April Must Reads

Book Recommendations

Brookens Library has two new featured book displays: “Spring Into a Good Book” and “Celebrating Earth Day.” You can find these book displays by the main entrance of the Library near the printers.

If you are looking to find a way to unwind, check out the books from the book display: “Spring Into a Good Book.”

If you are interested in becoming more environmentally conscious and educated, check out some of the books from our “Celebrating Earth Day” display.

Film Recommendations

As the end of the semester approaches, take the weekend to relax with a movie binge kit! Every binge kit comes with three movies, candy, and popcorn. Some of our binge kits include:

You can find these binge kits right next to the featured book displays by the main library entrance.

eBooks and eAudiobooks

If you are a fan of digital eBooks and eAudiobooks, check out cloudLibrary with some of our featured spring shelves such as “Floral Books” and “Arboreal Reads.” You can still keep up with your yearly reading goal through the help of some of our eAudiobooks!

Floral Books

Arboreal Reads

National Author’s Day

What is National Author’s Day?

National Author’s Day is celebrated on the 1st of November, honoring one’s favorite authors and encouraging those who aspire to become an author. Whether we are avid readers or not, the author has likely impacted you through movie adaptations or various art mediums. 

Movie Adaptations and their Importance  

The Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins, Persepolis written by Marjane Satrapi, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen are all books that have had great cultural impact, in addition to film adaptations. The authors of these stories have led to discussions of social issues that are necessary to discuss. Because of these brilliant minds, we not only gain these iconic books but also influential movies! 

Notable Authors You Can Find at Brookens Library 

Nourishing the Writer in You

In addition to reading about your favorite authors and catching up on their best-sellers, you can nourish the writer inside of you! Whether you wish to improve your literary techniques or simply polish your grammar skills, you can check out these helpful books at the Brookens Library!

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday meant to honor and commemorate Native Americans and their history and culture. The holiday is celebrated on the second Monday of October by hundreds of cities and counties across the United States of America. One of the first cities in Illinois to adopt the holiday officially was Oak Park, Illinois in 2017. Although Indigenous Peoples’ Day is not yet considered a national holiday, it has gained popularity in the past decade. However, there is hope that the holiday will gain even more national traction because President Joe Biden issued a presidential proclamation of the holiday on October 8, 2021. 

The Importance of Indigenous People’s Day 

Prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas, millions of Native Americans resided all across North and South America. Since then, Indigenous folks have experienced centuries of trauma and tribulation. From the arrival of Columbus until the 1600s, 90% of the Indigenous population was killed due to slavery, mass genocides, and diseases. Thousands of years worth of rich history and cultures were destroyed. Today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Native Americans make up only 2.08% of the United States’ population. This is why honoring Native American stories and culture is so crucial. We must not ignore the tragedies that occurred throughout American history but rather, acknowledge the immense suffering that Native Americans have had to endure for generations. On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we uplift Native American voices and educate ourselves on the history and culture that has long been forgotten. 

Honoring Native American Voices in Media 

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, take the time to learn about Native American history, culture, traditions, and individual experiences. At Brookens Library, you can take out a variety of books that focus on the perspective of Native American writers and main protagonists. You can also check out some of these books through the eBook service provided by the library – cloudLibrary

Books to Check Out: 

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