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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join Sandy Osborne from the Museum of the Grand Prairie to learn about vehicles from long ago, invented to move people from place to place.

For children ages 4 and up with a caregiver.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Come to this Saturday Story Time filled with books, songs, and a craft.

For children ages 2 - 6 years old and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Description
Explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms, and movement from African, Asian, and Latin American cultures. Musician Jay Sand brings his unique and engaging experiences with music, dance, and song to all ages.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Park District and The Urbana Free Library and paid for by a City of Urbana Arts Grant
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to play chess with others or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, July 23, 2018
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all-day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

Every Monday this summer through August 13.

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, July 23, 2018
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
The Library is partnering with La Línea, a program based in the University YMCA that can provide free and confidential referrals in English and Spanish (other languages available on request. La Línea staff are available for consultation in the glass study rooms on the Library's second floor on a first-come, first-service basis. Resource referrals may include but are not limited to: child support, childcare, immigration, legal assistance, DACA and other immigration legal assistance, TVDL assistance, education, employment issues, general information, healthcare, housing, interpretation, mental health, work permit, and food and clothing assistance.

For more information, call 217-417-5897.
Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the New American Welcome Center - UIUC YMCA.
Location
The Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
The Traveling Science Center features informative, engaging exhibits on biodiversity and natural resources. Come to learn about types of habitats and the diverse species of our region, as well as, ways to protect against threats to that diversity.

For children ages 4 years and up with their families.
Location
Cherry Alley
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Hiss! Come to learn about snakes and turtles (and touch them) when the Anita Purves Nature Center comes for a visit.

For children age 3 and up with a caregiver.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 28, 2018
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 and Vine Streets in downtown Urbana. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, or 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 28, 2018
Time
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Description
Dress up in your favorite cosplay and prepare for a day full of all the pop culture and geeky things you love. At Fan Con '18, all fandoms are embraced all fandoms, from dungeon crawling D&Ders to Death Note-loving otakus, from gamers who just want one more hour of Minecraft™ or Super Smash Bros.™ to hardcore Supernatural fans who make memes for every situation. Events for all ages and fandoms.

Fan Con is generously sponsored by Illini Media and Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to play chess with others or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, July 30, 2018
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all-day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

Every Monday this summer through August 13.

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, July 30, 2018
Time
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Description
Library staff will be at Urbana Middle School for Urbana School District #116 centralized registration. Parents can register all of their children for the 2018-2019 school year and apply for a library card at one convenient time and place!
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Time
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Description
Library staff will be at Urbana Middle School for Urbana School District #116 centralized registration. Parents can register all of their children for the 2018-2019 school year and apply for a library card at one convenient time and place!
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Time
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Description
It's picnic time for teddy bears! Bring your favorite teddy and meet us at Carle Park for a special story time for bears and their friends. We'll have stories, a snack, and fun!

In case of rain, we'll be meeting at the Library auditorium instead.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 03, 2018
Time
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Description
Library staff will present to UIUC Elementary Writing Camp.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 03, 2018
Time
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Description
Library staff will present to UIUC Intermediate Writing Camp.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 03, 2018
Time
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Description
Library staff will present to UIUC Secondary Writing Camp.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 03, 2018
Time
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
Come to this fun puppet show that will highlight a picture book and includes meeting a large marionette puppet. You can also make your own puppet to take home!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
In this program for our youngest library fans, you'll find that it's never too early to learn to love songs, books, and rhymes.

For children birth through age 2.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to play chess with others or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 06, 2018
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all-day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

Every Monday this summer through August 13.

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Description
Did you go to camp this summer? Whether you did or not, you'll want to join us for stories about camping and, of course, some singing around a pretend campfire.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 10, 2018
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
What is Connections Café?

A "pop-up," FREE, fun, welcoming environment to relax and make new friends. All are welcome!

- Enjoy FREE coffee and the opportunity to learn something new! Ask questions and find out about community resources and wellness opportunities.
- FREE cell phone and tablet tech support.
- FREE blood pressure and vital checks.

This event is co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library.

Connections Café is brought to you by a number of collaborative organizations with the mission of making a difference in the community: Age Friendly Champaign-Urbana, Clark-Lindsey, Family Service, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and Synergy Home Care.

Phone: 217-239-5201
Website: www.clark-lindsey.com/connections-cafe

Location: The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 10, 2018
Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Join local robotics team Ctrl-Z for a fun afternoon of STEM activities including programming, building robots, making prosthetic hands, testing aluminum boats, and much more! Come see amazing robots that are over 6 feet tall and try building your own.

For children ages 6-12 with their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Come to this Saturday Story Time filled with books, songs, and a craft.

For children ages 2 - 6 years old and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 11, 2018
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, August 11, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Come check out this one-of-a-kind event at the Urbana Free Library.
The Hopstars, a local 4-H Rabbit Agility club, will be doing a demonstration -- The bunnies will hop, crawl, and leap through an obstacle while being guided by their 4-H handlers.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to play chess with others or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Time
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Description
For parents, caregivers and babies -- Join yoga instructor Josie Heck for 30 minutes of relaxing and bonding yoga with your baby. Please bring a towel or blanket.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 13, 2018
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all-day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

Every Monday this summer through August 13.

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Time
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Description
Join us on the giant sidewalks of Cherry Alley for sidewalk chalk fun. We'll channel our inner artists and create optical illusions with chalk and a digital camera!

For families.
Location
Cherry Alley
Library
The Urbana Free Library

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Questions? Call Children's Services at 217-367-4069 or stop by the question desk.


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