Children's Services Blog

Saturday Programs at the Library

Cover of the book, "The Babies Are Coming!" by Amy HestSaturdays in January are a filled with great programs here at the Urbana Free Library. Tomorrow, Saturday, Jan.

Who is Molly Bang and Why are we Celebrating her 75th Birthday?

The cover of Molly Bang's famed book that explains how to create illustrations that evoke a senseHave you ever wondered why red makes you feel angry? Or why yellow makes you think about joy? Or even why sharp edges and heights seem scary? Well, famed author illustrator Molly Bang has answered all of these questions and more.

Warm Up with a Cup of Cocoa and a Good Book

Cover of the book, "Winter is the Warmest Season" by Laura StringerCome to the Urbana Free Library and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa from the cafe and grab a good book to enjoy.

Snow, Hedgehogs, and Jan Brett’s 69th Birthday!

The cover of a retelling of the gingerbread man by Jan BrettIt is now the month of snow and peppermint here in the Midwest, and the perfect time to sit down with one of famed author illustrator Jan Brett’s many books as we celebrate her 69th birthday.

December Reads

This holiday season, the snow has added an extra element of beauty, as it mounds like powdered sugar on grass and evergreens.  Perfect weather for tromping outdoors, followed by some hot chocolate and good stories.  Here are some of my new and old favorite December reads: 

What a Wonderful Kind of Birthday!

The cover of an Arthur book with a clear picture of Arthur and the author's nameThis November we are celebrating the 72nd birthday of Marc Brown, the master storyteller behind the most adventurous aardvark in books and television, Arthur. I think most of us are familiar with Arthur and his sister D.W.

Plenty to be Thankful For

Cover of the Book, "Thanksgiving Day Thanks" by Laura ElliottWe all have plenty to be thankful for including our wonderful Library and great Library staff.

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.