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.  

Meet the Team: Robyn

RobynName: Robyn

Major: SOA

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: My first favorite thing at UIS are the movies the library I get to rent. My second favorite thing is there are no classes on Friday (aka FREEDAY). My third favorite thing at UIS are all the free t-shirt and food events that are here on campus, because food is good.

What are your goals for the semester?: So, I have an independent study, and I am EAGER to teach myself something new towards the black family, and social stratification. My other goal for the semester is to be efficient.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: Ugh, Girl!

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I’m looking forward to becoming the president of the natural hair group Kinky&Curly. Other than that my hobby is giffing myself, reading my favorite books, and hair and make up. “The bigger the Hair, The harder they stare”

What have you learned since working at the library?:People refuse to read signs, and I learned how to search for articles, and books more proficiently.

What are your post-graduation plans?: Get a job, and stop asking my dad for money.

Meet the Team: Alan

student of the week AlanName: Alan

Major: Biochemistry

Status: Sophomore

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: Learning. I love to learn new things, almost anything if the time is available. I hate expanding on points unnecessarily.

What are your goals for the semester?: To learn. My goal is to learn about chemistry and biology.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: Guy hangs out with cat and nothing eventful happens. Because I am a guy who hangs out with a cat a lot, and nothing eventful happens.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I spend a lot of time reading and learning new things. I also enjoy video games and taking things apart and learning how they work.

What have you learned since working at the library?: I have learned how to more accurately find information using the resources available. I have also learned about the policies and procedures that keep a library running, and how everything is kept organized.

What are your post-graduation plans?: I plan to attend graduate school, my goal is research.

Meet the Team: Kendra

Name: Kendra
Major: Psychology
Status: Sophomore

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is that I am close to home. However, I am far enough away that I can grow as an individual and make my own living. I can also do this at my own pace, while still being able to go back home whenever I wish.

What are your goals for the semester?  My number one goal is to be a more positive person. I also want to continue to increase my GPA and make it on the Dean’s list ( I’m so close!) Finally, I want to be more social and interactive.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  Whoops, that happened! I have actually thought this out, my life is ever changing and unfortunately random occurrences happen a lot. So, Instead of getting freaked out or worried I kind of have turned “Whoops” into a catch phrase. It takes practice to laugh at your life and the events within it, but after awhile it becomes the best way to handle stress.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am In A.R.E.A, the psychology club, and the UIS garden club. My hobbies include: crafts, watching tv, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and sleep.

What have you learned since working at the library?I have learned that the library seems to be the heart of campus questions, but we are happy to answer them! Also, I have realized how much work actually goes into keeping a library up to date. Finally, it’s the best place to make friends. I love my job mainly because of all the wonderful people I have met at work, or while working.

What are your post-graduation plans? I am not entirely sure what I plan to do outside of graduation, but I do know I want to counsel people in some way. I want to help people psychologically to make their life better, I just don’t know where or in what way. I am also debating a Minor in Criminal Justice or double Major in Social Work, I don’t know yet.

Meet the Team: Garrett

Garrett, a student workerName: Garrett Nimmo
Major: Economics
Status: Sophomore

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? At UIS students have easy access to professors for academic help. Also, the university’s location is ideal for exploring Springfield and taking advantage of it’s attractions. Additionally, there are many opportunities to become involved in student organizations or other extracurricular activities.

What are your goals for the semester?  This semester I would like to make the Dean’s List. I would also like to exercise more often. Finally, I would like to work on better financial planning.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? The show would be called “Broke, Tired, and Hungry” and would follow the lives of me and my friends during our time living in the dormitories as undergraduate students.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  I am involved in The Student Government Association, where I am currently serving as President. I also enjoy reading and running.

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned great organization skills. Working at the library has also taught me good customer service skills and how to double task more efficiently.

What are your post-graduation plans?  After i graduate with a degree in economics i would like to attend law school. Once I graduate law school I would like to work in public service.

Banned Books Week: 9/24 – 9/30

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!

Book Sale THURSDAY 9/28

Join us for the Annual Friends of Brookens Library Book Sale!

For the first time ever, we are having our Book Sale on the Thursday of Homecoming, in an effort to reach more students! Traditionally, we have held our sale on Friday. We hope to reach more people by adjusting the day of the week, as well as by extending the sale. Our Book Sale hours this year will be from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm!

Thursday September 28, 2017

9:00 am – 6:00 pm –  Under the Overhang Outside the Library

Prices range from $1 – $3

Please plan to pay with cash or check.  We cannot accept credit or Campus Cash (iCard payment).