Cocoa and Coloring on 11/10

Looking for a fun, relaxing activity or free refreshments (or a free car scraper)? Come to Brookens Library from 5:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, November 10th to color your stress away and sip some hot chocolate.

We’ll have a variety of coloring pages, and we’ll be giving away free car scrapers to prepare for winter. Coloring pages, art supplies (markers, crayons, and colored pencils), free hot chocolate, and car scrapers will be provided for those who attend. If you’re interested in crafts, or are just looking for something to do with your friends, then this event is perfect for you!

Spooks, Books & Candy Chutes on 10/27

With Halloween quickly approaching, Brookens Library has a fun way for you to get in the mood. On Wednesday, October 27th from 6:30-8:30pm, the library will have an interactive candy chute where students can gather some goodies. We’ll also have some spooky and seasonal books and movies for students to check out and enjoy.

And for students who want to stay a little longer, we’ll have a Halloween-themed craft station where you make your own pumpkin or ghost garland that’ll help you keep things festive. We’ll provide you with all the supplies you need, so if you’re interested in exploring your artsy side or just looking for something fun to do with your friends, feel free to enjoy this stress-free seasonal activity!

If you’re a fan of the spooky season, love getting free candy, or are looking forward to borrowing some Halloween-themed books or movies, you should definitely come out to Brookens on the 27th!

Spooks, Books and Candy Chutes
Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30-8:30pm
Brookens Library Main Floor

Among Us Game Night with the SPARK Team

The end of the semester is only a few weeks away, and that means finals week is also rapidly approaching. That also means the crunch time for papers and studying for finals is coming too. If all this stress is starting to get to you, why not relax a little and play some Among Us!

Event Details:
Monday, April 26, 6pm-7:30pm
Register at to receive the Zoom link.
Note: You must have game downloaded ahead of time.

This event is hosted by the Brookens Library SPARK Team, a team of students who can assist you with library research. Feel free to bring some friends to play with too but make sure they sign up for the even too because we only have a limited amount of spots. This will be real fun game night to meet new people and enjoy a low stress game of Among Us. We can play the regular game, and we can even play a game of Among Us Hide n Seek.

There is no pressure to stay for the whole session; feel free to just play a game or two, or play the whole time. It is also on a day without any classes so that way people with evening classes can join as well.

The red among us character

“Lab Girl” Book Talk hosted by Brookens Library

Brookens Library will be hosting a book talk as part of the 2021 Sangamon County Big Read. Come join us on March 26th at 6pm to discuss Hope Jahren’s “Lab Girl.” You can register for the event here:

We are pleased to be a partner in this community-wide reading experience sponsored by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College. The members of the Academy embrace learning as a lifelong pursuit. Along with the National Endowment for the Arts, we are excited about supporting the NEA Big Read here in Sangamon County.

For more information on the Sangamon County Big Read and a complete list of events, please visit

Additional information and up to the minute updates can be found on the Academy of Lifelong Learning Facebook page.

3rd Annual UIS Author Festival

You are invited to join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Friends of Brookens Library for the 3rd Annual UIS Author Festival on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:00PM via Zoom. 

Find the Zoom information on this guide.

We will be joined by UIS Authors:

Dr. Brandon Barclay Derman
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies
Struggles for Climate Justice: Uneven Geographies and the Politics of Connection (2020)

Dr. Kenneth A. Kriz
University Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Director, Institute for Illinois Public Finance
Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development: Uses, Structures, and Impact, 2nd ed. (2019)

Dr. Jennifer L. Martin
Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Educational Psychology: History, Practice, Research, and the Future (2019)

Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky
Professor, Political Theory and Philosophy, Department of Political Science
The Communism of Love: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Exchange Value (2020)

The Zoom link will be shared 24 hours before the event. Please RSVP to

Finals Week Cereal Bar 12/10

Promotional image for Cereal Bar

The end of the year can be a stressful time. The Friends of Brookens Library would like to treat you to a free bowl (or two) of cereal during finals week! Take a break from your studies & regroup at the Brookens Library Cereal Bar. We will have a variety of offerings to keep you going!

Event Details:
Cereal Bar
Tuesday, December 10, 4-6pm
Brookens Library

Flannel Friday 11/22

It’s time for Flannel Friday!

The seasons are changing and the weather is getting cooler! What better way to celebrate the fall season than to wear your favorite flannel? Come over to Brookens Library on Friday, November 22nd for Flannel Friday!

From 1pm – 2:30pm, we’ll be handing out free popcorn and lemonade, and we’ll be celebrating all things fall with treats and plenty of fun! What better way to get into the season by wearing flannel clothing? Hope to see you there!

Read Around the World: Pairing Global Lit and Hot Sips!

Monday, November 18th

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Brookens Library – Main Floor

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!

New Philadelphia Exhibit & ECCE Talk

Please join Brookens Library in welcoming Gerald McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter on November 5th at 6pm in the Student Union Ballroom for their ECCE Speaker Series presentation, “Free Frank’s New Philadelphia, Illinois: First U.S. Town Founded by a Black Man.”   

We will learn of the personal history and living legacy of Free Frank McWorter, who founded New Philadelphia, an abolitionist town just 20 miles from slavery, and purchased 16 family members from slavery, starting with his pregnant wife and then himself. Gerald McWorter & Kate Williams-McWorter will discuss their recent publication, “New Philadelphia” (2018). Gerald McWorter is the great-great-grandson of “Free” Frank. New Philadelphia was inhabited for more than 100 years. Its location is now on the National Register of Historic Places and under consideration to become a designated National Park.  As Barack Obama said, “New Philadelphia is a site of national importance as the first town known to be founded and platted by an African American. Platted in 1836 by Frank McWorter, a former slave, New Philadelphia thrived as a biracial community during a period of extreme racial tension.” Against all odds, this is an important story of community creation and family unification.

In conjunction with this talk, Brookens Library will have a traveling exhibit on display provided by the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum from October 21st through November 18th

We hope to see you in the library and at the talk on November 5th at 6pm. 

The U.S. Constitution and John Tinker

The U.S. Constitution:  In celebration of this preeminent document, there will be an ECCE event on September 12th that will include John Tinker, who was one of two plaintiffs in the groundbreaking 1969 U.S. Supreme Court case Tinker vs. Des Moines School District. Tinker was suspended from his high school for wearing an armband intended to make a political statement about the Vietnam War. He sued, and the resulting Supreme Court decision established the landmark principle that students (even minors) have the right to free speech within school walls.  Mr. Tinker will be speaking on September 12th at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium. Free pocket Constitutions will be available outside Brookens Auditorium prior to the event.  On September 17th, Constitution Day, Brookens Library will provide pocket Constitutions to all who enter the library and while supplies last. 

For more on free speech and 1st amendment, see Intellectual Freedom News, which is published weekly by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.  There you will find a weekly digest of recently published articles on these topics as well as others.   

How much do you know about the U.S. Constitution?  See if you can answer any of the following questions: 

  • Who was called the “Sage of the Constitutional Convention”? 
  • Who was called the “Father of the Constitution”? 
  • Was Thomas Jefferson a member of the Constitutional Convention? 
  • How did Thomas Jefferson impact the framing of the Constitution? 
  • How long did it take to frame the Constitution? 
  • What cities have been the capitals of the United States Government?  
  • What is the source of the philosophy found in the Constitution? 

Stumped? See the answers to these and other questions on the National Archives website

Brookens Library is proud to be a member of the U.S. Federal Depository Library Program.  As such, we are able to provide easy access to an abundance of government information.  You can find information from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Register, the U.S. Code, Congressional Record, United States Courts Opinions, Department of Education and so much more. See the library’s research guide on government information at:  The library has numerous resources related to the law including specialized databases like HeinOnline, WestlawNext & News, and Nexis Uni  as well as organized access to a variety of finding legal aids:

Contact the library for more information.