Banned Books Week: 9/24 – 9/30
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, using information from public challenges reported in the media, as well as censorship reports submitted to the office through its challenge reporting form.
Find out which books made the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 and explore Top Ten talking points, infographics and social media art on the Top Ten resource page. View the 2017 State of America’s Library Report for more information on censorship, library trends and research. – ALA
Here are Brookens, we have put together a display, located near the front of the library, featuring some of the banned books from our own collection. Our hope is to support the freedom to read during this week, and throughout the year. Stop by and see what we have on display.
We have also put together a Banned Books Week featured list in our free eBook and eAudiobook app Cloud Library. Here you can browse over 19,000 free titles. If you haven’t already downloaded this free app to your device or computer, now would be a great time to get started!
Summertime in the library is, in many ways, business as usual. Whether or not you are on campus, Brookens Library faculty, staff, and student employees are still here working to support your experience at UIS.
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- Cloud Library: Brookens Library recently added 19,000 eAudiobook titles to Cloud Library, our eBook and eAudiobook collection. You and your student can browse our collection here – http://go.uis.edu/BrowseCloudLibrary
The collection includes leisure reads, cookbooks, memoires, and more.
Current students can download the Cloud Library App to their device or check out a Cloud Library compatible device from Brookens Library. For more information about how to get started using Cloud Library visit: http://go.uis.edu/CloudLibraryBasics
- Mango Languages: You’re probably wondering why the library’s talking about fruit, turns out were not. Mango Languages is our online language-learning system. Your student can create a free account through the Mango Languages platform using their NetID and Password. Once they’ve created their account, your student will have access to over 70 languages.
Learn more about all that Mango Languages has to offer here- http://go.uis.edu/MangoBasics
Stay connected with Brookens all summer long and see you in the Fall!
Just in time for summer break, we have added 19,000 new eAudiobook titles to our Cloud Library collection that are perfect for listening on the go. Listen while traveling for summer vacation, by the pool, on your run, while gardening, or while sitting on your deck enjoying a lemonade. Since these free eAudiobooks can be dowloaded directly to your mobile device, you can take them wherever you go and listen whenever you want. These additions are from a wide range of new non-fiction categories we previously didn’t have in the Cloud Library collection, such as cooking, health and fitness, and travel. We’ve also increased the number of titles in fiction genres such as science fiction, romance, historical fiction, classics, and many more.
Not familiar with our free ebook and eAudiobook collection? Our Getting Started with Cloud Library post will help you download the app and set up your account.
If you need help, be sure to stop by the library main desk or call 217-206-6605.
Happy summer, and happy listening!
How to make book suggestions for the Cloud Library collection:
Did you know that you can make suggestions for books you would like for us to purchase in our Cloud Library Collection (Cloud Library is the App where you can access our eBook and eAudioBook collections)? You absolutely can! But we’ll admit, figuring out how to locate books in the app that are available to suggest for purchase can be a little tricky. So here are some step-by-step instructions to show you how.
Start by opening the app, and tapping the 3 blue lines in the top left hand corner to open the menu, and tap Filters.
This will take you to the options for how your searches are filtered. The app defaults to only search titles already owned by the library. To see all of the titles available in the Cloud Library system, tap Suggestions for Library. Now when searching you will see titles that the library owns, as well as items that are available for us to add to collection.
Now you’re ready to search. To search for a book, tap the magnifying glass icon in the top right of the screen. And type in your title where it says Enter search criteria.
If the book you are looking for is available to suggest to the library you will see it in the results list, with a blue Suggest button next to it. This collection has both eBooks and eAudiobooks. You’ll know if the item is an audiobook if there is a headphones icon in the bottom right of the cover image for the book. Be sure that you’re suggesting the format you’d prefer when both are available. When we purchase a book that you have suggested, an automatic hold will be placed on it for you. You have 5 days to check out an item before the hold expires.
It is important to us that this collection of popular fiction and nonfiction, has the titles that you want to read. While we can’t guarantee we’ll buy every suggestion we receive, we certainly prioritize them when buying new items for the collection.
If you’re not yet familiar with the Cloud Library collection, learn more about how to download the free app here. You’ll need an active library account with Brookens to set up your account.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask for help at the main desk.
We hope your semester has been successful and that you are looking forward a peaceful winter break. To help you relax and refresh, we’ve compiled a list of winter read recommendations in our Cloud Library collection. These downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks are accessible from wherever you are spending your break with the free app. Unfamiliar with the downloadable eBooks or eAudiobooks in our Cloud Library collection? Learn more here, and, as always, we’ll be happy to help you download the free app and set up your account at the library main desk. Enjoy your break!
Whether you’re driving, taking the train, traveling alone, traveling with friends, or not traveling at all, an eAudio Book from our Cloud Library collection is an excellent companion for your Thanksgiving Break. Check out our Thanksgiving Break Recommendations, download a book to your mobile device, and you’re ready to listen on the go. Get your free Cloud Library app here. Need assistance with setting up your Cloud Library app? Stop by the desk, we’re happy to help.
Thanksgiving Break Recommendations List
- Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
- Furiously Happy by Jenni Lawson
- H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
- Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, and Jeffery Seller
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
- It’s Okay to Laugh by Norma McInerny Purmort
- My Brief History by Stephen Hawking
- Naked by David Sedaris
- Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
- Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
- The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
- Shrill by Lindy West
- Unforgettable: a Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime by Scott Simon
- West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan
- Whipping Boy by Allen Kurzweil
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler