Read Around the World: Pairing Global Lit and Hot Sips

Tuesday, November 13th

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Brookens Library – Lower Level

Choose your favorite beverage and see its international book match. Whether you’re in the mood for fiction or nonfiction, hot chocolate or apple cider, there’s a beverage and book pairing here to help you celebrate International Education Week! Take a break from your studies, peruse our book collection spotlighting different countries and global authors, and pour yourself a hot (or cold) one.

Join us for Hot Sips and Global Lit!

International Education Week Nov. 12-16

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

At UIS, the office of International Student Services is partnering with units across campus to promote their International Education week events.  Here at Brookens Library, we’re very excited about the week and have two international education events to help celebrate:

Read Around the World: Pairing Global Lit and Hot Sips – November 13, 2018, Brookens Library

Choose your favorite beverage and see its international book match. Whether you’re in the mood for fiction or nonfiction, hot chocolate or apple cider, there’s a beverage and book pairing here to help you celebrate International Education Week! Take a break from your studies, peruse our book collection spotlighting different countries and global authors, and pour yourself a hot (or cold) one.

Tuesday, November 13th

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Brookens Library – Lower Level

International Student Library Survey

If you’re an International Student at UIS, we want to hear from you!  By taking this short survey, you’ll be providing invaluable information to Brookens library that we can use to refine and improve our services.  The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and is your best opportunity to tell us how we can meet your needs.

The Library of Things Catalog and Suggesting an Item

November is World Vegan Month, and here at Brookens we can support you in your delicious cooking endeavors not only with our selection of cookbooks but also with our Library of Things. We have many Home and Kitchen items, from hand mixers to pasta makers, available and ready for check out. Take a look at this video to discover how to view all our Things in the library catalog. Happy eating!

Native American Heritage Month

In honor of November being Native American Heritage Month, Brookens Library is highlighting some of its resources that focus on the rich history, the variety of cultures and the many contributions of Native Americans to our world.

The Library of Congress, in collaboration with other museums and archives, created the Native American Heritage Month web portal, which features a collection of exhibits, images, audio and video that highlights the important contributions made by the indigenous people of America.

Interested in learning Cherokee? Our Mango Languages database provides language lessons on Cherokee grammar, vocabulary and culture. Just go to their page to set up your free account and get started in minutes.

To find more facts on Native American tribes, try the eHRAF database, a great library resource for finding information about different cultures around the world.

If looking for more books to add to your TBR list, check out the works of these Native American authors – Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Scott Momaday, Linda Hogan, and Leslie Marmon Silko.

We encourage you to learn more about Native American peoples and their heritage, no matter what month it is. For more information on Native American Heritage Month, click here.

Meet the Team: Sophia

Name: Sophia

Major: Legal Studies

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is how fast I was able to make friends through the Necessary Steps Mentoring program. This program helped me grow in many ways and helped me get closer with my friends who I now see more like family.

What are your goals for the semester?  My goals for this semester are to stay on track of my classes and keep my classes and activities balanced. I remember how difficult it was for me to start working at the library, volunteering/interning with the IIP and attend classes/do my homework. I learned to balance my time between all three and even though I am always busy, I enjoy my hectic schedule.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? My reality TV show would be called “Keeping Up With Sophie.” The cameras would follow me throughout my day and see the different types of work I do. Each day would be a different adventure even if it just involves finding/eating at new places.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  I am involved with the Necessary Steps Mentoring program which is a program that helps first generation college students with their transition from high school to college. I am going to be a mentor to a freshman this year for the NSMP and I am very excited! I am also involved with the Illinois Innocence Project “Illinois Innocence Project is dedicated to releasing innocent men and women imprisoned in Illinois for crimes they did not commit.” -IIP

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned to ask a lot of questions since working at the library. Every task here is different and can involve many steps. Being a new employee at the library, I was very shy to ask questions but I needed to do so in order to get my job done in a timely manner. There were times when I thought I had the hang of things, but ended up needing to ask a co-worker who had worked here longer for help.

What are your post-graduation plans?  My post-graduation plan is to go to law school. I would like to become a criminal defense lawyer, so I need to do my three years of law school after graduating from UIS.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing from the library of things are the kitchen items! They have blenders, baking materials a waffle maker and much more. I enjoy baking/cooking so the kitchen items in the library can come in handy.

Monthly Displays on Display!

Monthly Displays at Brookens Library

The “How to Tuesday” Team want to wish you a happy almost-November! We update our displays monthly with a different rotation of hand selected books and movies. We try to relate them to campus events, monthly celebrations, or whatever quirky topic we feel like showcasing.

Pictured are the October displays that feature items connected to UIS’ Queertober and Fright Night

For the month of November, we are connecting our displays to the 41st International Festival (occurring on November 2nd at TRAC) and to National Young Readers Week which is celebrated during the second week of November. We are showcasing several young adult and children’s books as well as books on international or multicultural subject matter and/or books written by international authors.

Binge Kits will also be updated!

Stop by and check out our displays (and literally check out the items on them) and have a serendipitous experience! There is always something new to peruse.

Lots of Ways to Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

In case you missed our post earlier this month, check out all the ways you can celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month. From free access to online resources to special events hosted both on campus and in the Springfield community, there is something for everyone!

Brookens Library is proud to offer a robust online collection of arts resources:

Streaming Media

BBC Shakespeare Plays

This collection provides access to the 37 Shakespeare plays produced by the BBC between 1978 and 1985.

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online

Ethnographic Sound Archives Online brings together over 2,000 hours of previously unpublished historic field recordings from around the world, alongside their supporting field notes and ethnographers’ metadata, opening new paths for the study of music in its cultural context.

Ethnographic Video Online

Ethnographic Video Online is a comprehensive online resource for the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. The collections contain over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork.

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

Sound files of traditional music from around the world, plus notes, images, video, and lesson plans. Search by culture, genre, instrument, year, etc.

Theatre in Video

Contains streaming video performances of major plays along with film documentaries. Includes important actors, directors and playwrights.


The Bibliography of the History of Art

Saskia Art Images


Project Muse

Oxford Music Online

Brookens Library also has a large collection of print art resources located in the N section of the library on the 4th floor.

For National Arts and Humanities Month, we’d like to encourage you to support the arts at UIS and in the greater Springfield area. Here is a list of art shows and venues in the area:

UIS Visual Arts Gallery

Let the fancy

Curated by Jeff Robinson and Allison Lacher

September 27 – October 18

Love You Bro

Artist Stephanie Graham

October 25 – November 15

Reception November 1, 6:30-8pm


ECCE Lecture:

Tempestt Hazel & Stephanie Graham – Spielberg, Diddy, and Me

Nov 1, 5:30pm, Brookens Auditorium


UIS Theatre

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Performances: October 19 – 27

UIS Sangamon Auditorium:


Whose Live Anyway?

October 6, 8pm


Bicentennial Celebration – Illinois Symphony Orchestra

October 20, 7:30pm


Straight No Chaser – One Shot Tour

October 28, 7pm


Hoogland Center for the Arts:

Bonnie and Clyde

October 12 – 21


Rocky Horror Show – Live!

October 25 – 27


Halloween Spooktacular Symphony Concert

October 30


The Pharmacy

The Mother Road

September 22 – October 22

Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays 12 – 6pm


Open Studio – Draw, Sketch, Paint

Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:30pm


Springfield Art Association

Sangamon Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

October 3-27

Reception Friday, October 12, 5:30 – 7:30pm

6X6 Art Raffle

October 18, 6-8pm