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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Participate in music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join Sandy Osborne from the Museum of the Grand Prairie to find out what winning and losing looks like during different time periods and in different cultures when you try your hand at games from long ago.

For children ages 4 and up
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Participate in music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Come out to Barnes & Noble in Champaign to support your Library on Saturday, July 30 through the early morning hours of Sunday, July 31. It would be a great time get Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which is released at midnight! A percentage of what you purchase will go to benefit The Urbana Free Library.

Location:


Barnes & Noble
65 East Marketview Drive
Champaign, IL 61820


Can’t attend our bookfair?

Shop online at BN.COM/bookfairs
Shop July 30 through August 4 to support our bookfair!
Bookfair ID# 11883097

Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday along with the highly anticipated release of the stage play Harry Potter and Cursed Child.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 01, 2016
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
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Use TOL sewing machines, silhouette cutters and 3D printer to complete your look before Comic Con on Saturday, August 13. Bring your own material or use our supplies. No experience necessary, just bring your ideas to the Teen Open Lab!

What is the TOL? The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Have you met our Jellyfish? We've been visited all summer by Jellyfish loaned to us by Brandon Rutherford. Come hear Brandon tell us all about wondrous Jellyfish!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Use TOL sewing machines, silhouette cutters and 3D printer to complete your look before Comic Con on Saturday, August 13. Bring your own material or use our supplies. No experience necessary, just bring your ideas to the Teen Open Lab!

What is the TOL? The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 03, 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 their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 04, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Use TOL sewing machines, silhouette cutters and 3D printer to complete your look before Comic Con on Saturday, August 13. Bring your own material or use our supplies. No experience necessary, just bring your ideas to the Teen Open Lab!

What is the TOL? The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 05, 2016
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
All things Manga. Snacks and prize drawings every month!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 06, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Bring your book and a blanket and join us for one of life’s best and simplest pleasures — reading! After we’ve 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!

With special thanks to the Urbana Park District - 22 parks, recreation programs, and more for Urbana!


Carle Park in Urbana
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 08, 2016
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
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Is your costume ready for Comic Con on Saturday, August 13? If not use the TOL sewing machines, silhouette cutters, and 3D printer to complete your look. Bring your own materials or use our supplies. No experience necessary, just bring your ideas to the Teen Open Lab!

What is the TOL? The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Is your costume ready for Comic Con on Saturday, August 13? If not use the TOL sewing machines, silhouette cutters, and 3D printer to complete your look. Bring your own materials or use our supplies. No experience necessary, just bring your ideas to the Teen Open Lab!

What is the TOL? The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Time
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Description
Come channel your inner artist and create optical illusions with chalk and a digital camera.

For families.
Location
Cherry Alley
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Is your costume ready for Comic Con on Saturday, August 13? If not use the TOL sewing machines, silhouette cutters, and 3D printer to complete your look. Bring your own materials or use our supplies. No experience necessary, just bring your ideas to the Teen Open Lab!

What is the TOL? The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Description
Celebrating Comics and Fandom since 2016

Join us for an all day Comic Con: from dungeon crawling D&Ders to Death Note loving otakus to gamers who just want one more hour of Minecraft or Super Smash Bros, and hardcore Supernatural fans who makes memes for every situation, we embrace all fandoms. So dress up in your favorite cosplay and prepare for a day full of all the pop-culture and geeky things you love.

The fun continues offsite at the Busey Bank drive-through lot on Elm Street.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Pre-movie arts and crafts
8:00 p.m. - Screening of My Neighbor Totoro


Comic Con is 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, August 13, 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, August 13, 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
Monday, August 15, 2016
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
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Use TOL sewing machines, silhouette cutters and 3D printer to complete your look before Comic Con on Saturday, August 13. Bring your own material or use our supplies. No experience necessary, just bring your ideas to the Teen Open Lab!

What is the TOL? The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Use TOL sewing machines, silhouette cutters and 3D printer to complete your look before Comic Con on Saturday, August 13. Bring your own material or use our supplies. No experience necessary, just bring your ideas to the Teen Open Lab!

What is the TOL? The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Time
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Use TOL sewing machines, silhouette cutters and 3D printer to complete your look before Comic Con on Saturday, August 13. Bring your own material or use our supplies. No experience necessary, just bring your ideas to the Teen Open Lab!

What is the TOL? The Lewis Auditorium at The Urbana Free Library becomes the Teen Open Lab most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Music recording, 3D printing, sewing, reading, drawing, crafting, gaming, film-making, or just hanging out. The Teen Open Lab has something for everyone!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Come watch the 4-H rabbit agility "Hopstars", a one-of-a-kind local club that features rabbits hopping and leaping through an obstacle course with the help of their 4H trainers!

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

Title
Date
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Children and families are invited to join us to explore the culture of Lebanon and the oldest written alphabet -- the Phoenician alphabet.

This program is co-sponsored by the College of ACES, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
The new UFLive! season is kicking off big with a performance by the Knights of Cabiria, a new 12-piece “super-group" from Central Illinois. The band plays high-powered music from all over the world: Bartok, Bechet, sambas, and Stravinsky, not to mention boleros, son montunos, waltzes, polkas, rocked out central European dance numbers, and Fellini film scores by the great Nino Rota. The music is compelling, virtuosic, and rocking.

Robin Kearton (violin), Amanda Harris(vocals), Chris Petterson (cello), Sal Percoco (trumpets), James Andrew Hutchinson (trombone), Todd Gallagher (bass), Sol Baer (clarinet), Celia Faux (accordion), Bob McEntyre (drums), Sally Hoffman (flute), Tom Faux (guitar), and Maria Del Toro (violin).

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
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). The Summer Book Sale will include a collection of aviation and military books donated by the Chanute Air Museum.

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

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The Urbana Free Library
Summer Reading Program

This summer, make time to read the books you love and win prizes just for reading! Read books of your choice (including eBooks and audiobooks), and attend fun programs. Get ready to Read for the Win!


  • For adults who love to read. Why let kids have all the fun?

  • Read books of your choice and record your reading progress.

  • After your read 4 books, stop by the Library to select a free book from our selection of popular books.

  • Keep reading! After August 14, anyone who has read an additional 4 books can select a second free book.

Dates to Remember

May 19 • Summer Reading Program Kick-off @ Teen Open Lab

May 21 • First day to register

May 21 - August 31 • Log your reading progress

May 21, 3:00 PM • Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party


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

For information about Read for the Win!, visit the Library's website. Questions? Call Adult Services at 217-367-4405 or visit the information desk.

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

Reviews
Title
...A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation
Author
Janine Latus
Rating
5
Review
"Lots of things happen between couples, and nobody needs to know. I don't need to air my dirty laundry. I don't need to tell."

But if her sister Amy had told she may have been alive today.

Many people have criticized this book, whether it be for the writing style being "disjointed" or "inconclusive", for the book book having been marketed as what they thought was true crime, for the author's blindness to her own similar situation while encouraging her sister to get out of her relationship, or for it just being "too whiny".
As far as the writing style, I liked it. I could only put this book down reluctantly until I finished it. I thought it well written, and it was written the way most people think. Our thoughts are not always jointed, especially when living in stressful situations---the writing expressed well how the author was feeling not at the time she wrote it, but at the time she was experiencing the given situations. It was not "whiny". It was an honest memoir, but unless you have been in the same situation you may not realize that.
"If you see yourself in this book, you are not alone. I thought I was. Amy thought she was. But we aren't".
I thought I was alone...Unfortunately, thousands of women know all too well what the author have gone through firsthand, and unfortunately many of them do wind up like her sister. But fortunately some of us get out of these situations to live better lives.
The author having been blind to her own situation while encouraging her sister to get out of a bad relationship is just typical of being in that type relationship---the dominant person makes the other person feel uncertain of everything in their own life: their relationship, their situation, their security, their own thoughts even. Which is why she also would think everything was her own fault, rather than the fault of a neurotic, insecure, jealous husband. And at the end she did finally leave him.

As for this being marketed as true crime, the publisher have more control over that than the author.
Although it was a true crime, the book is not about the crime so much as the relationships that the sisters had with the men in their lives (including their father) which were mainly dysfunctional and the effects of the those relationships.
But that did not take away from the fact that this was a very good book worth reading.
Title
Lord Hornblower
Author
C.S. Forester
Rating
5
Review
The entire Hornblower series is about as swashbuckling as they come, and this penultimate episode in the series is no exception. Some key characters leave and reappear, and of course there is war, war, war! Hornblower spends much of this book on land, so we get to see a more military-sided commander rather than weathered seaman. A great read!