Children's Services Blog

Remembering Our History and Honoring this Author’s 103rd Birthday

A cover of one of many of Jean fritz's many historical worksNovember is a month of history, so this November we are honoring what would be the 103rd birthday of Jean Fritz. She is an author of historical books for children, specifically about those people who played an interesting role at one time in our nation’s history.

Another Hidden Figure

cover of The Girl with a Mind for Math: the Story of Raye MontagueInterested in more stories like the one from Margot Lee Shetterly's 

October Beats and Nikki Grimes’ 68th Birthday!

A cover of one of Nikki Grimes' many books about life and love, "Welcome Precious."This October we are taking a moment to celebrate famed author and poet Nikki Grimes and her 68th birthday. This fantastic and heartfelt force of nature has been exploring poetry and presenting it to the world since she was 6.

Folk and Roots Festival Fun at the Library

picture of Sam Payne and Cody JensenFolk and Roots Festival LogoThe tenth annual Folk and Roots Festival in Urbana is in full swing today and Saturday. Tonight, Friday, Oct.

Spooky, Scary, Stine and his 75th Birthday

The cover to one of R.L. Stine's famous Goosebump BooksAs the autumn chill sets in and the nights become longer a sensation of fear and goosebumps begin to crawl along our hearts. October is certainly the month of scares, which makes it the perfect month for famed horror author R.L. Stine’s 75th birthday! For many of us R.L.


book cover of picture book called Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Can You Spot this Author on his 62nd Birthday?

The cover of a "Where's Waldo" bookCan you spot this famous children’s author in a crowded room? This past September we celebrated the 62nd birthday of the man behind Waldo: The man with the red and white striped hat, large glasses, and ability to blend into any crowd.


cover of Ears board book for babiesEars.  They are wonderful things,