Children's Services Blog

Summer Reading is Cool

We've had such a great time this summer celebrating reading - "Have Book, Will Travel."  We've made our own rope, visited outer space, and listened with rapt attention to young performers during the Bow-Dacious String Band concert.  Summer reading continues through the end of August, with the readers' raffle drawing on Friday, August 30.  (Remember - Thursday, August 29th is the last day to enter your books to be eligible for the raffle!)  Check out our photo gallery from the past month. What have you been doing?  We'd love to hear from you.   -Elaine B.

Summer Fun at the Urbana Free Library

Cover Image of "Healthy Snacks" BookWe have had many fun children's program so far this summer at the Urbana Free Library, and we have more planned.

Summer (listening) reading

family on a car tripIf there are some long car trips in your near future don’t forget to stock up on some of your library’s great selection of books on CD. This can be a great way for the whole family to pass the time, share a great book and reduce the amount of bickering time for kids trapped in the car.

Summer Reading Program Raffle

We have some great books and collection of local coupons for readers who have completed their initial goal (10 books) in the Summer Reading Program. After they’ve collected their main prize, readers should KEEP READING! For every 5 more books they read and enter in their online book log they will automatically be entered in a raffle to possibly win one of these other great prizes.

One of 25 free shakes from Courier Café

Hoofing it for Reading

Last week, young patrons greeted some very unusual visitors to the library - miniature horses!  Star, Rascal, Faith and Linzee arrived in Deb Murphy's trailer.  They jumped out of the trailer and readied themselves for their special mission - to listen to children read.  Afterwards, children had the opportunity to write a letter or color a picture for the horses.  We look forward to their next visit!   -Elaine B.

Great Children's Programs in June

Cover Image of "Horses" bookThe Urbana Free Library Children's Department has many awesome programs lined up for kids this June.

Exploration Kits

Contents of Transportation Exploration KitDid you know that the Urbana Free Library Children's Department has 31 great, hand

Poetry for Your Pocket

World Rat Day book coverApril is National Poetry Month.  We have been celebrating all month at the library with a display of some of poetry titles - funny, quirky, beautiful

Hooked on Phonics Kits

Cover of "Hooked on Phonics : Kindergarten Edition" Kit"Hooked on Phonics" is the award winning method of teaching childr

Raise Your Paws for Books!

It is almost that time of the year when we say "Thank you!" to all of the volunteers who have shared their time and talent with the library.  Today I want to give a special "Thank you" to four very special volunteers who helped at the library this week:  Daisy, Kallie, Mocha, and Sam.  Yes, these four fabulous volunteers are DOGS!  These canines are paw-sitively fabulous story listeners who have been specially trained with their owners to work with people, in settings like schools, hospitals and libraries.   Thank you also to handlers Tracy and Bill Jobe (Kallie and Mocha), Sandra Little (D