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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Saturday, July 26, 2014
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, July 26, 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, July 27, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Enjoy a selection of old and new favorites, picked especially by fellow book club members.


The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

by Denise Kiernan


We all know the impact of the atomic bombs used by the United States during WWII. But how many of us know what went on behind the scenes during the development of these weapons? Buried in the mountains of Tennessee, thousands of young women toiled in secrecy, unaware of what they were helping create. This is their story.


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
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time
10:00 AM
Description
In keeping with tradition, library staff will be on board at Urbana Middle School for Urbana School District #116 registration. Now parents can register all of their children for the 2014-2015 school year and get a library card at one convenient time and place!
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 PM

Title
Date
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time
6:30 PM
Description
It's summertime! Beat the heat and come to the library for a family game night. We'll set up some Wii games, some board games, and other games as well. Fun for the entire family!

For children of all ages and their families.

Did you know the library's board games could be checked out? Board games are fun and recreational, but they are also educational, requiring players to exercise strategic skills to determine their next move. For a small investment of time, board games can expand your circle of friends and build community. Why not try one today! The library's board games are available by request at the Adult Services desk on the second floor.

Titles in The UFL Game Collection

Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
7:30 PM

Title
Date
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Learn about what toys and games children played during the 1800s. This program includes brief descriptions of some of the most popular children (and adult!) games from 200 years ago and ends with group participation in actual period games. Some highlights include cup and ball, Jacob’s Ladder, parlor games, sack racing, and more.

For children in elementary school and their families
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
11:30 AM

Title
Date
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time
3:00 PM
Description
In keeping with tradition, library staff will be on board at Urbana Middle School for Urbana School District #116 registration. Now parents can register all of their children for the 2014-2015 school year and get a library card at one convenient time and place!
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library
7:00 PM

Title
Date
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Time
9:00 AM
Description
In keeping with tradition, library staff will be on board at Urbana Middle School for Urbana School District #116 registration. Now parents can register all of their children for the 2014-2015 school year and get a library card at one convenient time and place!
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library
1:00 PM

Title
Date
Friday, August 01, 2014
Time
All Day
Description
Click here to read the August 2014 edition of This Month at The Urbana Free Library.
Library
The Urbana Free Library
All Day

Title
Date
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time
3:00 PM
Description
Join in the fun when local yoga instructor Hayli Peterson offers a yoga lesson for children. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or towel.

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, August 02, 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
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Time
1:00 PM
Description
Join Sandy Osborne from the Museum of the Grand Prairie for a trip to the past. Through games and artifacts, learn about farm animals that lived with the settlers of Illinois.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:00 PM

Title
Date
Friday, August 08, 2014
Time
5:00 PM
Description
Bring one of your stuffed animals for a story time on Friday afternoon and leave it tucked in for an overnight stay in the library. Come for a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning and find out what adventures your stuffy had.

For children age 2 and up and their families

Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Time
9:30 AM
Description
If you dropped off your stuffed animal or doll at the library on Friday afternoon, you're invited to come back for a pancake breakfast. You can pick up your stuffy and find out about their adventures during their sleepover at the library.

For children age 2 and up and their families.


Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
10:15 AM

Title
Date
Saturday, August 09, 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. 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
6:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, August 09, 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
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Time
6:00 PM
Description
Scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month, research nights are open to the public. Staff members are always available to assist with your beginning genealogical research or local history project.

Location
The Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
9:00 PM

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Time
6:00 PM
Description
Come one, come all, to a paws-itively awesome Pet Show! Meet at The Tortoise and the Hare statue on Cherry Alley with your favorite pet to share. (Pets must be caged or on leashes.) Each pet entered will receive an award certificate. Rain date will be Thursday, August 14 at the same time and place.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
Cherry Alley
Library
The Urbana Free Library
6:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time
8:00 AM
Description
Come visit with your library at the City's awesome farmer's market on the corner of Vine and Illinois Streets in downtown Urbana! Library staff will be there with information about programs and services and kids can enjoy a story on our Magic Reading Carpet.

For library lovers of all ages.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library
12:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, August 16, 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
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time
12:00 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.

For children ages 4-11.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
12:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, August 23, 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, August 24, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Enjoy a selection of old and new favorites, picked especially by fellow book club members.

This month, we will read and discuss My Beloved World, the memoir written by Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice on the United States Supreme Court. This revealing memoir covers her life as a young girl in a Puerto Rican neighborhood of the South Bronx up to the time when she first became a judge in the early 1990s. Now, looking back, she counts “the blessings that have made me who I am, taking care not to lose sight of them, or of my best self, as I move forward.” [from the preface]

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

If you have already registered, enter your user name and password, click on the Login button, and you will be taken to your reading home page.

New users should click on the Sign Me Up 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.






  • Reviews
    Title
    Ben's Bunny Trouble
    Rating
    Review
    Funny way to teach about imagination.
    Title
    I Even Funnier
    Rating
    Review
    This book is Awesome! This book is about a disabled child who has a good sense of humor.