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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Calling all young artists! Local artist Brianna is going to bring you another fantastic art project. Let's make our own dried flower sun catchers!

For children ages 5 and up (7 or under with a caregiver)
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time
4:00 PM - 5:45 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

Title
Date
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description

We are kicking off the 2015 Summer Reading Program with an outdoor party for everyone. Enjoy live music with The Mean Lids, juggling, crafts, activities, and free snow cones! You also can sign up for one of the Library's summer reading programs.

The Mean Lids are only as mean as they need to be to keep the grit in their tones and the edge on their tunes. Spot them by their hats, their long lonesome sounds, and the kicking baritone grooves emanating from their mean, mean fiddle fingers.

The Mean Lids are Miriam Larson (flute and jaw harp); Ben Smith (fiddle and banjo); Matt Turino (guitar, fiddle, and feet).

If it rains, the festivities will move to the Lewis Auditorium.

This concert is generously sponsored by Larry and Margaret Jobe in honor of grandsons Arlin and Berk Orr
Location
Cherry Alley
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time
4:00 PM - 5:45 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

Title
Date
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Description
Guitar recital
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, June 01, 2015
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, June 01, 2015
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Big Bluestem string band performs a broad array of musical styles and songs from bluegrass breakdowns and country heart songs to mining ballads, Cajun laments, and cowboy blues. The band takes their name from the tall native prairie grass that used to cover most of Illinois.


Big Bluestem is a five-member acoustic ensemble featuring Kathleen Everingham (fiddle), Jose Agusti (guitar), Rebecca Grosser (guitar), Drew Phillips (mandolin), and Todd Kinney (bass).

Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, June 06, 2015
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description

This summer 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 & Vine Streets in downtown Urbana. You can sign up for the Summer Reading Program, enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves. We'll have unique activities each month for everyone in the family!

In June, Read at the Market will kick-off the Library's annual Summer Reading Program. Stop by to sign up!

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, June 06, 2015
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 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

Title
Date
Sunday, June 07, 2015
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Have you ever wanted to get your hands on a real drum? Now is your chance! The Urbana Pops Orchestra will bring their instruments to the Library for a percussion petting zoo.

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

Title
Date
Sunday, June 07, 2015
Time
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Description
Bring your book and a blanket and join us at Carle Park in Urbana. We’ll all get together under the trees on a beautiful summer day to relax and enjoy one of life’s best and simplest pleasures— reading! After we’ve all had a chance to read quietly for 45 minutes or so, there will be lemonade and cookies, and an opportunity chance to socialize with friends. All ages welcome!
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, June 08, 2015
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Time
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Description
Learn how to make a variety of musical instruments and try out your creations!

For ages 3 and up (under 7 with a caregiver).
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, June 12, 2015
Time
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Description
Myron the Magnificent will surprise you with illusions and magical effects that are impossible to believe.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Description
Join us for this monthly drop-in program where you can choose a game to play from the Library's collection of board games. 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.
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 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

Title
Date
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description
Library Staff will be at the Urbana Middle School, to participate in an event with the Urbana Pops Orchestra, when they perform Peter and the Wolf.
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
The Central Illinois English Country Dancers and Flatland Consort Band will teach everyone how to dance.

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

Title
Date
Monday, June 15, 2015
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, June 15, 2015
Time
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Description

Meet Star and Rascal, two miniature horses who love to listen to stories. Children are invited to practice their reading skills when Deb Murphy brings her miniature horses to the Library for a visit. Neigh!

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

Title
Date
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Time
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Description
Too hot outside for you? Join us in the air conditioned Library for a family movie night. We'll show a few short movies and have a snack. Fun for the whole family!

For families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Come sing some favorite children's songs with Sarah and Janet.

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

Title
Date
Friday, June 19, 2015
Time
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Description
Try out your skills as a percussionist when Jason Finkelman shows us how to create internationally inspired beats and rhythms. Jason also will introduce us to instruments from around the world.

For children ages 4 and up.

Jason is a percussionist with a focus on cross cultural improvised music. As a freelance musician he has composed for dance, theater and film. As director of Global Arts Performance Initiatives at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, he curates concerts at UIUC featuring a wide range of music, from world traditions to avant-garde jazz.

Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Description
Join the UIUC Pollinatarium to celebrate National Pollinator Week and find out why plants and pollinators are so important.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Join us for Brazilian and Portuguese storytelling, music, and craft activities. This program is in cooperation with the Multicultural Program, a local non-profit organization.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 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

Title
Date
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
There’s no better way to celebrate that feeling than with live music and your favorite summertime treat! Enjoy musical performances and taste fresh strawberries over ice cream (while supplies last). Join us for this free family event. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket or lawn chair for a good old-fashioned fun time.

Meadowbrook Park, Race Street entrance
Overflow parking at Stone Creek Church
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Registration is now open!
You may begin logging your reading
progress on May 28



Get jazzed at the Library this summer! Sign up for Read to the Rhythm and have a rockin' good time in the Library reading books and magazines, playing games, and having fun at our fun programs.

Read to the Rhythm is for children through grade 5—those being read to and those reading on their own. Every time you read at least 15 minutes, color in a piano key on your reading log. Bring your completed log to the Library to receive a free book and other goodies.

But don’t stop there—keep reading! For each additional reading log you complete, you will receive another free book.

Dates to Remember

May 9 • First day to register

May 28 – August 31 • Log your reading progress

June 21 • First day to pick up prizes


To sign up, click on the Sign Me Up button (above) and fill in all the required fields.

For information about Read to the Rhythm, click HERE . Questions? Call Children's Services at 217-367-4069 or stop by the question desk.

Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library