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Writing Center Wednesday – ESL Services in Ames Library

The new English as a Second Language Service at IWU seeks to support the University’s international students and their academic and professional needs by providing ESL instruction and help with academic writing, reading and speaking. blacksmithOur primary goal is to enhance the learning experience of international students and support the University’s community.

If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Teodora Nikolova at or call (309) 556-3810.

As of Jan. 26, we are located in the Writing Center, Ames 105B.
Office hours are
Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday,  11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Writing Center+ESL online scheduler is at

Trial Tuesday!

readers guide
The Ames Library now has a trial for Reader’s Guide Retrospective (1890-1982) through May 25.  You can discover materials from this resource throug the A-Z Resources list and Megasearch.

Readers’ Guide Retrospective contains comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.


Marvelous Monday!

Spring break is almost here! It doesn’t feel much like spring in Bloomington, but the daily highs are supposed to be in the 40s this weekend, so there’s hope! Ames Library will be open limited hours during spring break. Learn all about our spring break hours and normal semester hours on our webpage!

Tuesday, Beckman Auditorium, 4pm – Indians Writing Latin: Native Americans and Classical Learning in Colonial New the-man-who-wouldnt-stand-upEngland – Craig Williams, professor of Classics at University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, will present a lecture on Native Americans and Latin. The event is free and open to anyone interested. There will be light refreshments for everyone to enjoy. Sponsor: Greek and Roman Studies

Thursday, Beckman Auditorium, 4pm – Author Jacob Appel will read from his fiction. He is the author of six literary works, including the novel The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up and the story collection Scouting for the Reaper.

Instruction Lab, Room 129

  • Monday, 2pm – Prof. Lessen’s Gateway
  • Tuesday, 4:30pm – Nursing 460
  • Wednesday, 11am – Help@Ames Meeting
  • Thursday, 9:30am – English 280
  • Thursday, 2:30pm – Nursing 460
  • Friday, 2:00pm – Hispanic Studies 280

Beckman Auditorium, Lower Level

  • Tuesday, 8:00am – Nursing 460
  • Tuesday, 9:30am – American Studies/History 150
  • Tuesday, 2:30pm – Humanities 103
  • Tuesday, 4:00pm – Ides of March Performance and Lecture Series
  • Tuesday, 7pm – LC 116 Film Showing
  • Wednesday, 11am – National Society of Leadership and Success Speaker Broadcast
  • Wednesday, 1:30pm – Technology Training for Beckman equipment
  • Wednesday, 8:00pm – National Society of Leadership and Success Speaker Broadcast
  • Thursday, 8:00am – Nursing 460
  • Thursday, 9:30am – American Studies/History 150
  • Thursday, 3:30pm – Jacob Appel Reading
  • Thursday, 7:00pm – International Film Series

Meeting Room 214, 2nd Floor

  • Monday, 9:30am – Network Meeting
  • Monday, 10:30am – Disaster Recovery Meeting
  • Tuesday, 10:00am – Library Public Services Meeting
  • Tuesday, 1:00pm – Assessment Committee Meeting
  • Tuesday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 9:30am – Star Literacy
  • Wednesday, 11:30am – Theatre Recruitment Meeting
  • Wednesday, 2:00pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 1:00pm – CUPP
  • Thursday, 4:30pm – Star Literacy
  • Friday, 2:00pm – Portal Meeting

Want to know something cool?

advice dr seuss gave us“On this day in 1904, Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of such beloved children’s books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” is born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Geisel, who used his middle name (which was also his mother’s maiden name) as his pen name, wrote 48 books–including some for adults–that have sold well over 200 million copies and been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Seuss books are known for their whimsical rhymes and quirky characters, which have names like the Lorax and the Sneetches and live in places like Hooterville.

Geisel, who was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts, graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was editor of the school’s humor magazine, and studied at Oxford University. There he met Helen Palmer, his first wife and the person who encouraged him to become a professional illustrator. Back in America, Geisel worked as a cartoonist for a variety of magazines and in advertising.

The first children’s book that Geisel wrote and illustrated, “And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” was rejected by over two dozen publishers before making it into print in 1937. Geisel’s first bestseller, “The Cat in the Hat,” was published in 1957. The story of a mischievous cat in a tall striped hat came about after his publisher asked him to produce a book using 220 new-reader vocabulary words that could serve as an entertaining alternative to the school reading primers children found boring.

Other Dr. Seuss classics include “Yertle the Turtle,” “If I Ran the Circus,” “Fox in Socks” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”

Some Dr. Seuss books tackled serious themes. “The Butter Battle Book” (1984) was about the arms buildup and nuclear war threat during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. “Lorax” (1971) dealt with the environment.

Many Dr. Seuss books have been adapted for television and film, including “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “Horton Hears a Who!” In 1990, Geisel published a book for adults titled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” that became a hugely popular graduation gift for high school and college students.

Geisel, who lived and worked in an old observatory in La Jolla, California, known as “The Tower,” died September 24, 1991, at age 87.”