Make Your Own Eyepatch For Pirate Day!!!

Celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day with Brookens Library! 

To help celebrate we will be hosting a Make Your Own Pirate Eyepatch event:

Wednesday, September 19

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Student Leadership Center: UIS Student Union

We will have all the supplies you need to take your eyepatch over-the-top! We will also have fun giveaways and a few tasty treats. Don’t miss it!

How To Talk Like A Pirate Using Mango Languages

Ahoy, me hearties! Belay yer carousin’ and haul wind smartly. International Talk Like a Pirate Day be on WednesdaySeptember 19th and we will be celebrating all day long with pop-up events and a Make Your Own Eyepatch event at the UIS Student Union from 11:00  – 2:00!

First celebrated in 2002, this holiday has grown from a mere Talk Like a Pirate Day to an INTERNATIONAL Talk Like a Pirate day. All from the simple kernel of an idea generated by some pals that were goofing around in the 90’s. You can read more about how it came to be here.

As interesting as all that is, that’s not really what we’re here to talk about. Talk Like A Pirate Day isn’t about boring old history, it’s about talking like a pirate. But properly talking like a pirate is more than just sprinkling in an ‘ahoy’ here and an ‘avast’ here, it’s about a rich tapestry of pirate-y words and colorful turns of phrase the likes of which would make Robert Newton proud! But how do you get started in this grand, made up tradition? If only the there was some kind of resource…

The library has got you covered with Mango Languages and their Pirate conversational language module.

You’ll take your language skills across the seven seas, gathering treasure and having parrrrties on your ship. While pirates have a historically troubled and dangerous history around the globe, we want you to embrace the inventive language of Pirates and use their creative speech for good, not evil. Are ye up for the challenge of becoming a swashbuckler (pirate)? Shed your landlubber (land-lover) skin and haul wind with Mango!


Meet the Team: Justin

Name: Justin

Major: Information Systems Security

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about UIS is the personal connection you make with your professors. They know you by name, where at other schools you usually are just a number. This is also noticeable with online classes as well. The professor is able to give much more attention to their students despite not having a physical presence

What are your goals for the semester? One of my goals for this semester is to not procrastinate on my homework. Waiting until the last minute on homework just causes stress and I’d like to avoid that. I’d also like to learn the programming language known as Python. I’ve heard that it can be very beneficial to learn it when looking for careers.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If a TV show was made about my life it would be called “How Much Star Wars is Too Much?” I love Star Wars, so I spend a lot of my time reading books, watching movies/TV shows, and playing games about Star Wars. Empire Strikes Back is the Best!

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  I’m part of the Computer Science Club here on campus where I have participated in several cybersecurity competitions known as the NCL with our team. We’ve even placed 6th nationally. I am also involved in an organization on campus called Young Americans for Liberty, a political activism organization that fights for free speech and constitutionalism.

What have you learned since working at the library? One thing that I have learned while working at the library is to never be afraid to ask for help. If you ask for help, most often you can accomplish whatever it is much quicker. Finding a book in the library can be confusing and could potentially take a very long time, so just asking for our help is much quicker.

What are your post-graduation plans? After graduation I plan to go strait into the workforce. Ideally I’d like to work at a local business in their tech department for a while but then I’d like to work for the FBI. Also, I plan to try and get several certifications in my field.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing in the Library of Things Collection is the board games. Can’t go wrong with fun and games with friends!

How-To-Tuesday: How to Request Items

It’s How-To-Tuesday with the dynamic duo: Meghan and Taylor!!!

This week Taylor can’t find the obscure book she wants at Brookens.
How will she survive? With IShare, of course! See a book that you would like to request for pickup at Brookens Library? This brief tutorial will show viewers how to request items from IShare libraries and have them sent to you.

Meet the Team: Samantha

Name: Samantha

Major: Sociology/Anthropology

Status: Senior



What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? As a student, I love that UIS have mostly small classes. The student to instructor ratio isn’t overwhelming which allows for more of a connection with the instructor and a better learning experience in my opinion. Being a transfer student, I definitely like the vibe of UIS much better overall.

What are your goals for the semester?  My goal for this semester is to keep my head in the game. It’s the last year of school for me and I know how easy it is to fall into the senioritis trap! But I just need to remember that if I want to play hard, I have to work hard too.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? My reality TV show of my life would be called “Fast & Furious”. Odd I know but it’s because life passes by fast and that makes me furious!

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I dedicate most my free time to the music program here at UIS. I play violin in the UIS Orchestra and sometimes perform around campus for official events as well. I recently started to become more involved in the International Student Services because that is a huge passion of mine. I want to make sure that we as a University welcome others with open arms!

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned that a little goes a long way. I am only a small part of the big complex system that is the Library. In order for everything to run smoothly, it’s important to pay attention to even the smallest tasks.

What are your post-graduation plans? (at least 3 sentences): Oof this question is a hard one! As of right now, I’m postponing graduate school since I would like to gain some experience in the work industry first. I’m interested in becoming an academic advisor or program coordinator for higher education.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing from the library of things collection has to be the board games! I would love to have that big of a collection of board games when I have a home of my own. Life isn’t a game but maybe just for a few hours I don’t have to worry about bills but think about how I’m going to kick butt in chutes & ladders!

Constitution Day September 17: Special Event

Celebrate Constitution Day with Brookens Library & ECCE on Monday, September 17th. Faculty in the Library Instructional Services Program have partnered with UIS’ Legal Studies Department and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom to present an ECCE Speaker event with a focus on freedoms enshrined in the US Constitution.

Our panel guests for Contemporary Attacks on American Constitutional Freedom: Hate Speech, Political Speech, and the Right to Privacy will include James LaRue, Director of the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and Professors Deborah Anthony & Eugene McCarthy from Legal Studies.

Join us for what is sure to be a highly informative panel presentation followed by a lively question and answer period. Refreshments will be served following the Q&A and will also offer an opportunity for direct conversation with our panel guests.

The first 50 audience members to arrive in Brookens Auditorium for the talk will receive a pocket Constitution!

What:   ECCE Speaker Series: Contemporary Attacks on American Constitutional Freedom: Hate Speech, Political Speech, and the Right to Privacy

When: Monday, September 17th, 6:00 pm

Where: Brookens Auditorium

Brookens Library is proud to be an official depository of the Federal Depository Library Program. We can assist in locating and accessing federal government information. In addition, we can assist with accessing state government information.

For direct exploration of many of our government information resources see: Government Information

Related Library Research Guides:

Legal Studies:

Political Science:

For further information please contact Pamela M. Salela at: or Sally LaJoie at

Meet the Team: Joshua

Name: Joshua

Major: Computer Science

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  My favorite thing about UIS is having my own apartment on campus with a nice big room, at least when compared to my old room. No longer do I have to commit hours of my life cleaning up after all my brothers and sisters, nor do I get dragged around on errands for my parents. Finally, I love the fact that the on-campus food is actually pretty good. I remember back in high school I was nervous about college but I was hyped for actually being able to have a good meal. 

What are your goals for the semester? Well getting good grades is always goal number one. My second goal would be more active in a club. My final goal is to get some scholarships, college is expensive and anything extra will really help.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  The Avid Gamers Quest for Bacon and Asian food. Well, I do consider myself a gamer and love to search for all sorts of new and exciting games. I also love to try all sorts of new foods but I most commonly seek out Asian cuisine. As for bacon, well I don’t think that needs an explanation.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? As mentioned before I’m an avid gamer. I mostly play video games, but I do get the occasional board or card game in every now and then. I’m a member of the computer science club and I have also joined the robotics club.

What have you learned since working at the library? The library has taught me a few things, the first of which is that they actually lend out things besides books. A few examples are blenders, chargers, DVDs, board games, etc. I also learned that they have an area of the library dedicated to super old books, posters, tape recordings, etc. Finally and maybe the most important thing I’ve learned is that the library will shock you. Seriously watch out and don’t touch anything metal!

What are your post-graduation plans?  On graduation, I hope to do one of two things; either continue my education and get a masters degree, this is only an option if I get some serious scholarships, or to land a decent paying job in my field and quickly pay off any debt I might have. The school has good connections with companies such as State Farm and I would be more than happy to be hired by them. Also a dog, honestly that’s probably number one, I need me a dog.