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!
It’s National Library Week! Each day this week we are highlighting some of what Brookens offers to the UIS campus and community. So far we have covered our Popular Collections, Awesome Online Resources like Mango and cloudLibrary and we touched on the Library of Things, but it’s such an awesome part of the library, it deserved it’s own post!
The Library of Things is a newer collection to Brookens that includes items ranging from board games to cake pans to chargers and more! Items are available for check-out at the main desk of the library. You may only borrow up to 3 items at one time with a borrowing periods ranging from 1 to 7 days with no renewals.
Megan & Taylor share some important insight on the Library of Things here:
You can also check out a sampling of what is available to you! (Click to enlarge & scroll through!) You can also SUGGEST A THING! In other words, if you don’t have something in our Library of Things Collection that you think we should purchase, let us know. We try our best to serve our students, faculty and staff by keeping collections like this relevant and useful!
It’s National Library Week!
Each day this week we will be highlighting our contributions to the UIS campus, and featuring our newest collections, unique services, and upcoming projects. We also will be asking for your feedback this week on how we can enhance our collections, improve our services and reimagine our spaces.
Today we will be highlighting our popular collections! What are our popular collections? Think of it as things you want to read, watch, or listen to for fun! We also have a new collection of “Things” you can check out: home and kitchen items, technology, and a wide variety of games.
1.) Browsing: We have designed this collection to feel like you are at your favorite book store, where you can browse the aisles for something new to read. While much of our collection is academic in nature, the browsing collection is where you will find both fiction and nonfiction tiles, award-winning reads, cookbooks, graphic novels, YA favorites, and more. Stop by, take a look around and find something that speaks to you. This collection is located on the main floor of the Library.
Don’t see what your looking for? You can also SUGGEST A TITLE for purchase
2.) Popular Films:
We have greatly expanded our Popular Film Collection! Here you will find wide and diverse, browsable selection of both DVD & Blue-ray titles. We work hard to ensure our collection is up-to-date, purchasing new releases, box-office hits, and of course classic favorites, and cult classics. For many of the new releases we are able to get the film to the shelve BEFORE RED BOX!!!
If you don’t see your favorite film in our collection you can SUGGEST A TITLE for purchase. This collection is located on the main floor of Brookens Library.
3.) Library of Things:
This non-traditional collection is all about enhancing campus life through our library resources. Currently, the collection has 3 major groupings – Home and Kitchen, Technology, and Games. Here is a list of some of the individual items you can find in each area:
- Home and Kitchen: cake pans, a blender, hand mixers, pasta maker, sewing machine, umbrellas, and more.
- Technology: Raspberry Pi, Shero Ollie, device charging cords, portable chargers, and more.
- Games: Chess, Dominion, Ticket to Ride, Dixit, Sushi Go Party!, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, and more.
Check out our Library of Things page for all of our offerings in each area.
Items are available for check-out at the main desk of the library. You may borrow up to 3 items at one time with borrowing periods ranging from 6 hours to 7 days.
Don’t see what you need? You can SUGGEST AN ITEM for purchase!
It’s Thanksgiving time, and that means lots and lots of cooking. Whether you’re traveling home or staying on campus, this is a great time to check out our new cookbook collection and try one of our kitchen items from the Library of Things. The cookbooks are a part of our new Popular Books collection on the main level of the library. To provide extra inspiration, we’ve created a special cookbook display at our display shelves near the main desk, be sure to check it out.
Our Library of Things items are great for both traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving feast items. Our waffle maker is perfect for making mashed potato cakes, make some whipped cream for pie with one of our hand mixers, and the immersion blender is all you need for silky smooth butternut squash soup. Check out the whole kitchen collection of the Library of Things here.
Don’t know how to cook? That’s OK, our cookbook collection is designed for beginner cooks and contains title such as:
Martha Stewart’s Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook
How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food
The America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook: Everything you Need to Know to Become a Great Cook
And many more!
We’re wishing you a relaxing and tasty Thanksgiving break!