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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Monday, November 24, 2014
Time
4:00 PM
Description
Amaze your friends! Beginning jugglers can learn how to juggle balls and clubs with the UIUC Illini Juggling and Unicycle Club. This will be a four-week class with coached practice time each week.

For children ages 10 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Unleash your inner artist to create awesome art with 140 items (more or less) to celebrate the library's 140th birthday.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, November 29, 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
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Time
3:00 PM
Description
Enjoy activities celebrating Chanukah, Kwanzaa, St. Nicholas Day, and the Winter Solstice.

For children and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, December 06, 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, December 09, 2014
Time
3:45 PM
Description
What shape do your words take when you stack them, bend them, and turn them upside down? Come find out—and bring a favorite poem if you wish.

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
Friday, December 12, 2014
Time
4:15 PM
Description
We dare you to keep your feet still when you travel with Desafinado to Brazil for the sounds of samba, bossa nova, 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
5:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Time
11:00 AM
Description
Enjoy books and songs about Christmas trees, then make your own candy Christmas tree to take home. Yummy!

For children and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
11:45 AM

Title
Date
Saturday, December 13, 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.

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, December 13, 2014
Time
2:30 PM
Description
Hola! Join us for stories, songs, and activities in English and Spanish.

For children of all ages and their families.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the UIUC
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:30 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, December 13, 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, December 17, 2014
Time
6:00 PM
Description
Come and create your own homemade holiday cards. Materials, ideas, and examples will be provided. Just bring your creativity!

For craft enthusiasts of all ages (children 7 and under with an adult)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
7:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Warm a friend's heart by making them a special holiday scarf and then warm your heart with some hot chocolate.

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
11:15 AM

Title
Date
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Holiday paper-folding fun! Local origami artists will help you make holiday-themed creations to take home or give as gifts.

For children in elementary school and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time
3:30 PM
Description
Champaign Home School Co-op skits and music
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:30 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, December 20, 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, December 21, 2014
Time
All Day
Description
Enjoy the student artwork from Hua Nian Art Studio on display December 21 to January 15.

For more information, visit huanianartstudio.com
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library
All Day

Title
Date
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Escape the winter blues with the amazing local Dixieland sextet, the New Orleans Jazz Machine, led by Carl Johnson on clarinet. Your spirits will be lifted and your toes will be tapping as you listen to NOJM's swinging New Orleans-style jazz.

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

The library would like to thank our generous sponsors for making this month's UFLive! possible and for bringing the joy of music to the community.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 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
    Alice Parker and the Mind Magician
    Rating
    Review
    As great as the first book!
    Title
    Galaxy Zack: The Prehistoric Planet
    Rating
    Review
    I like the whole thing, although I can't say I loved it. I liked that it had an animal (dinosaur) in it, and the excitement when the dinosaur crashed on Nebulon.