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, 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 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.”