MARCH Chosen “One Book, One UIS” for 2015/2016

MARCH Chosen “One Book, One UIS” for 2015/2016

March Book One  - One Book, One UIS 2015 March Book One - One Book One UIS 2015MARCH, a graphic memoir about the life of civil rights icon John Lewis, has been chosen by the One Book, One UIS Planning Committee as the campus community read for the 2015/2016 academic year.   Congressman Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin and Illustrator Nate Powell have agreed to speak at UIS. Their presentation will be on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 in Sangamon Auditorium.
John Lewis has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1986, representing the Georgia 5th District.  Born the son of sharecroppers in Pike County, Alabama, Lewis became a civil rights activist while a student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, organizing sit-ins and participating in freedom rides.  From 1963-1966, Lewis chaired the Student Nonviolent Organizing Committee (SNCC) of which he was a founder.

The title of the book MARCH comes from the many marches that Lewis organized or participated in, including one of the most well-remembered moments in civil rights history—the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965.  Lewis was one of the organizers of the march, which drew nationwide attention when the non-violent marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers.  Many historians believe that the images of cruelty from the Selma march were a factor in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Over the years, Lewis has received many prestigious awards, including the Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian honor) and the only John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Lifetime Achievement Award ever granted by the John F. Kennedy Foundation.  He has recently been named as the recipient of the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government given each year by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois.  A ceremony to present the award to Congressman Lewis, hosted by Senator Dick Durbin, will be held on April 29 in Washington, DC.

MARCH is planned as a three-volume trilogy.  At UIS, we will be reading volumes one and two.  MARCH: Book One has received numerous awards, including a 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award and an ALA Notable Children’s Book designation.  It was also named a “Top Ten Graphic Novel for Teens” by the Young Adults Library Services Association (YALSA) of ALA and made the “best books of 2013” lists of USA Today, The Washington Post, Slate and others.  MARCH: Book Two has just been published and has already garnered a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

Should you wish to include MARCH in a course during the 2015/2016 academic year, please contact Karen Moranski at or 217-206-7440; or Kimberly Craig at or 217-206-6245.  For any other information about the 2015/2016 choice please contact Janelle Gurnsey in the Brookens Library: or 217-206-8451.  We will release information about additional programming as it is planned.  For more information about the One Book, One UIS program, including selection criteria, please see:

Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award Winner

The 2014/2015 academic year was the first offering of the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award. The excellent projects submitted made the judging a challenge, but the selection committee comprised of Ben Walsh, Angie Maranville and John Laubersheimer, were able to decide upon a clear winner. Congratulations goes to Michael Lotspeich for his undergraduate honors theses Adherence to Themes in Rural Local Education Agency Reorganization Research: a Meta-analysis Review. Lotspeich received a cash prize of $250 as part of the award and his paper will be archived on the University’s institutional repository, IDEALS.

Mr. Lotspeich’s submission was an impressive piece of research that best exemplified proficiency in information literacy and excellence in undergraduate scholarship. His paper incorporates a wide range of resources from Brookens as well as materials obtained through ILL and iShare. Mr. Lotspeich completed his research paper as a part of his double major in Sociology/Anthropology and Political Science.

The judging committee was impressed with Mr. Lotspeich’s ability to analyze a complex topic and present it in a style that engages the reader. Mr. Lotspeich demonstrated a high level of skill in synthesizing literature and provided a very thorough bibliography. Overall, the first award winner presented the committee a comprehensive project with exemplary documentation.

Donate Your Used Books & Media

As the weather warms up and the semester comes to an end it’s the perfect time for spring cleaning. Brookens is a great place to donate your used books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, and Blu-Ray.  Every donation is important in helping us provide better resources to our users so please consider giving to Brookens Library. We will have a special book donation drop spot near the entrance should you wish to remain anonymous or if you do not wish to receive recognition for your donation.

Large donations can also be dropped off at the front desk at any time or to the library administration office between 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.

If you would like to receive recognition for your donation please ask the front desk for a donation form.


Holtz Memorial Lecture: Mourning Father Abraham 4/30

Lincoln-Symposium_Email-adThe University of Illinois Springfield will host a scholarly symposium on April 30, 2015, in collaboration with the Lincoln Funeral Coalition and support from The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and cosponsored by Brookens Library as this year’s Holtz Memorial Lecture.  “Mourning Father Abraham:  Lincoln’s Assassination and the Public’s Response” will feature three Lincoln scholars who will describe the way the public viewed Abraham Lincoln in life and death, including the variation in personal responses to his assassination. Lincoln’s call for black suffrage and the challenges of reunion will also be discussed.

Speakers will include Dr. Michael Burlingame, Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, UIS, Dr. Martha Hodes, Professor of History, New York University, and Dr. Louis Masur, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, Rutgers University.  The event, at 7:00 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, is free and open to the public.  No reservation is required.  Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is first come, first seated, with overflow seating provided.  A reception and book signing will follow.  The live webcast can be viewed at

The symposium is being organized by the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership.  For more information: or (217) 206-7094.

Extended Hours: May 4th – 8th

Finals are approaching and we know you need a safe place to study into the wee hours so for one week only we are extending our regular semester hours. From Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 8th we will be open and additional 3 hours each evening. We will also have light refreshments to help keep you nourished as the clock ticks on.

Monday, May 4-7: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Friday, May 8: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

extended hours

Brookens Springfest Event 4/23/15

Springfest Event: Mickey Mouse Library Scavenger Hunt

Mickey Mouse Medal[1]Springfest is one of the special traditions at the University of Illinois Springfield. It’s a week long marathon of events and activities that unite the campus community in unique and exciting ways. This year Brookens is getting in on the action by sponsoring Trivia Night and hosting one of the Springfest bonus events. Tying in with the overall 2015 theme of Disney, our event is a “Mickey Mouse Library Scavenger Hunt”, where participants can learn about the library’s resources and services through an interactive scavenger hunt.

Participants will receive bonus points.

Date: Thursday, April 23

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: Brookens Library

Snapshot Day Winners

Every year we participate in Snapshot Day – a day in the life of Brookens Library. On snapshot day we document what’s happening at Brookens on that particular day by collecting statistics on usage and conducting a survey to see what patrons are using the library for.  We also try to get a sense of how the library is being used by taking photographs or “snapshots” throughout the day. Every individual who participated in the survey received a free Brookens Library athletic bag and was entered into a drawing to win one of two copies of the book Divergent. This years winners of the drawing are: Madison Shane and Virgina Ferguson. Below are some of the photos take from Snapshot Day 2015.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate and for the valuable feedback we received. The primary goal of Snapshot Day is to collect information that will help us improve our resources and services.


Snapshot Day

It’s Snapshot Day in the library! On April 15th, we are trying to capture what a day in the life of Brookens Library looks like by collecting information about your visit through a very brief survey. We also photograph a variety of scenes to get a sense of how people are using our facility.

Anyone who completes a survey in person will receive a Brookens bag so be sure to do so if you are in the building. You can also take the survey online to be entered into a raffle to win a copy of the book Divergent.

Snapshot Day Promo Poster 2015 P-1 copy