How-to Tuesday: Mango Languages

Mango wearing a black hat and holding a guitar

We hope that these last few days of the semester are going well. We realize that once your last final is complete, you may be packing a bag and heading off to places near or far. Your adventures may include locales where languages other than you own are spoken. If that’s the case, or if you are just interested in sitting on your couch and learning a new language, we’ve got you covered.  

You may be wondering, “But how, Brookens Library Blog? How can you possibly help me with this?!” to which we reply, “You have access to a tool called Mango Languages.” Mango Languages is an online culture and language-learning resource that’s available to you 24/7 online or through their mobile app. So go now, visit the Mango Language site , create your free account, and start tracking your language-learning progress today.  

Mango wearing a black hat and holding a guitar

How to Tuesday: How to Take a Break at Brookens

This week’s How-to Tuesday focuses on how to relax and take a break from your studies while at Brookens. We offer a number of ways for you to de-stress including:

StickTogether Sticker Sheets

These sheets are located on the Second Floor and are great to work on alone or in collaboration with others. All you need to do is take a look at the poster grid, find the sticker color that corresponds with the letter found on the grid, stick the color onto the grid, and repeat. After a while, the image starts to take shape.


That’s right! We have the classic, interlocking, plastic blocks here on the Second Floor. Stop by the LEGO table today and build your worries away.

Kinetic Sand

There is something so soothing about having your hands in the sand. If this particular sensation appeals to you, then make your way to our Kinetic Sand table on the Second Floor. This sand has the appearance of dry sand, mimics the properties of wet sand, and can be molded into a variety of shapes.

Giant Bean Bags

The picture says it all.

As Midterms approach, self-care is particularly important, so stop by Brookens and de-stress today.

How To Tuesday: New Year, New Foods!

New Year, New Foods!

Welcome to the Spring 2019 semester! We realize that a new year and new semester can inspire folks to revisit old habits and dive into new hobbies – including cooking! Our January display on the Main Level of Brookens Library is devoted to those who wish to try something new with food.  Maybe you want to learn how Alton Brown makes Butterscotch Puddin’. We have that.  Maybe you’re curious about how Jon Faverau would go about starting a food truck operation? We also have that. Stop by the Library today and check out some of these delicious items.

We also have a variety of kitchen and household items available for check out to help with your food endeavors. Take a look at our Library of Things Home and Kitchen items to see if they can help you fulfill your yummy, culinary goals.

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!

The Library of Things Catalog and Suggesting an Item

November is World Vegan Month, and here at Brookens we can support you in your delicious cooking endeavors not only with our selection of cookbooks but also with our Library of Things. We have many Home and Kitchen items, from hand mixers to pasta makers, available and ready for check out. Take a look at this video to discover how to view all our Things in the library catalog. Happy eating!

How To Tuesday – Study Spots!

As midterms creep up on us all (can you believe it’s October??), we at Brookens Library welcome all patrons to our unique study spaces.

The first floor is not a quiet floor and is perfect for collaborative work. Look at Megan and Taylor having brain blasts!

The library stairwell lounges located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors are also great for collaborative work. We have whiteboards and markers available for you to jot down all your brilliant notes and ideas. These collaborative spaces are also great for working alone if you don’t mind a little background noise.

Quiet study locations are found on the 3rd and 4th floors. When it is time to hunker down and focus on that reading or essay, get comfortable in our quiet and peaceful cubbies and tables.

On our quiet floors there are a few locations like lounges (pictured above) and large tables to also study quietly with friends. Or get into passionate—yet hushed— debates!

Finally, if you are someone who finds that their best work occurs when surrounded by nature, Brookens Library has plenty of tables to sit at outside.

Come seek out your perfect study spot at Brookens Library! Happy learning!


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.