Cereal Bar! December 11

Free Cereal Bar in the Library

Monday, December 11 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Brookens Library Lower Level

The Friends of Brookens Library invite you to come enjoy a free bowl of cereal the Monday of Finals Week (December 11 from 4-7pm). Here we will have a variety of cereals and milks available for you to build your own bowl. We hope to make your finals week a little bit sweeter!

End of the Year Happenings at Brookens

The end of the semester is a busy time. We are here to help you finish strong by staying open extra hours and by offering fun & free, stress relieving opportunities. See what all we have going on before the close of the semester. 

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!

Extended Library Operating Hours: Monday – Friday, December 4th – 8th

We know you are busy preparing for the end of the semester. The week before finals, Brookens Library will be extending our operating hours by 3 hours each day Monday – Friday. We will be open from 8:30 am – 3:00 am Monday-Thursday (December 4-7) and from 8:30 am – 9:00 pm on Friday (December 8). We will also be providing coffee, bananas and other snacks late in the evening.

Free Cereal Bar: Monday, December 11, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

The Friends of Brookens Library invite you to come enjoy a free bowl of cereal the Monday of Finals Week (December 11 from 4-7pm). Here we will have a variety of cereals and milks available for you to build your own bowl. We hope to make your finals week a little bit sweeter!

Cookie Decorating: Tuesday, December 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Finals week can be stressful. Take a break from your studies to decorate holiday cookies in the library! All supplies will be provided by Norris Nation. 

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.

Movie Night in the Library

Join us for a Free Fall Movie Night in Brookens Library on Thursday, November 16th, beginning at 9:00 pm. We will be showing “The Goonies” and serving hot cocoa, campfire cupcakes, and other fun snacks. We will also have cozy blankets on hand to keep you warm! You don’t want to miss this first-even event sponsored by Norris Nation.

See you there!

Jackie Jackson Exhibit in the Library

Jackie Jackson with some of her life’s work boxed to go to the UIS archive. Photo credit: Illinois Times

UIS Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies, Jackie Jackson, was featured in a cover story in the November 2, 2017 issue of Illinois Times. To celebrate this honor, UIS Archives/Special Collections has created an exhibit about Jackson on Level 2 of Brookens Library.

Jacqueline Dougan Jackson was born near Beloit, Wisconsin and was raised on her family’s dairy farm.  She graduated from the University of Beloit in 1950, and received an M.A. in Latin from the University of Michigan in 1951. After teaching writing at Kent State University, in 1970 she was hired as a charter faculty member at a new university in Springfield, Illinois, named Sangamon State University (now UIS). She taught at UIS until her retirement in 2000, but, at age 89,  she still teaches writing in her home.

The exhibit includes copies of Jackson’s published books dating back to 1953.  Jackie published several children’s book, but also the Stories from the Round Barn series,  which includes her delightful and thoughtful reminiscences of her early years growing up on a dairy farm, and her remarkable family. The final volume of the Stories from the Round Barn series has just been published, and is the occasion for the Illinois Times feature article.

The exhibit also contains material from the Reading and Writing and Radio Jamboree, organized and directed by Jackie Jackson. Every spring from 1975 to 1993, hundreds of central Illinois schoolchildren converged on the SSU campus for the Jamboree, a festive occasion for students, second grade to high school, to come together and share and present essays on a variety of subjects, both serious and lighthearted. Selected essays would be read and broadcast on the campus radio station.

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.