Celebrating Lincoln’s Birthday in Springfield

Picture this: you’re in Springfield, excited for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, but you have no idea how to celebrate. Lucky for you, we have plenty of tips to make the day spectacular!

Even though it’s cold, we would definitely recommend going to the Lincoln sites if you have the opportunity. If you’ve never seen them before, the Lincoln sites in town are actually really cool and worth seeing at least once while you’re in Springfield. One notable spot on campus is the Lincoln statue, so for Lincoln’s birthday this year, we’re showing off the many different Lincoln statues and sites in Springfield.

The first Lincoln you should stop to see is downtown at the Capitol. That’s one of the most iconic spots in Springfield, so you’ll definitely want to stop by and take a picture! The current capitol building wasn’t built until the late 1870s, so if you want to step back into history, head to the Old State Capitol. Lincoln and even Barack Obama announced their candidacies for president there, and, if you’re really interested, you can go inside for a tour. Due to COVID regulations, you’ll need to book a reservation online for the Old State Capitol, and unfortunately, the current capitol building is closed for tours.

If you just want to walk around outside, however, you’ll still be able to see the statue of Lincoln and his family that sits outside the Old State Capitol and in front of the Lincoln Herndon Law Offices where Lincoln worked in the 1840s. Across from the entrance to the Old State Capitol is the Prairie Archives. It’s an amazing used book store, but if you’re looking to save your money, you can borrow some incredible Lincoln-related books from Brookens Library instead.

The next stop on your tour of Springfield should be Union Station, a former train station that opened in 1898. There are two iconic Lincoln statues outside, one of the 16th president sitting on a bench, which makes for an excellent photo op, and one of a larger-than-life Lincoln with words from his first inaugural address. If you’re fascinated by the words of Abe, the library has some perfect books for you on our cloudLibrary service! Some personal recommendations would be 100 Quotes by Abraham Lincoln and Conversations with Lincoln.

After you finish up at the station, you can head across the street to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. There are plenty of learning opportunities and cool statues inside the museum that are sure to grab your attention. From the museum, head to Lincoln’s home next. There aren’t any notable statues, but it’s definitely worth the stop. A short walk down from Lincoln’s home is the Lincoln Library, Springfield’s public library. There’s a very cool abstract statue of Lincoln outside that is certain to draw your attention, but if the books are what you’re interested in, you can apply for a Lincoln Library eCard if you attend UIS and live in Springfield. 

The last stop on the Abraham Lincoln Springfield tour is Lincoln’s Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The tomb has a storied history, with its first tribulation occurring in 1876 when a plan was devised by a Chicago counterfeiter to steal Lincoln’s body. After the plot failed, Lincoln’s coffin was moved to a secret location in the basement of the tomb and stayed there until 1878. A series of movements and tomb reconstructions took place until 1931, with the coffin being moved a total of 17 times and opened 5 times from the time when Lincoln’s body initially came to rest in Springfield to now.

For more information on the intriguing history of Lincoln’s grave, Brookens has copies of Stealing Lincoln’s Body and The Great Abraham Lincoln Hijack that you can check out. You can also still go inside and view Lincoln’s Tomb during this time of COVID, and you need to make sure you don’t forget to rub Lincoln’s nose for some good luck for the rest of the semester!

If you think Springfield is boring or dull with nothing fun to do, you should definitely check out these sites and celebrate Lincoln’s birthday in style!

Winter reads

We hope your semester has been successful and that you are looking forward to a peaceful winter break.  To help you relax and refresh, we’ve compiled a list of winter read recommendations in our Cloud Library collection.  These downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks are accessible from wherever you are spending your break with the free app

covers of featured books: Let it Snow, Mr. Dickens and His Carol, One Day in December, Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe.
Book covers of featured books: Twelve days of Dash and Lily, What Lights, Winter in Paradise, The Winter Soldier.

Unfamiliar with the downloadable eBooks or eAudiobooks in our Cloud Library collection?  Learn more here, and, as always, we’ll be happy to help you download the free app and set up your account at the library main desk. Enjoy your break!

Cookies Decorating & Crafts!

The end of the year can be stressful! Take a quick break from your studies to decorate cookies & make some easy crafts! 

Tuesday, December 11

2:00  – 4:00 pm

Library Lower Level

Thanksgiving Holiday Recess

Our hours will look a little different during Thanksgiving Holiday Recess. Here is a breakdown of when we’ll be open:

Wednesday, November 21: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday, November 22: CLOSED

Friday, November 23: CLOSED

Saturday, November 24: CLOSED

Sunday, November 25: 2:00 PM – 12:00 AM

We hope that you will take some time to relax this Thanksgiving holiday. Maybe you’re going to whip up your famous butternut squash soup with the help of the immersion blender from our Library of Things. Perhaps you’re going to spend many, many hours melting into the couch while watching movies and eating candy from our Binge Kits. Whichever way you choose to spend your time this Thanksgiving Holiday Recess, we hope you enjoy.

Talk Like a Pirate Day: Yargh, yer piratin’ content wrong!

Yargh, yer piratin’ content wrong!

Did you know you can access software, music, video games, and more without having to pirate? For example, UIS provides students that live on campus with an HBO Go pass. To access it simply go to play.hbogo.com/login, select U of I Springfield as your provider and enter your UIS name and password. UIS also provides a variety of free software for all students like Office 365, antivirus, and more are available at no cost via http://webstore.uis.edu/. Brookens Library is also a great source for free materials like movies, music, and everyday items. For instance the Library of Things allows you to rent cameras, cooking supplies, games, and more. ITS also loans out laptops for students to use as they please. Anyone with a UIS library card also has access to a library card for Lincoln library. The Lincoln library has an even larger collection of movies and other worthwhile materials.


Free booty for students to plunder

As a student you also have access to a large variety of discounts on also sorts of products at different retailers. Laptops for instance are often sold at a lower prices for students. Other discounts like lower prices for movies, tools, school supplies, etc. can often be found. Services like Spotify premium, Hulu plus, and  Amazon Prime are also available to students at a discount. Icardperks has a list of multiple merchant discounts available to anyone with a valid icard. You can find a variety of 10% off discounts available at gift shops and food establishments. If that’s not your style then perhaps a $50 discount on karate lessons will be a better fit. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to look for these discounts before making a purchase.


Support ye captain  

If, however, you intend to pirate software despite these alternatives then consider the following. Piracy hurts the industry and raises prices for everyone. Statistics show that in 2010 the losses due to digital piracy was 58.8 billion. By 2011 this number climbed to $63.4 billion in digital losses. It’s likely that you already pay a premium on many goods due to the piracy of others. The more people pirate the larger effect on everyone. To top that off you’re making it harder for the creators of pirated goods to stay afloat. It’s important to buy the products you like in order to support and show interest for future products of the same quality. Companies can and have steered away from making similar products in the past due to lack of sales. Depending on the circumstances it’s also possible that the creators of the product may go out of business entirely. This results in a lose-lose situation for both parties.


Risk walking the plank

Another thing to take into account before pirating products is the risks involved. Some of them are obvious like the legal fines and prison time. A criminal charge can result in up to 5 year of prison and a fine of $250,000. Civil penalties can monitarilly be even worse as the max fine per infringement is $150,000 which can quickly add up. However, if knowing this doesn’t deter you from piracy then perhaps the following will. Pirated goods often contain viruses, trojans, and other security risks. By downloading pirated software you risk giving away your bank credentials and other precious personal data to malicious hackers.


Nah worth yer time

The amount of time it takes to pirate content and the lack of quality assurance can become a major hassle that makes pirating far less appealing. Some content is just really hard to find online in its native quality. For instance Is it really worth it to spend a few hours trying to find a good quality torrents and wasting gigabytes of data just to find out the torrents you downloaded were of low quality or in some way didn’t work. Not to mention cracked software doesn’t get updates and if you run into problems you can’t call customer service for help. These points should all be taken into account and hopefully deter you from pirating in the future.


International Literacy Day

Here at Brookens Library, Every Day is Literacy Day!

Brookens Library invites the UIS community to recognize and celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8. Founded by UNESCO, this annual event aims to highlight the importance of literacy for both young and old. This year’s focus is “literacy and skills development” with emphasis on the skills and competencies needed for employment, careers and livelihoods.

Workforce, educational and community involvement all depend on literacy skills to navigate today’s increasingly digital world. The concept of literacy is no longer only defined as reading, writing and counting skills, but has grown to include the ability to identify, create and communicate information in different aspects of our work, school and social lives. Unfortunately, illiteracy is still a major problem in many communities around the world, and there are still 750 million adults who cannot read and write. Learn more at UNESCO’s site.

Here at Brookens Library, every day is Literacy Day! Our librarians promote information literacy in and out of the classroom, helping students discover, evaluate and utilize the information they need for their research assignments and personal lives, as well as for their future careers. With so much information out in the world, it is more important than ever to build the skills necessary to become information literate citizens.

However you decide to celebrate International Literacy Day, take a moment to reflect on what it means to be able to read. As children’s author Tomie dePaola once said, “Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.”

Winter Break Special Hours & Closures

Finals Week marks the end of another semester at UIS.  We will reduce our hours and have special holiday closures over the winter break from Saturday, December 10, 2016 through Monday, January 16, 2017. A complete list of our hours is always available on our website for your convenience.

Reduced Hours of Operation (Saturday, December 10 – Thursday, December 22):

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Monday – Friday: OPEN 9AM – 5 PM

Holiday CLOSURE:

Friday, December 23 – Monday,  January 2

We re-open with reduced hours on Tuesday, January 3

Spring Semester Reduced Hours: (Tuesday, January 3 – Sunday, January 15)

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Monday – Friday: OPEN 9AM – 5PM

Special Closure: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 16): CLOSED

We re-open with regular Spring Semester hours Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Calendar view of hours December 2016

Calendar View of Library Hours January 2017