine Fine, Rosemary Buck, Peter Hesterman, Jeri Hughes, Charles Hughes
This is a lounge area where students can study in a quiet space. It also allows students to have access to computers and wifi.
Looking down from the atrium bridge of the library, one sees and aerial view of the sitting areas and shelves below.
The Booth Library is named after former librarian Mary J. Booth, who worked at Eastern Illinois University for over 40 years. Captured from the lower level, this picture shows the many floors and staircases of which were intricately constructed.
Light filters through the windows of the front entrance hall of the Booth Library.
Tris Bennett has worked at the library for 17 years. Laid off from her previous job, she took the job at the library and has stayed ever since. “I just kind of fell into it,” Bennett said.
The downstairs lounge area had a painted bookshelf with the schools yearbook on it. This yearbook is called the Warbler.
The plant life outside of the Booth library decorates the building as well. It surrounds the area and improves the air quality.
A bas-relief, “Sacagawea Leading Lewis and Clark to the Pacific Ocean,” adorns the wall of the library. The artist of the work is unknown.