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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
We're celebrating the Library's 140th Birthday with our friends from the Boneyard Jazz Quintet. They are seasoned jazz players that play beloved jazz tunes that people know--Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. The quintet plays a variety of styles (swing, Latin, ballads, etc). Stop by and enjoy some great music.

The Boneyard Jazz Quintet is Armand Beaudoin (bass and cello); Gary Peyton (drums); Morgan Powell (slide trombone); Randy Salman (Saxophone); Shab Wirtel (trumpet) and Donnie Heitler (piano).
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Calling all young artists! Join Mete for an art adventure when we create pictures with Water Color Resist with Crayons. Just bring your creativity and we will supply everything else.

For children in elementary school (age 7 and under with a caregiver).
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, January 31, 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, February 01, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Experience one of the greatest escapes of the Underground Railroad. Actress Jennifer Goran will portray Ellen Craft, who escaped slavery in 1848 by posing as a white man. The program also features Doug Peterson, author of The Vanishing Woman, on which this production is based.

For adults and children in grades 4 and up
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 PM

Title
Date
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Time
6:30 PM
Description
Harry Potter Book Night is a worldwide event that will give fans a chance to share J.K. Rowling's unforgettable stories. We'll have a sorting hat, trivia, games, and magical fun!

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

Title
Date
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Time
11:00 AM
Description
Use your untapped creative skills to make a card or bookmark for your Valentine! We will have examples and materials. All you need to bring is your creativity to create your one-of-a-kind, heartfelt Valentine.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Time
1:00 PM
Description
Stop by Children's Services to learn more about eBooks and eAudiobooks that you can check out with your library card from The Urbana Free Library.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Time
3:00 PM
Description
Bharata Natyam is a classical dance form that orginated from the temples of south India. It has graceful steps and uses hand mudras for storytelling. Anine Singh and her students will share a dance, songs, and will invite children to try some hand mudras.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, February 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, February 08, 2015
Time
1:00 PM
Description
Stop by Children's Services to learn more about eBooks and eAudiobooks that you can check out with your library card from The Urbana Free Library.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:00 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
This recital will feature Evan Tammen, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois. He currently serves as principal oboist for Urbana Pops Orchestra and second oboist in Sinfonia da Camera.

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
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Time
6:00 PM
Description
Join the Student Life and Culture Archives and the Champaign County Historical Archives for an exploration of the early African American history in Champaign County. Speakers will discuss the rich African American history of the area from the earliest soldiers to the first black female students on campus.

Speakers will be Tamara Hoff, Doctoral Candidate in Education; Roy Cunningham, Mayor of Homer, IL; and Barbara Oehischlaeger-Garvey, Director of the Museum of the Grand Prairie.

This event will be the Douglas Branch of Champaign Public Library, located at 504 E. Grove Street, Champaign, IL 61820.
Library
The Urbana Free Library
7:00 PM

Title
Date
Friday, February 13, 2015
Time
4:30 PM
Description
In February, the Library will highlight 140 years of community support during our year-long birthday celebration!

Who on the Library staff plays piano? Bass? Flute? Find out when you join us for some warm tunes and lively beats.

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
5:15 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Time
1:00 PM
Description
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at an event filled with joyful stories and activities.

This program is co-sponsored with the Asian American Culture Center at the University of Illinois.

For children of all ages (7 and under with a caregiver)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, February 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 MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
6:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, February 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, February 15, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
In February, the Library will highlight 140 years of community support during our year-long 140th birthday celebration!

We invite you to come enjoy high-energy music when local singer/songwriters Kenna Mae Reiss and Emily Otnes join forces to create a perfect blend of sweet and soulful.

Emily Otnes is a singer-songwriter from Urbana and is the front woman of local alternative band Tara Terra. She is a versatile vocalist and writer, always looking for new influences.

Kenna Mae Reiss is a singer-songwriter based in Urbana. Her music draws from a variety of styles, but it truly comes to life in the veins of soul and bluegrass.

The February UFLive! concert is generously sponsored by
Evan and Lee Melhado in honor of their new granddaughter


Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Time
3:00 PM
Description
Come in costume and celebrate Brazilian carnival with joyful Brazilian music, dance, crafts, and much more.

This program is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Program, a local non-profit organization.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:30 PM

Title
Date
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Time
3:45 PM
Description
Have you heard of the Choose Your Own Adventure books? What if you created one? Use your creativity to write a story that invites your reader to make a choice at every twist of the plot.

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
4:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time
10:00 AM
Description
We're celebrating the Library's 140th birthday! In February, we're highlighting the community--those who love and support The Urbana Free Library.

Join us for a fun musical experience with the talented local and young musicians of the Bow-Dacious String Band.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
10:45 AM

Title
Date
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time
2:30 PM
Description
Hola! Join us for stories, songs, and activities in English and Spanish. This program is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the UIUC.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, February 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, February 22, 2015
Time
3:30 PM
Description
Come and learn some experiments you can try while waiting for your food in restaurants!

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.






  • Reviews
    Title
    Nate the great and the Halloween Hunt
    Rating
    Review
    In this story a boy named Nate sets out to find his friend's cat.
    Title
    Sideways Stories from Wayside School
    Rating
    Review
    Wayside School was supposed to be composed of thirty classrooms, on one story. However, the builder constructed a thirty story building with an extra large playground (He said he was very sorry). Consequently, everything about Wayside School is topsy-turvy. The higher one climbs, the stranger the people and the weirder the incident.

    This book is made up of thirty tales (one for each student and teacher who work on the thirtieth story, as well as one each for the cafeteria lady and Louis the yard teacher) and a brief introduction. With each story, the characters leave reality behind and enters a world where people who sleep in class learn more than those who do not, dead rats walk into classrooms wearing raincoats (and talking), little girls try to sell their toes and a bite in the arm with missing teeth hurts a lot. Everyone adheres to the literal translation of conversations, but things somehow make sense and the people follow appropriate paths and have good (if slightly skewed) morals.