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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Time
All Day
Description
Click here to read the November 2014 edition of This Month at The Urbana Free Library.
Library
The Urbana Free Library
All Day

Title
Date
Monday, November 03, 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
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:45 PM

Title
Date
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Time
3:00 PM
Description
The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Film-making, 3D printing, music, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:30 PM

Title
Date
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Time
3:00 PM
Description
The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Film-making, 3D printing, music, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:30 PM

Title
Date
Friday, November 07, 2014
Time
4:00 PM
Description
All things manga. Snacks and prize drawings every month!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Time
10:45 AM
Description

You’re invited to the sixth annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival, a special event designed to support and promote the arts in central Illinois. All festival events at the library are FREE!

10:45 AM: Local Storyteller Showcase
11:45 AM: Featured Storyteller Performance with Dan Keding and Mama Edie Armstrong
1:00 PM: Telling Personal Stories: Workshop with Dan Keding
2:30 PM: Local Storyteller Showcase
3:45 PM: Art and Activism Workshop with Anne Feeney: The Songs of Joe Hill, Pete
Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs.

To learn how to buy tickets and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:45 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Time
10:45 AM
Description

You’re invited to the sixth annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival, a special event designed to support and promote the arts in central Illinois. All festival events the library are scheduled for are FREE!

10:45 AM: Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra (Americana)
12:15 PM: Big Bluestem (Old Time)
1:30 PM: Dana Sipos (Singer-songwriter)
2:45 PM: Folksongs of Illinois: Workshop with Bucky Halker
4:00 PM: Mother Banjo (Folk, singer-songwriter, gospel)

To learn how to buy tickets and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org.

Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:15 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 08, 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, November 08, 2014
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
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Join us to explore the Korean culture through stories, songs, and activities.

For children 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
Monday, November 10, 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
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:45 PM

Title
Date
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Time
3:00 PM
Description
The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Film-making, 3D printing, music, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:30 PM

Title
Date
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time
3:00 PM
Description
The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Film-making, 3D printing, music, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:30 PM

Title
Date
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time
6:00 PM
Description
Join Choctaw storyteller Greg Rodgers for stories for the whole family. A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Greg is a writer, storyteller, workshop presenter, and oral historian. For nearly four years now, he has performed in front of hundreds of audiences, sharing stories designed to both entertain and educate. For more information about Greg, visit wwww.gregdrodgers.com This event is presented by The Urbana Free Library in partnership with the UIUC Native American House.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
6:45 PM

Title
Date
Friday, November 14, 2014
Time
10:00 AM
Description
It's Thanksgiving time, and we're thankful for cookies. Come join us for our annual cookie feast. We will have stories, songs, games, and plenty of COOKIES!

For children and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
10:30 AM

Title
Date
Friday, November 14, 2014
Time
4:15 PM
Description
Join Hugo Feugen, Denny Mulvany, Vern Knapp and Kevin Swartz for dynamic a capella four-part harmony fun, in the barbershop style that emerged in the decades after The Urbana Free Library was founded in 1874.

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, November 15, 2014
Time
8:00 AM
Description
All aboard! Railroad enthusiasts young and old 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 about trains. 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
4:00 PM

Title
Date
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Join us for Brazilian and Portuguese storytelling, music, and craft activities.

This program is coordinated 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
2:45 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Time
1:00 PM
Description
All aboard! Railroad enthusiasts young and old 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 about trains. 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
4:00 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Time
2:00 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. This classical concert will include works by Domenico Scarlatti, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, and Leo Ornstein.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
3:00 PM

Title
Date
Monday, November 17, 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
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
4:45 PM

Title
Date
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time
6:30 PM
Description
Put on your PJs, get comfy, and bring the whole family to the library for some quality reading time. We'll have some great books on hand or bring your own. Read-aloud. Read quietly. Read together. Read on your own. Just read!

Family Reading Night is an annual statewide event held the third Thursday in November to encourage families to spend quality time reading together. It is sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White and Illinois Center for the Book.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
7:15 PM

Title
Date
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Time
2:00 PM
Description

Enjoy a selection of old and new favorites, picked especially by fellow book club members.

Fly Away Home
by Jennifer Weiner

Senator Richard Woodruff’s family is in upheaval after he has an affair that becomes public. His wife Sylvie, begins to realize that she has defined her life by her role as a senator’s wife. Their oldest daughter is successful but unhappy, and their youngest is a recovering addict who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. This book, about relationships, change, and family, follows the three women as they all question the directions their lives have taken and grow closer to each other.

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
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
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time
3:00 PM
Description
The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Film-making, 3D printing, music, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library
5:30 PM

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    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.

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  • Reviews
    Title
    The Bridge of San Luis Rey
    Author
    Thorton Wilder
    Rating
    3
    Review
    I read this for my book group - not a book I would have read otherwise. It is an interesting concept - the connection between 5 people who died when the fictional Bridge of San Luis Rey in Peru collapsed in 1714. This is a classic and a small novel - 130 pages. Lots of description, not much action.
    Title
    The Dead Virgins
    Author
    Kevin Ashman
    Rating
    3
    Review
    Reading this mystery also caused me to read more in the series. It starts with a librarian who has lots of adventures all over Europe. Very exciting.