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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Saturday, May 07, 2016
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Let's celebrate moms on their special day with stories and songs. We'll also make a special card for you to take home to your mother.
For children ages 2 and up and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, May 07, 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
Saturday, May 07, 2016
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Shaw Piano Studio Recital
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, May 08, 2016
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Enjoy the student artwork from the Hua Nian Art Studio on display May 8-22 in the Children's Department.

For more information, visit huanianartstudio.com
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Description
This special performance features Bernard Woma, a nationally recognized master musician from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. He is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. Woma will play the Gyil, a small African xylophone that is indigenous to Ghana.

For this performance, he will be joined by Matt Jacklin, the director of percussion studies at Olivet Nazarene University. Jacklin has made concerto and solo recital appearances throughout the United States and abroad.

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Urbana Public Arts Program.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, May 14, 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 for adults and families. 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 at the library.
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Join us for the second in our popular DIY series! Get ready for summer with a special program all about bikes. We’ll kick things off with guests from the Bike Project. They’ll give us a demo on ABC quick checks and tire changes. Champaign County Bikes will give us their best picks for summer bike rides near Urbana (including novice, challenging, and family-friendly). Next, we’ll move outside where you can have a chance to do a hands-on ABC safety check on your own bike.

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

Title
Date
Saturday, May 14, 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, May 14, 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, May 15, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Kristin Sponcia, jazz pianist and vocalist, performs unique arrangements of the Great American Songbook as well as her own compositions. She is currently working towards her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Voice at UI. The Urbana version of her group includes graduate students from UI's jazz department.

Kristin Sponcia, piano/vocals
Crystal Rebone, bass
Marc Widenhofer, drums

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, May 15, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Calling all young artists! Brianna, a local artist will help you make a pop-up card! All art materials are supplied.

For children ages 4 and up.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Read – for the Win when you join us for the 2016 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off with an outdoor party for everyone!

Enjoy live music with the incomparable Mr. Stephens who will be playing songs like… Chicken Feet, Beware of the Dog, and It's Almost Time for Halloween. You will find toe-tapping, sing-along fun for the young or young at heart. Don't miss sidewalk chalk, games, ice cream, and lemonade. And before you leave, sign-up for one of our free summer reading clubs to make the fun last all summer long!

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

For Families.

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 21, 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, May 22, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Join us for a performance of two rare piano trios composed by Carl Czerny – pieces that have not been performed since the 1800s!

Carl Czerny (1791-1857) was one of the most prolific composers in history. He is best known today as the creator of literally thousands of etudes and exercises, which pianists study to build dexterity and technique. Czerny was also a student of Beethoven and a teacher of Liszt.

Dr. Sam Gingher is active as a performer, teacher and composer. With a background in both classical and jazz piano, Sam is currently adjunct faculty at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Sun-Young Gemma Shin, former concertmaster of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, is an active performer and educator. Shin serves as concertmaster of the Concerto Urbano, Baroque Artists of Champaign, and Millikin University Opera Production. She has performed in China, Korea, and throughout the US including Carnegie Hall and Symphony Center in Chicago.

Benjamin Hayek completed Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in cello performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while studying and began focusing on early music performance practice while working on a Doctorate of Music Arts degree.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
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. 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!

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, May 28, 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
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Description
Join Sam Araya from the Community Center for the Arts for music activities and folk songs from around the world. Sing songs you already know and learn new songs while moving and interacting together.

For birth to age 5 with a caregiver.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, June 03, 2016
Time
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Description
Come to the library and dance in your pj's with Miss Lora.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, June 04, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 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 to socialize with friends. All ages welcome!
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, June 04, 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




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