The Teaching Materials Center Educational Kits (formerly known as Artifacts) are a large collection of loanable kits on a wide variety of topics in the social studies and science areas. The kits contain materials to enhance exploration of topical areas/themes. The collection also includes mammal and bird taxidermic specimens that are enclosed in wooden cases with plexiglass panels.
Kits in the social studies area cover many regions of the world, including specific countries as well as topics that are pertinent to the United States. They have a great variety of materials including realia, maps, pictures, poster, books and media.
The science kits contain items such as animal bones and skulls, animal and plant fossils, fur and leather specimens and insect specimens, as well as books, posters, pictures and media supporting the topic.
The Educational Kits are available for use by ISU-affiliated students and faculty, as well as area teachers. These kits are reserved and circulated through the Teaching Materials Center. The contents of each kit are listed below and can be viewed by clicking on the title link. The materials circulate as a topical collection, in their entirety.
Specific titles must be reserved at least 1 week in advance of the pick-up date. To reserve titles, please call (309) 438-3483 and leave a message. A Milner staff member will return your call to obtain the necessary information and to complete the reservation form. Once reserved, the collection will be available for check-out Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and Sunday noon-10 p.m.*
*(Note: These hours are subject to the library's hours, according to the semester schedule. Library hours are displayed at our home page.
*Lincoln Legacy Kits were generously provided to Milner Library's Teaching Materials Center by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as part of the bicentennial celebration (1809-2009) of the birth of our 16th president .