Adult Services Blog

Ebertfest at Your Library--Documentary Style

Enjoy highlights from Ebertfest in the comfort of your home. While we can’t provide the ambience of the fine Virginia Theater, The Urbana Free Library has most of the festival films for you to check out.

Here’s a selection of some of the marvelous and varied documentary films featured at past Ebertfests. Double-click on the thumbnails for a larger snippet.

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The Urbana Free - and wonderful - Library loses its greatest champion


Some years ago, I was working a Saturday reference desk shift.  This was in our old building when reference and our movie collection shared the same space.  There was suddenly a bit of a buzz in the front of the library:  it was Roger Ebert, accompanied by two young people wielding camera and microphone. Read more about The Urbana Free - and wonderful - Library loses its greatest champion

Zombie love?

It seems zombies have been all over popular culture for years now, and their takeover of the publishing world shows no signs of slowing. Zombies have increasingly permeated literary genres beyond traditional horror stories, and a recent library display on zombie fiction showcased their variety. Read more about Zombie love?

De-Mystifying Technology

Ever wonder how a computer works? How about networking? Want to know more about internet security? Are you frustrated that technology seems intent on, well, frustrating you? Ever wonder why computers are designed the way that they are?

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Life After Death: The Story of Damien Echols

It’s a nightmarish scenario that reads like a crime novel.  Arkansas, 1993.  Damien Echols is an eighteen year old outcast – he’s from a troubled family and has a bad reputation in the small town of West Memphis.  Then the unbelievable happens:  he and two of his friends are falsely convicted of the brutal murders of 3 young boys.   In the midst of a surreal media circus, using the fl Read more about Life After Death: The Story of Damien Echols

Trek On!

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

If these words resonate with you, you’re not alone. The Star Trek movies and TV series are immensely popular, here in Urbana and all over the world. Read more about Trek On!