Book Sale Thursday October 4

Join us for the Annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale!

Homecoming Week at the University of Illinois Springfield is fast approaching, which means it’s time for the Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale! This year the annual Book Sale will take place on Thursday October 4, 2018. Last year we moved the sale outdoors and changed the day it was held from Friday to Thursday. The results were an increase in both attendance and sales.  We hope to see you there!

2018 Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale

Thursday, October 4

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Outside Brookens Library – Under the Overhang

This Week at Brookens! 9/25 – 9/30

What’s Happening at Brookens This Week!


This week is a busy week at Brookens. First, it is Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Celebrated September 24- September 30, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Here are Brookens, we have put together a display, located near the front of the library, featuring some of the banned books from our own collection. Our hope is to support the freedom to read during this week, and throughout the year. Stop by and see what we have on display.

We have also created a Banned Books Week featured list in our free eBook and eAudiobook app Cloud Library. Here you can browse over 19,000 free titles. If you haven’t already downloaded this free app to your device or computer, now would be a great time to get started!

Check out social media channels each day for the Banned Book of the Day. We are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


This week is also Homecoming Week at UIS. We are having several events in conjunction with the spirit filled week.

CINRC 40th Anniversary Celebration:

First, we are celebrating the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center’s 40th Anniversary of serving non-profits on Thursday, September 28, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. We will be set up on the main level of Brookens Library near the entrance/exit.

The CINRC has been one of the best-kept secrets in Central Illinois for far too long, and we’re hoping to change that.   Come check out our fresh new look and the many resources we have to offer for nonprofits and researchers alike.

In addition to the CINRC’s outreach to the central Illinois nonprofit community, Director Pamela M. Salela has also provided classroom instruction for Public Administration, Human Services, History, Environmental Studies, and Education – both in person as well as online for our distance students. Indeed, any class that can benefit from knowing more about grant researching could find her instructional services of value.

Come help us celebrate this milestone! Light refreshments will be served.


It has become a UIS tradition to host our annual Book Sale the week of Homecoming. This year, we have moved our sale from Friday to Thursday, September 28, with the goal of reaching more students, faculty and staff! We are also extending our hours for the first time this year. We will be open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm outside Brookens Library under the overhang. We hope this will allow you more time to stop by, shop, and stock up on some great reads. Prices range from $1 – $3 so you won’t want to miss it. Please plan to pay with cash or check. We are unable to accept credit or iCash.

 MAKERS TAKERS SPIRIT EVENT: During the Book Sale, the Library will be hosting a spirit-week event: “Makers Takers, Make Your Own Spirit Decorations.” At this fun-filled event, you will be able to upcycle library materials into new creations. From bookends to buttons, bunting to bookmarks, we will have something for everyone. Stop by Thursday, September 28 and craft with us from 11:00 – 1:00 pm. We will have tables set up next to the Book Sale underneath the overhang of Brookens Library.






Book Sale THURSDAY 9/28

Join us for the Annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale!

For the first time ever, we are having our Book Sale on the Thursday of Homecoming, in an effort to reach more students! Traditionally, we have held our sale on Friday. We hope to reach more people by adjusting the day of the week, as well as by extending the sale. Our Book Sale hours this year will be from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm!

Thursday September 28, 2017

9:00 am – 6:00 pm –  Under the Overhang Outside the Library

Prices range from $1 – $3

Please plan to pay with cash or check.  We cannot accept credit or Campus Cash (iCard payment). 

CINRC 40th Anniversary Celebration 9/28

Please join The Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center (CINRC) in celebrating 40 years of supporting nonprofits! 

 CINRC 40th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, September 28

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Brookens Library – Level 2

Light refreshments will be served

Book Sale Friday, October 7

You don’t want to miss the Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale!!!

Friday, October 7, 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Brookens Library-Main Level

This year we are moving our sale out of the basement and up to the main level for your convenience. Let us know what you think of the change.

It’s the perfect time to stock up and save big!  We hope to see you at the book sale.

Friends of Brookens Library Annual Book Sale 2016

Annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale

Please join us for the Annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale this Friday, October 16th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We have large numbers of books in the following categories:

Fiction—lots of paperbacks, but some like new hardbacks; mysteries and thrillers from some of your favorite authors: John LeCarre, Lee Child, James Patterson and more
History—large stock of both American and World history
Biography and Autobiography
Cookbooks, some in pristine condition
The collection is a bit more eclectic than in the past so there should be something for every reading taste.

The sale will be held once again on the Brookens lower level. Follow the signs and “steps” to the sale room or ask for directions at either the main information desk or the small desk on level one.

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MARCH Book Club Tonight – One Book One UIS

The African American Historical Museum is hosting their MARCH Book One Book Club tonight in the lower level of Brookens Library at 6:00 pm. If you have read the graphic memoir and would like to attend, the club is FREE and open to the public. We hope to see you there.

“MARCH Book One” is the first book out in the graphic memoir trilogy. It follows the real life struggles of John Lewis during the height of the civil rights movement.

The authors and illustrator of MARCH, Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell are scheduled to speak at the UIS Sangamon Auditorium on Monday, October 19th at 7:00 pm. A book signing will immediately follow in the PAC lobby. To reserve your seat visit or call the UIS Sangamon Auditorium at 217-206-6160. For more information about One Book, One UIS please visit

March Book One  - One Book, One UIS 2015

Don’t Judge a Book…

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover
This Friday from 11-1 pm in Brookens Library we will be hosting a Spirit Week Event:
Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover, where we will be taking unused book covers and up-cycyling them into new creations. Bring only your imagination to this fun event.
Spirit Week Book Cover Event

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover: Free Event 10/10

We are hosting a fun new event during Homecoming Week this  year: “Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover”.  At this Spirit Week event you have the chance to up-cycle old book-covers into modern art pieces and re-imagined crafts. The event will take place on: Friday, October 10th from 11-1 pm in the lower level of Brookens Library. We will provide all the supplies – just bring your imagination!

We will also be having our annual book sale that day from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, so be sure to stop in and stock-up. Prices start at only $0.50 – you can’t afford it miss it!


Book Sale!!! Save the Date 10/10

One of Brookens Library’s traditions is to host the annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale the Friday of Homecoming week. This year the book sale will take place on Friday, October 10 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on the first floor of Brookens Library. This is a great way to stock up and save on books and DVDs.

We will also be hosting “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover, Make Art with It!”: a crafting event where we will up-cycle unused book covers from 11am – 1pm in Brookens Library.
Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale_October 10Donations: Did you know you can donate your books and DVDs to the library. The generous donations from the public help keep the book sale full of good reads so feel free to drop off anything you are ready to part with at the front desk.