HTT: Beat Finals Week Stress with Cookies and Crafts!

This week’s installment of How-To Tuesdays focuses on how the stress of Finals Week can cause even the closest of friends to argue. Megan and Taylor have never gotten into an argument, but there is a first time for everything. Read on to see what happens!!

Phew! Thankfully Megan and Taylor will remain friends. We encourage all of you to take care of yourselves this week. Take breaks. Take breaths. Stop by the Library’s Lower Level to make crafts and decorate cookies. We hope to see you all there!

Universal Human Rights Month

December is Universal Human Rights Month and December 10th is Human Rights Day.  70 years ago in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  A direct result of the aftermath of the human rights catastrophes of the 2nd World War.  But it addresses far more than catastrophic abuses.  It created a framework for human rights principles embodied in its 30 articles.  These spell out an individual’s political, social, economic, and cultural rights and encompass fundamental freedoms for all regardless of gender, race, religion or language.   

Explore this beautifully illustrated version of the UDHR which produced in partnership between the artist Yacine Alt Kac, the U.N. Regional Information Centre and the Office of the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights – Regional Office for Europe. Each page displays a separate article along with delightful drawings to reflect the spirit of their intention.

Brookens Library has a wide variety of books and documents with a focus on human rights including:  TheHuman Rights Paradox: Universality and its Discontents by Steve J. Stern& Scott Straus (2014) and TheInternational Human Rights movement: A History by Aryeh Neier (2012).  There are numerous publications with foci on specific countries as well as publications of historic prominence such as the Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg, 14 November 1945-1 October 1946.

Learn More about Human Rights Day

Meet the Team: Abhishek

Name: Abhishek

Major: MIS

Status: Graduate

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? UIS has a lot to offer to it’s students. It is diverse and there is always so many new things to learn each day. The library is my favorite place to be where I can concentrate on my studies and work at the same time.

What are your goals for the semester? This semester is quite hectic for me looking at the work schedule and the courses I have. So, I am devoting most of my time in studies, learning new programming languages and keep up with good grades.

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 “Better Call Abhishek” because no matter what I am always there for help.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? My course work doesn’t give me a lot of free time to engage with clubs/activities/sports on campus. However, I love playing soccer, attend music concerts, go out with friends and explore new places around.

What have you learned since working at the library? I am working here since January,2018. It has helped me in improving my communication skills, time management. People often think of library as just a place to check out books and do research, but it does a lot more. Learning about all the services we provide has been interesting

What are your post-graduation plans?  I will be graduating in Spring 2019. After I graduate I will start looking for jobs, most likely I’ll move to Atlanta, GA because that city has a lot to offer.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing from Library of Things is Dominoes. But most of the time I check out Umbrella because you never know when it will rain in Springfield :p

Semester Wrap-Up Events!

There’s a chill in the air and the sound of coffees being chugged fill our ears . . . it’s finals season and Brookens Library is here to help get you through it!



When you’ve accepted that an all-nighter is the only way to finish your assignments, come stay at the library for extended hours! FromMonday, December 3rd to Friday, December 7th the library will remain open until 3:00 AM Monday –Thursday and 9:00 PM on Friday! Drinks and snacks will be served beginning at 10:00 PM.


On Wednesday, December 5th from 4:00 PM -6:00 PM is our Trail Mix Bar! Come relax and chat with librarians while munching on some delicious brain food!


Who doesn’t love free food? The week of finals, the library will also host events to get you through to the end of the semester.


 The Friends of Brookens Library want to make your Finals Week a little sweeter. Join us on Monday, December 10th from 4:00 – 7:00PM for a make-your-own Free Cereal Bar. We will have a variety of cereals and milks so you can build your perfect bowl! 


Take a break from your studies on Tuesday, December 11th to decorate cookies and make some quick and easy crafts! 

When you’re in the home stretch, these activities are the perfect ways to unwind & get you through the the finish line. Come to Brookens Library and make the final weeks of your semester a little sweeter.

LoT Games & Tech Event 11/27

Join us for the Library of Things Birthday Celebration!!!

Tuesday, November 27th 

4:00 – 7:00 pm – Brookens Library 

Stop by and explore the collection and have some fun with robot races, board games, and more!  

Since it’s a birthday celebration we will be having Birthday cake, so you really don’t want to miss out on all the fun!

Read Around the World: Pairing Global Lit and Hot Sips

Tuesday, November 13th

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Brookens Library – Lower Level

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!