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Calendar of Events
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

Title
Date
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Time
All Day
Description
In the first floor exhibit case during the month of April, an exhibit curated by local theater historian, Perry Morris, in collaboration with the Champaign County Historical Archives.
Library
The Urbana Free Library
All Day

Title
Date
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Time
All Day
Description
Click here to read the April 2015 edition of This Month at The Urbana Free Library.
Library
The Urbana Free Library
All Day

Title
Date
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Time
All Day
Description
Urbana elementary school students will be displaying their creative art in Children's Services from April 2 - April 14. Come see what these young artists have been working on.

For children and their families.
Library
The Urbana Free Library
All Day

Title
Date
Saturday, April 04, 2015
Time
11:00 AM
Description
Join us to hear some flipped fairy tales and skewed stories. Play exciting fairy tale themed games and create a magical craft or two.

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
12:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, April 04, 2015
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Tamil School - Ethnic language class for children
Location
The Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
1:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, April 04, 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
Friday, April 10, 2015
Time
4:30 PM
Description
Travel to the Caribbean with the music of steel drums when I-PAN from the UIUC shares rhythms in the tradition of calypso and soca music from Trinidad and Tobago and more.

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, April 11, 2015
Time
9:00 AM
Description
Diligent teams from USD #116 elementary schools have been studying all year for this grand event. Which school will take home the bragging rights this year?

For families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library
12:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time
1:00 PM
Description
Join Urbana's Girl Scout Troop 2539 for a presentation about their claymation entry to the 90-Second Newbery Festival. They will explain how they created their movie, Mr. Popper's Penguins, then you will get to try your hand at some claymation.

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:30 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, April 11, 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 classics like Go and Backgammon, as well as new favorites like Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Terra Mystica.

Staff and volunteers will lead game demonstrations. 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, April 11, 2015
Time
2:30 PM
Description
Hola! Join us for stories, songs, and activities in English and Spanish for children of all ages. 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, April 11, 2015
Time
3:30 PM
Description
Readings by members of the Red Herring Fiction Workshop, Champaign-Urbana’s longest-running writing workshop.

The Red Herring Fiction Workshop has been meeting at the University of Illinois’s Channing Murray Foundation every Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. since 1980. Writers at every level are welcome.

Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:30 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time
4:00 PM
Description
The Library welcomes the Spudhunters to perform for the community during the Boneyard Arts Festival. The band specializes in the traditional dance music of rural Ireland, including jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, waltzes, marches, and more. With a few songs thrown in for good measure.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, April 11, 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, April 12, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
This recital will feature Katherine Denler on harp.

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, April 16, 2015
Time
7:00 PM
Description
At the University of Illinois, and at campuses across the country, protesters called for an end to investments in companies with ties to South Africa. The Divest Now Coalition and the Champaign-Urbana Coalition Against Apartheid organized protests and boycotts in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, eventually forcing the University to divest funds. Join a panel of former students and administrators involved in the movement for a discussion of the protests and student activism.

Panel Members:
Lisa Dixon and Jeff Machota, student leaders of the divestment movement;
Rhonda Kirts, student body president during the divestment movement;
Lex Tate, former reporter for The News-Gazette and Associate Director of University Office of Public Affairs;
Bryan Savage, legal counsel for the divestment movement

Moderator: Jack Brighton, Director of New Media and Innovation, Illinois Public Media.

This event will be at the University of Illinois UMCA, located at 1001 South Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820.

Library
The Urbana Free Library
7:00 PM

Title
Date
Friday, April 17, 2015
Time
6:00 PM
Description
Fairy tale lovers of all ages are invited to an evening of stories, crafts, dancing, games, and entertainment. Don your shiny suit of armor, sparkly ball gown, or dress like your favorite fairy tale character and join us for a very special after-hours event!

Royal performers include the Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra; a Clothespin Puppet Show; the Audacious String Band; the magic of the Royal Alchemist; magician extraordinaire, Michael Braswell; the spellbinding predictions of Madame Zitron; juggler, storyteller, and singer Joe Reichlen; and visiting princesses from faraway lands.

Enjoy the royal story tents; fairy tale trivia; courtly crafts and tournament games; pink flamingo croquet; or take a pause from the medieval mayhem in the Sleeping Beauty Room.

The Eighth Annual Fairy Tale Ball is generously sponsored by Fred Schlipf and Diane Hillard
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library
9:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time
10:00 AM
Description
Join us for a family story time that will focus on being smart with your money, no matter what your age! Each child that attends will receive a special gift.

For children in elementary school and their families.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
10:30 AM

Title
Date
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Through activities, music, and stories, we will explore the Middle East with Angela Williams of the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois.

For children of all ages and their families.

Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, April 18, 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, April 19, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Bones Jugs N Harmony began with the dream of throwing a high-energy party with acoustic instruments. This eclectic, fun-loving group is highly influenced by jug and string bands and draws inspiration from many musical styles including blues, folk, bluegrass, ragtime, calypso, hip-hop, and more. Come dance, sing, smile, party with Bones Jugs N Harmony at the Library!


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

UFLive! concerts offer a diverse lineup of local performers, are family-friendly, and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months.

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

Title
Date
Monday, April 20, 2015
Time
7:00 PM
Description
Our guest performer is pianist Sam Gingher, a 2014 Krannert Center Debut Artist and Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate in piano performance at the University of Illinois. Sam has won many competitions around the US, and has played in various groups over the years in North Carolina and Illinois, from bluegrass to funk and jazz combos to chamber music.

Throughout the 140 years of The Urbana Free Library’s history, volunteers have been a critical part of the Library’s success. Volunteers donate their valuable time, leadership, skills, and fundraising efforts and are our ambassadors into the community. We are grateful for their ongoing support!
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
8:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Learn to fold flowers and make other springtime paper creations! Origami artist Ai-Ling will help you start this spring with some origami fun.

For children in elementary school (under 7 with an adult)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, April 25, 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, April 26, 2015
Time
3:30 PM
Description
Come and try out your engineering skills by building items with materials you can find around the house. Learn about the E in STEM education and have fun testing and showing off your inventions!

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
    Nancy Drew and The Clue Crew
    Rating
    Review
    It was a mystery solving fun quick read about three friends and a snow man. I would recommend this book.
    Title
    Saint Training
    Rating
    Review
    This book was okay and a semi-enjoyable read