Adult Services Blog

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of America's National Parks

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100 birthday this summer, on August 25th, and there have been several books published recently to mark the occasion. I wish I could take part in the celebration by visiting one of our 59 National Parks this year, but it doesn't look like that will happen. I can, however, get a taste of the beauty and power of the diverse American landscapes our National Parks encompass with a little armchair travel! 

Immigration on Film

Stories of immigrants come to life through the lenses of documentary and feature filmmakers.The Visitor--DVD dust jacket

Read in the Park! with Urbana Free Library

Read in the ParkYou are invited to come out to Carle Park at 2:00 on the first Saturday afternoon of every summer month (June 4, July 2 and August 6) for the library's Read in the Park!


This week a documentary film changed my perception of the banjo forever. The film? Béla Fleck’s How to Write a Banjo Concerto. I always thought of the banjo as an odd-looking, although fun to listen to, device esteemed by country musicians.

New graphic memoirs


I recently read two excellent new graphic memoirs that combine text and striking artwork to depict the authors' lives as young girls. 

Read My Lips! The Poetry Edition

Poetry The library's popular spoken word series Read My Lips!  is happening Monday night (April 11) at 7pm.