Winter Break Special Hours & Closures

Finals Week marks the end of another semester at UIS.  We will reduce our hours and have special holiday closures over the winter break from Saturday, December 10, 2016 through Monday, January 16, 2017. A complete list of our hours is always available on our website for your convenience.

Reduced Hours of Operation (Saturday, December 10 – Thursday, December 22):

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Monday – Friday: OPEN 9AM – 5 PM

Holiday CLOSURE:

Friday, December 23 – Monday,  January 2

We re-open with reduced hours on Tuesday, January 3

Spring Semester Reduced Hours: (Tuesday, January 3 – Sunday, January 15)

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Monday – Friday: OPEN 9AM – 5PM

Special Closure: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 16): CLOSED

We re-open with regular Spring Semester hours Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Calendar view of hours December 2016

Calendar View of Library Hours January 2017

Check Out Our Winter Read Recommendations!

Let it Snow Brookens Library Chalkboard Art

We hope your semester has been successful and that you are looking forward a peaceful winter break.  To help you relax and refresh, we’ve compiled a list of winter read recommendations in our Cloud Library collection.  These downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks are accessible from wherever you are spending your break with the free app.  Unfamiliar with the downloadable eBooks or eAudiobooks in our Cloud Library collection?  Learn more here, and, as always, we’ll be happy to help you download the free app and set up your account at the library main desk. Enjoy your break!

De-Stress Stations

Finals Week can be a stressful time of the year. With that in mind, we set up two de-stress stations located near the back of the library on the main floor: A Lego Station and a Kinetic Sand Station. Take a quick break and use your hands to help reduce your stress! Good luck as you close out the semester.

Kinetic Sand Station

Congrats to Brookens Graduates!

We could not provide all of our resources and services to the community without our student employees. They are an integral part of the operations of Brookens Library. 

It is bittersweet to lose such three highly valued members of Team Brookens at the end of this semester. We are excited for them and the new chapter they will begin in their lives after college. Congratulations to Aman, Anuj, and Crystal. We wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors!

Congratulations to Aman

Meet the Team Aman

Aman has worked as part of the User Services department for a year and a half. Aman likes to play and listen to music, when he’s not studying into the early hours of the morning. Aman’s a great member of our team, supporting other students, staff, and faculty by telling jokes and helping others get what they need. As an international student, he’s helped a lot of other international students navigate their way around campus and to the resources they might require. Here’s a video shot by Leadership Lived that talks more about Aman and all of the wonderful things he’s done for the campus community as well–not just the library! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a_V4HtyD1M 

 Congratulations to Anuj

 

rotating_anuj-sept-2016Anuj has also been a part of our team for about a year and a half. His major is also Management Information Systems. On Wednesdays, Anuj often serves as our student research assistant, while the librarians are in their weekly meeting. Over the summer, Anuj and Aman both helped out with a huge shifting project, working with both speed and accuracy. Anuj is always supportive and always looking for ways to help his coworkers and others in the community.

Anuj has excelled at every task and project we have thrown his way, and he always takes it on with a positive attitude.  His customer service to all of our patrons has been superb, and his presence in the library will be very much missed by many.

Congratulations to Crystal

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Crystal has been the student manager for the User Services staff since the Fall 2014 Semester. Hired in Fall 2013, Crystal has done pretty much everything a student worker would do, as well as everything a circulation supervisor would do. Active in her Sorority and always studying, Crystal doesn’t have much free time. After graduation, she plans to learn how to be a better cook and to read more novels and less textbooks. Crystal’s outgoing, friendly personality made her a pleasure to work with and she will be greatly missed. 

 

Brookens Holiday Hours and Closures

We know you’re busy studying for finals so we wanted to remind you that our hours change during Winter Break.

Holiday / Winter Break Recess (12/10- 1/2)

Sat-Sun (12/10 – 12/18): Closed
Mon-Friday (12/12 – 12/22): 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri-Tue (12/23 – 12/27): Holiday Closure
Wed-Fri (12/28 – 12/30): BUILDING CLOSED/E-mail services available 10 AM – 2 PM
Sat-Mon (12/31 – 1/2): Holiday Closure

Brookens Library will re-open with regular hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

December Staff Picks

The winter holidays are just around the corner so that means we have a new month’s worth of book picks! This month student employee Rachel and Clinical Faculty Librarian Nancy Weichert have selected books we think you might enjoy!

Student Worker RachelRachel’s List

  1. Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  4. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  5. The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel
  6. Night in Bombay by Louis Bromfield
  7. The Shining by Stephen King
  8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
  10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  11. Gone Girl: a Novel by Gillian Flynn
  12. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  13. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  14. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  15. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  16. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  17. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  18. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  19. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  20. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
  21. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  22. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
  23. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

 

NancyNancy’s List

  1. Amerikanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  3. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  5. Siddartha by Herman Hesse
  6. Just Mercy:  a Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  7. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  8. Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
  9. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Mathew Desmond
  10. Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
  11. Citizen: an American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  12. Arcadia by Lauren Groff
  13. Even Cowgirls get the Blues by Tom Robbins
  14. What is the What by Dave Eggers
  15. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  16. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  17. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  18. Room: a Novel by Emma Donoghue
  19. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Library Extended Hours: Nov 28th – Dec 1st

You’re up late, so we are too!

With the end of the semester drawing near, we know you need more time to prepare for projects and exams. The week before finals we are staying open an extra 3 hours each night.

Extended Hours:

Monday, November 28th – Thursday, December 1st 8:30 am to 3:00 am

Friday, December 2nd 8:30 am to 9:00 pm

 Come to Brookens to get your study on!

Extended Hours Poster