Meet the Team: Connie

Student Worker ConnieName: Connie

Year in school: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Psychology/Theatre

Hometown: Chicago/Peoria, IL

Hobbies: Writing, crafting, hanging out with friends and family, and shopping

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I would like to go to grad school to earn my psychology doctorate and become a child and adolescent psychologist. I also hope to one day start a non-profit organization to advocate for mental health of minorities. I also hope to one day create a few scholarships.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most?

I would have to say my mom. She has always been my greatest support system and always pushed me to do my best. I don’t think I’d be where I am today without her.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Being part of the team really helped me not only in my academics, but also in preparation for future employment opportunities. I’ve learned to balance work with my academics as well as enrich my research skills.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

My favorite library experience would be helping set up for Haunted Library.

Meet the Team: Mac

Mac, a Student WorkerName: Mac

Year in school: Senior

Major/Minor: Psychology/English

Hometown: Danville, IL

Hobbies: Reading, movies, and soccer

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I want to be a lawyer because it puts me in a good position to help the disadvantaged. It also has been a calling for me and it’s something I have always wanted to do.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most?

My mother inspires me the most because of how kind-hearted she is. She is willing to help anyone in any situation if they are trying to help themselves.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens Library has taught me to work within a team. It is a really great, diverse team!

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

One of the most memorable experiences I have had while working is constantly scaring Nichole while she did shelf-reading.

March Student and Staff Book Picks

March is here and so is our student and staff book picks! This month the CINRC team, comprised of Colleen, Leadership Lived Experience (LLE) student employee and Pamela Salela, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, chose a mixture of classics and new books inspired by Women’s History Month.  We hope you discover something on this list to enjoy!

Colleen, a student workerColleen’s Picks

  1. Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez
  2. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
  3. Latino USA: A Cartoon History by Ilan Stavans
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  6. Trampling of the Weeds by Lajuanda Lilease
  7. Rhythm and Booze: Poems by Julie Kane
  8. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  9. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel by David Rakoff
  10. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  11. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
  12. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  13. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  14. The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
  15. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  16. Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes
  17. It’s Okay to Laugh by Nora McInerny Purmort
  18. You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
  19. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  20. Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Pamela Salela, a librarianPamela Salela’s Picks

  1. Into That Darkness: From Mercy Killing to Mass Murder by Gitta Sereny
  2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  3. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
  4. Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
  5. The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
  6. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts
  7. Wake up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race Before Roe v. Wade by Rickie Solinger
  8. Night by Elie Wiesel
  9. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  10. The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King
  11. Phenomenal Women: Four Poems Celebrating Women by Maya Angelou
  12. Crazy Brave: a Memoir by Joy Harjo
  13. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
  14. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  15. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  16. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  17. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  18. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  19. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  20. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  21. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  22. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Suggest eBooks to Add To Our Collection!

How to make book suggestions for the Cloud Library collection:

Did you know that you can make suggestions for books you would like for us to purchase in our Cloud Library Collection (Cloud Library is the App where you can access our eBook and eAudioBook collections)? You absolutely can! But we’ll admit, figuring out how to locate books in the app that are available to suggest for purchase can be a little tricky. So here are some step-by-step instructions to show you how.

Start by opening the app, and tapping the 3 blue lines in the top left hand corner to open the menu, and tap Filters.


This will take you to the options for how your searches are filtered. The app defaults to only search titles already owned by the library. To see all of the titles available in the Cloud Library system, tap Suggestions for Library. Now when searching you will see titles that the library owns, as well as items that are available for us to add to collection.







Now you’re ready to search. To search for a book, tap the magnifying glass icon in the top right of the screen. And type in your title where it says Enter search criteria.














If the book you are looking for is available to suggest to the library you will see it in the results list, with a blue Suggest button next to it. This collection has both eBooks and eAudiobooks. You’ll know if the item is an audiobook if there is a headphones icon in the bottom right of the cover image for the book. Be sure that you’re suggesting the format you’d prefer when both are available. When we purchase a book that you have suggested, an automatic hold will be placed on it for you. You have 5 days to check out an item before the hold expires.




It is important to us that this collection of popular fiction and nonfiction, has the titles that you want to read. While we can’t guarantee we’ll buy every suggestion we receive, we certainly prioritize them when buying new items for the collection.

If you’re not yet familiar with the Cloud Library collection, learn more about how to download the free app here. You’ll need an active library account with Brookens to set up your account.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask for help at the main desk.

March Movie Madness is BACK!

March Movie Madness is back at Brookens Library!! We have put together a March Madness inspired bracket featuring 90’s era films to tie in with the Springfest theme. We have some epic matchup’s this week: Titanic vs. Office Space, Clueless vs. Ghost, Space Jam vs. A League of Their Own! We can’t wait to see who survives Week 1.

Week One March Movie Madness Matchups

Simply visit: and vote for your favorite 90’s film. It’s that easy! The final week of voting we will have a drawing for a Brookens Library prize pack.

Vote today!

Meet the Team: Malcolm

Malcolm, a student workerName: Malcolm

Year in school: Senior

Major/Minor:  English/ African American Studies & Criminal Justice

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Community Service, And Quality time with my friends and family.

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

After college I plan to go to the Navy to get a break from school and academia. I want to see the world and gain some valuable experiences. After that I intend to go to the University of Washington @ Seattle and to get my Master in Library and Research Science.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

I think the people who influence me the most are my parents and my grandparents. I’m the oldest child and the oldest grand-child so I’ve always had a lot of responsibility, but they put so much time and effort in to me, so at the end of it all I just want them to be proud.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens has taught me to be critical, and to be open minded/ flexible. Often we have to do things we wouldn’t do or complete tasks that weren’t assigned to us so in that sense I’ve learned to be open minded and adaptable. We also go through daily troubleshooting in completing tasks and helping our co-workers to complete theirs, this is what I mean by being critical.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

The most memorable experience I’ve had at the library would have to be the 2015 fall staff training! It was super fun and it was the last time I saw a lot of the older library student staff (who have since graduated).

Meet the Team: Nathaniel

Nathaniel, a student workerName: Nathaniel

Year in school: Junior

Major/Minor: MIS

Hometown: Springfield, Illinois

Hobbies: I enjoy music, and play the guitar and trombone. I really like food; that’s probably my favorite. I like to stay active and will play just about any sport. I also really love dogs.

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I plan on working somewhere either in the MIS or Computer Science field because these areas come somewhat naturally to me. Entry-level jobs in both of these fields often require frequent traveling, which is something I still want to do in my 20’s.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

I have been extremely blessed to have my parents and grandparents as such positive role models in my life. They taught me to be loving, tough, hardworking, and to carry myself with a positive attitude in everything I do.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Brookens has given me the opportunity to meet, help, and share ideas with a variety of people – which gives me some new perspectives I would not have gained otherwise.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

My favorite library moment would have to be when Anuj played Mario Cart with the book truck.