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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Saturday, March 07, 2015
Time
10:00 AM
Description
Classical Conversations Urbana Group Information Meeting
Location
The Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
12:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, March 07, 2015
Time
10:00 AM
Description
Read Across America has become one of the nation's largest reading events. All across the country, children and their families come together to hear stories, meet their favorite book characters, and participate in fun activities.

Join us at the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, where staff from The Urbana Free Library celebrate the 15th annual Read Across America. Come have some reading fun!

For children and their families.

For more information, visit the Read Across America: Champaign-Urbana Celebration Facebook page.
Library
The Urbana Free Library
1:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, March 07, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Join us to explore the Korean culture through stories, songs, and activities.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, March 07, 2015
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, March 08, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
This recital will feature Karen DeBauche, who will play the clarinet with student musician Henry Ando.

Sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Pops Orchestra

For more information about the Urbana Pops Orchestra, visit urbanapops.org.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 PM

Title
Date
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time
5:00 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).

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 March, August, and November. 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 the purchase of library materials and library programs.

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
8:30 PM

Title
Date
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time
5:30 PM
Description

At the Krannert Art Museum: Featuring Carol Inskeep, adult services librarian, Urbana Free Library; and Anne Sautman, director of Education, Krannert Art Museum.


Talk and tour based on the highly acclaimed novel The Glass Room
by Simon Mawer.
Copies of the book are available at the Champaign
Public Library, the Urbana Free Library, and the Giertz Education Center at Krannert Art Museum. Read it on your own or with a friend or book club, then join this free tour that relates the novel to the MetaModern exhibition. East Gallery

Sponsored in part by the Champaign Public Library, the Urbana Free Library, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Krannert Art Museum
Library
The Urbana Free Library
6:30 PM

Title
Date
Friday, March 13, 2015
Time
9:00 AM
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).

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 March, August, and November. 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 the purchase of library materials and library programs.

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
5:30 PM

Title
Date
Friday, March 13, 2015
Time
4:30 PM
Description
Tom and Robin will take you on a finger-picking, bow-fiddling folk music adventure through the United States and beyond. Fiddle, banjo, guitar and stories about the music will all be a part of the concert.

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
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:15 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time
9:00 AM
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).

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 March, August, and November. 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 the purchase of library materials and library programs.

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
5:30 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time
10:00 AM
Description
Join the Midwest Central Railroad Club and the Urbana Free Library for the Train Show & Swap meet at Lincoln Square. Railroad enthusiasts young and old are welcome to one of the best model railroad displays and swap meets in the area. Watch the trains and learn about railroad history at Lincoln Square and then come to the Library to look for items on trains. Look for Library staff at Lincoln Square throughout the day.


For train lovers of all ages.
Library
The Urbana Free Library
6:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, March 14, 2015
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. 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 Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
6:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time
2:30 PM
Description
Hola! Join us for stories, songs, and activities in English and Spanish.

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, March 14, 2015
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, March 15, 2015
Time
12:00 PM
Description
Join the Midwest Central Railroad Club and the Urbana Free Library for the Train Show & Swap meet at Lincoln Square. Railroad enthusiasts young and old are welcome to one of the best model railroad displays and swap meets in the area. Watch the trains and learn about railroad history at Lincoln Square and then come to the Library to look for items on trains. Look for Library staff at Lincoln Square throughout the day.
These are your destinations for model railroading fun!

For train lovers of all ages.
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:00 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Time
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).

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 March, August, and November. 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 the purchase of library materials and library programs.

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
4:30 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
The modern Brazilian quarter, MBQ plays an eclectic mix of songs ranging from traditional sambas and bossa novas made famous by such artists as Elis Regina, Stan Getz, and Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim. The band also performs modern Brazilian music by contemporary artists, including Maria Rita (daughter of Elis Regina), Maria Gadu, Djavan, and Rita Lee.

MBQ features Elis Artz (vocals), Ben Taylor (bass), Luke Davis (drums), and Will Kubaitis (guitar).
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 PM

Title
Date
Monday, March 16, 2015
Time
9:00 AM
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).

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 March, August, and November. 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 the purchase of library materials and library programs.

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
1:00 PM

Title
Date
Monday, March 16, 2015
Time
6:00 PM
Description
Don’t Ask plays Klezmer music in the spirit of early Eastern Europe’s Jewish village string bands, with Middle Eastern and Balkan influences and other surprises thrown in the mix. The tunes and harmonies are joyful yet haunting - sometimes lively and raucous, sometimes gentle and melancholy, always evocative.

Don’t Ask is Frances Harris, Sara Sasaki, Michael Meadows, and Michael Shapiro.

Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
8:00 PM

Title
Date
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Time
7:00 PM
Description
Photographers from across Champaign County have been capturing our history since the invention of the camera. Family events, national and local happenings, landscapes and prairie-views--the moments of local life captured in pictures. Join a distinguished panel of photographers from local studios and media as they share stories of photographing life in Champaign-Urbana.

Moderated by Illinois Public Media’s Jack Brighton, the panel will feature Robert McCandless, Larry Kanfer, Darrell Hoemann, and Brian Stauffer.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
8:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, March 21, 2015
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, March 22, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Have you ever wanted to travel to Candy Land? Visit the peppermint forest or the ice cream sea? Now you can! Come play Candy Land, where the board is life-sized and you are the game piece.

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

Title
Date
Monday, March 23, 2015
Time
10:00 AM
Description
It's spring break and you don't want to get out of your PJs? Why not wear your PJs to the Library for a crazy dance party with Ms. Lora.

For children ages 2 to 8 with a caregiver.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
10:45 AM

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time
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
All Day

Title
Date
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Time
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
All Day

Title
Date
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Calling all Princesses! Join us for princess filled stories, songs, crafts, and treats. If you like, come dressed as a princess.

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

Title
Date
Friday, March 27, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Join Megan Diddie and Eric Benson from Fresh Press for an afternoon of papermaking. Come prepared to be wet and messy!

Learn more at Fresh Press

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:30 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Join award-winning author and dancer Patricia Hruby Powell for an introduction to Josephine Baker, a talented dancer from the 1920s.

Patricia will share from her children's book
Josephine: the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker and teach us how to dance the Charleston.

Books will be available for purchase at the event with Jane Addams Book Shop. Recently, Patricia's book won a Sibert Honor Medal and a Coretta Scott King Honor Medal at the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards.

For children and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
11:15 AM

Title
Date
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time
2:00 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 in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, March 28, 2015
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, March 29, 2015
Time
3:30 PM
Description
Come learn the basics about CSI and how fingerprints are used by authorities to solve crimes. Learn how to use household items to uncover fingerprints and identify criminals.

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:30 PM

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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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    Title
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    Rating
    Review
    Alexander could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very
    bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair! When he got
    out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and on accident dropped his sweater in the sink while the
    water was running! He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. What else was going to happen?
    Title
    don't sneeze at the wedding
    Rating
    Review
    On the day of Aunt Rachel's wedding, the girl started to sneeze. Her mom felt her forehead and her dad peered at her throat and she sneezed again. People tell her the different ways to stop sneezing. Say pineapple. Purse lips. Tap your forehead and plug your nose. Hold your breath. And then she has the wedding. When she does sneeze only the rabbi hears.