Board Game Day: Wednesday February 28

On Wednesday, February 28, Brookens Library will be hosting Board Game Day in the Library Lower Level at 4:00 pm. 

Come try out a game from our new board game collection and enjoy free snacks. Have a game you want to share with new friends? Bring it! Don’t know anything about board games? No problem!  We’ll have people around to show you the ropes. Plus, our games are available for check out – so if you want to continue the fun, you can take one home after the event.

See you Wednesday! 

Presentation on the Vollintine Estate

Please Join Us

Tuesday, February 20 at 2:00 pm in the UIS Student Union – 226B

Brookens Library is hosting a special program that will feature University Archivist Tom Wood, who will highlight a recent collection received by the Archives that contains photos from the Vollintine Mansion in Taylorville. Known as “Grayton”, the 20-acre estate was built in 1911 by the heirs of Horatio Vandeveer, and was famous for its architecture and luxurious appointments.

Meet the Team: Karen

Name: Karen

Major: Undecided– Considering Psychology and Communications

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? The thing I enjoy most about being at UIS is the independence it allows for me. Back home I was relatively independent but I never really let myself grow into my own person. Here however, I feel that daily I am challenged which allows me to get to know myself better and in ways which I have never seen myself before. Thanks to college, I feel I am better adapting and blossoming into my own person, but I know I have long ways to go still.

What are your goals for the semester? My goals this semester essentially all cater to becoming the best possible version of myself. That sounds a bit cheesy, however, I want to adapt a mindset, work ethic, routine, etc that works for me and that will keep me on a track to whatever path I want to take– whether it’s with school, people, work or anything else. Academically and socially, of course like anyone I want to do good– but my main goal this semester is to listen to at least one full album before going to bed each night as a way to keep a peaceful mind. So far its looking, or rather sounding good 🙂

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If there were a reality TV show of my [current] life, it’d be called “Alarms for Everything” — it’s kinda a dumb name but it’s because one time last semester I closed my eyes thinking it would be brief but instead ended up waking up 4ish hours later having missed my class. So now I set alarms up for anything and everything, including 10-15 minute naps.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? Unfortunately, I have not made much effort to get involved on campus, however I’d like to do something with Chess or Frisbee if and when I do. Since I have been trying to work on myself, I do a lot of activities on my own. I really enjoy star gazing, I can name and pin point out most northern constellations and it’s just always cool to look up and marvel at infinite mysteries. But I also LOVE listening to albums and podcasts alongside painting and watching movies since I am a huge movie junkie. However, I simply enjoy time on my own and I find peace in it.

What have you learned since working at the library?  I work with a lot of detail-oriented tasks and since I tend to make mistakes often, I feel I have learned to better understand and come to peace with knowing messing up comes with everything one does, and that it’s just a matter of picking yourself back up and continuing to try again and push through. That also helped with learning about the value of asking questions when I am unsure of what to do, or if I need a refresher on something. I am also always tested on ways that could help improve efficiency which I’m grateful for.

What are your post-graduation plans?  This question really relies on what my major will end up being, which I am not 100% sure on–so I’d have to say I have the slightest idea. Peace Corps has always seemed like an enticing option though, so I’d consider that. Grad school may be an option as well however it won’t be straight out of undergrad–not unless necessary at least. I’m not sure though–lately I have just been taking things day by day, trying to get what’s most pressing done first, and continue to figure it out from there.

Movie Night in Brookens Thursday 1/18

Join us Thursday for Movie Night in Brookens Library!!!

Thursday, January 18, beginning at 9:00 pm we will be showing “The NeverEnding Story” and providing yummy snacks!

We will also have cozy blankets on hand to keep you warm! 

See you there!

DIY Holiday Flair Pop-Up December 5

Pop-Up Tuesday, December 5, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Get into the holiday spirit by making decorations to take home to your family and friends at our Holiday Flair Pop-Up event. On December 5, from 4:00 – 6:00pm on the main floor of the library, we will have a crafting station set up where you can make ornaments, holiday decor and more with book covers! This fun, free event will be sure to get you feeling festive!

Apply Now for Student Positions at the Library!

User Services and Information Systems are hiring for the Spring 2018 Semester.

How to apply for the User Services position:

  1. Submit Resume to Career Connect for Brookens Library User Services Student Assistant
  2. Submit Application Form at the Job Table
  3. Submit Spring 2018 Week-at-a-Glance Class Schedule from Enterprise at the Job Table, if possible.

How to apply for the Information Systems position:

  1. Submit Resume to Career Connect for Brookens Library Information Systems Student Assistant
  2. Submit Application Form at the Job Table
  3. Submit Spring 2018 Week-at-a-Glance Class Schedule from Enterprise at the Job Table, if possible.

All Job Tables Located in the Library Main Entrance

Tuesday                 11/14                      12:30-2:30pm

Wednesday           11/15                      5:00-7:00pm

Thursday               11/16                      3:00-5:00pm

Application Form can only be obtained and submitted at the Job Table

The Library Main Desk will not give out and will not accept applications forms.

Haunted Library Friday, October 20

Your worst Nightmares are coming!!!!!

Haunted Library – Friday, October 20

8:00 – 11:00 pm

If you’re brave enough, come out to Brookens for the Haunted Library on Friday, October 20th between 8:00 pm & 11:00 pm for a truly frightful event. You never knew a library could be so spooky. After this experience you’ll need to sleep with the lights on.