Are You Taking Care of Your Mental Health?

Ask yourself.

Are you taking yourself?

You might say, “Yes I am!” or “kind of”.

You may be taking yourself PHYSICALLY, but are you taking care of yourself MENTALLY?

It’s okay if you haven’t because things happen and life can become really hectic. No matter who you are or what your roles are in life. You could be a teacher, student, parent, etc. Your mental health matters! When you take care of your mental health you feel more relaxed, energized, focused and so much more! Take the time out of your busy schedule to give your mind a break! Some tips to take care of your mental health are: 

  • Spend time with your family and friends. 
  • Exercise.
  • Go to sleep at a good time.
  • Utilize mental health services.

Mental Health Awareness Month is an annual month celebration that is celebrated in May to celebrate the awareness of mental health. Mental Health Awareness Month was created in the 1940s to increase the awareness of mental health. Need a way to take care of your mental health? Down below are some recommendations from our cloudLibrary shelves to help you destress and focus on your mental health!

cloudLibrary Recommendations:

We hope you enjoy our Mental Health Awareness Month recommendations! To find more eBooks and eAudiobooks for Mental Health Awareness Month, visit cloudLibrary

How to Book a Research Consultation

You may be asking yourself, “What is a Research Consultation?”

A research consultation is a self-made appointment with a librarian of your choice. Booking a research consultation is very beneficial, especially if you need assistance with a paper or an assignment that involves research. Don’t worry, our librarians are here to help!

Librarians are research experts who can help with all stages of the research process. We can help you with picking a topic, identifying search terms, navigating databases, evaluating sources and more!

Book a research consultation with one of our librarians to get one-on-one research help in person or on Zoom.

How To Book an Online Research Consultation with a Librarian:

  1. Go to the Brookens Library website. From there, click on the pink icon titled “Research Guides.”
  1. You will now be on a web page that lists different subjects that are taught at UIS. Select the one that is most related to your research topic or course.
  1. When you choose your subject, you will be taken to a page that gives you the most recommended librarian that will be able to assist you. At the top left, there are 5 categories: Welcome (current page), Develop a Topic, Build a Search Plan, Find Sources and Get Help. It also has a video on the “Introduction of the Research Process” that explains the research process more in depth. To the left below the librarian’s picture you will see a gray button that says “Schedule an Appointment”. Click on it.
  1. The page should change and allow you to schedule your appointment with a librarian. Follow the instructions on the page and you’re done! You will automatically be booked on the librarian’s calendar.

If you need immediate research assistance, you can also chat with us via the chat box on the library website.

Celebrating Women’s Month

Women’s Month, also known as Women’s History Month is an annual month that highlights special moments in history that women have contributed. Women are a very important asset to our society because without women there wouldn’t be mankind. The celebration of Women’s History month didn’t start until the late 1900s. It originally started off as a week-long celebration but as the years went on, it became a full month celebration.

One way to celebrate this month is to make a beautiful art piece. Another way to celebrate is to watch popular women empowerment movies and read women literature. Down below are some book recommendations from our cloudLibrary shelves and some movie recommendations you can check out from the library.

cloudLibrary Recommendations:

Movie Recommendations:

We hope you enjoy our Women’s History Month recommendations! To find more eBooks and eAudiobooks for Women’s History Month, visit cloudLibrary. Wonder if the library has your choice of movie? Look it up on the library catalog.

It’s President’s Day!

President’s Day is an annual holiday that is celebrated on the third Monday of February. This year, this holiday is on the 21st of February.

This holiday was originally made in the late 1800s to honor President George Washington, one of the founding fathers of America. Years later this holiday was held on Mondays in order to create more three day weekends for workers all over the nation. Other states still have their own individual holidays to celebrate different presidents. President’s Day became a well known holiday to celebrate all of the presidents.

There are many ways to celebrate this holiday: dressing up, cooking and so much more! Brookens’ way of celebrating this holiday is providing eBooks and eAudiobooks from cloudLibrary about our past presidents. 

Hope you enjoy our President’s Day recommendations! To find more eBooks and eAudiobooks for President’s Day, browse our cloudLibrary collection.

Celebrating Black History Month

February is a special month that not only celebrates the annual holiday of Valentine’s Day but also Black History Month! The celebration of Black History month didn’t start until the early 1900s. It originally started off as a week-long celebration but as the years went on, it became a full month celebration.

There are many ways to celebrate this month – dressing up, wearing certain colors, and performances. Another way to celebrate is to watch popular African American movies and read African American literature. Down below are some book recommendations from our cloudLibrary shelves and some movie recommendations you can check out from the library.

eBook Recommendations:

Movie Recommendations: 

We hope you enjoy our Black History Month recommendations! To find more eBooks and eAudiobooks for Black History Month, visit cloudLibrary. Wonder if the library has your choice of movie? Look it up on the library catalog.

Board Games for the Holidays

It’s November, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Many people think that Thanksgiving is about the history of the holiday, and some may think that it’s about the delicious food that is being prepared, but it’s actually about giving thanks and family. This national holiday is the perfect time to play board games with family or friends.

Board games are available to borrow from our Library of Things collection. You can check out a maximum of 3 items from the collection at a time, they can be checked out for 7 days at a time.

Our games cover a wide variety of game categories. Below are some recommended games to play from our collection.

Classic (Well-Known):

Family Friendly (Great for Family Game Night!):

Party (Play with a Group of Friends):

Strategic (Challenging Games):

If you enjoy these recommended games, feel free to check out our other Library of Things games!

Have a recommendation for a game we should add? Suggest a game via our suggestion form.

Extra! Extra! Read All About Comic Books!

Yes, it’s true. Brookens Library has comic books.

Comic books have been around since the 1930s, and nearly everyone in the United States have read at least one comic book in their lifetime. These types of books are known for entertainment purposes and for kids only. However, comic books are NOT only for kids. It does not matter what age you are to read a comic book. They are for everyone to enjoy!

Some are less than 30 pages and some are over 30 pages. It’s your choice to choose what comic book that you want to read for your enjoyment. If you are one of the people who haven’t read a comic book EVER, then here is your chance to read one! At Brookens Library, we make sure to have different types of books to please everyone in the community or on campus. To celebrate National Comic Book Day (on September 25th), we have some recommended comic books from our cloudLibrary down below. 

CloudLibrary even has an app so you don’t have to constantly go to a google browser to read your books. It’s also FREE on Google Play and the App store!

Recipes for the Summer

We all know that we are still in the summer season, but it is nearly coming to an end. So we thought it’d be a great time to share some summer recipes so you can continue holding onto that summer season spirit!

Check out these ten cookbooks from cloudLibrary if you some need ideas for something to cook for yourself and your family!

  1. Egg Shop
  2. Eat Delicious
  3. Vegetarian Classics
  4. Summer: A Cookbook
  5. The Campout Cookbook
  6. The Chelsea Market Cookbook
  7. The Wild Food Cookbook
  8. The $7 Meals Cookbook
  9. The Short Stack Cookbook
  10. The Good-to-Go Cookbook

Our cloudLibrary app isn’t only for cookbooks, there’s plenty of other books for you to read and listen to! Feel free to check it out for yourself. Don’t worry, it’s FREE!!

Movies for the Summer

Summer is finally around the corner! If you’re looking for some movies to get you into the summer mood, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with a selection of films from our library catalog. Enjoy!

The Sandlot
Girls Trip
Hotel Transylvania 3
The Angry Birds Movie
The Angry Movie Birds Movie 2
The Secret Life of Pets 
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Moana
Dora and The Lost City of Gold
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
Suicide Squad
Jaws
Trolls
Trolls: World Tour
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Friday
Next Friday
Furious 7
The Fate of The Furious
Hobbs & Shaw
Space Jam
Love & Basketball
Spy
Baggage Claim

Movies for National Humor Month

If you’re looking for a good laugh and in need of a movie to watch, we’ve got you covered with a selection of films for National Humor Month. Who doesn’t like a good laugh to help brighten up their day? Remember laughter is the best medicine!

Highly recommended movies:

A Madea Family Funeral

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Central Intelligence

Ride Along

Night School

Other comedy movies:

Pitch Perfect

Barbershop

21 Jump Street

22 Jump Street

Legally Blonde

Spy

The School of Rock

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Mean Girls

Step Brothers

Girls Trip

Friday

Superbad

Bad Boys for Life

Little

Hobbs & Shaw

Life of the Party

Ghostbusters: Answer The Call

Fist Fight

Deadpool

Deadpool 2

Jumanji: The Next Level

Minions

Keanu

Ride Along 2

To request one of the movies for pick up, click the movie link, request it from UIS, and wait for an email that says it’s ready to pick up during our Grab-and-Go hours!