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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). The Summer Book Sale will include a collection of aviation and military books donated by the Chanute Air Museum.

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 26, 2016
Time
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). The Summer Book Sale will include a collection of aviation and military books donated by the Chanute Air Museum.

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop. Proceeds from book sales and the Book Shop support Library programs and the purchase of Library materials.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
You can visit with Library staff at Read at the Market, a monthly event at Urbana's Market at the Square, located at the corner of Illinois & Vine Streets in downtown Urbana. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.

Read at the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Market at the Square.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). The Summer Book Sale will include a collection of aviation and military books donated by the Chanute Air Museum.

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop. Proceeds from book sales and the Book Shop support Library programs and the purchase of Library materials.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Description
Hua Nian is a local artist and the instructor of Hua Nian Art Studio. Join us when she teaches children basic drawing skills that will lead to a story-drawing adventure.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Description
Costumed pirates and other folk from the Twin City Squared production of Peter and the Starcatchers (opening September 8) will entertain us with readings from the book and other amusements.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Time
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). The Summer Book Sale will include a collection of aviation and military books donated by the Chanute Air Museum.

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall .You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop. Proceeds from book sales and the Book Shop support Library programs and the purchase of Library materials.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 29, 2016
Time
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). The Summer Book Sale will include a collection of aviation and military books donated by the Chanute Air Museum.

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop. Proceeds from book sales and the Book Shop support Library programs and the purchase of Library materials.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Time
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Description
Library Staff will be DJing at the event and highlighting the Library's vinyl record collection.

Gourmet food trucks from around the Urbana-Champaign area will converge on the Urbana Civic Center located at 108 E. Water Street on the last Tuesday of each month in April, May, June, July, August, September and October. This series of events, brought to you by the City of Urbana Community Development Department, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Dungeons and Dragons Game
Location
The Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Time
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
orientation
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, September 02, 2016
Time
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Description

The Urbana Free Library is popping up where you least expect it. We're teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to create "Everybody's Living Room," an outdoor spot where we'll have cozy couches and chairs (Thanks, Habitat for Humanity!) and lots of great library stuff (including comics/graphic novels, Board Games, popular books, and more). Stop by "Curbana in front of Sipyard," (the sidewalk seating area @ 204 W Main Street) and get a library card, check something out, or just relax and socialize. Cosponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and Restore and Imbibe Urbana.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 03, 2016
Time
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Description
Professional musical ensemble Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi will share African rhythms with flavors of gospel, jazz, and Congolese rumba. Jean René on acoustic guitar is joined by vocalists Laeticia Kyungu and Joyce Nkama with Victor Matondo on bass guitar and ibo.

For Families.

Prairie Breezes concerts are scheduled once a month and are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 03, 2016
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Earlier this year, the Champaign County Historical Archives measured public use during all service hours to assess whether the current schedule met the needs of the public. The three-month survey showed a distinct demand for afternoon hours.

At the recommendation of the Archives staff, the Board of Trustees of the Library voted on August 9, 2016 to change the Archives hours of service. Beginning September 6, 2016, the hours will be:

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday

We believe this change will better meet the needs of patrons who enjoy the local history and genealogy resources available at the Champaign County Historical Archives. Please visit us soon!
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Let's makes some bubbles! Meet us on Cherry Alley to enjoy some sudsy fun. Be prepared to get soaked and soapy!

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
Cherry Alley
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Description
Join us for this monthly drop-in program for all ages. Choose a game to play from the library's collection of board games for adults and families. We have some old classics like Go and Backgammon, as well as new favorites like deck-building Dominion and treasure-hunting Tobago. Never heard of 'em? No problem. We'll have staff and volunteers standing by to lead demonstrations of how to play. Grab a beverage at the cafe and spend an enjoyable afternoon playing games with friends at the library.
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Bring your favorite stuffed friend and join Melissa Guthrie from the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois for songs, crafts, games, tea, and a snack. You'll find out what the scouting program is all about with information about activities for boys and girls in Central Illinois!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Come with your children to listen the book’s storytelling in English and Spanish, enjoy traditional songs and make a craft!

Vengan con sus niños a escuchar la narración del libro en inglés y español, disfrutar canciones tradicionales y hacer una manualidad!

This program is presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the UIUC.
Presentado por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CLACS), Universidad de Illinois.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, September 12, 2016
Time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Description
Drop in for this coloring program in Children’s Services where the whole family can select pictures to color. Relax and enjoy! No skill needed, and we supply everything you need.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Come and explore Slavic tradition with stories, songs and a craft. This program is presented by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the UIUC.

For families
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
The talented trio Schlomo’s Schleppers are our UFLive! guests this month. They play Klezmer music – known as the mournfully happy music of the Jewish diaspora. Clarinetist Sol Baer will be joined by Derick Cordoba (on guitar) and popular bassist Josh Houchin.

UFLive! concerts are generously sponsored by The Urbana Free Library Foundation and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Prepare to be amazed, inspired and entertained when you hear storytelling favorites Dan Keding and Kath Brinkmann share stories of animal helpers from their new book Gift of the Unicorn and Other Animal Helper Tales for Storytellers, Educators and Librarians. Copies of their book and cds will be available for purchase.

For All Ages.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Sign up for a creative problem solving team. Options are: Structural Engineering, Improv, Mechanical Engineering, Service Learning, Theater and Scientific.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Members of the community are cordially invited to the grand opening of the Library's Bee & Butterfly Garden and Little Free Library, which is located at 203 West Green Street (across the street from The UFL).

The Library thanks Anna Merritt, the City of Urbana Environmental Sustainability Manager Scott Tess, the Urbana Park District, the Landscape Recycling Center, the Friends of The Urbana Free Library, City of Urbana Operations Manager William John Collins, and Tom and Jen Tepper for their support with the Bee & Butterfly Garden and the Little Free Library.





Library
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Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - a year-round reading program for children ages birth to five years. It's the fun, exciting, and free way to start children on the path to success.

One of the most reliable predictors of school success is being read to during early childhood. The Library would like to help support you as you prepare your child for kindergarten. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.



Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library