A Poetry Reading by the Quintessential Poets

Come hear original work by members of the Quintessential Poets — all published writers from the Champaign-Urbana area who meet regularly to critique each other’s work. The readers will be Frank Modica, John Palen, Elaine Palencia, and Pat Simpson. This is their third reading at the The Urbana Free Library, and it is open and free to the public. Refreshments will be available.

Connections Café

What is Connections Café?

  • A “pop-up” FREE fun, welcoming environment to relax and make new friends. All are welcome!
  • Enjoy FREE coffee and the opportunity to learn something new! Ask questions and find out about community resources and wellness opportunities
  • FREE cell phone and tablet tech support
  • FREE blood pressure and vital checks

This event is co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library.

First Friday Event: A Reading and Book Signing with Patricia Hruby Powell

Award-winning author, dancer, and storyteller Patricia Hruby Powell will be reading from and signing her recently-released documentary novel Loving vs. Virginia. The novel recounts the powerful love story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the interracial couple whose civil rights victory made history. As part of her program, Patricia will show clips from Nancy Buirski's acclaimed documentary, The Loving Story. (Courtesy Icarus Films)

*Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Jane Addams Book Shop.

Community Poems: A Group Reading by the CU Poetry Group

Poetry is a vibrant art when read aloud. The CU Poetry Group meets weekly to share poems and exchange honest feedback to make the poems better with an eye toward publication and public performance. The group says, "Our public readings are where our poems come to life with an audience in a casual and informal setting. We believe in building community one poem at a time."