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.

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!

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!

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.

Happy Birthday Library of Things Collection!

This month our Library of Things collection turns one, and we’re so excited to celebrate.  Conceived of as a collection to provide patrons with access to equipment and tech that is either too specialized or expensive for personal ownership – like a GoPro camera kit, or items such as phone chargers for the days when you forget yours at home.  Our little collection of things has become one of our most popular services and has grown quite a bit during its first year. 

If you’re not yet familiar with the Library of Things collection, now is the perfect time to get acquainted.  The collection has three major categories, Home and Kitchen, Technology, and Board Games.  Whether you’re looking to spend time with friends over a game of Battle for Hogwarts, try out a new soup recipe with the immersion blender, or want to try your hand at podcasting with our Yeti Microphone, the Library of Things collection has you covered. 

Want to help us celebrate this important milestone?  Start by helping the collection continue to develop into the best collection it can be by suggesting a thing. You can also join us for the Library of Things Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, November 27th from 4-7pm.  Stop by and explore the collection and have some fun with robot races, board games, and more!