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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Time
9:30 AM
Description
program
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
11:30 AM

Title
Date
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Join us to explore the Korean culture through stories, songs, and activities.

For children of all ages 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
Saturday, October 04, 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
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Time
5:30 PM
Description
Tonight we'll be at Prairie School for their parent/child workshop. If you plan on being there, staff from the library will be on hand with information about library services and to help you sign up for a library card.
Library
The Urbana Free Library
7:00 PM

Title
Date
Friday, October 10, 2014
Time
4:15 PM
Description
Get jazzy with toe-tapping, finger-snapping tunes from Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis and more.

For children and their families.

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, October 11, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Second Saturday Board Games is cancelled for the month of October.

Please join us next month for this monthly drop-in program for all ages. 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, October 11, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15. Let's celebrate Latin American culture through wonderful music, stories, and more.

For children and their families.

This program is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, October 11, 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 12, 2014
Time
3:00 PM
Description
Learn the exciting art of juggling from local entertainer Michael Braswell. Juggling gear is provided, no experience is necessary, and beginners are welcome.

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

Title
Date
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time
7:00 PM
Description
Join us for a screening of films from the University of Illinois Archives and the Champaign County Historical Archives, which document local history and film-making.

The Town & Gown Speaker Series is sponsored by the Student Life and Culture Archives
at the University of the Illinois and the Champaign County Historical Archives
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
8:45 PM

Title
Date
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time
4:15 PM
Description
You'll have a howling good time at our Howl-aween edition of Read to the Dogs! Children can practice their reading skills with our furry friends from a local pet therapy group and do an activity with the Champaign County Humane Society. Costumes are welcome.

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, October 18, 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.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library
12:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time
10:00 AM
Description
Celebrate books and reading at the 2014 Youth Literature Festival FREE Community Day at the I Hotel . Enjoy author presentations, book signings, music, puppets, and hands-on activities for children. Library staff will be there to visit with the community.

For book lovers of all ages.

The Youth Literature Festival celebrates the value of literature in the lives of youth by bringing together local and national authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers to share their stories, their craft, and their enthusiasm with children, teens and adults.
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
The sounds of ancient Eastern Sudan meet contemporary pop-rock in the shimmering, jazz-infused music of Otaak Band.

Ahmed Said is from the Beja, the indigenous community of south-eastern Egypt, eastern Sudan, and western Eritrea. He is a master of the Beja’s traditional lyre, the masankop, and the rich, powerful vocal style typical of Beja music. Miguel Merino (from Indiana) is a drummer and composer who sought to bring together their two distant, but deeply connected, styles of music.

This family-friendly concert is made possible by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, October 18, 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, October 21, 2014
Time
3:45 PM
Description
Bring your favorite book(s) and we'll talk about what makes them special to you. Then you can let others know about your favorite books when we write reviews to post on the library's website.

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
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time
7:00 PM
Description
Join the Champaign County Historical Archives for an evening of stories as local authors present an informal panel conversation about the discoveries they have made in the Archives. Authors and notables include: Guy Fraker, Dannel McCollum, Perry Morris, Joseph Muskin, Dennis Roberts, Fred Schlipf, and Audrey Wells.

A light reception will follow the panel conversation.
Location
The Jean Evans Archives Room (Second Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
8:30 PM

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
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

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.






  • Reviews
    Title
    The Boxcar Children #11: Caboose Mystery
    Rating
    Review
    The Aldens spend the summer riding on a train in a Caboose Number 777 which carries a great mystery. It is a great book and I would recommend everyone to read it.
    Title
    Starlight
    Rating
    Review
    The Clans are finding new challenges at the lake.