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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Time
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
All aboard! Railroad enthusiasts are welcome to one of the best N-gauge railroad displays in the area. Watch the trains, learn about railroad history, or browse through the library's special display of books. The Midwest Central Railroad Club Train Show is your destination for model railroading fun!

For train lovers of all ages.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Midwest Central Railroad Club
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Time
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Do you like mysteries? Read a Nancy Drew mystery and bring any favorite mystery to discuss with special guest author Patricia Hruby Powell, who is currently on the trail of the real Nancy Drew!

Patricia Hruby Powell is an award-winning children's book author who most recently published Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker.

For children in grades 3 - 6. Register online or call the Children's Services question desk at 367-4069. Questions? Contact Elaine at ebearden@urbanafree.org.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Description
Join us for the tunes and harmonies of Klezmer music, in the spirit of early Eastern Europe's Jewish village string bands. Other surprises will be thrown in the mix and dancing is always encouraged!

For families.

Prairie Breezes concerts are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 20, 2016
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, February 21, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
The repertoire of this lively instrumental jazz group combines Latin, classic standards, fusion, contemporary, and original material. The lineup for this special event features the smooth sounds of vibraphone, guitar, bass, and drums as played by Kevin Hart, George Turner, Mikel Combs, and Tom Marko.

UFLive! concerts are generously sponsored by The Urbana Free Library Foundation and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
(CANCELLED)
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Description
Come learn about unique plants and critters found in these interesting ecosystems. We will have stories, activities, and displays about wetlands.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, February 27, 2016
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, February 28, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 4:30 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

Title
Date
Friday, March 04, 2016
Time
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Description
Calling all Princesses! Join us for princess filled stories, songs, crafts, and treats. If you like, come dressed as a princess.

For children ages 2 and up and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Time
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
Read Across America has become one of the nation's largest reading events. All across the country, children and their families come together to hear stories, meet their favorite book characters, and participate in fun activities.

Join us at the Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana where staff from The Urbana Free Library will join the 15th annual Read Across America celebration. Come have some reading fun!

For children and their families.

For more information, visit the
Read Across American Champaign-Urbana Celebration Facebook page
.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Time
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Description
Get ready to enjoy live classical tunes with the C4A Cello Ensemble, a dynamic group of professional and amateur cellists from the Champaign-Urbana area.

For children and their families.

Prairie Breezes concerts are scheduled on the first Saturday of most months are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
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, March 06, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Local artist Mete Sarabi will help us make collages in the style of the award-winning creator of The Snowy Day and other picture book favorites. We'll finish with the "Happy Birthday" song and treats.

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

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Time
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Do you like writing stories but not sure what the next step is? Together we will read Jon Scieszka’s Battle Bunny to experience the original and edited versions of a story, then it will be your turn to decide what the real story is!

For children in grades 3 - 6. Register online or call the question desk at 367-4069. Questions? Contact Elaine at ebearden@urbanafree.org.

Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, March 11, 2016
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description
Fairy tale lovers of all ages are invited to an evening of stories, crafts, dancing, games, and entertainment. Don your suit of armor, favorite ball gown, or dress like your favorite fairy tale character and join us for an evening of fantasy and frivolity!

Royal performers include storyteller Anne Shimojima; a Clothespin Puppet Show; the Royal Alchemist; the spellbinding predictions of Madame Zitron; juggler, storyteller, singer Joe Reichlen; the Central Illinois English Country Dancers and Flatland Consort; and more.

Enjoy international fairy tales; courtly crafts; tournament games; pink flamingo croquet; or take a pause from the mayhem in the Sleepy Hollow Room.

The Ninth Annual Fairy Tale Ball is generously sponsored by Fred Schlipf and Diane Hillard

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

Title
Date
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 6:00 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. We have some old classics like Go and Backgammon, as well as new favorites like deck-building Dominion and treasure-hunting Tobago.

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, March 12, 2016
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Come with your children to listen to stories in English and Spanish and to enjoy songs and activities. This program is presented 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

Title
Date
Saturday, March 12, 2016
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, March 13, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Pops
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library




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Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - a year-round reading program for children ages birth to five years. It's the fun, exciting, and free way to start children on the path to success.

One of the most reliable predictors of school success is being read to during early childhood. The Library would like to help support you as you prepare your child for kindergarten. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.



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