Book Recommendations for People Who Aren’t Readers

Are you looking to get into reading, but don’t really know where to start? Do you buy books intending to read them, but never get around to it? If this sounds like you, don’t worry! There are plenty of books out there for people who may not consider themselves readers. If you’re interested in easing yourself into the pastime, then this may be the perfect place to begin!

Short Stories to Get You Started

  • 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories – This collection contains 40 short stories, all of which were carefully selected because of their ability to stand the test of time.
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women – Published years after the author’s death, this collection of stories received extensive critical acclaim when it was released in 2015.
  • Get in Trouble – These stories contain elements of fantasy, magic, and horror for those who are fans of a wide variety of genres.

Books with a Plot that Will Hook You Instantly

  • Project Hail Mary – This science fiction book immediately grabs your attention and holds it by going back and forth between flashbacks and present events.
  • Lucky Boy – Jumping between two perspectives, Lucky Boy is a heartfelt page-turner that keeps you guessing the entire time.
  • Everything I Never Told You – Full of secrets and vibrant characters, you won’t be able to put this book down while you’re reading.

Audiobooks You Can Listen to While Multitasking

  • The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters – This true story is simultaneously captivating, funny, and deeply honest.
  • Why Fish Don’t Exist – This book has elements of chaos, love, and loss and is incredibly intriguing.
  • Minor Feelings – Minor Feelings, which is highly acclaimed, offers an intimate look into the author’s relationship with her Asian-American identity.

Graphic Novels to Read if You’re Short on Time

  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me – This young adult romance has amazing illustrations and will definitely keep you entertained.
  • Special Exits – With a unique subject matter, Special Exits is a truly intriguing graphic novel that’s grounded in reality.
  • Fun Home – Nominated for several awards, Fun Home offers a perspective that’s both impactful and fascinating for all readers.

Even if reading isn’t your favorite hobby, it can still be a great way to relax or learn new things. These books will certainly get you hooked on reading and have you filling your bookshelves in no time!

Meet the Team: Teagan

Meet Teagan!

Name: Teagan

Major: Social Work

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is all of the opportunities I have on campus. There are so many different clubs and organizations to join, there truly is something for everyone! I also love the small campus size, so I can meet and interact with other students and staff often.

What are your goals for the semester?My goals for this semester are pretty simple. I really just want to be able to learn more about my major, as well as keep up my good grades.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If I were to have a reality show it would be called something like, “Keeping up with Teagan.” Although this is a basic answer, it would end up being very true. My days this semester are going to be really hectic and full of school, work, and activities. If I had a reality show, it would have to keep up with my busy schedule.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am involved with a couple activities on campus. I am apart of the club volleyball team here, as well as being the secretary of my residence hall community council. Other than that, a lot of my time is spent at work or doing homework for my honors courses.

What have you learned since working at the library? I have definitely learned more time management skills. Not only when I’m working, but also outside of work due to the fact I always have to plan what I am doing before I actually do it to make sure I can achieve everything I want to achieve.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to become a probation officer after graduation. I am studying social work because the main thing I want to do in life is reach out and help people that are having a tough time. Being that this is my main goal, I decided to study social work rather than criminal justice, although my job is still within the criminal justice field. Thankfully, I can still pursue probation with the degree I want to receive.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: I love all of the board games we have available in our library of things! I have played board games constantly with my family since I could understand how to play, so seeing a collection here is like having a piece of home with me.

Welcome To UIS!

Welcome to the 2019 Spring Semester at the University of Illinois Springfield. At the Library, we offer both resources and services to help you make the most of your time at UIS. On our website you will find access to our wide variety of databases. Not sure how to get started? Here you will find research help by subject or you can book a Research Consultation with one of our friendly Librarians.

Did you know we have a free app where you can download eBooks and eAudiobooks? It’s true! Simply download the cloudLibrary app and enjoy easy access to thousands of free eBooks/eAudiobooks!

We also have a growing Collection of “Things” called the Library of Things!  We have home and kitchen items, board games, and lots of technology for you to check out for FREE! Interested in learning to use a DSLR camera? No problem, we have that. Have a sewing project but no machine? We’ve got you covered! Need a graphing calculator for class? We have several available for FREE checkout! See what all we have available here!

Last semester we refreshed the Main Level by renovating the space and adding comfortable furniture, collaborative workstations, and computer desks to give you plenty of options to suit your needs. We designed this floor to be flexible, so you’ll notice almost all the furniture is on wheels so you can move it when and where you need it.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

Drop-In Research Help!

Drop in and get help with your research! No appointment needed.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.  Brookens Library Main Level

Brookens Library is now offering drop in research help every week. Academic research is a multi-step process that isn’t necessarily linear. While there’s no “right” way to do academic research, we realize that researching can be overwhelming and want you to know that we are here to assist you. Stop by the main level and get help with your research needs from one of our talented Librarians. 

We can assist with every step of the research process – from developing your research topic to helping you track down those hard to find citations.  Undergraduate, Graduate or UIS staff, we’ve got you covered. Put out skills to your use.

We’ll be offering this service through the remainder of the fall semester and then again in the spring once school resumes. 

We look forward to helping you succeed!

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

Meet the Team: Michael

Name: Michael

Major: Communications

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?

 I like being part of a small community where I can know a lot of the people around me more closely. This campus has always felt welcoming and like home to me. I always appreciate good company!

What are your goals for the semester?  

My goals for the semester are just to continue doing as well as I can in classes while enjoying my time here at UIS. I would also just like to spend more time binging TV shows and films when I have free time. I like to always make some time for good content.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?

The reality TV show of my life would be called Keeping Up With Michael Bates. People would get to see the wild things I do all day like roll out of bed at noon and turn on Netflix. Suffice to say it would be quality.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?

I am not really involved in much besides class and work. However, I have played guitar for several years. I also always make time to listen to at least one new album a day and I’m trying to get more into getting films fit in as often as possible to.

What have you learned since working at the library?

The library has taught me many things. I’ve learned many useful customer service skills working here. I’ve also just learned to have fun and not take anything too seriously as long as we’re getting done the work that we need to be.

What are your post-graduation plans?

 After graduation I’m planning on pursuing a career in journalism in one way or another. Preferably I’ll move to a bigger city and just enjoy the life there. We’ll see what happens!

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?:

I like a lot of the board games we have, particularly Catan and Machi Koro.

Extended Hours (12/3 – 12/7)

The week before finals calls for extended library hours and COFFEE! 

Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 7, the Library will be open an extra 3 hours each night so you have a safe place to study into the wee hours. We will be serving coffee, tea, and snacks in the late evening.

We also have de-stress tables in the back of the Main Level where you can take a break from your work to play with LEGOs or Kinetic Sand! 

Week Before Finals Hours:

Monday – Thursday (December 3-6): 8:30 am – 3:00 am

Friday (December 7): 8:30 am – 9:00 pm

Cereal Bar December 10th

Monday, December 10 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Brookens Library Lower Level

The Friends of Brookens Library invite you to come enjoy a free bowl of cereal the Monday of Finals Week (December 10) from 4:00 -7:00 pm. Here we will have a variety of cereals and milks available for you to build your own bowl. We hope to make your finals week a little bit sweeter!

Native American Heritage Month

In honor of November being Native American Heritage Month, Brookens Library is highlighting some of its resources that focus on the rich history, the variety of cultures and the many contributions of Native Americans to our world.

The Library of Congress, in collaboration with other museums and archives, created the Native American Heritage Month web portal, which features a collection of exhibits, images, audio and video that highlights the important contributions made by the indigenous people of America.

Interested in learning Cherokee? Our Mango Languages database provides language lessons on Cherokee grammar, vocabulary and culture. Just go to their page to set up your free account and get started in minutes.

To find more facts on Native American tribes, try the eHRAF database, a great library resource for finding information about different cultures around the world.

If looking for more books to add to your TBR list, check out the works of these Native American authors – Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Scott Momaday, Linda Hogan, and Leslie Marmon Silko.

We encourage you to learn more about Native American peoples and their heritage, no matter what month it is. For more information on Native American Heritage Month, click here.

Meet the Team: Carissa

Name: Carissa

Major: Criminal Justice

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? I enjoy the freedom and the independent life style that I am able to have. Back home I growing up I didn’t have much freedom like my brothers, it was because I was a girl at the time and Chicago isn’t always good for young ladies. But the independent life style it helped me to become more independent and see situation thoroughly by myself without trying to call family for help.

What are your goals for the semester? Continue to stay focused and motivated by watching my motivational videos every morning if possible.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? It would be “The Sweet Life of Soulful Jewel”. Soulful Jewel is my skating name that I got over the summer. I name it The Sweet Life because you will find that my Life growing up was not really Sweet at all. I mean of course it has its moments. I name it my skating name because its a part of me in a different world (skate world). You would just have to watch the show how both words come together.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  Yes! I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. it is a huge aspect of my life. It is something I plan to continue when I leave college. I am learning to play drums so on my free time I got to VPA and get some practicing in.

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned how the library system work. It is fairly easy and quick to learn. If I make a simple mistake my superiors correct me and now I know a way how to go about the problem differently.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to apply to Chicago Police Department before this time hopefully I will have my Security Certification and my certification to Conceal and Carry along with other Certifications afterwards. I also plan on applying to some Security Officers Agencies.