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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Saturday, June 25, 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, June 25, 2016
Time
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Description
Library Staff at Jettie Rhodes Neighborhood Day at King Park
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Let's help change our world through intentional kindness and make ceramic hanging wind chimes. Be Kind Illinois, which is part of the Ben's Bells Project, is calling on young artists to participate.

For children and families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, June 25, 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, June 26, 2016
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Description
William Harvey, is a well-traveled concert violinist, involved in the American Culture program. This is a collaborative, educational and participatory quest to highlight the many strands that combine to form the American cultural tapestry.”

I will play a few pieces of American classical music for unaccompanied violin and also lead a discussion on the topic.

Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, June 27, 2016
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, June 27, 2016
Time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Description
Drop in for this coloring program in the Children's Department where the whole family can select pictures to color. Relax and enjoy! No skill needed and we supply everything you need.
For families
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 02, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Bring your book and a blanket and join us for one of life’s best and simplest pleasures — reading! After we’ve had a chance to read quietly for 45 minutes or so, there will be lemonade and cookies, and an opportunity to socialize with friends. All ages welcome!

With special thanks to the Urbana Park District - 22 parks, recreation programs, and more for Urbana!


Carle Park in Urbana
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 02, 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
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Description
Join Sam Araya from the Community Center for the Arts for music activities and folk songs from around the world. Sing songs you already know and learn new songs while moving and interacting together.

For children birth to age 5 with their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 09, 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, July 09, 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, July 11, 2016
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, July 11, 2016
Time
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
Kick back with the New Orleans Jazz Machine - the amazing local Dixieland sextet led by Carl Johnson on clarinet. Your spirits will be lifted and your toes will be tapping as you listen to NOJM's swinging New Orleans-style jazz.

Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Description
Join us as we remember and sing some of Woody's best songs. We will tell our favorite stories by and about this American folk singer.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
How far can a frog jump? How well can an owl see? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we explore the athletic abilities of critters with Chelsey Walsh from the Champaign County Forest Preserve District. We’ll compare “wingspans,” test our speed, and play Animal Olympics Jeopardy. This hands-on program is an exciting way to learn about animal capabilities and adaptations.

For children ages 3 and up.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Description
A group from the Chesterbrook Academy will be visiting the library for a story time and library tour.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, July 15, 2016
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Description
Stop in for a fun, musical experience with the talented, young musicians from the area featured in the Bow-Dacious String Band. Bring your lunch!

For music lovers of all ages.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, July 15, 2016
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Come test your skills at Library Olympics! Which team can make someone into a snowman the fastest? Balance a ping pong ball on a hair dryer the longest? Make a paper rocket ship that flies the farthest? Snack included after all our hard work!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 16, 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, July 17, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
The two major political parties are meeting this week and next week to decide their nominees for the 2016 election in November. What do you know about the 44 Americans who have been President of the United States so far? Join us for trivia and more... all about these 44 Presidents!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, July 18, 2016
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Time
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
orientation
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Time
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Description
Come explore outer space at the Library. Parkland Planetarium will be bringing their shuttle space suit and space slide show to the Library.

For children ages 4 years and up and their families
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 23, 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, July 23, 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

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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