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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time
11:00 AM
Description
Join the Champaign County Historical Archives and Children’s Services for a morning of historical sleuthing featuring kid friendly activities to discover and celebrate your family's story.

For children ages 5 and up and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
12:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Add a little sparkle to your Halloween cards! Local artist Brianna,will help you make "light up" cards! Just bring yourself and your creativity. All art materials will be supplied.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time
4:00 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
5:45 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description

Enjoy a selection of old and new favorites, picked especially by fellow book club members.

Flight Behavior

by Barbara Kingsolver


Dellarobia is a dissatisfied Appalachian farm wife on her way to a tryst with another man when she stumbles upon what appears to be a valley of silently burning trees. She takes the vision to be a sign from God. But when others begin to find out about it, they all have different ideas of what it means. This is a story about faith and perspective, taking place in a setting so strong that this small area in Appalachia is nearly a character unto itself.

UFL Reads! our book club for adults, meets the fourth Sunday of most months.
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 PM

Title
Date
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time
5:00 PM
Description
Library Staff will read books and celebrate Halloween at Art Mart Toys located in Lincoln Square Shopping Center. Come on in and join the fun: games, refreshments, crafts, glitter tattoos, a prize raffle and a costume contest!
Library
The Urbana Free Library
7:00 PM

Title
Date
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time
4:00 PM
Description
Creep down to the library for stories about monsters with monster crafts and a spooky snack. Come in your Halloween costume if you'd like.

For children ages 3 and up and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Did you know the library is 140 years old this year? Celebrate with us at its birthday party! Music, games and snacks will be part of the fun.

For children in elementary school and their families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Time
4:00 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
5:45 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, November 02, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Come celebrate the Day of the Dead/Dia De Los Muertos Festival with us! Learn the history of this special holiday and enjoy fun times with books, music, and crafts.

For elementary children and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Monday, November 03, 2014
Time
4:00 PM
Description
Amaze your friends! Beginning jugglers can learn how to juggle balls and clubs with the UIUC Illini Juggling and Unicycle Club. This will be a four-week class with coached practice time each week.

For children ages 10 and up.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:45 PM

Title
Date
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Time
3:45 PM
Description
How many words does a good story need? One? Forty? One-hundred and forty? One-thousand-one-hundred and forty? Join us to find out as we look at the art of flash fiction.

For children in grades 3 - 6.

Register online or call the question desk at 367-4069. Questions? Contact Elaine at ebearden@tufl.info.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Time
10:45 AM
Description

You’re invited to the sixth annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival, a special event designed to support and promote the arts in central Illinois. All festival events at the library are FREE!

10:45 AM: Local Storyteller Showcase
11:45 AM: Featured Storyteller Performance with Dan Keding and Mama Edie Armstrong
1:00 PM: Telling Personal Stories: Workshop with Dan Keding
2:30 PM: Local Storyteller Showcase
3:45 PM: Art and Activism Workshop with Anne Feeney: The Songs of Joe Hill, Pete
Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs.

To learn how to buy tickets and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Time
10:45 AM
Description

You’re invited to the sixth annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival, a special event designed to support and promote the arts in central Illinois. All festival events the library are scheduled for are FREE!

10:45 AM: Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra (Americana)
12:15 PM: Big Bluestem (Old Time)
1:30 PM: Dana Sipos (Singer-songwriter)
2:45 PM: Folksongs of Illinois: Workshop with Bucky Halker
4:00 PM: Mother Banjo (Folk, singer-songwriter, gospel)

To learn how to buy tickets and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org.

Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:15 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Time
2:00 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 Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Terra Mystica.

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
6:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Time
2:30 PM
Description
Hola! Join us for stories, songs, and activities in English and Spanish for children of all ages. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the UIUC.

For children and their families.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:30 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Time
4:00 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
5:45 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Join us to explore the Korean culture through stories, songs, and activities.

For children and their families.

This program is co-sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center at the University of Illinois.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Monday, November 10, 2014
Time
4:00 PM
Description
Amaze your friends! Beginning jugglers can learn how to juggle balls and clubs with the UIUC Illini Juggling and Unicycle Club. This will be a four-week class with coached practice time each week.

For children ages 10 and up.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:45 PM

Title
Date
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time
4:00 PM
Description
Step back in time with our American Girl friends, Kirsten and Addy. Enjoy crafts, treats, and more.

For children ages 3 years and up and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:45 PM

Title
Date
Friday, November 14, 2014
Time
10:00 AM
Description
It's Thanksgiving time, and we're thankful for cookies. Come join us for our annual cookie feast. We will have stories, songs, games, and plenty of COOKIES!

For children and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
10:30 AM

Title
Date
Friday, November 14, 2014
Time
4:15 PM
Description
Join Hugo Feugen, Denny Mulvany, Vern Knapp and Kevin Swartz for dynamic a capella four-part harmony fun, in the barbershop style that emerged in the decades after The Urbana Free Library was founded in 1874.

Prairie Breezes concerts are for children and their families and take place on the second Friday of most months. The series is generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time
8:00 AM
Description
All aboard! Railroad enthusiasts young and old are welcome to one of the best N-gauge railroad displays in the area. Watch the trains, learn about railroad history, or browse through the library's special display of books about trains. The Midwest Central Railroad Club Train Show is your destination for model railroading fun!

For train lovers of all ages.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Midwest Central Railroad Club
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Join us for Brazilian and Portuguese storytelling, music, and craft activities.

This program is coordinated with the Multicultural Program, a local non-profit organization.

For Children of all ages and their families.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time
4:00 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
5:45 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Time
1:00 PM
Description
All aboard! Railroad enthusiasts young and old are welcome to one of the best N-gauge railroad displays in the area. Watch the trains, learn about railroad history, or browse through the library's special display of books about trains. The Midwest Central Railroad Club Train Show is your destination for model railroading fun!

For train lovers of all ages.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Midwest Central Railroad Club
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:00 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Our guest performer is pianist Sam Gingher, a 2014 Krannert Center Debut Artist and Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate in piano performance at the University of Illinois. This classical concert will include works by Domenico Scarlatti, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, and Leo Ornstein.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 PM

Title
Date
Monday, November 17, 2014
Time
4:00 PM
Description
Amaze your friends! Beginning jugglers can learn how to juggle balls and clubs with the UIUC Illini Juggling and Unicycle Club. This will be a four-week class with coached practice time each week.

For children ages 10 and up.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:45 PM

Title
Date
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time
6:30 PM
Description
Put on your PJs, get comfy, and bring the whole family to the library for some quality reading time. We'll have some great books on hand or bring your own. Read-aloud. Read quietly. Read together. Read on your own. Just read!

Family Reading Night is an annual statewide event held the third Thursday in November to encourage families to spend quality time reading together. It is sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White and Illinois Center for the Book.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
7:15 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Be Kind Illinois, part of Ben's Bells Project, is calling all young artists to participate.

You may have helped the Ben's Bells Project back in July, but here is another opportunity for you to express kindness with your artistic talents. We're going to paint the finished ceramic beads as a colorful and fun way to spread kindness.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time
4:00 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
5:45 PM

Enter your user name and password and click on the Login button.

Paws to Read is for children through grade 5 who read their own books. Read 10 books, write the titles on your reading "paws-port" and win a free book ad coupons for local businesses. Continue reading to enter our end-of-summer prize raffle.

Win prizes just for reading!


To create a reading "paws-port":
  • Click on the Sign Me Up button (above) and fill in all the required fields.
  • Click on Add/View Log to record your reading progress and more.

    For information about Paws to Read, click HERE

    Questions? Call Children's Services at 217-367-4069

    For dates and times of library programs and events, check the Calendar of Events list on the left or visit the library’s e-calendar at urbanafreelibrary.org.


    Book prizes for the Summer Reading Program are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.






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