Bloomington Library will be CLOSED Monday-Thursday, May 20-23.

The Bookmobile will make its stops during these closures. The Bookmobile schedule is available at

  • Monday’s English Conversation Group will meet at STAR Literacy (201 E. Grove St.)
  • Tuesday’s Fiction Book Club will meet online via Zoom. Visit to register for this program and receive the Zoom link.

This closure will allow us to continue to unbox 107,000 books (which were moved to storage when our construction project began) and to shelve 262,000 books. Some collections and areas of the library will not be available until the library reopens on Friday, May 24.

During open hours leading up to the closure, call 309.590.6120 or text 309.446.8398 with questions.

Exploring Historic Traditions at ISU

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Registration for this event will close on June 27, 2024 @ 7:00pm.
There are 176 seats remaining.

Program Description

Treasured Traditions: Exploring Historic Traditions at ISU

Did you know that Illinois State University's teams weren't originally The Redbirds? How old is the ISU Fight Song? Has ISU’s Homecoming always featured a parade? Was graduation ever held on the Quad?

Join April Anderson-Zorn, University Archivist for Illinois State University, as she explores the history behind popular traditions at ISU.

Along with photographs and stories, Anderson-Zorn will share artifacts from the ISU Archives and showcase historic treasures, some rarely seen outside of the of the Archives. You'll see homecoming memorabilia, jackets, and even a trophy 'axe' from ISNU vs. IWU in the 1940s and 1950s.

Registration is only required for those who wish to attend virtually by Zoom. Register online below, by calling 309.590.6168, or by visiting the Help Desk on the Library's 2nd floor.

Questions about this program can be emailed to Sara at


About Our Presenter: Anderson-Zorn holds an MA in History from the University of Central Florida, an MLIS from Florida State University, maintains a Digital Archives Specialist certificate through the Society of American Archivists, and is a certified archivist. She is active in SAA and the Midwest Archives Conference, advocating mental health awareness and representation for archive professionals. Her research focuses on unique outreach initiatives for hard-to-access repositories.


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