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CHARLESTON — A new exhibit at Booth Library focuses on the works of award-winning writer and book illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Gilchrist, an alumna of Eastern Illinois University, was recently appointed to serve on the EIU Board of Trustees.

The exhibit, on display in the third-floor reference hallway, presents some of the many books and illustrations composed by Gilchrist. She has won numerous awards and commissions, including the Coretta Scott King Award. She has illustrated many of Eloise Greenfield’s books and has written and illustrated picture books, including “Obama: The Day the World Danced.”

Gilchrist has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Her works have appeared on national television, and her illustrations have been featured or reviewed in many national newspapers and magazines.

Gilchrist earned a bachelor’s degree in art education at EIU in 1973 and was named a Distinguished Alumna in 1992. She was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent and the Society of Illustrators. She and her husband, Kelvin Gilchrist, live in Olympia Fields and have two children.

The Booth Library exhibit was curated by Jeanne Goble, senior library specialist.

During the summer semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed on Sundays. Sunday hours will resume on June 16.

For more information on the library, visit the website,; call 581-6072; or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

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