Alison Flowers, Author of Exoneree Diaries to Speak June 9

The Friends of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield have selected Alison Flowers, author of The Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity, as the guest speaker for the organization’s annual dinner. The dinner portion of the even is for members of the Friends of Brookens Library and the lecture by Flowers is free and open to the public.

John Hanlon, the Executive Director and Legal Director of the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) will be a special guest at the lecture and will be making remarks.

The event begins at 7:00 pm in the Brookens Auditorium (Lower Level – Brookens Library) on the UIS Campus. A Q/A and book signing will immediately follow.

About The Exoneree Diaries:

Through intimate portraits of four exonerated prisoners, journalist Alison Flowers explores what happens to innocent people after the state flings open the jailhouse door and tosses them back, empty-handed, into the unknown.

From the front lines of the wrongful conviction capital of the United States—Cook County, Illinois—investigative journalist Alison Flowers recounts profoundly human stories of reclaiming life, overcoming adversity, and searching for purpose after exoneration.

As she tells each exoneree’s powerful story, Flowers vividly shows that release from prison, though sometimes joyous and hopeful, is not a Hollywood ending—or an ending at all. Rather, an exoneree’s first unshackled steps are the beginning of a new journey full of turmoil and uncertainty. Flowers also sheds new light on the collateral damage of wrongful convictions on families and communities, confronting deeper problems of mass incarceration and the criminal justice system. (Amazon)

19,000 New eAudiobooks Added!!!


Just in time for summer break, we have added 19,000 new eAudiobook titles to our Cloud Library collection that are perfect for listening on the go.  Listen while traveling for summer vacation, by the pool, on your run, while gardening, or while sitting on your deck enjoying a lemonade. Since these free eAudiobooks can be dowloaded directly to your mobile device, you can take them wherever you go and listen whenever you want.  These additions are from a wide range of new non-fiction categories we previously didn’t have in the Cloud Library collection, such as cooking, health and fitness, and travel.  We’ve also increased the number of titles in fiction genres such as science fiction, romance, historical fiction, classics, and many more.  

Not familiar with our free ebook and eAudiobook collection?  Our Getting Started with Cloud Library post will help you download the app and set up your account.  

If you need help, be sure to stop by the library main desk or call 217-206-6605.

Happy summer, and happy listening!

Pop-Up Book Sale at “Late Nite” Breakfast

The end of the semester is near, which means it’s time for the annual SAC “Late Night Breakfast”. This year we will be having a pop-up book sale at the Late Nite Breakfast event.

The event takes place from 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm in the PAC Lower Level (Food Emporium).

Paperbacks are $1 and hardbacks are $2, so be sure to come with a couple of bucks in your pocket and pick up some summer reads!

See you at the Late Nite Breakfast 

Congratulations Graduates

We would like to congratulate all of this year’s graduates.  We hope your time here has helped prepare you for your next steps!

At the library, we have 9 student employees graduating this semester.  We are so proud of their accomplishments and will greatly miss their daily presence at the library. 

 

Congratulations

(Top left to right) Alejandro, Carolyn, Tabbitha, Gaby, Janki

(Bottom left to right) Mac, Scott, Stephen and Kinsey

Meet the Team: Kinsey

FIRST Name: Kinsey

Year in school: Senior

Major/Minor: Major – Criminal Justice, Minor- Psychology

Hometown: Woodstock, IL

Hobbies:  Reading, writing, working out, and watching Netflix

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

My current plans are to stay in Springfield and work with some of the many agencies here to build up my resume while I figure out my next steps. Within the next year or so I will likely enroll in a Master’s program for Social Work or Counseling with the eventual goal of being a school counselor or working with at-risk youth and crime victims.

 Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

I can’t think of any one specific person, but I would say that I am inspired every day by people who aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and achieve their goals. I think the most valuable trait a person can have is knowing who they are and being true to themselves. I aspire to be more like this and encourage everyone I know to do so.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens has taught me the value of hard work and commitment. During my time at Brookens have put my all into every project assigned to me and, as a result, have gained valuable skills and experiences that will be useful to me in years to come. I have also had the pleasure of getting to know many great people who work hard every day so that the library can function at its best.  

 

Finals Week Freebie: “Cereal Bar”

The Friends of Brookens Library know you have been working hard all semester long. To help you make it through your final week of classes they will be hosting a FREE “Cereal Bar” on the lower-level of Brookens Library on:

Monday, May 8

4-7 PM

Bowls, spoons, milk and some of your favorite cereals will be provided! Can’t stay to eat it in the Library? No problem! We will also have grab-and-go dry packs available.

Don’t miss out on this tasty Finals Week treat.

Snapshot Day!

Today, Wednesday April 19, 2017 is Snapshot Day: A Day in the Life of Brookens Library.

What we hope to achieve on this “Day in the Life”, is a picture of what people are coming to Brookens Library for through photographs and a brief survey. We also have an online survey to capture why people are coming to our website.

If you visit us, on-ground or online, we hope you take a moment to let us know what you came here for so we can provide you with the best experience possible in the future. Check back here to see photos from Snapshot Day!