Library News

WIU Authors Celebration ~ 3-4pm April 25!

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To celebrate the scholarly and artistic output of Western Illinois University, University Libraries invites you to join us for the 18th annual Authors Recognition Reception on Thursday, April 25, 2024, in the Malpass Library Garden Lounge. Published works will be on display* from 12noon - 4:00pm, with remarks at 3:15pm. This year's Authors Reception recognizes those at WIU who have published during the 2023 calendar year, including authors of books and articles, composers of music, producers of film, and the like. For more information, please contact the Library Administration Office at 309/298-2762 or

*To ensure your 2023 publication is on display at the reception, please deliver a copy to Krista Bowers Sharpe, Reference Desk, Malpass Library. Please indicate whether you would like to donate the copy to the Libraries' collection or would like it returned after the event.

Poetry Garden Party -- Tuesday, April 16

In celebration of National Poetry Month, on Tuesday April 16, please join us for a Poetry Garden Party from 12noon - 1:00pm in Malpass Library's Garden Lounge!

Read a published poem or bring an original poem of your own. If you don't have a poem, just come and listen OR select one from our books (provided).

Bring your own lunch; cookies are provided by Professor Lawhorn. This poetry party is co-sponsored by the WIU Department of English and WIU Libraries.

Women's History Panel Discussion @ Malpass -- March 20

In celebration of Women's History Month, please join us for a panel presentation and discussion entitled "Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Global Historical Perspectives."

The Wednesday, March 20, presentation will be held in the Malpass Library Garden Lounge from 4:00-5:00pm. Featured speakers include WIU professors: Dr. Ute Chamberlin, Dr. Peter Cole, Dr. Febe Pamonag, and Dr. Betsy Perabo.

This 9th Annual Women's History Month Panel is co-sponsored by the WIU Department of History, the WIU Department of Race, Religion, Gender, & Multidisciplinary Studies, and WIU Libraries.

Undergraduate Research Scholarship

The Center for Undergraduate Research at Malpass Library, a collaboration between the Centennial Honors College and WIU Libraries, is pleased to announce a research scholarship competition for $500. The due date for the scholarship application is March 22, 2024. Each applicant must be a WIU undergraduate student. Research can include, but is not limited to, the western Illinois region, and it can be in any discipline. Research must include a field component in which the applicant travels for research. Field research must be completed in Summer 2024. Apply today!

April 24 ~ The Return of the Dogs!

WIU Libraries -- Therapy Dogs!

Therapy Dogs at Malpass Library! Come play with some amazing furry friends during Spring 2024 in the Garden Lounge (main level). The dogs will be available from 2-4pm on three special Wednesdays: February 21, March 20, and April 24.

WIU Libraries and the University Counseling Center (UCC) are collaborating to bring therapy dogs to Malpass Library each month throughout the Spring 2024 semester. The initiative is part of the UCC Wellness Wednesday series, which is an effort to help students manage their stress and to promote healthy habits. Therapy dogs will also be available during the week of final exams; the dates and times will be announced in the coming weeks.

This initiative is a part of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, which is an international registry of certified therapy dog teams. This team is based in Galesburg, IL, under the direction of Liz Pagel. For more information, contact Outreach and Engagement Librarian Michelle Holschuh Simmons at or UCC Counselor Sonja Schmidt at